Chute Family Notes: Notes 62-988 through 62-1001

Note    N62-988         Back to Index        Back to Arthur Wellington Chute and Alice Sophronia Miner Chute.
Notes on Arthur Wellington Chute and Alice Sophronia Miner Chute:

"Born at Marblehead, Mass., Apr. 1, 1856; married in Brown County, Minn., Alice S. Miner, Sept. 11, 1879, and live there, a prarie farmer."

Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 176.

His farm lay five miles west of the city of Hanska. It was at this home that cousin Ray Armstrong was killed in a shotgun accident.

Arthur was a prairie farmer and rural mail carrier, and was included in a local newspaper article (date and source unknown) on the history of the mail delivery system in the region. The photo contained the following caption:

"This picture shows the Fred Jensen Harness shop building and the Eggensberger Publishing Co. building and Post office (the white building) on the south side of main street in 1913. Standing by their mail buggies are Rural Carriers Thor Smesmo, Arthur Chute, Mads Anderson, and Ole Halvorson, who had a car at the time. A.R. Eggensberger was Hanska Herald editor and Hanska Postmaster. H.P. Becken started business in this building, also moving to the present one in 1921. The Fred Jensen building was moved uptown to Broadway and is presently Hank's East Side. The other building has been demolished. Drs. Sundt and Borgeson and Dentist Kellerman occupied rooms over the Post Office on Main Street at one time.

It might be interesting to know more about the mail carriers of 1912-1913.

Mads Anderson was elected President of the Brown Co. Mail Carriers in June of 1913. Owing to the splendid weather in June of that year carriers Ole Halvorson and Mads Anderson were able to make mail trips via the gasoline route. A.W. Chute and Thor Smesmo still traveled with horsepower and buggies as horseless carriages did not make a favorable impression on them. One morning Mads Anderson broke the crank shaft on his Hupmobile as he was about to start his mail route. The worst that could happen with horses was an occasional runaway. Arthur Chute's wife, Alice, often called "Mother Chute", drove the horses and delivered the mail when her husband was on vacation - Arthur and Mads said they were sure to get home without a blow-out when using horses.

Wrote Editor Eggensberger, "The route through the air is next on the program, and probably in a few years you may watch for the mail carrier high above you who, when he reaches your house will deliver parcel post into a wash basket hung up in the yard. That's progress!"

There is a discrepancy in marriage dates: 11 JUL 1879 in Brown County, Minnesota (source: William E. Chute who may or may not have spoken with Arthur and Alice directly), and of 19 SEP 1879, in New Ulm, Minnesota, via a direct descendant, who may be using state records and family records. The discrepancy is being looked into.

Obituary, Arthur Wellington Chute

Arthur W. Chute, a pioneer settler of Hanska community died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Green at St. Paul Wednesday evening after an illness of a year, with cancer of the stomach, and had been confined to his bed since April 1st.

The deceased was born near Boston, Mass., April 1, 1855 and came to this county some 60 years ago. He was married to Alice Miner in New Ulm some 48 years ago to which union 11 children were born, two died when infants, while Mrs. Oscar Kjelshus preceeded him in death recently. Those living are, Mrs. Carrie Green, Alvin, Charley and Roy, all of St. Paul, Mrs. Stella Missen, Minneapolis, Mrs. Ella Smesmo, Edgar, and Stanley of this community.

They farmed in Lake Hanska for many years after which they moved to Hanska where Mr. Chute served as mail carrier on route 3 for 19 years and for the last 3 years had been making his home with his daughter in St. Paul.

Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his death one brother Henry of St. Paul and two sisters Mrs. Anna Needles, White Bear and one whose residence is unknown.

The remains were shipped to Hanska Saturday and funeral services were held at Sleepy Eye M. E. Church on Sunday and interment at Home Cemetery.

Source: New Ulm Review, Minnesota, May 1926. Courtesy of S. Hemingway.


Note    N989         Index
Was involved in a scandalous elopment with her sister's husband, as reported in a New Ulm, Minnesota newspaper reporting on the accidental shooting of Ray Armstrong:

"Another skeleton in the family closet of the Chutes is the alleged elopement of Ocie Ella Chute with her sister's husband, accounts of which appeared in the papers of this city more than a year ago. In 1876, so the story goes, the girl went to Waseca to visit her sister and became infatuated with her brother-in-law. An elopement was planned and carried out and in spite of the pursuit of the girl's father, the couple disappeared completely. They were not heard of again for twenty-six years, but on May 8, 1902, a woman giving her name as Ocie Ella Wood and claiming to live at Hayward, Wisconsin [may instead be Hayward, CA] appeared in New Ulm and put forward a claim for her share of the estate of Thomas Chute. She proved her identity, stating that she went from this state to California, and although the courts had formerly declared her dead, the other heirs consented to a division and she received her portion of the property."


Note    N990         Index
[See accounts of elopement with her younger sister, Ociella].


Note    N991         Index
Lived in Pierre, South Dakota.


Note    N992         Index
Also lived in Minneapolis.


Note    N993         Index
Also lived in Minneapolis.


Note    N994         Index
Died of cancer; lived with daughter Violet before moving to Highland Manor in New Ulm. "For 10 years farmed in Crow Wing County, northern Minnesota, returning to Hanska and later purchased the farm west of our village where they farmed with their sons until they sold the farm in 1956 and moved to Arlington for two years."


Note    N995         Index
Died of heart trouble and pneumonia while living in Arlington. Last name also spelled Ellanson.


Note    N996         Index
Birthplace also listed as Janesville, Waseca County. Death also listed as April 7, 1966.


Note    N997         Index
Farmed near Iberia until moving to Sleepy Eye in 1944.


Note    N998         Index
Date of death also given as July 11, 1985.


Note    N999         Index
Name also spelled Millard. Marriage license has his living in Linden and Goldie living in Lake Hanska. They lived in the communities of Zumbrota, Kenyon and Sibley, Iowa.


Note    N1000         Index
Farmed in Lake Hanska Township until retirement in 1974, and moved to Village of Hanska in 1976.


Note    N1001         Index
Farmed until 1956 in Lake Hanska Township; lived in Arlington three years, then moved to New Ulm where he worked at Highland Manor for seven years.

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