HUDSON HUTCHINS was born December 14, 1853, the third son of Harrison
and Laura (Hudson) Hutchins. He attended the Veeder school at the
western edge of Fennville and later studied at Kalamazoo College and
settled in the line of farming and fruit culture. By his own
he was never much of a success as a farmer and he branched off
frequently in sales work, both home and on the road.
.....Henry patented a number of inventions including an "automatic" fruit sorter, and a new type of wagon lantern. He sold his own inventions, farm implements, fruit packages and worked as contracting agent in other states in the sale of agricultural implements. At one time he also sold life insurance.
.....In 1895 he organized and built the lines for the Saugatuck and Ganges telephone system, and was its manager for ten years, handling the books and erecting and caring for all of the lines and instruments. This was thought to be the first rural cooperative telephone system in the United States.
.....Beginning in 1898, he wrote and published in local newspapers a series entitled, "Recollections of the Pioneers of Western Allegan County," the result of much research and interviews with old-timers. He also compiled extensive genealogical records of the Hutchins family.
.....Henry Hudson was married May 31, 1877, to Harriet C. Robertson who had been born June 11, 1854 in Esquesing Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada. She had acquired a good education at the Benton Harbor and Saugatuck schools and taught school until her marriage.
couple had four children:
.....Ethel Rey, b. May 2, 1880, and d. September 8, 1882 - 28 months old.
.....Harrison Alexander, b February 9, 1881. He graduated from Fennville High School in 1900 and from Purdue University in electrical engineering. He married Ruth G. Williams. He served as an inspector of ordnance and assistant quartermaster during World War I, returning home to be with his father who was ill.
After Henry's death he retired from business to spend the remainder of his life on the family farm at Ganges. In 1942 he was married to Ruth Gail Williams. No children were born to this marriage. He d. in Ganges, October 11, 1960.
.....Lora Dell, b. December 3, 1884, she graduated from Fennville High School in 1903 and married August 17, 1927 to James Edward Heberle of Washington, D. C.. she taught in high schools until World War I when she became clerk in the war department and later transferred to the department of treasury, afterwards taking up work as a teacher of English in Washington city schools.
.....Lee Milo, born April 21, 1888, he graduated from Fennville High School in 1905 was a graduate of Michigan Agricultural College and Johns Hopkins University. During World War I he was a bacteriologist and French interpreter in a hospital unit on the Alsace border. He was a plant pathologist and was the chief of forest disease research with the Forest Service, beginning in 1954. He was the author of many technical papers on virus disease in fruit trees and other botanical subjects.
.....Henry Hudson Hutchins died at his home in Ganges June 20, 1933. Harriet (Robertson) Hutchins died August 16, 1922.
.....From: The Hutchins Family of Allegan County.
1920 Census - Hutchins, Henry age 66 - Hattie age 65 Ganges Twp. page 12
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