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Arthur A. McCutcheon

It would scarcely be possible to find in the United States greater extremes of climate than would be experienced in traveling from her most north-easterly state in mid-winter to Southern California. No one realizes this disparity more clearly than does Mr. McCutcheon, who passed the early part of his life on the rock-bound coast of Maine. His birth occurred in the city of Bath, that state, December 7, 1837, and such educational advantages as his parents were able to give him were received in the schools of that city. From his earliest recollection he was made familiar with shipping and its allied interests, as this was one of the chief industries of his home town, and it was quite natural that it would have attractions for a youth of his make-up. Having learned the shipwright’s trade he followed it in the shipyards of his native state for a number of years, or until 1863, when he went to Vermont and remained there for the following ten years, being employed at various things in the ship-building line.

Mr. McCutcheon’s identification with California dates from the year 1873, coming overland to San Francisco. The recommendations of his long and faithful service in shipyards in the east proved of great advantage to him when he came a stranger to this metropolis, and it was not long before he was filling a position at his old employment, a position which was both congenial and remunerative. Both in San Francisco and Benicia, as well as in other shipbuilding cities along the coast, he worked at his trade altogether for about twenty years, when he gave it up and turned his attention to ranching. Since the year 1893 he has resided on the property which he then purchased, comprising forty acres of choice land near Santa Rosa, on Rural Route No. 2. All of the land is under cultivation to grapes and fruit, and in all the country round about it would be difficult to find a ranch property more orderly and neat in appearance or an owner more contented and happy with his lot than is Mr. McCutcheon.

In Maine, in 1857, Mr. McCutcheon was married to Miss Elenora West, a native of Nova Scotia, and the only child born of this marriage was a son, Charles, who with his family resides in Kennett, Shasta county, Cal. Mr. McCutcheon’s first wife survived her marriage ten years, after which, in 1880, he married his present wife, formerly Mrs. Elizabeth Sallon, a widow with one son. In his political sympathies Mr. McCutcheon is a Democrat, and fraternally he is identified with the United Workmen of America. His interest in local affairs has led to his appointment as school trustee and also as road master, in both of which positions he has rendered good, faithful service, which is characteristic of the man and exhibited in whatever he undertakes.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011