S. M. Hutzell removed from his farm to Victor several years ago with the intention of living retired but upon
receiving an appointment as postmaster from President Wilson again became a factor in the work of the world. He
was born on the 16th of January, 1819, in Washington county, Maryland, a son of Samuel and Eliza (Middlekauff)
Hutzell, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Maryland. They were married in the east and passed their entire
lives in that section of the country. All of their seven children survive, namely: Henry C.; Mice, the wife of
William Bowman; Jacob C.; J. L.; S. M., of this review; and William H and Mrs. Lillie Miller, twins.
When S. M. Hutzell was but seven years of age he left home and from that time until he was a youth of sixteen resided
with his older sister. Upon leaving her home he came to Iowa county, Iowa, and for about five years, or until the
spring of 1880, worked as a farm hand. He next conducted a butcher shop at Victor and was so employed until 1893,
when he turned his attention to farming, removing to land which he owned and which he cultivated until 1907. He
then returned to Victor and lived retired until he was appointed postmaster by President Wilson, February 13, 1915.
He is proving both an efficient and popular official and is winning the commendation of his fellow citizens by
his systematic performance of his duties. He still owns one hundred and twenty acres of land on section 35, Warren
township, Poweshiek county, Iowa, from which he receives a gratifying addition to his income.
Mr. Hutzell was married in March, 1881, to Miss Elizabeth Atkinson, who is a native of this state. Her parents,
James A. and Nancy (Ford) Atkinson, were born in Virginia but for a number of years they resided in Iowa. Mr. and
Mrs. Hutzell have five children: Edith, the wife of S. M. Decker, of Mason City, this state; James A., who operates
the home farm; Fred, of Oak Ridge, Oregon, and Mabel and Russell, both at home.
Mr. Hutzell is loyal in his support of the democratic party and has served acceptably as trustee and as assessor.
His wife attends the Congregational church and he belongs to Sharon Lodge, No. 287, A. F. & A. M.; and Lodge
No. 192, I. O. O. F., in which he has filled all of the chairs and in which he has served as secretary for the
last fourteen years. He also belongs to Lodge No. 161, of the Rebekahs, and to Lodge No. 117, K. P., in which he
has held all of the offices. He is a valued citizen of Victor and his capacity for friendship has won him a warm
place in the regard of many.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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