Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
SAMUEL HUTCHINSON, a prominent
stockman of Adams county, residing near Lind, was born in Douglas county,
Oregon, January 1, 1858. He was the son of Robert M. and Elizabeth (Hanna)
Hutchinson, the former a pioneer stockman of the west, and the latter a
distant relative of the late Senator Hanna. The parents' lives are more
fully touched upon in the sketch of Benjamin Hutchinson, elsewhere in this
When between five and six years of age, Mr.
Hutchinson went from Oregon to Victoria and there attended the St. Louis
College, a Catholic institution, until ten years of age. On March 2, 1868,
he went on the steamer Del Norte, to San Francisco and soon thereafter
removed to San Jose, where he attended the grammar schools until about
fifteen. At this age he started in life on his own responsibility, beginning
by carrying a chain for a surveying party near San Jose, California, which
occupation he followed two years. In 1876 he took some thoroughbred cattle
to Kamloops, British Columbia, and drove a herd of twelve hundred head
of cattle back to Harney, Oregon, and drifted back to San Jose in the winter
of 1877, and there remained six weeks. He returned to Washington in 1878
and worked for his father at teaming for some time, then settled on land
now embraced in Adams county and engaged in the stock business, which he
has since followed in the same locality.
Mr. Hutchinson was married June 14, 1891,
to Garrie Griswold, a native of Minnesota, and to this union three children
have been born, Clara L., Ruth L. and Lois I.
In matters political, Mr. Hutchinson is unbiased
and liberal. He has been city marshal of Ritzville for two years, and at
one time was a member of the police department of the city of Spokane.
In fraternity circles, he is known as a member
of the Woodmen of the World, and the Red Men.
Mr. Hutchinson has had a lease one section
sixteen, township sixteen, range twenty-eight west, since 1884. This land
is situated on lower Crab creek. It has fine water on it and the control
of that water gives Mr. Hutchinson abundance of out range for his horses,
of which valuable animals he has now about six hundred. He also owns some
property in the town of Lind, where his family resides. He is one of the
principal stockholders in the Jefferson Marble, Mining & Milling Company,
whose property is situated some twelve miles northeast from Colville, Washington.
They have an immense deposit of marble and a thoroughly equipped plant
for the lifting of this mineral and preparing it for commerce. He is also
a heavy stockholder in the Frisco Standard, which mine has just been brought
prominently to the public attention by the production of some high grade
copper and silver ores.