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Hutton - John Clark

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain County, 1893 Chapman Brothers, p. 155

John Clark HUTTON, Treasurer of Montgomery County, Indiana is a genial and efficient officer of the people in the responsible position he now occupies. There is no office in a county where a man of entire trustworthiness, integrity and ability is more needed than in that of Treasurer, as the finances and funds are placed in his hands for safe keeping, and he is the medium through which thousands of dollars are paid for defraying expenses and meeting appropriations.

The subject of this sketch was born in Union Township, Montgomery County, Indiana August 3, 1849, the son of Jacob and Lydia Clark Hutton, the former of whom still resides on his farm in Montgomery County.  John Hutton is the eldest in the family of 7 children, 4 of whom are living.  He was reared on the farm until reaching his 18th year, receiving a common school education.  He was intelligent and ambitious, and therefore entered Wabash College, where he was a student for 3 years.  Some of the pleasantest memories of his life cluster around the days spent within these walls, but on account of failing health he was obliged to give up his plans in regard to there completing his education. When the health of Mr. Hutton had become established, he entered the dry goods store of CM Crawford, where he remained for a period of 13 years.

From August 1883 until August 1887, he served faithfully as Deputy-Sheriff under the administration of Alexander Hunter.  The year 1888 was spent in Lower California, where he traveled for the Gulf Gold Mining Company, in whose employ he was.  After his return from the far West, he became identified with the dry goods house of DW Rountree, where he remained until he was elected Nov 1890, to his present office on the Democratic ticket.  His opponent was AF Ramsey, our subject being elected by a majority of 360 votes.  He assumed his duties September 1, 1891.  Mr. Hutton has been one of the party organizers in this locality for some time and has always been active in local affairs.  The marriage of our subject was celebrated May 20, 1873, with Miss Anna Towsend, of Akron, Ohio daughter of Ferris and Belinda Townsend, and their union has been blessed with 3 children: Birde (deceased), Mabel and Joy.  Mr. and Mrs. Hutton dispense a gracious hospitality at their pleasant home on Wabash Avenue.

Fraternally, our subject belongs to Lodge No. 223, IOOF [Independent Order of Odd Fellows] in which he has passed all the chairs, and to Bayard Lodge Knights of Pythias.  He is in the prime of life, full of energy and life and is conducting the affairs of his office faithfully and to the full satisfaction of his constituents and many friends. - typed by kbz
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