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Posted By: Debbie Clough Gerischer (email)
Date: 7/2/2005 at 18:48:45


Among the active and successful members of the legal profession in Greene county stands William Emslie Scott Hutcheon, who is now serving his third successive term as county attorney. Mr. Hutcheon is a well educated, forceful and progressive man, and his record thus far has gained for him the respect of the entire county. He was born in Webster county, this state, about fourteen miles north of Jefferson, on the 30th of May, 1896, and is a son of James and Elsie (Yeats) Hutcheon. His parents were natives of Scotland, where they were reared and educated. They came to the United States, the father at the age of twenty-two years and the mother at eighteen years. Both came to Iowa, the father settling in Greene county and the mother in Montezuma, where she had an aunt living. After their marriage, the father engaged in farming, which pursuit he has followed to the present time, now living about two miles west of Jefferson.

W. E. S. Hutcheon secured his elementary education in the public schools of Jefferson and then entered Iowa State University, where he was graduated, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in 1918. He also received the degree of Bachelor of Laws, from the law school of that university, in 1920. He was admitted to the bar and immediately entered upon the active practice of his profession in Jefferson, and he quickly received recognition as an able and competent lawyer. In 1922 he was elected to the office of county attorney, to which he was reelected in 1924 and 1926, and is now holding that office. His official record has been marked by faithful and effective service and he is today regarded as one of the most reliable and competent county attorneys Greene county has ever had.

In February, 1924, Mr. Hutcheon was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Hubbard, of Montgomery county, this state, and they are the parents of a son, James Francis. Mr. Hutcheon is a veteran of the World war, having enlisted early in 1918. He was stationed at several camps in this country, and attended the officers' training school at Camp Zachary Taylor, where he was trained for the cavalry service and received a lieutenant's commission. Early in October he was assigned to the Sixty-second Field Artillery and was stationed at El Paso, Texas, being subsequently transferred to Camp Jackson, South Carolina, where his regiment remained until the close of the war. Mr. Hutcheon is a member of Morning Star Lodge, No. 159, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Cornerstone Chapter, No. 64, Royal Arch Masons, and Floyd W. Brown Post, No. 11, American Legion, belonging also to the Jeffereson Country Club. He possesses to a marked degree those traits that commend a man to the good favor of his fellows, and he is numbered among those who by their lives and their labors are honoring and dignifying their community.

-transcribed by Debbie Gerischer

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