Edson LUTES, who since 1894 has resided in Marshall county and is now engaged in general farming on section 8, Whitefield township, was born in Henderson county, New Jersey, May 7, 1870. His parents are Jacob and Malissa (SUTTON) LUTES, also natives of New Jersey, in which state they yet reside. The father has followed various business pursuits, including farming and carpentering and he now resides in Fairmount, New Jersey. In the family were the following named: S. B., who carries on farming in Missouri; George, who is a farmer in Illinois; Willard P., who is living retired in Mexico ; Edson, of this review; Mrs. Anna JAQUISH, whose husband is a farmer of New Jersey; I. H., who carries on agricultural pursuits in Oklahoma ; Albert E., a mason of New Jersey; Johnson, who is with his brother in Whitefield township; and Stewart K., also a farmer.
Edson LUTES is indebted to the public-school system of his native state for the educational privileges he enjoyed. He was reared to farm life, being early instructed by his father in the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for stock, so that when he began farming on his own account he had practical knowledge to assist him in his work. He came to Illinois in 1894 when a young man of twenty-four years and took up his abode in Marshall county. He is now operating the Thomas MONIER farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres and in its control displays good business ability, so that he annually gathers good crops. He is quite prominent in fraternal circles, belonging to Rialto lodge, No. 116, I. O. O. F., at High Bridge, New Jersey, the Masonic lodge at Henry, Illinois, the Knights of the Golden Eagles at Califon, New Jersey, and the Order of Junior American Mechanics at the same place. He votes with the republican party and is connected with the Methodist Episcopal church in the faith of which he was reared. He has become widely known during the years of his residence in Marshall county and has many warm friends in this part of the state.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.