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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
Thomas Hutchison, a representative agriculturist of Livingston county, was born near Bolton, Ontario, February 10, 1848, and is a son of George and Nancy (Irwin) Hutchison. The father was a sailor and a farmer and followed these occupations for a number of years. He died in 1899, having survived his wife since 1857, and both are buried in the Bolton cemetery.
Thomas Hutchison acquired his education in the public schools of his native community and at the age of nineteen laid aside his books, securing work as a farm laborer. He remained in Canada for some time and then came to Missouri, settling near Stewartsville, where he resumed his former occupation as a farm laborer. He spent some time in Jamesport, and there rented land, upon which he remained until he came to Livingston county. Here he carried on agricultural pursuits upon a rented farm for five years and then purchased eighty acres on section 34, Cream Ridge township. He later sold that tract and is now cultivating forty-three acres on section 19, on which he has made a number of improvements. In addition he has for the past thirty-five years worked as a well digger and is considered one of the most skilful men in this line of work in Livingston county.
On April 8, 1875, Mr. Hutchison was united in marriage to Miss Permilia Conover, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Conover, both of whom have passed away and are buried in Daviess county, Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison have four children: Edwin, who resides near Trenton; Annie C., who is the widow of William Allan and who is engaged in teaching school; Margaret E., the wife of Jesse Mallet, a farmer in Chariton county; and Jarvis D., a resident of Jackson township.
Mr. Hutchison gives a general allegiance to the republican party but often votes independently, preferring to support the men and measures which he considers best fitted to promote the public welfare. He is a member of the Baptist church and in his honorable and upright life exemplifies its doctrines, being well known throughout Livingston county as a man of high moral principles. One of the strong elements in his success is his ability to recognize opportunities. He has utilized his advantages in the best possible way and as the years have gone by has advanced to a position among the more successful citizens of Livingston county, where he has made his home for forty-four years. He deserves great credit for what he has accomplished, for he started out empty-handed, but he possesses a courageous spirit and that strong determination which will brook no obstacles that cannot be overcome by earnest and indefatigable labor.