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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
He and his partner, John Sealy, formed a company
and built the Factor's Cotton Press, but the company
was soon afterwards merged into the Southern
Cotton Press and Manufacturing Company, the
suggestion and accomplishment of which was the
work of Mr. Hutchings, and his associates, appreciating
his skill, industry, and ability in the adjustment
of that matter, presented him with a gold
watch and chain of the most costly kind, which he
prizes highly and wears daily.
It is said of Mr. Hutchings that in all these
varied and exacting business relations, with their
multitudinous demands upon his time and energy,
he has never been known to fail in an appointment;
and he has maintained this course throughout a
lifetime of hard work, extending through more than
fifty years. He early found his task, and has
faithfully stood to it. There has been no time in
such a life for idle dreams. To him all true work
has been held sacred -as wide as the earth, with
its summit in heaven; and if genius be, as has been
said by one, "an immense capacity for taking
pains; " or, as said by another, " a great capacity
for discipline," in either character we find it in
an eminent degree in the life of Mr. Hutchings.
Being asked by the author the measure of his success,
and the qualities and conditions to which he
chiefly attributed it, he answered promptly: " Success
in life depends much upon honesty, sobriety,
industry, economy, and a disposition to promote
the best interests of the community in which one
lives. This disposition is always observed and
appreciated; and the measure of a man's success
depends much upon the kindly disposition of his
neighbors towards him. Success in life consists
not so much in making money as in being useful;
and the man who has been the most useful
in his day and generation is the most successful
The life of Mr. Hutchings grandly illustrates his
views of usefulness and success. Few men have
taken the lead in so many enterprises that promoted
the interests of the communities in which
they lived; and he has always faithfully discharged
every duty which devolved upon him, laboring at
all times for the public good, as well as for the
interests and welfare of those who were directly
concerned in his undertakings or affected by them;
and amid all the advantages and opportunities
afforded by his official positions, he has never
speculated upon his knowledge, his power, or his
He has strong faith in the future of Galveston
as a great commercial city, and in the illimitable
growth and prosperity of Texas. For nearly
twenty years, he has taken a warm and active
interest in every project for deepening the channel
over Galveston bar, as being not only of the
greatest importance to the welfare of the city,
but of the whole State.
During all this time, while so busily engaged in
enterprises of a public character, he has not failed
to attend with equal minuteness and promptitude
to his private affairs. Early and late he has
always been found at his bank during business
hours, and is still found there at the proper time.
He believes strongly in the old adage, that it is
better to wear away than to rust away.
While Mr. Hutchings, like all long-disciplined
and successful business men, is stern and strict
in his business habits, in social life he is
kind, courteous, and genial. He is devoted
to his family and warmly attached to his friends,
and kind to all who have dealings with him.
He was married in Galveston on the 18th of
June, 1856, to Miss Minnie Knox, a lady of superior
refinement and excellence of character, who
was the niece of Robert Mills, at that time the head
of the then well-known banking house of R.
and a visit to his hospitable mansion will well repay
those who have a taste for the combined embellishments
of art and nature.
And yet the crowning virtue of the life and character
of Mr. Hutchings is his deep-founded faith
in the precepts and promises of Christianity. He
has long been a devout communicant of the Episcopal
Church; and he considers spiritual attainment
and a Christian life far above all earthly possessions
and worldly successes
the golden crown of
a successful life, of which all other qualifications
are but parts. He is a liberal supporter of the
church, and wears upon the brow of age the
chaplet of many noble charities and benefactions.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/170/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .