B: Henry Smith McCUTCHEON (4) (Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in Montreal, QB. on the 8th July 1824 (baptised on the 20th July 1824 at Saint Gabriel Church. One of the witnesses to this baptism was Samuel Smyth. Another witness was W Johnstone.) And he died on the 13th June 1897 in Tomahawk, WI. He married Sarah IRWIN on the 8th March 1845 in Adjala, Ontario. Sarah was born in 1825 in Kingston, ON. and died on the 18th August 1899 in Tomahawk, WI. Her parents were Thomas Irwin and Sarah Russell.
Henry McCutcheon – True Pioneer – Womb to Grave:
Henry Smith McCutcheon was a true pioneer from womb to grave; he had quite a life’s journey in his 73 years. Following the tradition for the McCutcheon penchant for nicknames, Henry Smith was called “Horace” during his lifetime.
After being born in Montreal, Quebec in 1824, the Robert McCutcheon/Agnes Beck family didn’t stay long in Quebec. The family was then living just outside Montreal at Megantic. When he was only a month or so old, the family boarded covered wagons, probably pulled by oxen and headed into the wild untamed woods of Ontario, travelling over rough terrain, arriving at Erin Township before the snow fell. This 900 kilometer journey took several weeks. The family had to bake bread and cook their meals on open fires on the trail; with millions of insects as dinner guests.
It doesn’t seem logical that the family would have headed west on bumpy, unstable trails in the spring of 1825 when Agnes was 7 months pregnant with their third son Robert.
Robert’s father, John, and his older brother William, were already in Erin Township on their new homestead, and it is probable that the family stayed the 1824 winter with them. Then journeyed a few miles north to their new homestead in the spring of 1825.
Information from Alice Burke: “Robert applied for his land in Adjala near Rosemont in 1825 – Lot 30, Concession 1.” This was the homestead where Henry’s younger brother Robert was born.
In his father’s will, the homestead in Adjala was left to his younger brother Hugh. Henry was left some money. After he married Sarah they farmed for a while on an adjacent farm. But the lure of black gold was beckoning.
At the age of 23, their 3rd son, Robert, died in 1879 and was buried on Canadian soil. Soon after their son Robert died,Henry and his wife Sarah again boarded wagons or Red River carts pulled by oxen and left the farm in Nottawasaga in late 1881, settling in Tomahawk, Wisconsin in early 1882. Why so late in 1881? This journey took them over 1,250 kilometers that were dotted with thousands of lakes and rivers. If the family did not travel by train, but travelled by cart or wagon, then it made more sense to wait until freeze-up to travel over the ice roads.
Henry and Sarah did not undertake this journey alone. They travelled with the Pentland family and their son Thomas (see Thomas iv following), their daughter Amanda and her husband, Alexander Murphy and their surviving children; their sons James, David and Alexander; Isabella and Robert Kinnear arrived in Dollarville about 1889 and left in 1892; William Henry and his family arrived in Michigan in 1892. The immigration of this family was a trickle migration. Some settled in Luce County filing land claims, while the rest went further west to Wisconsin.
Henry and Sarah both died in Tomahawk and were buried at the Greenwood Cemetery near Tomahawk. Henry was one of the founding pioneer settlers to farm in Tomahawk, Oneida County. Tomahawk was an uninhabited wilderness in 1885. The city of Tomahawk was not yet surveyed or laid out. It was surveyed in the spring of 1887 and lots were sold on the 25th June 1887. The “John Oelhafen Store” pictured below was one of the first buildings to be constructed in this small outpost town. The population of Tomahawk was 1816 in 1890.
Henry and his family probably hitched their horses at the front of this store to shop and visit with their neighbours before returning home to their farm. Note the hitching posts still in place at this date.
This picture was taken circa 1912. The Oelhafen store in the background was constructed in 1887. Selling food and household products was well beyond outpost expectations. Centre background was the second store which sold dry goods.
And later, his sons owned and operated a saloon in Long Lake, Wisconsin, located about 80 miles east of Tomahawk. In the mid 1880’s and later, this area boomed with logging, many saw mills opening up, creating employment. It was to this industry that Henry and Sarah’s younger sons turned to for work for a while.
In a list of registered voters for the area on the 12th of March 1898: two of their sons, in Ward 1, David McCutcheon was registered and in Ward 4, Alex McCutcheon was registered to vote.
Henry and Sarah raised 10 children over a period of 21 years. Other than a 5 year span between child #2 and #3, they did not appear to lose any children which commonly happened then to childhood illnesses such as scarlet fever (as did his brother James), measles, whooping cough, small pox, etc.
Of Henry’s ten children, 5 eventually settled and died in the USA, one applied for and received a land grant in Alberta, dying in Lacombe, whilst three others applied for land grants in Saskatchewan, near Bengough. The only one of this family left in Ontario was 23 year old son Robert lying in a cold grave.
~CHILDREN OF HENRY SMITH McCUTCHEON AND SARAH IRWIN WERE~
- Amanda Sarah McCUTCHEON (5). See “i” following.
- John Thomas McCUTCHEON (5). See “ii” following.
- Isabella McCUTCHEON (5). See “iii” following.
- Thomas McCUTCHEON (5). See “iv” following.
- Robert (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4: Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 9th February 1856 in Mono Township, Dufferin County, ON. and he died at the age of 23 years in Nottawasaga, ON. He was buried at the Presbyterian Cemetery.
Orangeville Sun – October 23, 1879
A man named Robert McCutcheon, of the township of Nottawasaga, shipped on Wednesday on the propeller California, at Collingwood, and the same evening accidentally fell between the dock and the boat and was drowned.
- William Henry McCUTCHEON (5). See “v” following.
- Sarah McCUTCHEON (5). See “vi” following.
- James McCUTCHEON (5). See “vii” following. ☺☺
- David McCUTCHEON (5). See “viii” following.
- Alexander McCUTCHEON (5). See “ix” following.
☺☺ Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.
AMANDA SARAH McCUTCHEON (1846-1914)
i. Amanda Sarah McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4; Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 9th April 1846 in Mono Township, Dufferin County, ON. and she died on the 7TH May 1914 in Ashland, MI. She married Alexander MURPHY (10th December 1844 in Cork Ireland – 25th June 1909 in Ashland) on the 10th May 1864 in Mulmur. His parents were George Murphy and Esther.
