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William F. Nutter

The owner of one hundred and twenty acres of highly productive land in Willow township, William F. Nutter is assured of a handsome annual income and is numbered among the respected and representative citizens of Crawford county. In his life work he has shown himself possessed of the elements of energy, thrift and other traits necessary in the attainment of a worthy purpose in any calling.

He was born in Clinton county, Iowa, August 21, 1874, a son of Franklin and Elizabeth (Mathing) Nutter. The parents were both natives of Licking county, Ohio, and were married in that county. They came to Iowa and made their home at Clinton until 1881, when they removed to a farm near Odebolt, Sac county, and two years later came to Crawford county, locating in Willow township. After renting land for a while, Mr. Nutter purchased one hundred and sixty acres in that township, which he improved until it became a valuable property. He died in 1899, and his wife passed away three years later.

There were eight children in their family: Alitha, now the wife of James Wickwire, of Boulder, Colorado; Jackson, who lives at Durango, Colorado; Wallace, who has charge of a boat on the Great Lakes; James, of Clarinda, Iowa; Mary, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Edward, also of Minneapolis; Ida, the wife of F. H. Brown. of Charter Oak; and William F., of this review.

Educated in the public schools, William F. Nutter assisted in the work of the home farm until he reached the age of twenty-one years and then began cultivating the land upon which he has since lived. He owns one hundred and twenty acres, which he has improved by the erection of substantial buildings, making it one of the desirable places in the township. He is a good manager, as he engages actively and intelligently in his business, and his efforts have been rewarded with good results.

In 1896 Mr. Nutter was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Cue, a daughter of Joseph and Susannah R. (Arrowsmith) Cue. Her father was born in England and was among the early settlers of Willow township, Crawford county, Iowa, becoming a very prominent citizen of this section. He served valiantly for three years in behalf of the Union in the war of the rebellion and is now living at Wichita, Kansas. Mrs. Nutter's mother died in May, 1901.

They were the parents of five children: Alfred, of Gordon, Nebraska; Marion, of Willow township; Augusta, now Mrs. William F. Nutter; and Elizabeth and Ralph, both of whom live in Willow township.

Two children have come to bless die union of Mr. and Mrs. Nutter: Charlotte L., now fourteen; and Hazel May, now twelve years of age.

Mr. Nutter has always voted in support of the candidates and platforms of the republican party, although he has never had political aspirations. He is a sincere believer in honesty in public as well as in private affairs, and his life is a commendable example of fairness in all dealings with others. He is not a member of any religious denomination but attends the Methodist church, and as a useful and progressive citizen he possesses the respect of the people of the entire neighborhood.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.