Biography of Austin M. Sutton
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Austin M. Sutton, one of the leading residents of Cedar precinct, owns four hundred acres of excellent land on section 80 and is extensively engaged in sheep raising He has one of the best improved farms in the entire county and in all that he does is enterprising and progressive. He was born in Watertown, Rock Island county, Illinois, on the 17th of November, 1867, a son of James and Ellen (Ely) Sutton, both of whom were born in Ireland, where they grew to maturity. On emigrating to the United States the father located at Haverstraw, New York, where he remained for a number of years, after which he removed to the vicinity of Moline, Illinois, in 1865. In the fall of 1870 he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and homesteaded land in Center precinct. Subsequently he purchased a farm of four hundred acres in Cedar precinct and took up his residence thereon, residing there until his demise in 1891. He owned in all six hundred acres of fine land and specialized in the raising of cattle and hogs, although he also gave some attention to raising grain. He was a member of the Episcopal church. His wife came to the United States in her girlhood and they were married in the Empire state. She survived her husband for about twelve years and passed away in 1908 in the faith of the Episcopal church. They were numbered among the pioneers of this county and were well known and highly esteemed by its residents. To them were born seven children: Alexander, of Atkinson, Nebraska, who is engaged in ranching on an extensive scale; George, who is a farmer in Locker, Texas; Mary Ann, the deceased wife of Thomas Lee; Susan, who married William Henderson, of Glendale, California; William R., a prominent farmer of Center precinct, this county ; James, who is farming near Fremont, Nebraska ; and Austin M.

The last named received his education in the schools of Center precinct, as he was but three years of age when the family home was established in this county. He early became familiar with agricultural work and remained with his parents until their death. Following the demise of his father he assumed charge of the operation of the home place and has since engaged in farming independently. He owns four hundred acres of excellent land on section 30, Cedar precinct, and has spared neither thought nor expense in the development of his place. He has two immense silos, several large barns, and his residence is one of the most commodious country homes in the county. He has also erected a number of houses which are the homes of his tenants. He formerly engaged in feeding cattle, but now specializes in the raising of sheep and finds that occupation unusually profitable. He is a man of sound judgment and unusual business ability and has so managed his affairs that he has gained financial independence.

In 1893 Mr. Sutton was married to Miss Clara Manville, by whom he has had three children: Howard Richard, who died in infancy; Clara Helen; and Randall Eugene. Mr. Sutton casts his ballot in support of the republican party but has never taken an active part in politics, his agricultural and stock raising interests demanding his entire time and attention. He holds membership in the Presbyterian church, as does his wife, and they take a commendable interest in the furtherance of its work. He is widely known and highly respected not only because of his unquestioned ability but also because of his integrity and his consideration for the rights of others.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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