From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 257-258, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George D. Utter, a prosperous farmer and stock raiser of
Frederick, Schuyler county, Illinois, was born in that place on
November 13, 1846, the youngest child of John and Charlotte (Brines)
Utter. Both of his parents were natives of Allegany county, New York,
where the father was born November 11, 1810, and the mother April 11,
1807. In 1815, when five years of age, his father came to Palmyra,
Illinois, where his youth and early manhood were spent. He was there
married to Charlotte Brines, December 5, 1834, and in 1839 removed with
his wife and family to Schuyler county, same State, settling on the
Rushville road, near Pleasant View. There he and his worthy wife spent
their remaining days, rearing six children, two boys and four girls, of
whom two boys and one girl now survive. October 15, 1887, the family
were called upon to mourn the loss of the devoted wife and mother, who
had unselfishly watched over their interests for so many years. On
February 14, of the following year, the honest, hard working father
also departed this life, as if unable to endure separation from his
beloved companion. Both of these worthy people enjoyed the esteem of
their entire community.
George, whose name heads this biography, was the baby of the
family, and now weighs 240 pounds, which shows what Illinois can
produce under favorable circumstances. He was trained to farm life and
educated in the public schools of his native county, and now resides
within one mile of his birthplace. By industry, economy and careful
management, he has accumulated a competence for himself and family. He
owns an excellent farm of 240 acres, which was originally purchased by
his father, and is numbered among the successful farmers of Schuyler
March 14, 1867, he was married in Schuyler county, to Miss
Priscilla J. Ward, who was born in Bainbridge, that county, April 10,
1848. Her parents, Apollos and Jane (Bramble) Ward, were among the
first settlers of Schuyler county. Her father was a native of Hamilton
county, Ohio, where he was born July 29, 1805. Her mother was born
February 23, 1815, and their marriage occurred June 23, 1835. Her
mother still survives, and is universally respected.
Mr. and Mrs. Utter have seven children: Arthur Frank, born
January 9, 1868, married Clara Bradman February 27, 1889, and lives on
a farm near by; Albert Marion, born October 29, 1870; Alice May, born
September 4, 1873; Pulaski, born November 30, 1876; Amy Florence, born
January 10, 1880; Mary Viola, born October 21, 1883; and Cora Minnie,
born October 30, 1889. All of these are under the parental roof, and
form a typical happy family.
Politically, Mr. Utter affiliates with the Democratic party.
Religiously, he and his wife are prominent members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South.
Mr. Utter's prosperity is due to his persistent efforts and
honorable dealings in all the walks of life. He is one of the
representative men of his county, and deservedly enjoys the esteem of
his fellow men.