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......Henry Hudson Hutchins was born in Ganges Township December 14, 1853, the third son of Harrison and Laura (Hudson) Hutchins.  His father was the first white settler in Ganges township, his mother one of the first school teachers.  He attended the Veeder school and later studied at Kalamazoo College.  Hutchins was married May 31, 1877 to Harriet C. Robertson. They had four children, Ethel Rey, Harrison Alexander, Lora Dell and Lee Milo.

......In 1873 he established a fruit farm on 122nd Avenue, east of Ganges, as displayed on map above.  He was never a success at fruit farming but added to the family income with his inventions including a mechanical fruit and vegetable assorter and a portable buggy light.  For many years he was an officer in the Ganges Pomological society, and was secretary of the Western Allegan County Pioneer Society.  He was also a founding father of the Saugatuck and Ganges Telephone company, said to have been the first cooperative telephone company in the country.

......About the turn of the century he began interviewing the "old timers", of the area and writing up their recollections.  In 1919, since no one has appeared on the scene to use his notes, Hutchins wrote a series of 16 articles which were published in the "Commercial Record" in Saugatuck and the "Fennville Herald".  In 1925 he followed the original 16 with 19 additional letters.  Henry died in 1933.

......The letters, put into book form under the title "Recollections of the Pioneers of Western Allegan County", were edited by Kit Lane and she has noted that in typesetting, she had corrected only obvious typographical errors and a couple errors in spelling but did not toy with his commas or his quotation marks.  Kit went on to produce several books about the Fennville Area where most of the data for these web pages are generated from.
From books by Kit Lane       -       Go To: Allegan County History Maps