NOTE: This entire family immigrated in the latter part of 1881 settling in Dollarville, Luce County, MI. By 1900, Alexander, Amanda, Thomas James and Amanda Junior were living in the City of Marquette, Michigan and Amanda Senior was running a boarding house. On that census, she had 18 boarders.
23rd August 1888 (From the Newberry News) – Alexander Murphy, of Dollarville, has an advertisement in the News this week in which he offers all of his live stock, household furniture, etc., for sale cheap as he is about to leave town.
23rd August 1888 (From the Newberry News) – James Murphy, of Wallaceburg, Ontario the genial and good looking brother of Thomas Murphy of the Nelson house, returned home Tuesday evening much to the regret of the……..
1900 – US census states that Amanda was the mother of 8 children but only 6 were still alive.
1910 – Amanda, widowed, was living in the City of Ashland with her son John and his wife and children.
~CHILDREN OF AMANDA McCUTCHEON AND ALEXANDER MURPHY WERE~
- Henry H MURPHY (6) B. 24th July 1864 in Egremont Township, Grey County, ON; D. on the 13th January 1915 in Duluth, MN. He married Annie COOPER (1874-1955) circa 1900. They had 2 children: Henrietta Gould (1901-1975); Leslie Alexander (1903-1951). Bob Connor (a grand-son) says: Henry had no middle name, but adopted the initial “H” to distinguish himself from another (some other) Henry Murphy’s in the area.
- Sarah MURPHY (6) B. 21st July 1869 in Egremont Township, Grey County, ON.
- George MURPHY (6) B. 1865 in Egremont Township, Grey County, ON. D. 9th February 1918 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He married Bridget Agnes BENANE (1871-1930) in 1892 in Iron Mountain, MI. Their 6 children were: George Alexander (1893-1940); Lillian (1895-?); Earl James (1898-?); Mildred M (1904-?); Helen K (1907-?); Edith (1909-?).
- John Alexander MURPHY (6) B. 1871 in Egremont Township, Grey County, ON. He married Eileen Lucinda ALLEN (1876-1929) circa 1899. Their children were: Lyle Alexander (1899-1921); Tillie (1899); Lloyd (1901); Henry (1903).
- Thomas James McCutcheon MURPHY (6) B. 7th April 1873 in Nottawasaga Township, Grey County, ON. On the 20th March 1902, he married Alma Alberta WELTER (1874-1942) in Marquette, MI. Her parents were Jacob WELTER and Sarah JONES. This was her second marriage, his first. He inherited 4 young step-children. They had 3 children together: Sarah Mae Irvin (1903-1994); Hazel (1905); Ina (1908).
- Isabella Esther MURPHY (6) B. 24th August 1876 in Nottawasaga Township, Grey County, ON.
NOTE: This entire family immigrated to Ashland, Wisconsin circa 1885.
JOHN THOMAS McCUTCHEON (1847-1929)
ii. John Thomas McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4; Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 6th December 1847 in Mono Township, Dufferin County, ON. and he died in 1929 in Lacombe, AB. He married Pricilla Sarah SMYTH (29th October 1852 in Ireland- 7th November 1904) on the 1st September 1870 in Simcoe, ON. They are both buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Lacombe, AB. Section A, Lot 39, Plot A. ► ♥
NOTE: Before moving west in the mass migration that began with the advent of cheap Land Grants, John operated a Hotel-Tavern-Inn first in the Village of Badjeros, Ontario and then in Holland Centre, Ontario. By 1898, he had applied for Land Grants and had received his Letters patent for the North East ¼ of Section 24, Township 39, Range 35. See story following.
~CHILDREN OF JOHN THOMAS McCUTCHEON AND PRICILLA SARAH SMYTH WERE~
- William McCUTCHEON (6) B. 1873 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County. He married Rose Elisabeth HOLDEN circa 1903.
- Robert James McCUTCHEON (6) B. 1874 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County.
- Thomas Henry McCUTCHEON (6) B. 1876 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County. He married and had one known child, Emma. ►
- John Alexander McCUTCHEON (6) B. 1878 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County and he died on the 5th August in Edmonton, AB. He was buried at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. He married Sue Agnes HALL (1886-1948) in 1904. Their only child, Stella May (1908) was the narrator of John’s story following. ►
- David Edgar McCUTCHEON (6) B. 9th June 1883 and died on the 31st May 1886 of Scarletina in Holland Township, Grey County, ON.
- Norman Lorne McCUTCHEON (6) B. 12th July 1884 in Holland Township, Grey County, ON. and he died on the 15th April 1961 in Maple Ridge, BC. He was married twice. He enlisted in the US Military in WW I. See story:
|Roster of the Men and Women who served in the Army or Naval Service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its Allies from the State of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918 Volume 3:|
|Name: Norman Lorne McCutcheon
Army #: 968,105
Registrant: no, over age
Birth Place: Badgeros, Ontario
Birth Date: 12 July 1884
Parent’s Origin: naturalized citizen
Comment: enlisted at Reno, Nevada on December 28th 1917; sent to Fort McDowell, California; served in 828th Aero Repair Squadron, Air Service, to November 12th 1918; Company B, 113th Engineers, to discharge; overseas from September 1st 1918, to May 27th 1919. Discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on June 17th 1919, as a Private.
- Sarah Pricilla McCUTCHEON (6) B. 12th September 1885 in Holland Township, Grey County, ON. and she died in Vancouver, BC. She was married twice; First to Charles Couse CURTIS ((1882-?) on the 26th January 1904. Their three children were: Muriel P (1908-?); Gordon Edward (1910-1970); Ruby M (1914-?). She divorced Curtis circa 1925 and married Alton JOHNSTONE. Their one child: Kenneth.
Floyd Oscar McCUTCHEON (6) B. 14th April 1889 in Holland Township, Grey County, ON. He enlisted in the Canadian Army on the 15th October 1915.
COURT MARTIAL: France: Reg. #101418, Driver Unit CETD. Offence 9 (2). RG150-Ministry of Overseas Military Forces of Canada, Series 8, File 649-M-53247, Microfilm Reel Number T-8681, file access code 90, finding Aid # 150-5. These records have been withdrawn. However, according to his niece’s story, when he came back from WW I, he never fully recovered and was never the same man as before he went to war. The war ruined his life.
