Thomas James McCutcheon (1896-1954):

Thomas James was the son of David McCutcheon and Mary Ellen Flaherty.  Grand-son of Henry Smith McCutcheon.

I have added new information for Thomas under the chapter “Henry Smith McCutcheon”.  I found an obituary (following), along with grave sites for two of his children,  from which I gleaned very credible data and was able to piece together some of Thomas’ life.

Thomas James McCUTCHEON (6) B. 25th April 1896 in Tomahawk, WI.  Thomas died in 1954 in Wausau, WI.

He was drafted twice into the US Military; first in 1917 and was shipped overseas.  He was discharged on the 21st August 1918.  He was admitted to the Veteran’s hospital in Milwaukee (Home for disabled War Veterans) for the first time on the 24th October 1931 for possible exposure to “Gas Toxic”.  Although the medical record is very hard to read, the word toxic is prominent.  By 1917, which is within the time frame of Thomas’ war stint, “mustard gas” was the most widely used toxicant.  It produced outward signs of blistering of the skin;  the inward signs were much more lethal and long-term damaging  as eloquently stated  by a nurse:  “One nurse, Vera Brittain, wrote: “I wish those people who talk about going on with this war whatever it costs could see the soldiers suffering from mustard gas poisoning. Great mustard-colored blisters, blind eyes, all sticky and stuck together, always fighting for breath, with voices a mere whisper, saying that their throats are closing and they know they will choke.” He was released on the 7th November 1931.

He was again  admitted to the Veteran’s hospital for the second time on the 27th August 1932 and released on the 10th September 1932. Then he was admitted for the third time on the 19th October 1935 and discharged on the 29th October 1935.

He was drafted in March 1942 (World War II) for which he never served any time in the theatre of war.

He married Louise CASTAGNER (1898-1992) in February 1918.  They are both buried at the Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Wausau, WI. Their children:  David Joseph (1918-1986); Dale William (1920-2005); Donald (1926); Phyllis (1929).


Dale William McCutcheon, age 84, loving father and grandfather, died on Tuesday, the 7th June 2005, at hospice after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on the 7th December 1920, in Wausau, son of Thomas and Louise McCutcheon.

A 1939 graduate from Wausau High School, his education was interrupted by World War II during which he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific as a medical assistant.

Upon returning he married Rose Jankovich on the 26th June 26 1948, in Eagle River, and graduated from UW-Steven Point in 1951, with a major in biology.

He taught high school biology in Colby for five years before moving to Richland Center in 1956, to join Wyeth Laboratories as a pharmaceutical representative, calling on doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. He relocated to Madison in 1964, where he continued to work for Wyeth until his retirement in 1986. He was well known in the medical community for his knowledge and dedication as well as his distinctive whistle, bow ties and quick wit.

He loved sports, particularly tennis and golf, and was very proud of his hole-in-one. He was an avid Badgers football and hockey fan for many years before the Parkinson’s forced him to give up his season tickets. He also enjoyed woodworking and carving ducks, birds and other figures.

He was a lifetime member of the Middleton Kiwanis with more than 30 years perfect attendance and was a member of the 4th Degree Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his brother Don (Cy) of Wausau, sister Phyllis (Bob) of Wausau; six children, Thomas (Renee) of Whitefish Bay, Michael (Beth) of Sun Prairie, Patrick (Kim) of Madison, Michele of Playa del Carmen Mexico, Timothy (Donna) of Wentzville, Mo., and Mark (Amy) of Sun Prairie; and 12 grandchildren, Ryan (Liz), Seth, Jessica (Ben), Sarah, Kristen, Jared, Keeley, Luke, Aaron, Matthew, Lauren and Ian. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH, 404 E. Main St. (just off the square), at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the 11th June 2005. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, the 10th June 2005, at JOYCE FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, Madison, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center or to the Apostolate to the Handicapped.


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