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WHEELER, J.H. Vol. II. Pp. 483-84. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910


Samuel B. Dutro, general contractor and builder, also owner and operator of a planing mill and plant for manufacturing all kinds of interior finish, Mason City, Iowa, came here about 1895 and has been engaged in business at this place for the past fifteen years, employing steadily from ten to a dozen men. In 1908 he organized the Dutro Manufacturing Company for the manufacture and sale of a tool of which Mr. Dutro is the patentee, this tool being used by carpenters to hold sash and doors in place. The company was capitalized at $12,500 and officered as follows: Dr. Charles L. Marston, president; Samuel B. Dutro, vice president; Alba Miller, secretary; and S. M. Grunland, treasurer. The plant is situated at 218 1-2 S. Main street.

Mr. Dutro is a native of Illinois. He was born just north of Wyandotte, in Bureau county, in [July 4] 1860, son of S. M. and Caturah (Blaker) Dutro, natives of Ohio, the former of French descent and the latter of Irish, the.y having left the Buckeye state in 1849 and settled in Bureau county, Illinois, where the father was successfully engaged in farming and stock raising for a number of years. The last ten years of S. M. Dutro's life were spent with a son at Brooklyn, Iowa, where he died in 1904, at the age of eighty-two years, his wife having passed away some years ago in Illinois. In their family were six children, four sons and two daughters, now scattered and settled, as follows: J. S. Dutro, an auctioneer of Brooklyn, Iowa; M. I. Dutro, a locomotive engineer in California; C. E. Dutro, a pipe welder, of Kewanee, Illinois; Mrs. Allen, of Illinois; and Mrs. Beck, of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Samuel B. Dutro was reared in Bureau county, Illinois, where he received a high school education. Then he came to Iowa. At Creston, Union county, in the coach shops he learned the carpenter's trade. Later he was in the locomotive department of the C. B. & Q. Railroad and still later, for two years, ran an engine On resigning his position with the road, he engaged in contracting and building, and remained at Creston until 1895, when he became a resident of Mason City, where he has been very successful.

Mr. Dutro married, in Illinois, Miss Letta Hull, of Henry county, Illinois, she being a representative of an old family of that place Their union has been blessed in the birth of three daughters and one son: Clare, wife of Lou Barrett, now of Deer Lodge, Montana; Wayne, in business with his father, and Letha and Edith, at home Politically, Mr. Dutro is a Republican; socially, he affiliates with the I. 0. 0. F., both lodge and encampment.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2014



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