- Gladys Araline McCUTCHEON (6) B. 2nd September 1891 in Holland Township, Grey County, ON. and she died circa 1973 in Spokane, WA. Gladys married twice but remained childless.
- Walter Frederick McCUTCHEON (6) B. 4th January 1895 in Lacombe, AB and he died on the 3rd October 1971 in Abbotsford, BC. He married Dyvekke Margrieta CHRISTIANSON circa 1920. Their children: Leona, Norman, Robert, Ruby, Donald (1933-2010), Muriel Pricilla (1935-1989).
NOTE: this family had 8 sons, 5 of whom served in the armed forces in World War I; 2 in the US military and 3 in the Canadian military.
♥ Siblings Married Siblings: In this case, 3 Smiths siblings married 3 McCutcheons, 2 were sisters and one was their first cousin. Described as follows:
McCUTCHEON, AGNES – eldest child of William McCutcheon and Mary Hawkins and
McCUTCHEON, MARY JANE – fourth child of William McCutcheon and Mary Hawkins:
each married brothers, Robert and Samuel Smith, children of William Smith and Pricilla Reyborn, in Simcoe County in the 1870’s.
Robert and Samuel SMYTH’S sister, Pricilla Sarah SMYTH married John Thomas McCUTCHEON (1847-1929) son of Henry Smith McCutcheon and Sarah Irwin.
John Thomas McCutcheon was first cousin to Agnes and Mary Jane.
JOHN McCUTCHEON SR. – BY GRANDDAUGHTER – STELLA SORENSON:
Circa 1973, Alberta
The John McCUTCHEON family came west from the Owen Sound area of Ontario, where they had operated a hotel, in the late 1880’s. With a large family, I suppose the promise of free land loomed large to a man of his Glengarry Scot ancestry. Sarah, his wife, owed her industry, fire and beauty to her Dublin Irish forefathers. She died before I was born. Unfortunately, I know nothing of their early lives. They homesteaded NW. 1/4 19-39-25 W4. (In the early sod-roofed houses of those days, it rained inside for three days after it had quit outside.)
Jack, my father, said there was a spring in the north-east corner that showed an oil slick, shades of the Joffre oil field.
There were seven boys – Will, Bob, Tom, Jack (my father), Norman, Floyd and Walter and two girls – Sadie and Gladys.
Will and Bob, whom I never saw, had an orchard in Yakima, Washington at one time. Tom, who was a good carpenter, had extensive real estate holdings in Bellview, Washington, when he enlisted in the army in World War I, but lost it all while he was overseas. Late in life he married a widow with one daughter, Emma McCutcheon who still lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Floyd and Walter also served overseas. Floyd was shell-shocked and never fully recovered. After the war, Walter married Dyvekke Christianson. (She and I shared a double desk in the old North Star school, when she first came out from Denmark). They lived on Grandpa McCutcheon’s quarter when they were first married, moving later to SE 1/4 26-39-25 W4, which Jack, my father bought from Ollie Barnes. Here Walter spent most of the rest of his life, raising a family of six. Ruby (Mrs. Mac Watt, Calgary); Donald (Sylvan Lake); Leona (Calgary); Muriel (Mrs. Bud Richardson, Red Deer); Robert and Norman, they retired to Abbotsford, BC, where Dee still lives.
Norman served in the US Navy. He married Vera Matthews, a daughter of Tom Matthews. She died young. Later he married Marie, a lady of French Canadian Extraction, who still lives in Haney, British Columbia.
Sadie married Charlie Curtis, who had a livery stable in Lacombe. They had three children; Muriel, Gordon, and Ruby who died young. Sadie and Charlie were divorced when the children were young. Much later she married Alton Johnstone. They had one son, Kenneth who died as a young man. Gordon died of cancer three years ago. He has one daughter, Diane, by his first wife, living in Edmonton. His widow and son Kevin, live in Vancouver.
Muriel (Mrs. Pedersen) lives with her mother in Vancouver. Sadie, the only one of the nine still alive, is 88 and very frail.
Gladys was married twice, but had no family. As Mrs. Oliver Weber, she lived in Spokane, Washington for years.
JOHN ALEXANDER MCCUTCHEON: – Stella McCutcheon Sorensen:
Johnny McCutcheon, my father, homesteaded SW 1/4 28-39-24 W4 in Pleasant Valley in 1899. He had nothing but the clothes he stood in when he left home. I believe he worked for a Scotch couple, the MacFarlane’s, who lived along Haynes Creek. Proving up was done the hard way, batching in a single board shack, clearing land with an axe and elbow grease, and breaking with a walking plow. But in August of 1902, the quarter became his. Two years later he married Agnes Hall. She had come as a girl with her family from Nottingham, England where they worked in the lace mills, to Winnipeg where Grand-dad Hall and eldest son Dick worked in the CPR shops until they and many more were laid off. Then they came out west and homesteaded on SE 1/4 14-39-25 W4. I have often wondered how they and other city reared people coped with the loneliness, and the back-breaking work necessary to exist; not to mention the hordes of mosquitoes in the wet years (they were so bad, grown men were known to sit down and weep when hunting for stock in the dense bush).
In those early days no one was turned away who needed an overnight stopping place. Trouble was, some guests sometimes left some of their personal guests behind. Then mother got very busy with feather and turpentine to root out the unwanted company.
Dad next acquired the school quarter across the road on which North Star School was built. Mother boarded the teacher in her two-roomed home. The teacher had, of necessity, to have her morning wash in the kitchen completed before Dad came in from chores. This led inevitably, to some very hasty exits. After the big house was built, they had ample privacy. Mother treated them all as members of the family to the extent of encouraging one young man with a bad case of acne to try bathing his face with buttermilk and to leave the chocolates alone.
Many were the dances, attended by young and old, held in North Star School. Though I doubt there were many trained musicians, there were many with natural talent. Most of the McCutcheons had it. So music was always available. The one who stands out most vividly in my memory was Nat Jamieson and his banjo. He had me convinced that his little finger was crooked for reaching for the strings. Axel Boode once became so engrossed in practising his violin in our dining room that the coal oil was boiling in the metal bowl of the Aladdin lamp, the mantle was black and the room ditto, when Dad fortunately turned up in time to throw the lamp out in the snow before it exploded, thus avoiding a tragedy.
