Etta Mae Hutcheson

Hutcheson Case Study

A quick Google search for Oril led me to an article about his wife and the decision that this research thread would only be a case study. (Why re-research what has already been done?)

This article was edited by the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives department staff and was published in the “Days Past” column of the local newspaper in Prescott, Arizona.

It turns out that Etta Mae Olmstead Dalton Hutcheson was a state legislator who served nine terms in the Arizona House of Representatives after her husband died.* The article says that she married Oril O. Hutcheson, a conductor for the Southern Pacific Railroad, in 1916, the year after her first husband was struck and killed by a train. They had a son, Frank, in 1928. In 1949, both Oril and Etta’s daughter from her first marriage died. She is buried next to Oril in Evergreen Cemetery in Tucson.

Research Plan:

  1. Check for gravestone photographs.
  2. Check marriage indexes.
  3. Check census records for Oril. Since I know Etta’s family, what can I discover about his family?

*Carol Powell, “Days Past: Etta Mae ‘Ma Hutch’ Hutcheson, Arizona Legislator, 1953-1972,” The Daily Courier, 27 Feb 2010, online archives ( : accessed 5 Sep 2010).

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