Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 938-940 transcribed on July 19, 2001.

John B. Hutchison

JOHN B. HUTCHISON. - Ideas backed with indefatigable energy - the desire and power to accomplish big things - these qualities make of success not an accident but a logical result. The man of initiative is he who combines a capacity for hard work and indomitable will. Such a man recognizes no such thing as failure and his final success is on a parity with his well directed endeavors. John B. Hutchison has maintained his home in Kansas City, Kansas, since 1899 and since February, 1907, he has been engaged in the live stock commission business, in which line of enterprise he is achieving marked success. He has ever shown a deep and sincere interest in community affairs and on the 8th of November, 1909, he was honored by his fellow citizens with election to membership in the state legislature, in which he represented his district during the session of 1909-10.

A native of the fine old Buckeye state of the Union, John B. Hutchison was born in Harrison county, Ohio, on the 26th of March, 1863. He is a son of James L. and Rachel E. (Foster) Hutchison, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania, in 1830, and the latter of whom claimed Harrison county, Ohio, as the place of her birth, which occurred in 1829. The mother was summoned to the life eternal in 1901, at the age of seventy-one years, and she was survived by five children - four sons and one daughter, all of whom are living, in 1911, and of whom the subject of this review was the second in order of birth. The father removed to Ohio as a young man and he was identified with farming operations in that state until October, 1863, at which time he established the family home in Grundy county, Missouri, where he was engaged in stock raising up to the year 1883. At that time removal was made to Wilson county, Kansas, where he continued to devote the major portion of his time and attention to stock raising and farming until 1900, when he retired from active participation in business affairs. In politics he is an uncompromising advocate of the principles and policies for which the Democratic party stands sponsor and in his religious faith he is a consistent member of the Christian church.

John B. Hutchison was a mere infant at the time of his parents' removal to Grundy county, Missouri, where he was reared to adult age on the old home farm and in the district schools of which place he received his preliminary educational training. He resided at home until he had reached the age of nineteen years, at which time he engaged in the buying and shipping of live stock. In 1899 he came to Kansas City, Kansas, where he entered the employ of James Brothers as salesman, continuing to serve in that capacity until February, 1907. He then engaged in the live stock commission business on his own account and during the intervening years to the present time he has achieved marked success in that line of enterprise. As a youth he was intimately associated with his father in the raising of stock and his close identification with the stock business during practically his entire active career has made him particularly fit for his present work.

On the 3rd of October, 1899, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Hutchison to Miss Lillie J. Price, who was born in Polk county, Missouri, and who is a daughter of Captain Thomas and May (McReynolds) Price, the former of whom is deceased and the latter of whom is now residing at Bolivar, Missouri. The father was a native of Polk county, Missouri, where he passed the major portion of his life and where he was called to eternal rest on the 3rd of August, 1909, at the venerable age of seventy-three years. Captain Thomas Price, was a farmer and stock grower by occupation and was engaged extensively in the shipping of stock. He was a captain of a company during the Civil war and in his political convictions he accorded a stalwart allegiance to the cause of the Republican party. Of the five children born to Captain and Mrs. Price, three sons and two daughters, all are living at the present time.

Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison have no children of their own but they are raising the children of Mr. Hutchison's brother James, whose wife is deceased. These children are Lillie, who is eighteen months old (1911), and Verne, who is four years old. Mrs. Hutchison is a woman of rare charm and most attractive personality and she is deeply beloved by all who have come within the sphere of her gentle influence.

In politics Mr. Hutchison is a stanch supporter of the principles and policies promulgated by the Democratic party, in the local councils of which he has long been a most active factor. In the fall of 1909 he was elected to represent his district in the Kansas state legislature and in that connection he served with efficiency on a number of important committees. Fraternally, he is a valued and appreciative member of Temple Lodge, No. 199, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons. Mr. Hutchison is a man of intrinsic loyalty and public spirit and as a citizen he is broad minded and liberal in his views, contributing generously of his time and means to all matters affecting the progress and prosperity of his home city and state.

Biographical Index