From a child`s point of view the Christmas concert was the highlight of the year. Mother helped the teacher makes bags of coloured net into which treats, supplied by the school board, Japanese oranges, apples, nuts and rock candy, were portioned. How excited we were about putting our best foot forward on the stage. And the most unbearable wait for Santa`s arrival with a treat, and hopefully, a gift, for each child!
All farming was done by horse or mule power. Breaking the “broncos” to pull plows, harrows or drills without kicking it or the driver to pieces, was an art in itself. Lew Baines, who worked for Dad for years, had infinite patience with both animals and children. We had a team of mules he broke that `fanned the ears` of anyone else foolhardy enough to go near them. One hired man, after a dance, driving an eight horse team on a gang plow, made the mistake of falling asleep. The ensuing melee left wrecked machinery, one horse hurt badly enough by a plow share that it had to be shot, and one man out of a job!
Dad often said that he was too heavy for light work and too light for heavy work. But he did a great deal of it over the years. Our fine home and prosperous farm attested to that.
In 1919, I think, Dad sold to Mr. Bavender and we moved to Edmonton, where we lived until his death in August 1941.
Upon receiving my first class teaching certificate, the wheel came full circle when I came back to North Star school to each for my first year, and to board with Bavenders in my old home. Ella (Mrs. Dick Waddy) and I have remained fast friends ever since.
I married Alfred Sorensen in 1939. We have two sons – Garry, born in 1940 who lives in Oroville, Washington, and David born in 1948, who lives in Edmonton. Garry obtained a degree in Biological Science from Montana State University, married an American girl, and became an American citizen. David, an instrument technician, in the oil and gas and chemical field, is to be married this summer.
Mother died in August 1948 at Holden, Alberta, where she moved after Dad died.
► Homestead – Land Grants and/or Letters Patents were applied for.
ISABELLA McCUTCHEON (1852-?)
iii. Isabella McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4; Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 29thJanuary 1852 in Mono Township, Dufferin County, ON. and she died on the 21st May 1926 in Verwood, SK. She married Robert Nelson KINNEAR on the 30th December 1874 in Nottawasaga. He was born on the 3rd July 1852 and he died on the 9th July 1932 in Verwood, SK. They were both buried at the Verwood Municipal Cemetery, P-22; B2. His parents were William Kinnear and Mary.
22nd June 1889 – (From the Newberry News): Mr. Kinnear, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is visiting his brother Robert in Dollarville.
27th January 1890 – (From the Newberry News): Mr. Kinnear has moved into the house latterly occupied by Alexander Murphy (brother-in-law).
18th February 1890 – (From the Newberry News): Robert Kinnear of Dollarville, spent a very pleasant evening in Newberry this week.
1st March 1890 – (From the Newberry News): Robert Kinnear has his foot badly crushed unloading cars at the banking ground here on Wednesday.
8th March 1890 – (From the Newberry News): Robert Kinnear is getting as lively on his pedestrials as ever-ready for another jam.
4th April 1890 – (From the Newberry News): Mrs. Robert Kinnear has been on the sick list for a few days but is now getting some better.
28th July 1890 – (From the Newberry News): “The following address along with a valuable purse was presented to the Reverend A Wood, on Monday – Dollarville:
Dear Friend and Pastor: – We the people of Dollarville, wishing to show our esteem and gratitude to you for the efforts you have put forth in the past, to minister to our spiritual welfare, and the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom in this town. Wishing to show our appreciation of your services in our behalf, in a very inadequate manner we present you with this purse, believing that in no other way could we express our feelings towards you, and also aid you in your noble work of saving souls through the preaching of the gospel of Christ: also to your helpmate in this work, we extend our best respects and hearty good will. Our prayer is that when the Master calls you and yours to the Glorious City of Zion above you will bear your sheaves with you, and hear the welcome “Well done good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Signed on behalf of the people of Dollarville.
28th November 1890 – (From the Newberry News): Messrs. Kinnear, Reed and wives, Mr. Minthorn and a number of the young people of Dollarville took in the ball at Marquette last Friday.
9th January 1891 – (From the Newberry News): The installation of officers for the ensuing year of Luce Lodge I.O.O. F. took place last Tuesday evening. The event was open to the public and a large number of ladies and gentlemen were in attendance. After the officers were installed an excellent musical and literary program was presented and was highly appreciated by all present. Addresses were given on the benefit of the order by S. N. Dutcher and William McArthur. The following is the list of officers.
Noble Grand – S. N. Dutcher; Vice Grand – Rev. A. Wood; Treasurer – Gus Rosenthal; Secretary – G.W. Sickles; Permanent Sec – Geo. Spencer; Warden – R.A. Thoenan; Outside G – Thomas Hornby; Inside G. – John Rusk; Conductor – Robert Kinnear; R.S. of N.G. – James Holt; L.S. of N. G. – John McMillan; R.S. of V.G. – Emory Barr; R.S.S. – John A Brown; L.S.S. – H Hartwick; Chaplain – R.A. Jenney; Songs were given by Misses Hayes and Fretz, and Messrs Bruce, Senneider and Rule, instrumental music by Mrs. Henderson.
11th December 1891 – (From the Newberry News): “Mrs. Kinnear (Isabella McCutcheon) is convalescent this week.”
8th April 1892 – From the Newberry News, April 8, 1892, a column of Dollarville Doings: “It has been frequently remarked by some Newberry pessimists when we were tooting off our brazzo about Dollarville’s future prosperity, that we were only relieving ourselves of so much gas; that it was only some of those windy doings for which our burg is becoming noted. If these same soreheads were to make their appearance in our village this week, and hear the resounding echoes produced from the numerous buildings in course of erection, they would soon be convinced that a good healthy boom had struck the town for keeps. Nine new buildings have been started upon this week. Archie Campbell, of Newberry, is adding at 24 foot extension his building and will fit it out in first class shape for a hotel, where Arthur Salmon will cater to the wants of those in want of an A-1 boarding house, and also the many transients that have frequently been obliged to go to Newberry for accommodation. Mr. McIntyre is building a large two story house upon the corner lot opposite the school house, which will accommodate his large and increasing family and also a number of boarders. Rufe Dodge and William Yull are building themselves each a snug little cottage south of the school house. Mr. Lawrence has located his residence west of the Carlson abode. Mr. McKinnon and Duncan Kerr have chosen the McCluskey Boulevard as sites for their modern mansions.”
The straits of Mackinaw are now clear of ice and navigation is open to both lakes.
