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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.
GEORGE HUTCHINSON, a well-known merchant and the efficient Mayor of Assumption, is numbered among the leading and influential citizens of this place, and well deserves representation in the history of his adopted county. It is with pleasure that we add his sketch to those of other men of prominence in this community.

Mr. Hutchinson is a native of Canada. He was born in Phillipsburg, Province of Quebec, Canada [ed., probably St. Armand-de-Philipsburg on the border between Canada and Vermont], in 1844, and is a son of William Hutchinson, who is supposed to have been killed in the Rocky Mountains while on his way to California, in 1849.

Our subject came to the United States when a lad of twelve years, and was reared on a farm in Vermont, being early inured to hard labor. In early life he attended the common schools, and his education was completed in the High School of New St. Albans, Vt. [ed., probably St. Albans, Vt.] He then worked as a farm hand in the Green Mountain State until, when a young man of twenty-five, he came Westward to Illinois, in 1869, and took up his residence in Assumption, then a small village of about four hundred inhabitants.

For some years he was employed as a salesman, but in 1876 embarked in business for himself as a dealer in groceries and restaurant-keeper. His store he has since carried on, and it is now well stocked with everything found in a first-class establishment of the kind. On account of his straightforward and honorable dealings, his courteous treatment and his desire to please his customers, he has built up a good trade.

In 1870, Mr. Hutchinson was united in marriage with Miss Siloma Hall, a native of Ohio, who came to Illinois in early girlhood and was reared and educated in Christian County. By their union have been born six children:, William R., who is married and resides in Assumption; John F., Mary, Lulu, Myrtle and Florence Belinda. The family is widely known throughout the community, and its members rank high in social circles.

Mr. Hutchinson has voted with the Democratic party since attaining his majority, and is a warm advocate of its principles. He takes quite an active part in politics and has held a number of local positions of honor and trust. He was first elected City Marshal, and served in that office for five consecutive years. He has also been Collector and Constable, and is now serving his third term in the office of Mayor of Assumption. In whatever position he has been elected he has proved a capable and efficient officer, prompt and faithful in the discharge of his duties. By many elections his fellow-townsmen have manifested their trust in him, and it has never been betrayed.

Mr. Hutchinson is a member of the Odd Fellows' society and is a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to Pana Chapter No. 115, R. A. M., of Pana. He has represented the Blue Lodge in the Grand Lodge. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

He started out in life empty-handed, but though he had no capital he was ambitious and energetic and determined to win success. A wish to succeed and well-directed efforts are all that are necessary to gain success, and as Mr. Hutchinson possessed these he has worked his way upward to a position of affluence. He and his estimable wife well deserve the high regard in which they are held throughout the community, and it is with pleasure that we present to our readers this record of their lives.


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