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CUTLER, James B. 1830-1909


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 10/1/2011 at 01:43:15

Birth: Dec. 7, 1830, Michigan, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1909

James B. Cutler was born in Michigan. His wife, Margaret Beard, was born in Ohio.

In August 1882 James and Margaret and Gilbert and Martha Rice were involved in developing the town of Park Rapids, Minnesota.

The August 3, 1882, Enterprise states that Mr. Cutler was overwhelmingly re-elected mayor of Osage, Iowa, the county seat of Mitchell County, where he had resided for 32 years, despite his declared intention to move to Minnesota and his purchase of a half interest in the Park Rapids town site.

The August 10, 1882, Enterprise mentions that the Honorable J. B. Cutler returned to Iowa and would promote the settlement of Park Rapids from his home in Iowa.

Margaret Beard Cutler (1832-1916)

Leonard Beard Cutler (1853-1931)
Charles W. Cutler (1858-1949)

Osage Cemetery, Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa

(Credit: DM Scott)

Another account says:

In 1850 when James B. Cutler made an inquiry of the Pottawattamie Indians near the Iowa-Illinois border they gave him a very flattering account of Northeast Iowa. Cutler was the first white man to settle in Mitchell County. The water was clear and pure and the Wapsi at the present day town of Riceville flowed with such force that it was an ideal place to provide waterpower for whatever purposes the settlers decided. In fact much of Mitchell County had plentiful water in the form of springs, ponds, marshes, and swamps.

[ http://www.wapsiwilds.com/wapsi_river_history.htm ]

NOTE: There is another "James Cutler" who lived for a short time in Mitchell county, but he is different from this James B. Cutler.

Below is a photo of James B. Cutler, from STANDARD HISTORICAL ATLAS OF MITCHELL COUNTY, 1911.

It's caption said he was born in Michigan on December 7, 1830, settled in Mitchell county on November 1, 1861, and died on January 29, 1908.


Mitchell Obituaries maintained by Lynn Diemer-Mathews.
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