From Wikipedia, this narrative on Dollarville: Dollarville is an unincorporated community in McMillan Township, Luce County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is just west of the village of Newberry and north of the M-28/M-117 intersection.
The settlement development around the mill and general store of the American Lumber Company in 1882. It was named for Captain Robert Dollar, the general manager and founder of the Dollar Steamship Company; who later made a fortune in the shipping industry. Dollarville was a station on the Detroit, Mackinac and Marquette Railroad. A post office opened August 17, 1883 and closed October 14, 1903. The office reopened from June 3, 1904 until April 30, 1919.
15th July 1892 – (From the Newberry News): Robert Kinnear, his son Willie, aged 13, and Johnnie Ironside another lad of the same age, were in bathing on a shoal in the river one evening this week. Johnnie ventured out into deep water where the current is quite swift, lost his footing and was drifting away. Mr. Kinnear observing the lad struggling rushed to his assistance, when he in turn got beyond his depth, and not being able to swim both were in danger of being drowned. Willie, who was a little piece from them, being a good swimmer, grasped the situation at a glance, and seeing that Johnnie was the most exhausted, swam to him first and brought him to the shore, then returned and brought in his father who was just about giving up trying to keep afloat. Willie’s knowledge of swimming and presence of mind saved the lives of both.”
1901 – Shortly after the swimming incident, the family returned to Osprey Township, Simcoe County, Ontario.
1905 – They applied for a land grant and received the grant after 1905, settling in Readlyn, SK. About 105 kilometres south of Moose Jaw. ►
~CHILDREN OF ISABELLA McCUTCHEON AND ROBERT NELSON KINNEAR WERE~
- Mamie KINNEAR (6) B. 18th October 1875 in Osprey Township, Grey County.
- William Henry KINNEAR (6) B. 22ndApril 1879 in Osprey Township, Grey County. Applied for a land grant Circa 1912 in Willowbunch, Saskatchewan, 6-28-W2, both the NE and NW ¼ of Section 30. He married Emily Jane RUTHVEN (1881-1976) about 1916. Both of them were buried at the Verwood Municipal Cemetery. Their 2 children: Myrtle Ruthven (1916-1926); Beatrice Isabell (1918-1997). ►
- Sarah KINNEAR (6) B. 4th July 1882 in Osprey Township, Grey County.
- Robert James KINNEAR (6) B. 4thAugust 1884 in Osprey Township, Grey County and he died on the 22nd April 1959 in Verwood, SK. He applied for a land grant Circa 1911 in Willowbunch Saskatchewan, 6-28-W2, both the NW and SW ¼ of Section 32. Robert married Jennie Letitia BAILIE on the 30th July 1913 in Dufferin, ON. She was born in 1896 in Collingwood, ON and she died in 1962 in Verwood, SK. They were both buried at the Verwood Municipal Cemetery. Their children: Robert Thomas (1914-1981); Bertha (1915-1920; Frederick F (1917); George L (1919-1984); Unknown son. ►
- Amanda Maud KINNEAR (6) B. 9th May 1886 in Osprey Township, Grey County. She married Albert Henderson PAUL on the 3rd July 1907 in Grey County, ON. Their 2 children: Robert John; Albert. By 1916 this family was living on a farm near Readlyn SK.
► Homestead – Western Canadian Land Grants and/or Letters Patents were applied for.
THOMAS McCUTCHEON (1854-1927)
iv. Thomas McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4; Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 25th March 1854 in Mono Township, Dufferin County, ON. and he died in 1927 in Bengough, SK. He married Margaret Jane PENTLAND (1861-1939) on the 12th July 1878 in Bruce Township. They are buried at the Bengough Cemetery. Her parents were Thomas George Pentland and Deborah Ann Symington . ►
Henry Reinke; Margaret Jane Pentland; Henry’s mother – name unknown; Beatrice Reinke; Thomas McCutcheon
Picture courtesy of Roxanna Pentland;
Newspaper clips from the Newberry News are courtesy of Roxanna Pentland who is a grand-niece of Thomas McCutcheon and Margaret Jane Pentland
Thomas’ pioneering story would not be complete without some historical mention of his in-laws. Some of his siblings and his parents also immigrated to the USA. Some of his siblings settled for a while in Dollarville, Luce County before moving individually on to somewhere else.
Thomas Pentland (born 1st September 1829 in County Armagh, Ireland) married Deborah Ann Symington (born 17 March 1839 in Derryland, Tartaraghan Parish, County Armagh, Ireland). They had two children while still in Ireland and immigrated to Canada in 1859 settling in Mono Township, Dufferin County, Ontario where their third child, George, was born on the 15th July 1859.
Thomas and Deborah immigrated to the United States, settling in Luce County in late 1881 with their six sons (Isaac, George, Thomas, William, Alexander and Moses) and their only daughter, Margaret Jane Pentland who was already married to Thomas McCutcheon.
Thomas Pentland and his children all settled in the same area in Luce County. Pentland Township was established in 1887 in the southeast corner of Luce County, just south of the Village of Newberry. The Township was established with a total area of 107.3 square miles. The area where the Pentlands settled was named after them – Pentland Township. Their eldest son, Isaac, was the first Township Supervisor.
In the 1881 Canadian Census, the Henry McCutcheon family were residents of Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County, Ontario. In 1881 Canadian Census the Pentland family were residents of Kinloss Township, Bruce County, ON. Not found on any 1881 census, are Thomas and Margaret.
In all if the US census available the immigration year for Thomas and Margaret is consistently listed as 1881. Their son Robert was born in Ontario on the 27th November 1881, so the family probably immigrated shortly after that with a newborn baby.
1st March 1888 – (From the Newberry News): Land Office at Marquette, Michigan:
28th February 1888: Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court of Luce county, at Newberry, Michigan on the 13th April 1888; viz: Thomas McCutcheon, hd. Application No. 2975, for the NW 1/4 of Section 21, Township 45 N, 10W. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: David McGrath, of Dollarville, Michigan; Anthony St John; George Eno of Garfield Township, Michigan; Joseph Miller, of Pentland, Michigan; Samuel E. Byrne, Register.
29th March 1888 – (From the Newberry News): Thomas McCutcheon and J.R. Miller are erecting new barns on their homesteads.
