JOHN WILLIAM RUTHERFORD.
The life of John William Rutherford, enterprising rancher, and sexton of the Tulare county cemetery in Porterville,
has been such as to elicit just praise from those who know him best, owing to the fact that he has always been
true to the trusts reposed in him and has been upright in his dealings with his fellowmen, at the same time lending
his support to the advancement of any cause looking to the welfare of the community at large. He was born on the
13th day of August, 1872, in Castroville, Monterey county, California, and is the son of Samuel Theodore and Rebecca
Jane (Kincaid) Rutherford. His parents were born and reared in the state of Missouri, but early in life they crossed
the plains by ox team to California, the father making the trip in 1849 and the mother two years later. Samuel
T. Rutherford became a pioneer rancher in the Pajaro valley, but later entered a homestead at Santa Maria. This
land he afterward sold and preempted land near the Indian reservation, near Porterville.
John William Rutherford secured his education in the common schools, and his first active work was as a farm hand.
For many years he was also engaged in conducting pack trains into the mountains east of Porterville. Eventually
he became the owner of one four acre and one acre and a half ranch east of Porterville, to which he has since given
his attention. Here he gives special attention to the raising of fruit and has built a very comfortable and attractive
modern residence. He is energetic and industrious and has been fairly successful in his work. In October, 1923,
Mr. Rutherford was appointed sexton of the Tulare county cemetery, near Porterville, and this demands a fair share
of his time. He is painstaking and reliable in his attention to the property under his care and his work thus far
has received the approval and commendation of all who are acquainted with his efforts as caretaker of the cemetery.
In Visalia, on December 23, 1897, Mr. Rutherford was married to Miss Ivy McCutcheon, and they are the parents of
seven children: Faudene, who is the wife of Peter Smith; and Ludd, Floyd, Bonnie, Nona, Lottie and Jack. All the
members of this family are well known in the community where they reside and are deservedly popular in the social
circles in which they move. Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford are republicans and are attendants at the Christian church.
Mr. Rutherford is a member of the Masonic fraternity and his wife belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star and
the Ladies of the Maccabees.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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