John L. Lutton is associated with agriculture and its kindred industries, for he owns and operates four hundred
acres of land, is an extensive stock raiser and dealer and also owns and conducts the elevator at North English.
He is a native of this county, born on the 4th of December, 1856, and is a son of C. W. and Margaret (Main) Lutton,
both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. In the early '50s they emigrated to Iowa county, Iowa, and located in
the vicinity of North English in what was then known as Soaptown. The father taught school for some time and exerted
considerable influence in his community. Both he and his wife have passed to their reward. They were the parents
of five children: Ella, Mary and Charles, all deceased; Belle, now Mrs. M. G. King; and John L., of this review.
The last named attended the common schools in his boyhood but when only thirteen years of age began his independent
business career and has since relied upon his own resources. He was employed as a farm hand until he was grown
and, being by that time an experienced agriculturist and having carefully saved his wages, he rented a farm and
cultivated it on his own account. Subsequently he purchased land in English township and now holds title to four
hundred acres, all in a high state of cultivation. His farm is excellently improved, and up to date methods, and
the latest machinery are used in the farm work. Mr. Lutton makes a specialty of raising and shipping stock and
buys and sells many head annually. He ships on an average of one hundred cars of stock per year and is one of the
best known stockmen of this county, in fact in this part of the state. He also buys grain of all kinds, owning
the elevator at North English, and all of his activities are wisely managed.
In 1876 Mr. Lutton married Miss Hannah Bolts, who was born in this county, a daughter of Josiah and Almira Bolts.
The father, who was a native of Ohio, came to Iowa at an early date and passed away in this state. Mr. and Mrs.
Lutton became the parents of four children: William \V., who is still upon the home farm; Mattie G., at home; W.
O., upon the homestead; and Clarence, deceased. The wife and mother died in 1895 and was laid to rest in the North
Mr. Lutton is a republican but has never sought public office. He is well known in local Masonic circles, having
taken all of the degrees in the .Scottish Rite and belonging also to the Mystic Shrine. He has filled all of the
chairs in the blue lodge and does all in his power to promote the welfare of that great order. His life has been
characterized by energy and the ability to direct his activities wisely and although he has had to depend entirely
upon himself since the age of thirteen, he has never failed of making a good livelihood and is now one of the most
substantial men of his county, having gained financial independence. He has the respect of those who know him and
his personality wins him the friendship 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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