Charles D. Cutler, well known throughout Southern Kansas, is now county treasurer of Harper county. He was born January 4, 1849, in Lake county, Indiana, and is a son of Leonard and Vilona (Church) Cutler. The father was a native of Vermont, born January 30, 1807. In 1833 he came to Indiana and settled in Lake county. This was a very early day in the settlement of that State, which at that time was practically a dense wilderness. In 1849, when gold was discovered in California, he joined the great procession across the plains and over the mountains, finally reaching the Sacremento[sic] Valley, where he followed prospecting and mining for two years, when he returned to his Indiana home. In 1855, he removed to Fulton county, Illinois, where he was successfully engaged in farming until his death, April 11, 1881. He was a man of strong character and lived an honorable and unright[sic] life. He was a member of the Baptist church. His wife, Vilona Church, was a native of New York State, born in the Genessee Valley, July 15, 1807, and died in Knox county, Illinois, January 31, 1905. She was a devout Christian woman and lived an exemplary life. Charles D. Cutler is one of a family of nine children, as follows: Sophia, born August 20, 1833, married Rev. James Brownlee and died August 20, 1912; Martha and Marion (twins), Marion died in infancy and Martha is now the widow of Wingate E. Gibbs; James died in infancy; William Judson, born January 1, 1839, farmer, Scott county, Kansas; Mariah, died in infancy; Mary, born in 1843, now the widow of Dr. J. J. Rowe; Leonard Wade, born December 28, 1845, a retired farmer in Knox county, Illinois, and Charles D., the subject of this sketch. Charles D. Cutler received his education in the public schools of Fulton county, Illinois, and when twenty-two years old, bought a farm in that county, where he followed farming until 1883, when he sold his property there and removed to Kansas. He bought government land in Garden township, Harper county and engaged in farming and stock raising. Later he bought additional land, and became an extensive cattle man and prospered. Since coming to Kansas he has taken an active part in political affairs, and has been a life long Republican. He served four years as treasurer of Garden township, and was elected sheriff of Harper county in 1902, and re-elected in 1904. In 1910 he was elected county treasurer, and is now serving his second term in that office. Mr. Cutler was married January 13, 1876, in Fulton county, Illinois, to Miss Katherine Izora Phillippi, a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, born August 29, 1849. She is a daughter of Martin and Caroline (Swartz) Phillippi, natives of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Cutler received her education in the public schools, after which she attended college and taught six years, prior to her marriage. She is a member of the Baptist church and active in church work. She was the first contributor to the new United Brethren church erected in Kansas City, Mo., in 1908, making the contribution through her brother, Rev. Joseph Phillippi, who is editor of the "Religious Telescope," of Dayton, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Cutler have been born four children: Earl Wingate, born September 21, 1878, graduated at the Harper High School, being president of his class; later he attended the University of Kansas, and is now a druggist in Abingdon, Ill., he married Mary Cochran, August 15, 1906, and they have two children, Charles and Frederick; Mabel Cutler, born July 2, 1881, a graduate of the Harper High School, married Horace Lee, May 11, 1904, and they have two children, Donald Cutler, born October 1, 1905, and Dale, born September 12, 1907; Charles Neal Cutler, born July 15, 1887, married Nora Wadlow, May 11, 1908, and they have two children, Elizabeth Katherine and Dean. Vilona, the youngest of the Cutler family was born June 17, 1890, a graduate of the Anthony High School, class of 1908, and now a student at the Kansas State Agricultural College. Mr. Cutler is a Royal Arch Mason, and the Cutler family is well and favorably known in Harper county.Pages 214-215 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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