Obituary for John: “John Lemon Hutchings (4 Oct. 1855-8 Nov. 1944) was born in Macy, Indiana the next to youngest of seven children.” Five sisters and a brother, William, came to Arkansas with him in 1884.
With Eli Miser, the two brothers brought extensive timber land and a saw mill at Rector, Ark. His brother, Will was killed by a run-away team, but John remained and helped in all movements for the betterment of Rector and Clay County.
Many of the houses still standing in Rector were built of timber from his mill. He was an earnest leader of the IOOF Lodge, The Woodman of the World, and the Farmers Union, holding the highest offices and respect of members and friends.
Under McKinley he was appointed postmaster (14 June 1897) and held office many years. His youngest son was named Ralph McKinley Hutchings during this time.
On Feb. 7, 1876 at Crawfordsville, Ind. he married Miss Frances Warner, daughter of Isaac Woodrow and Cerella (Harvey) Warner, and eight children were born; two died in infancy, Urban W., Grace King, John Warner, Otis H., Ralph McKinley, and Cerella Ellis.
In March he was stricken with paralysis which rendered him bedfast until Nov. 8, 1944 when life ceased so quietly for him that the coffee he held in his hand was not spilled. Services were held at the Church of Christ in Rector and burial was in Woodland Heights Cemetery.
Buried beside John and Francis Hutchings in the Rector Cemetery is Isaac Warner and the stone has no dates. This is probably her father, Isaac W. Warner (1823- ). He was not found on the 1900 Clay Co., Census.
Urban William Hutchings (1880-1936), son of John L. and Frances, was born in Crawfordsville, Ind. and died in the Kingsville, Tx., Missouri-Pacific Hospital of paralysis and he was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Corpus Christi where he had been working for the past 10 years. He had moved to Rector, Ark. with his parents in 1884 and attended grade school. He returned to Crawfordsville, Ind. to finish high school and business training.
Grace M. Hutchings (1883 Ind-1932), daughter of John L. and Frances Hutchings, married George W. King (1880-1947), son of Wilson and Evelyn (Rhodes) King, in 1903 and had a daughter, Thelma Pryor Eichor of Campo, Colorado. George traveled for 27 years as salesman for the Hunter Packing Co., of East St. Louis. They were members of the church of Christ. Grace died at the hospital in Boise, Okla. where they ahd gone for her health three months before. Her parents had the flu and could not attend the funeral in Rector. The daughter could not attend from Oklahoma because of bad health. George later married Mrs. Bessie Hutchings in Sep., 1941.
John Warner Hutchings (Aug. 1887-March 1942), son of John L. and Francis, married Beulah Long of Piggott in Sep. 1916. He died of a heart attack in New Burn, N. C. and had been dead about six days when found. His wife had gone to visit her folks while he took over a new job as electrical instructor at the Marine Base. His wife did not know that he had returned home until notified of his death.
Otis H. Hutchings, son of John L. and Francis, lived in Iowa and no information was found.
Cerella Daisy Hutchings (2 Jan. 1892-24 Sep. 1970), daughter of John L. and Francis, was married in 1912 to William Elbert (Ebb) Ellis, a professional baseball player who retired in 1926. Ebb moved to Piggott with his parents at age six from the Cummins Chapel Community, seven miles west of Piggott. He served 10 years (1928-1938) as a state and highway policeman in Arkansas. They lived in Michigan for 12 years and moved back to Piggott. They had an adopted son, Ernest Ellis who lived in Flint. Their foster daughter was Mrs. Raymond Birmingham (Betty) who had a beauty shop in Piggott. Cerella was also a beauty operator in Piggott for a number of years and her last shop was in her home on south Second Street across from the jail.
Ralph McKinley Hutchings (Feb. 1895- ) was the son of John L. and Francis, and lived in St. Louis.