Biography of John E. Cutter
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JOHN E. CUTTER
One of Riverside's well known pioneers is Mr. Cutter, who, since his arrival in the city, March, 1878, has been closely associated with its development, his untiring energy and progressive spirit having largely contributed to the optimism of his fellow citizens. He was born March 16, 1844, in Webster, Me., a son of Dr. Benoni and Olive S. (Drinkwater) Cutter, the former a native of Jaffrey, N. H., and the latter of Cumberland county, Me.

John E. Cutter was educated in the common schools of his home town and grew to manhood there. In 1862 he enlisted for service in the Civil war, in Company E, Twenty third Maine Regiment, served for the term of his enlistment and was discharged in 1863, after which he again offered himself for duty, reenlisting in Company K, Twenty ninth Maine Regiment, serving under General Banks in Louisiana and afterwards under Sheridan in the Shenandoah valley, all in Gen. W. H. Emory's Nineteenth Army Corps. After the war was over he returned to his home and completed his schooling by taking an advanced course in the Maine Wesleyan Seminary at Kent's Hill, and soon after his graduation secured a position as a teacher and taught in the public schools in various places in Maine. Later he went to Murray county, Minn., where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land, and in 1872 was appointed the first county superintendent of schools upon the organization of that county. During winters of his residence in Minnesota he engaged in teaching in Olmsted county. Later, in 1872, he returned to his home in Sabatis, Me., and devoted his attention principally to teaching for the next five years, the last two years being principal of the Litchfield Academy at Litchfield Corners. Here he continued his duties until he came to California early in 1878 and located in Riverside, where for a year he served as principal of the school and later he taught elsewhere for two terms. In 1879 he had purchased eight acres on Cypress avenue which he planted to oranges and grapes. In 1887 he bought ten acres on East Eighth street and engaged in the nursery business with A. J. and D. C. Twogood, disposing of this interest in 1894.

Mr. Cutter was united in marriage in March, 1876, in Litchfield, Me., with Miss Annie L. Dinsmore, who was a native of Canaan, Me., a teacher by occupation, and after settling in Riverside she taught at different times while her husband was engaged in horticultural work. She died in this city in May, 1894. Of this union there was one child, a daughter, Charlotte Mary, who is now the wife of F. A. Noyes, Jr., and is living in Los Angeles. The second marriage of Mr. Cutter took place in June, 1897, in Trinidad, Colo., and united him with Miss Ellen E. Prescott, also a native of Maine. They reside at their home in Riverside at No. 1496 Lemon street.

Although retired from the strenuous duties of ranching Mr. Cutter still superintends the work on his ranch. He is a director and was one of the organizers of the Riverside Heights Orange Growers' Association, in 1894; is also a director of the Riverside Fruit Exchange. In politics he is a Republican, but never has been an aspirant for office. As an active member of the Riverside Methodist Church he has given of his time and means to promote its philanthropies, and he is a member of Riverside Post No. 118, G. A. R. Mr. Cutter has been an occasional contributor to various newspapers and magazines on horticultural and other topics, both in prose and verse. During all the years that he has been a resident of this county he has been a firm believer in and an advocate of all movements that have had for their object the best interests of the county and citizens and no one takes more pride in the growth of the city and county than he.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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