Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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J. N. Utterson

J. N. UTTERSON, mayor of the city of Oswego, who conducts a large undertaking and furniture establishment In that city, carries a very extensive line of high grade stock, and commands the patronage of the leading citizens of his section of the county.

Mr. Utterson is a native of Scotland, his birth occurring in Edinburg November 15, 1849. He was reared and schooled in his native city, and took up the trade of a cabinetmaker when about sixteen years of age. He came to America in 1869, at the age of twenty years, and was located in Chicago for one year. He then moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, but after a stay of a few months went to Humboldt, Kansas. Here he followed his line of business until October, 1890, when he settled in Oswego, Labette county. He began the undertaking and furniture business in 1870, manufacturing all of his own furniture. Upon locating in Oswego, he purchased a store, which he remodeled and restocked, and in connection with this has conducted a repair shop. He has been favored with a large patronage, and his business has been a success in every way.

In 1873, Mr. Utterson was united in marriage with Anna McLeod, a native of Edinburg, Scotland, and they are parents of three children: David, Charles, and Nellie, who died at the age of eighteen years. Fraternally Mr. Utterson is a Mason, and has risen to the rank of Knight Templar. He is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star lodge; Modern Woodmen of America; Ladies and, Knights of Security; Sons and Daughters of Justice; and Home Builders. Politically, he is a Republican, and was a member of the school board of Oswego for a period of six years. April 2, 1901, Mr. Utterson was elected mayor of Oswego, and took the oath of office, April 5th following.