13th September 1888 – (From the Newberry News): Thomas McCutcheon of Naubinway was in the village Saturday. He made sure the News would keep him posted in county affairs for another year at least.
27th June 1889 – (From the Newberry News): “On Saturday last, Thomas McCutcheon, through his agent, A. Betters, sold his farm in Pentland Township (being the NE 1/4 of Section 21 Township 45N; Range 10W) to Thomas Pentland. Consideration, $500.00”
6th August 1889 – (From the Newberry News): US General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
Name: Thomas McCutcheon
Issue Date: 6 August 1889
Land Office: Marquette
Authority: May 20, 1862, Homestead Entry Original
Document Number: 1366
6th August 1889 – (From the Newberry News): Land Patent
Dated August 6, 1889
Land Office: Marquette
Document Number 1366
Thomas McCutcheon; NW 21; Township 45-N Range 10-W
Meridian Michigan-Toledo Strip
24th August 1889 – (From the Newberry News): Mr. [Thomas] McCutcheon and family left Dollarville for Tomahawk last Monday.
So far, there is no evidence that places Thomas’ parents, Henry and Sarah McCutcheon in Dollarville, Luce County. All historical data so far collected, shows them immigrating to Tomahawk, Wisconsin in 1881. It was here in Tomahawk that Thomas’ second child, Mary Ann, was born in 1890. Also, his father Henry was aging and perhaps Thomas moved to Tomahawk to help him. Henry died in Tomahawk in June of 1897.
1st June 1900 – the family was living in the Village of Bemidji, Minnesota. The Village of Bemidji became organized in 1896 so the McCutcheon family probably arrived from Tomahawk around that time. The name derives from the Ojibwe (also Ojibwa or Ojibway) Bay-may-ji-ga-maug, meaning “lake that traverses another body of water”. On occasion, in Ojibwe, the village of Bemidji is called Wabigamaang (“at the lake channel/narrows”), because part of the village is situated on the Lakes Bemidji/Irving narrows, located on the south end of Lake Bemidji. Sometimes the name is credited to Chief Bemidji, an Ojibwe chief.
With the formation of a new Village, perhaps Thomas saw an opportunity for work and brought his family. The 1900 US census stated that his occupation was that of “laborer”. Their son Robert by this time was 19 years old and he was also working as a laborer. Margaret stated that she was the mother of two children, both who were still alive.
6th May 1910 –the family was living in the Village of Nymore, Beltrami, Minnesota. The Village of Nymore is located about 2 ½ miles from the Village of Bemidji.
On this census, Margaret reports that she had 3 children but only 2 were alive suggesting that one child had died sometime between 1900 and 1910. Margaret was a cook in the boarding house and Thomas was working as a Teamster. Robert was working as a logger and Mary, now married, was working as a waitress in the boarding house. From this census, it appeared that the family owned the boarding house. They had eleven boarders living there at that time, most of them who were working in the logging industry, such as scalers, laborers and carpenters in the lumber mill.
1912 – Thomas applied for a land grant for the NW 1/4 of Section 10 in Township 4; Range 24; West of the 2nd meridian. MICROFILM # C-6462.; Volume 661. This was in the land mass area known as “Willow Bunch” that included the Village of Bengough. The family immigrated to Saskatchewan from Nymore, Minnesota in 1912 according to the 1916 Census of Canada, one year after his son-in-law, Henry Reinke, daughter, Mary Ann and grand-child, Beatrice Alvina. At the age of 58 years old, when most people are settling into their retirement years, Thomas set out for new territory on untamed land, again having to meet the rigors of establishing a homestead according to the guidelines set out by the government. He needed to erect a house and barn, clear and plow several acres of land, build a public road in front of his property in order to receive his “Letters Patent” or first title to his land. He was still on this farm at the time of his death in 1927.
~CHILDREN OF THOMAS McCUTCHEON AND MARGARET JANE PENTLAND WERE~
- Robert Henry McCUTCHEON (6) B. 27th November 1881 in Holyrood, ON. and he died in 1961 in Saskatchewan. He served in the US armed forces for 3 years 3 months sometime between 1911 and 1915. Then he came to Canada where he enlisted in Regina in January 1916. He was discharged on the 17th April in Winnipeg, as medically unfit for service. He was a blacksmith by trade. He never married.
- Mary McCUTCHEON (6) B. 14th August 1890 in Tomahawk WI and she died in 1979 in Bengough, SK. She married Henry Martin REINKE (1889-1967) on the 21st February 1910. They are both buried at the Bengough Cemetery. Their children: Beatrice Alvina (1910) B. Nymore, MI; Thomas John (1913-1977) B. Bengough, SK.; Frederick Robert (1916-2000).
► Homestead – Western Canadian Land Grants and/or Letters Patents were applied for.
WILLIAM HENRY McCUTCHEON (1858-1915)
v. William Henry McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4; Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 29th April 1858 in Mono Township, Dufferin County, ON. and he died on the 15th March 1915 in Munising, MI. He is buried at the Maplegrove Cemetery in Munising. He married Sarah Jane ROBINSON (1863-1920) on the 22nd December 1880 in Alliston Ontario. Her parents were Samuel Robinson and Josephine Cornelius.
~CHILDREN OF WILLIAM HENRY McCUTCHEON AND SARAH JANE ROBINSON WERE~
- Sophia Mae McCUTCHEON (6). B. 15th January 1885 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County. She married John THOMPSON. John was born in Scotland. Their children: Neta A (1905); Nola B (1907); Evelyn A (1908: Maxwell Allen (1912); Harry Austin (1917); John Elwood (1920); May Elaine (1925).
- Marge Evaline McCUTCHEON (6). B. 25th July 1886 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County and she died in Santa Monica, CA. on the 18th June 1975. She married John L EVANS on the 19th August 1924 in Los Angeles, CA.
- Josephine Helen McCUTCHEON (6). B. 20th July 1890 in Collingwood Township, Simcoe County. D. in March 1970 in Chicago and is buried at the Maplegrove Cemetery in Munising, MI.
- Maude Lillian McCUTCHEON (6). B. 12th June 1894 in Wisconsin and she died on the 6th September 1986 in Sun City, CA. She married William Arthur SUMMERS (1892-1945). Their children: Patricia; Dorothy; Elizabeth; Walter. ☺☺
☺☺ Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.
