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Finley E. Dutton





      Finley E. Dutton, who has spent his entire life within the borders of Delaware county, is a factor in financial circles of Manchester as cashier of the Farmers & Merchants State Savings Bank. His birth occurred on the 31st of December, 1869, his parents being George H. and Elizabeth (Ellison) Dutton, both of whom were natives of Ohio, the former born February 3, 1834, and the latter January 28, 1836. George H. Dutton came to Iowa in 1856 and followed farming throughout his active business career. He now resides in Manchester and is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community which has been his home for nearly six decades. It was in Ohio that he wedded Miss Elizabeth Ellison, who was called to her final rest on the 20th of January 1912. To them were born six children, as follows: Charles E., who is a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cecelia, the wife of Elmer K. Stanberry of Manchester; Edward A., also living in Manchester; Finley E., of this review; Eva, who gave her hand in marriage to Orman E. Dunlap of Manchester; and Abbie B., the wife of Maurice P. Hennessey, who is now serving as sheriff of Delaware county.
     Finley E. Dutton acquired his education in the common schools of this county and was reared to manhood on the home farm, thus early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He was busily engaged in the work of the fields until 1902, when he assumed the duties of county treasurer, ably serving in that capacity for a period of six years or until he resigned to accept the position of cashier of the First National Bank. At the end of four years he left the institution to become cashier of the Farmers & Merchants State Savings Bank, which position he has held continuously to the present time, now enjoying an enviable reputation as an efficient, courteous and popular representative of this important banking concern.
     On the 22d of May, 1893, Mr. Dutton was united in marriage to Miss Flora Wright, a native of Delaware county and a daughter of Isaac S. and Nancy (Purdy) Wright, both of whom are deceased. Our subject and his wife have five children, namely: Cecil, Wayne, Elma, Lillie and Dean.
     Mr. Dutton gives his political allegiance to the republican party and is now serving as school treasurer, making a creditable record in that connection. In religious faith he is a Presbyterian, and fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Both he and his wife have always lived in this county find enjoy a very extensive and favorable acquaintance here.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 73-74.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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