McCutcheon, Dr. William R. (History - 1857)


Janet Schwarze





History of Clark County, Wisconsin (1918)


WILLIAM R. McCUTCHEON, M. D., of Thorp, Wis., is not only a medical man in good practice, but one of the leading business men of the community in which he resides. He was born in the southeastern part of County Carlow, Ireland, Nov. 9, 1857, son of Charles and Susan (Rothwell) McCutcheon. The father, who was of Scotch descent, died in 1906 at the age of 65 years, and the mother, who was of Holland descent, died in 1901 at the age of 60. They had five sons, William R., Charles, John, George and Samuel, and one daughter.


In 1877 William R., Charles, John and George, came to Canada as school teachers. Charles became resident physician of the Fanny Paddock Memorial Hospital at Tacoma, Wash., a noted institution, which position he held for over 15 years, but is now dead. John has a large dairy farm west of Chehalis, Wash., while George, who went to Alaska, lost his health there and died in 1906. Samuel remained in Ireland. William R. McCutcheon, after teaching school near Ottawa, Canada for three years, went to Colorado, where he followed the same occupation also working on the railroad. He there began the study of medicine attending the University of Colorado for two years. He then entered Rush Medical College, and was graduated from that institution in the spring of 1884.


Being now equipped for the practice of his profession he came to Thorp, Clark County, Wisconsin, where he has since remained, and won a good reputation as physician and surgeon. He also has real estate and mercantile interests and has been vice president of the People's State Bank since its organization. He has been active in local government affairs and-though he has never sought office, he has at times responded to requests to serve in official position, and thus has been president of the village board for several terms, a member of the school board, and a member of the county board, in which last named capacity he is still serving. A thorough patriot, he has given excellent service as a member of the Clark County Exemption Board, and has given freely of his time, talent and energy in the cause of his government. It was he who organized the local Masonic lodge, in which he has passed through the chairs, and he is also a member of the local camp of Modern Woodmen of America.


Dr. McCutcheon was united in marriage, October 1, 1886, with Edith E. Fear, of Augusta, Wis. He and his wife have two children: Susan, now Mrs. E. F. Burns, of Stanley, Wis., and Anna, wife of William A. McEachern, of Iron River, Mich. His daughter Susan was previously married to M. D. Garrison, of which union there is one child now living, Edith Garrison.


My own surname is Power and my Grandfather, g-g-g Grandfather would come from the same area in Carlow as William McCutcheon. The Power's would come from the townland of Clonmullen which is just outside Bunclody which is in the county of Wexford. Clonmullen just makes it into the county of Carlow.It is right at the very bottom of the county.

There is a sister mentioned for William. In my notes, I have a marriage for an Elizabeth McCutcheon, daughter of Charles McCutcheon to a Joe Rothwell son of William Rothwell of Kilbrannish on the 25th Sept 1877.  If this wedding was not in Bunclody it would have been in either Kildavin or Barragh Church which no longer exists.

There is a connection with the McCutcheons and my line of Power's, but I will have search to find it. Even though I have the computer all my notes are still in bags and envelopes all around the place.

This small bit of info might be of some help to you. I will try and find out if Elizabeth and Joe had any family.are you one of the family.

John Power



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