John Dutcher

“History of Davenport and Scott County; Volume II” by Harry E. Downer; S. J. Clarke 
Publishing Co.; 1910; Chicago:

John G. Dutcher is a worthy representative of the oldest and most prominent families
of Scott county and has been identified with its farming interests throughout a
long period. The family originated in Holland, whence the first of the name
emigrated to New York in 1632. There are still many of the name living in and
near Otsego county, that state, and a number are prominent representatives of
the various professions. There is in possession of the Dutcher family a will
signed by Ruloof Dutcher, bearing the date January 17, 1736, and also copies of
land transfers as far back as the year 1757.

John G. Dutcher of this review was born in Otsego county, New York, in 1846, a
son of D. C. and Laney E. (Wagner) Dutcher, both of whom were natives of the
same place, the former born in November, 1830, and the latter in August, 1832.
The parents journeyed west in December, 1854, first settling in Rock Island,
Illinois, where they spent a few years, while in April, 1858, they continued
their journey just across the state line into Scott county, Iowa. Here the
father purchased a tract of land, which is now owned by two of his sons.
John G. Dutcher was a little lad of eight years when he was brought from his
native state to the west and was twelve years of age when the family home was
established in Scott county. He was educated in the district schools of Buffalo
township and completed his studies in a business college of Davenport. During
the periods of vacation he was trained in the duties that usually fall to the
farm lad and thus as his age and strength increased he became more and more
familiar with the methods of agriculture. After putting aside his text-books he
took entire charge of the home farm for his father, who was an invalid, and the
place is now owned by himself and his brother J. E. They likewise own large
tracts of timber land in Arkansas and farm lands in various other sections. For
many years Mr. Dutcher was busily employed at farm labor but is now leaving the
active work to others, while he merely superintends his invested interests. His
excellent business ability has been manifest in many ways and today he is
classed with the representative and substantial residents of Scott county. In
addition to his landed possessions he is also a stockholder in the Savings Bank
at Buffalo, of which he is acting as vice president.

Mr. Dutcher was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Marsdorph, who still
survives. He is a democrat in his political views and in 1892 was elected to the
board of county supervisors, serving six years, while in 1906 he was once more
elected and is now serving his second term. He is a Mason, belonging to lodge
No. 37, at Davenport; to Banner Lodge, No. 16, Knights of Pythias at Buffalo;
Davenport Lodge, No. 7, I. O. O. F.; and to the Woodmen of the World.

J. E. Dutcher, the brother, makes his home on the same farm and together they
are managing their extensive interests. He wedded Miss Mary Mitch, a daughter of
Frederick Mitch, of Peoria, Illinois. Their union has been blessed with one son
and two daughters: Charles E., who operates the farm for his father and uncle;
Nancy, the wife of Richard Tarbit, of Syracuse, New York; and Laney, at

Submitted by: Lynnea Dickinson

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