George Hutchinson, of Crawford county, was born in Rock Island county, Illinois, February 21, 1859, a son of Thomas Hutchinson, a native of Fermanna, Ireland. The latter came to Rock Island county, Illinois, when a young man, and was there married to Susan Ramsey, also a native of Ireland, but who came with her parents to Illinois when a babe.
Mr and Mrs Hutchinson were the parents of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, and six still survive: George, William, Thomas, Anna, James, and Samuel. The deceased are : Bessie, Jane, Maggie, Joseph and Robert. The parents still reside on the old farm in Rock Island county, the father aged seventy-five years, and the mother sixty-three. The former has been a farmer all his life, is a Republican in his political views, and religiously, is a member of the Episcopal Church.
George, the second son, was reared and educated in his native place, and in March, 1882, in company with his brother Robert, he came to this county. He now owns a fine farm, a good dwelling 16 x 24 feet, with an L of the same dimensions, and has a grove and orchard of ten acres.
He was married at Viola, Mercer county, Illinois, at the age of twenty-three years, to Alice Johnson, who was born, reared and educated in that county, a daughter of Robert and Alice (Lipton) Johnson, natives of Ireland. The father is deceased, and the mother still resides on the old home farm.
Mr and Mrs Hutchinson have had three children: George Marion, aged eight years; Florence Susan, six years; and Thomas Clarence, three years. Mrs Hutchinson is a member of the Methodist Church.
Robert, the eldest son of Thomas Hutchinson, was born in Rock Island county in 1856, and in 1882 came to this place. He owned a beautiful home, a grove and orchard of two acres, and everything about the place shows the thrift and prosperity of its owner. He was married March 24, 1891, to Frances Petty, a native of Johnson county, Iowa, and a daughter of William Petty. He died December 14, 1892, of rheumatism and lung trouble. His wife and son, Thomas Alfred, born February 4, 1892, still reside at their home in Milford township, Crawford county.
The Hutchinson brothers were among the well-known and successful farmers of Crawford county. They owned a fine farm of 240 acres of rich land, which George still manages, being extensively engaged in stock-raising. He is a Republican in politics, and one of the progressive and popular men of the county. He is now president of the School Board.
Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Counties; Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago, 1893, page 401