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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. J. G. Hutchison

Mrs. Mabel Dixon Hutchison, of Ottumwa, is the daughter of J. W. Dixon and Sallie Ann Vernon, both of Pennsylvania Quaker stock.

The Vernons came originally from Cheshire, Eng., and owned Haddon Hall, from which Dorothy Vernon eloped with Sir John Manners.  Her father was a graduate of Poughkeepsie Law School, N. Y.  He came to Iowa in 1856 and served two terms as representative and two terms as state senator.  In 1898 she was married to the Hon. J. G. Hutchison, a very well known lawyer.  He served one term on the Iowa Legislature as representative and four terms as state senator.  He was a brilliant, scholarly lawyer and a man of wide knowledge of public affairs.  A few years before his death Senator Hutchison had purchased a wholesale grocery establishment, of which his wife is now president and manager.  She brought to this business enterprise a trained mind, a confident optimistic spirit which has made her work a success.  Mrs. Hutchison is a member of the Trinity Episcopal church and for several years was leader of the boys' choir.  She was a director of the first Y. W. C. A. organized in the state of Iowa at Ottumwa.  She was one of the founders of the Ottumwa Woman's Club and was one of the most popular presidents the Iowa federation ever had.  She is a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, having joined in her college days at the University of Wisconsin.  She has a beautiful home, containing many rare art treasures.  Her home is shared by a niece, Miss Esther Hutchison, whom she has adopted and educated.  Two nephews, Clarence Vernon and Ralph Vernon, are associated in her business.



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