A Genealogical & Biographical History
                   of Keokuk County, Iowa
                                Lewis Publishing Company
                                1903

HON. A. M. UTTERBACK.

 

Among the well and favorably known citizens of Keokuk county is numbered A.M. Utterback of Hedrick.  He is a native of this county.  His birth occurred in Lancaster township, April 9, 1860.  Of Josiah Utterback, his father, a biographical sketch appears elsewhere in this volume.

  Mr. Utterback was reared on the farm and given a common school education.  He remained at the parental home until he was married, in 1879, Miss Julia E. Hayes becoming his wife.  Her parents, J. W. and Esther (Brolliar) Hayes, were among the earliest settlers of Keokuk county. 

For the three years succeeding his marriage, Mr. Utterback was engaged in farming, and then for one year was in the lumber business at Delta, Iowa.  He then removed to Martinsburg, where he was engaged in the same business for a very brief period.  For several years thereafter, Mr. Utterback followed agricultural pursuits together with stock raising and dealing, in Steady Run township.  He left the farm in 1892, and removed to the town of Hedrick, which has since been his place of residence.  In company with others he became interested in the Hedrick race course, of which he later became sole proprietor.  Under his ownership and management for four years this race course became famous and yielded him good revenue, contributing at the same time materially to the up-building of Hedrick, which also became well advertised by reason of the excellent and well attended races.  This business interest he sold after conducting it alone for four years.  In 1902, in association with others, he was an organizer of the Hedrick State Bank, of which he has been president since its organization.  For many years Mr. Utterback has extensively dealt in stock,—in cattle mostly, and is reckoned among the leading stockmen of the county.

Politically he has always affiliated with the Democratic party, and as the Democratic candidate, he was elected in 1901 to the lower house of the Iowa legislature as representative from the Twenty-fourth district.  He has also served one term as a member of the county board of supervisors.  As a citizen Mr. Utterback's course in life has been that of public-spirited man.  His business career has been characterized by enterprise and success.  His genial disposition and pleasing manners have gained for him innumerable friends.  Five children have been born into his home.  Their names are Hubert, Blanche, Alta, Fred and Ruth. The family is numbered among the leaders of social circles in Hedrick, where they are held in highest esteem.

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