"Owen County Journal" 20 Feb. 1919

JAMES C. HUTCHINGS, 59, died here at his home Tuesday afternoon of a nervous disorder and a gradual breaking down of brain tissues, from which he had been suffering for some time. Mr. Hutchings had been a employee at the Vandalia railroad station here for more then twenty years, first as an operator and then as an agent, but for the past two years had been unable to perform work of any kind, although a great part of the time being able to be up and about. When his condition became such that he had to give up his work two years ago he went to a specialist, seeking relief, but received little encouragement, his sickness being of such a nature that it was practically beyond medical skill to cure or alleviate. Gosport was Mr. Hutchings boyhood home, but after attaining manhood he lived and worked at different points in Michigan for a number of years, returning to Gosport more then twenty years ago. He was a skilled musician and a bandmaster of more then local reputation. A few years back while he was in the enjoyment of good health, the Gosport band under his organization and leadership was considered one of the best small town organizations of it's kind in the state. As an employee J.C. HUTCHINGS was one of the most industrious, faithful, loyal and conscientious men an employer could wish for and his duties were always placed above everything else, health not excepted. He is survived by one son, Herbert Hutchings of Dayton, O., three sisters, Mrs. B. F. Whitaker and Mrs. Hannah Stull of this place, and Mrs. Lydia Woodfill of Logansport, and two brothers, John Hutchings of New York and Capt. Wm. Hutchings of Gosport. His wife died a number of years ago. He was a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias fraternal orders.

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