William M. Dutton, manager of the wholesale saddlery house of J. H. Haney & Company and thus active in one
of the foremost business enterprises of Hastings, was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on the 1st of March, 1859, and is
a son of Basil T. and Mary A. (Mendell) Dutton. The father was a native of Marietta, Ohio, and the mother's birth
occurred in Wellsburg, West Virginia. Mr. Dutton was a contractor and in early life removed westward to Iowa, making
his home for a considerable period in Oskaloosa, where he was not only active in business as a contractor but was
also a leading member of the Baptist church.
William M. Dutton completed his education in the Oskaloosa high school and there received his business training,
making his initial step in business in Oskaloosa in connection with merchandising. In 1886 he removed to Nebraska
and with J. H. Haney and W. A. McKay organized the J. H. Haney & Company and has since been in active control
of the business. It is one of the most extensive and important manufacturing and industrial enterprises of this
part of the state. He thoroughly understands the trade in every department and is thus able to direct the labors
of the employes so that they produce maximum results with minimum efforts. He is also interested in the firm of
J. H. Haney & Company at Omaha, wholesale manufacturers of saddlery and harness.
In 1887 Mr. Dutton was united in marriage to Miss Kitty M. J. Loughridge, a daughter of James P. and Emily (Bean)
Loughridge. To them have been born four children, as follows: Florence May, who is a graduate of the high school,
Milwaukee-Downer College and the University of Nebraska and who is now the wife of Barton Greene, an attorney of
Lincoln, by whom she has one child; George Reynolds, who is engaged in business with his father at Hastings; Armload,
a senior in the high school; and William, Jr., a sophomore high school student.
In politics Mr. Dutton is independent and feels himself in no way bound by party ties. Fraternally he is connected
with the Knights of Pythias. His attention has been given in undivided manner to his business affairs and since
1886 he has figured continuously and promineatly in harness manufacturing circles of central Nebraska.
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