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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

CASSIUS DE LOSS CUTLER, one of Christian County's most prominent, progressive and successful farmers, resides on section 33, Pana Township. Few citizens are more widely or favorably known than our subject, and it is therefore with pleasure that we present this record of his life to our readers, knowing that it will be received with interest by many.

Mr. Cutler was born in Ohio, on the 1st of January, 1848, and comes of one of the old families of Massachusetts. His grandfather, John Cutler, was a Massachusetts farmer. The family came originally from England, and the great-great-great-grandfather of our subject was born in that country. The father of our subject also bore the name of John Cutler, and was a native of Ohio. By trade he was a carpenter, and followed contracting for many years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary A. Parks, was also born in the Buckeye State, and was of French descent. Their family numbered seven children, five sons and two daughters, of whom our subject is the eldest.

Mr. Cutler whose name heads this record attended the schools of Benton, Ohio [ed., probably North Benton, Ohio], and became familiar with the common English branches of learning. No event of any special importance occurred during his youth, and the history of any farmer lad is almost identical with that of the early years of our subject.

He was a young man of nineteen years when he left the State of his nativity and emigrated Westward to Illinois. The year 1865 witnessed his arrival in Christian County, and March 18, 1869, having attained to mature years, he celebrated his marriage. At that time he was united with Miss Agnes McConnell, also a native of Ohio. Her death occurred April 28, 1878, and she left three sons to mourn her loss, namely: Harry A., on the farm; Frank A., a bookkeeper in Schuyler's Bank, in Pana; and Alvin R., at home. Mr. Cutler was afterward married, on the 23d of March, 1880, his second union being with Miss Mollie Dickey, a native of this county.

The father of Mrs. Cutler, Dr. Salem Dickey, deceased, was a pioneer physician of this community, in fact one of the earliest settlers of the county. His business interests made him widely known, and he became a leading and influential citizen. Of his family of four children, Mrs. Cutler was the third in order of birth. By her marriage she has become the mother of five children, two sons and three daughters, as follows: Bertha, Elmer, Eva, John and an infant unnamed.

The Cutler farm comprises two hundred and ninety acres of valuable land, under a high slate of cultivation, and well improved with all the accessories and equipments of a model farm. There are a substantial residence, barns and outbuildings, which are models of convenience, and the latest improved machinery, etc. A glance at this place shows the owner to be a most thrifty and progressive agriculturist. On one occasion he received

the majority of votes cast at the Pana Fair for the best farmer in the county, and received the prize for the same, a fine road cart. He owns one hundred acres of land in Shelby County, which is also under his personal supervision and yields to him a good income.

Mr. Cutler exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party. He formerly served as Road Commissioner, and is now Assistant Supervisor of Pana Township. He takes considerable interest in civic societies and is a member of Pana Lodge No. 222, A. F. & A. M.; Chapter No. 115, R. A. M.; and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Mr. Cutler certainly deserves great credit for his success in life, for it is the result of his own efforts, and his business career is certainly worthy of emulation.



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