SARAH McCUTCHEON (1860-1914)
vi. Sarah McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4: Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 20thFebruary 1860 in Mono Township, Dufferin County, ON. and she died on the 6th January 1943 in Tomahawk, WI. She married Charles James McCORMICK circa 1880. Charles was born in October 1863 in Ontario and he died on the 10th July 1905 in Tomahawk,Wisconsin, USA. His parents were Michael McCormick and Barbara McKenzie. They were both buried in the family plot at the Greenwood Cemetery in Tomahawk.
Picture of Sarah McCutcheon courtesy of great-grand-daughter Barbara Schieb-Gibbons.
~CHILDREN OF SARAH McCUTCHEON AND CHARLES JAMES McCORMICK WERE~
- Sarah Irwin McCORMICK (6) B. 20th October 1889 in Tomahawk, WI. D. 27th August 1980 in Akron, OH. She married Irby Seaborn BALLARD (1892-1967) on the 3rd June 1920. They were both buried at the Mount Peace Cemetery along with their infant son. Their children: Charles C; Ruth I; John S; Beecher Irby. ☺☺
- William McCORMICK (6) B. July 1893. D. 28 February 1967 in Tomahawk, WI. He married twice: First to Laura Agnes JOHNSON (1897-1929) on the 1st November 1919. Their 2 children: Dorothy; Evelyn. Second to Hazel Verna BINGHAM (1905-1989) on the 23rd June 1929. Their 2 children; one male; one female.
NOTE: William McCormick was drafted into the US Military on the 5thJune 1917 at the age of 23 years. On his registration card his occupation was noted as: Physician and Surgeon. William and Laura were buried in the family plot in the Greenwood Cemetery.
- Lucinda E McCORMICK (6) B. 25th May 1895. D. 26th May 1895 in Tomahawk, WI. Buried at the family plot in the Greenwood Cemetery.
- Mary Irene Charlotte McCORMICK (6) B. October 1899 in Tomahawk, WI.
NOTE: There are 6 known graves in the McCormick family plot located in the Greenwood Cemetery. There are 5 more graves in this family plot that are un-identifiable, including that of H. S. McCormick.
☺☺ Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.
JAMES McCUTCHEON (1861-1957)
vii. James McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4: Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1). James McCUTCHEON (5) was born ON THE 29TH December 1861 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County, ON. and he died on the 25th February 1957 in Weyburn, SK. He was buried at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weyburn. James Married twice. His first wife is unknown. They married circa 1880. His second wife was Beatrice Maud Elliot on the 17th November 1920. ☺☺
~CHILD OF JAMES McCUTCHEON AND FIRST UNKNOWN WIFE WAS~
- Mervin McCUTCHEON (6) B. Circa 1880.
~CHILD OF JAMES McCUTCHEON AND BEATRICE MAUD ELLIOTT WAS~
- Isabella McCUTCHEON (6) B. 18th March 1922.
NOTE: In 1905 Jim was in partnership with his brother Alex in a Saloon in Long Lake, WI. In 1889 James sold his farm to Bob Francis and moved to Endeavour, Saskatchewan. James also spent some time in Wisconsin in business with his brother, Alexander.
Homestead NW 1/4 12 9 15 Crichton, Saskatchewan.
Information taken from Saskatchewan History book for Endeavour, Saskatchewan. It gave his date of birth 29TH December 1861 in Simcoe County and that agrees with the Family Bible record.
Johnny Cash makes reference to Endeavour in his song ‘The Girl in Saskatoon’: “I left a little town a little south of Hudson Bay.”
☺☺ Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.
DAVID McCUTCHEON (1864-1936)
viii. David McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4; Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 31st March 1864 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County, ON. and he died on the 15th February 1936 in Tomahawk. He married Margaret Ellen FLAHERTY (1866-1928) on the 18th January 1892 in Tomahawk. They were both buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Tomahawk, WI. (Block 13, Plot 4). ‡‡
NOTE: David operated a saloon between 1895 and 1920. On the 3rd July 1908 David was one of the applicants for a license to operate a saloon in Tomahawk. By the 1920 Census, his occupation was listed as “Grocery Man”. David was also a registered voter on the 12th March 1898 in Ward 1.
OBITUARY FOR DAVID McCUTCHEON:
Funeral for a Well Known Tomahawk Man Tomorrow:
David McCutcheon Died Saturday After Illness of Three Weeks’ Duration:
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend J Anderson at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday for the late David McCutcheon, a well-known resident of the city who passed away at the Sacred Heart hospital at 9:45 A.M. on Saturday after a three weeks’ illness.
Mr. McCutcheon, who was born the 31st March 1864 in Rosemount, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada has been a resident of this city for forty-five years and a resident in Michigan before coming here after leaving Canada in 1880.
He was in business in this city for thirty-five years and lost his building in the big fire of March 1929, when Mitchell Hotel was destroyed. The past ten years he had rural mail routes; the Harrison route for six years and the Spirit Falls route for four years. He was married in this city on the 18th January 1892 to Miss Margaret Flaherty, who passed away on the 25th May 1928. Of a larger number of children born to this union, the surviving is: one son, Thomas McCutcheon of Wausau, four daughters: (Ervie) Mrs. Edward Grant of Eau Claire, (Maude) Mrs. E Jonas of Wausau and the Misses Lilah and Gladys of this city. Other survivors are seven grand-children: one sister, Mrs. Sarah McCormick of this city; and two brothers, Alex McCutcheon of Long Lake, WI. and James McCutcheon of Canada. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery.
Daily Herald 17 Feb 1936 Page 8 Column 1.
‡‡ This family had a set of twins.
~CHILDREN OF DAVID McCUTCHEON AND MARGARET FLAHERTY WERE~
- Sarah (Jessie) Irwin McCUTCHEON (6) B. 21st March 1893. D. 1957 in Tomahawk, WI. She is buried at the Greenwood Cemetery. She married James Albert STREETER (1892-1951) in 1915 whom she later divorced. Her second husband was Edwin Carlyle Grant (1893-1960) whom she married circa 1924. Sarah and Edwin had no children. Edwin worked for the Sterling Pulp and Paper Company.
- Thomas James McCUTCHEON (6) B. 25thApril 1896 in Tomahawk, WI. Thomas died in 1954 in Wausau, WI. He married Mary 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).
NOTE: He first volunteered into the US Military on the 5th June 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 Volunteer 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 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 again 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.
