Curtis H Clute (1859 - 1938)

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Place of Burial: Greenwood, Wisconsin
Birthplace: Lindina Township, Juneau, Wisconsin
Death: Died in Greenwood, Wisconsin
Cause of death: Asthma & low blood pressure
Occupation: Real Estate & Insurance
Managed by: Patricia Fluno
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About Curtis H Clute

1918 HISTORY OF CLARK COUNTY, WISCONSIN

CUSTIS H. CLUTE, president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Greenwood, Wis., was born on a farm in Marion Township, Juneau County, Wis., the place or locality being known as Mauston, on Sept. 17, 1859, son of Dow and Mary (Chamberlain) Clute. The father was born on a farm in New York, and was a son of Jacob Clute, a farmer of that state, who was of German descent. Jacob Clute died when Dow Clute was but 3 years old, at which time Dow Clute was placed with an uncle, Jacob Towle, a man with a good military record, having taken part in two wars, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, in which latter he served from 1861 to 1865, or until its close. He subsequently became a pioneer settler in Wisconsin. Dow Clute was a child of three years when he came West with his uncle. It was a long journey, as it was made with a wagon and ox team all the way from New York State. At Milwaukee they halted to do some trading and purchase supplies, though, as the year was 1849, that place was then but a small village. They settled at or near Delavan, where, or in which vicinity Dow passed his early years. Later, he became a pioneer in Marion Township, Juneau County, starting on a wild tract of prairie land on the river, from which he developed a fine arm. For many years he was an extensive hop buyer. He was one of the prominent citizens of his township, at various times holding local office, but after spending many years in that locality, he returned to Mauston, Juneau County, where he spent his last years.

He and his wife had six children, of whom Custis H. was the third in order of birth. Custis H. Clute was educated in the district school, at Mauston high school and the University of Valparaiso, Ind. For a while after beginning business life he was engaged in the fire insurance business in South Dakota. Then, returning to Wisconsin, he became connected with the machinery business, afterwards entering into real estate ventures. On Feb. 14, 1895, he located in Greenwood, Clark County, engaging in the farm machinery business. Here he soon launched out into the real estate business, in which he has since continued, at the present time holding a large amount of Clark County land. In the fall of 1912 Mr. Clute, with others, organized the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Greenwood, with 112 stockholders, principally farmers. The institution was capitalized at $30,000, with $3,000 surplus. The first officers were: Charles Cornelius, president C. H. Clute, vice president J. H. Huntzicker, vice president and cashier Arthur Buker, assistant cashier. In 1915 certain changes took place in the official board, C. H. Clute becoming president H. F. Stabnow and George A. Dre, vice presidents with E. Robert Brown and A. C. Buker as cashier and assistant cashier, respectively. The institution, which is a state and county depositary, has proved highly beneficial to the farmers in supplying them with funds with which to buy their cattle and stock, accepting one-half their cream checks in exchange for the amounts advanced, until paid. In this way the farmers, almost unconsciously, have acquired a good working basis, enabling them to take prompt advantage of business opportunities-a purpose which Mr. Clute had in mind from the beginning, being thus far in advance of the government plan having the same object. Mr. Clute is also vice president of the Farmers' Co-operative Store in Greenwood, and has been a moving spirit in every new enterprise for the material advantage of the community since he took up his residence here, in which kind of work he takes a keen pleasure. He was formerly a member of the city council, but now gives his whole attention to the bank and the business enterprises in which he is engaged.

Mr. Clute was married Nov. 7, 1888, to Della Babcock, who was born in Mauston' Wis., daughter of Charles and Sarah Ann (Fluno) Babcock, her father being a pioneer farmer of that Totality. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Clute: Leon, now engaged in the automobile business in Greenwood, who married Tensenia Haglund, and has one child, Geraldine Richard, who is attending the School of Pharmacy at Marquette, and Gertrude May, a graduate of the University of Valparaiso, Ind., who formerly taught school in Clark County, but now resides in Chicago

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Curtis H Clute's Timeline

1859
September 17, 1859
Lindina Township, Juneau, Wisconsin
1889
1889
Age 29
Greenwood City, Clark, Wisconsin, United States
1890
November 25, 1890
Age 31
Janesville, Wisconsin
1892
August 9, 1892
Age 32
Janesville, Wisconsin
1894
November 19, 1894
Age 35
Mauston, Wisconsin
1938
January 30, 1938
Age 78
Greenwood, Wisconsin

OBITUARY OF C. H. CLUTE (1859-1938)

Curtis H. CLUTE, son of Dow and Mary CLUTE, was born September 17, 1859 at Mauston, Wisconsin and spent most of his early life there and where on November 7, 1888 he was united in marriage to Miss Delia BACBOCK. They resided at Janesville and La Crosse coming to Greenwood 43 years ago and have made their home here ever since.

Mr. CLUTE was engaged in the real estate and insurance business and had been a notary public for 49 years. He was at one time president of the F. M. Bank and had been Justice of the Peace and alderman.

Mr. Clute passed away at his home on Sunday, January 30, 1938, of asthma and low blood pressure.

He is survived by his wife, one son Leon of Haver, Mont., a daughter, Mrs. W. J. B. (Gertrude) DATZ of Chicago two brothers, Harvey of Sanford, Fla., a sister, Mrs. Mary J. WALKER, Janesville.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Methodist church, Rev. C. R. GAYLORD officiated. Interment was in the Greenwood cemetery.

Pallbearers were A. H. NOETZEL, I. W. STAFFORD, Elmer JOHNSON, Adolph SCHWARZE, A. C. BUKER and Martin AFKEND.

Those who cared for the floweres were Mmes. Henry KEINER, Palmer VINGER, Elmer JOHNSON, and Fred BEHRENS.
Mr. CLUTE was a familiar figure and a friend to everyone who knew him. He was a good neighbor and did what he could to make the lives of others happier and better in every way.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Leon CLUTE and daughter Geraldine (Mrs. Lionel DATZ, Chicago Mr. and Mrs. George BOWERS and Richard CLUTE, Hayward W. J. RUSH and Mrs. J. R. THOMAS, Neillsville, Dr. and Mrs. F. A. BOECKMAN, Marshfield.