Former Tomahawk Resident, Thomas McCutcheon, Dies:
Thomas James McCutcheon, 58, Wausau, a salesman and resident of that city for 32 years, died suddenly of a heart attack Sunday evening at 7 o’clock. He was stricken in the Hotel Wausau and was declared dead upon arrival at the Wausau Hospital.
A native of Tomahawk, the deceased was born there April 25, 1896, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David McCutcheon. He was married July 6 1918, in Tomahawk to Miss Louise Castagner, who survives.
A World War I veteran, Mr. McCutcheon came to Wausau in 1922. Formerly an employee of the former Peterson Funeral Home and the Barden Funeral Home, he had been a salesman for the L. L. Cook Co. for a number of years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Besides the widow, surviving are three sons, David McCutcheon, Oakley, Kansas, Dale McCutcheon, Colby, and Donald McCutcheon, Rothschild; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Koltz, Duluth, Minnesota; four sisters, Mrs. Edward Grant, Eau Claire, Mrs. Elmer Jonas, Wausau, and the Misses Gladys and Lila McCutcheon, Wausau, and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock in the Ritter and Deutsch Funeral Home, Wausau and at 10 o’clock in St. James Catholic Church, with the Rev. Bernard Duffy officiating.
Burial will be in the Restlawn Memorial Park.
- Maude Elizabeth McCUTCHEON (6) B. 23rd December 1902 Tomahawk, WI. D. 8th June 1994 in Wausau, WI. Maude married Elmer JONAS (1902-1992). ☺☺
- Gladys Irene (Twin) McCUTCHEON (6) B. 15th December 1906 in Tomahawk, WI. D. April 1979 in Wausau, Wisconsin. Gladys never married. There is no historical record of her twin, so it is probable that her twin died at birth.
- Dorothy McCUTCHEON (6) B. 1909 Tomahawk, WI. and she died at the age of nine years in 1918 in Tomahawk, WI. She was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Tomahawk, WI.
- Lila F McCUTCHEON (6) B. 7th May 1910 and she died on the 21st January 1998 in Tomahawk, WI. She was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Tomahawk, WI. Lila never married.
ALEXANDER McCUTCHEON (1867-1937)
ix. Alexander McCUTCHEON (5) (Henry McCutcheon-4; Robert McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 6th January 1867 in Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County, ON. and he died in Long Lake, WI. on the 3rd April 1937. He married Emily Mary Frances McGORGAN (1869-1954) on the 26th June 1892. Alex was a registered voter on the 12th March 1898 in Ward 4.
Alex supported his wife and growing family by working in a saw mill in Tomahawk. They also lived for a while in the city of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He shouldered life’s responsibilities with strength and determination. Soon he became a partner in a tavern, then called a saloon, with his brother Jim, in Long Lake Wisconsin. The family moved there to begin that venture in 1905. It was little more than a wilderness then, but the lumbering boom had begun and his business prospered. Jim left the business and Alex became the sole proprietor and his efforts brought financial success. Prohibition forced the closing of the saloon so Alex opened McCutcheon General Store. He operated that business until his death on April 3, 1937. He was 70 years of age. He had suffered from complications of diabetes for years.
Emily McGorgan was the daughter of Isabella McGorgan who emigrated from Ireland. The separation of Emily’s parents was never discussed by the family. Therefore her paternal background has not been discovered as yet. It was known that Isabella had one brother Billy. Isabella actually raised two girls, Emily and Mary. Mary may have been her daughter; however she called Mary her cousin. Mary married Harry Totterdell and spent her adult life in Waukegan, Illinois. They had five children. Emily is listed as a natural sister in Mary’s obituary.
Isabella moved from Canada to Tomahawk, Wisconsin in 1893 to assist her daughter Emily who was expecting her first child. She brought with her all her earthly belongings which included a generous amount of furniture and even a piano. These items were most welcomed as Emily and Alex owned precious little. Over the years Emily related many times her joy and relief at having her mother’s comfort and help.
Isabella became a significant person in the lives of Alex’s and Emily’s children. She remained a grandmother-in-residence from 1893 until her death in October 1927.
Emily’s life efforts were focused on her family and her home. She was a pleasantly friendly woman who learned to accommodate the vagaries of life.
She adjusted to widowhood the best she could while remaining her amiable self. She tried valiantly to handle the daily demands and decisions of independence, but aloneness proved very stressful for this fragile woman. She died in Florence, Wisconsin at the age of 82.
NOTE: Three of the above brothers owned and operated saloons. Many members of this family still live in Wisconsin.
~CHILDREN OF ALEXANDER McCUTCHEON AND EMILY MARY McGORGAN WERE~
- Alexander Roy McCUTCHEON (6) B. 20th May 1893 in Tomahawk, WI. D. 2nd November 1903 in Rhinelander, WI. He is buried at the Forest Home Cemetery.
- Amanda Eleanor McCUTCHEON (6) B. 6th April 1895 in Tomahawk, WI. D. 21st February 1985 and is buried in Gillett, WI. Amanda was a teacher. She married Robert L KINGSTON (1893) on the 15th October 1919. Their children: Keith Kenneth (1920-1921; Alan (1922); Elizabeth (1923); Anita (1925); Kathleen (1932).☺☺
- Henry Norman McCUTCHEON (6) B. 20th October 1896 in Tomahawk, WI. D. 19th May 1973 in Iron Mountain, MI. He is buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in WI. Norm was employed by Cutler-Hammer Corporation. He married Hildreth Violet JOHNSON (1895-1997) on the 5th November 1927. Their child: Mary Beverly.
- Edmond McCUTCHEON (6) B. 16th May 1905. D. 18th May in Tomahawk, WI.
- Arnold Francis McCUTCHEON (6) B. 22nd March 1911 in Long Lake, WI. D. 1st June in Florence, WI. He is buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery. He married Helen LEWIS (1910-2008) on the 11th July 1934. Their children: Malcolm; Bonnie.
- Donald Alan McCUTCHEON (6) B. 4th March 1913 in Long Lake, WI. D. 2nd May 1974 in Grafton, WI. He is buried at the Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery. He married Margaret Fern NOVAK (1915-1972) on the 22nd October 1935. Their child: Sandra.
NOTE: It is interesting to note the quite large number of nonagenarians or better that Henry Smith McCutcheon and Sarah Irwin spawned.
☺☺ Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.