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Dr Allen Carrington Hutcheson
Birth: Jan. 23, 1882
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1974
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

After Dr. Hutcheson's mother died in 1883, he was reared with his siblings by a servant/nanny & cook, "Aunt Mary" Mary Haskins. His father, "The Captain", remarried in 1886; and when Allen was considered old enough, he was sent to live with his oldest sister, Elise, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Once there, he went to the local school. A few years later he joined his older brother, Joe, for one year at the Bethel Military Academy, Warrenton, VA. followed by three years at Pantops Academy. During the summers he joined his father and siblings at their Signal Mountain, Tenn. home where they spent considerable time fox & bird hunting, bowling & reading. He entered the Univ. of Virginia in 1901 & then attended Columbia Univ, N.Y. in 1905. While studying at Columbia's medical school he met his younger sister's teacher, Strausie McCaslin, and fell in love. According to a letter written by his father, they were married Aug, 24th, 1908 in London at a ceremony that was attended by his parents and his brides' mother. They returned to the US and then according to his passport application left the U.S. on Oct. 6, 1908 for China where he then resided as a medical missionary from 1908 until 1927. He was first appointed to the staff of the Kashing Hospital, Jaixing, China by his 1st cousin once removed, Dr. Wade Hampton Venable. He remained there until 1917 when he moved to take the post as Chief Surgeon at the University of Nanking Medical Hospital (Originally the Drum Tower Hospital). In 1920 he was promoted to Superintendent and Chief Surgeon. As Superintendent he oversaw the construction of new hospital buildings thanks to the generous donations from the Rockefeller Foundation & many people in the U.S. When the soldiers arrived in Nanjing during the 1927 uprisings on March 24 he stayed at the hospital to try to save the compound. He wrote "I had, after four hours of insults and searching and looting of my person by the soldiers, to take to the coal cellar on the advice of my hospital Chinese friends, the old cook being my chief urger and protector. While I was taking care of the hospital as best I could, the soldiers entered my house, shot my dog, and after taking everything out of it, set fire to it, and burned it to the ground. Our loss was total." By 11am he was in hiding in the cellar and the cook camouflaged him with soot and covered his white hair with the cook's own cap. As part of his ordeal, he heard troups overhead smashing furniture and equipment. They then tried to set the building on fire. Fortunately some of the Chinese staff who had stayed on the grounds were able to put the blaze out. American & British gun boats fired into the city to try to stop the killing of the foreigners. "The firing ocurred at 3:30 in the afternoon, more than eight hours after the beginning of the vandalism. My house was destroyed at ten-thirty, as were all the other houses, except one. The firing actually saved the life of the American consul and the forty more other people, besieged in the house by the soldiers, and was, we believe, the chief, if not the only factor, that secured our release in the interior of the city the next day." He wrote futher, "From this dark hole I was liberated after fourteen hours to join other refugees, now gathering from all quarters, in the University building." The family was reunited in Shanghai & sailed for the USA. He became the Public Health Officer for Houston from 1928-1930 and subsequently Public Health Officer for Houston Public Schools through the 1930s & 40s. Both he and his wife were strong supporters of the Presbyterian Church. He was a kind man who delighted in hiking and taking extensive walks. When he was in the company of young children he captivated them with stories that came from his travels & vivid imagination. SAR member #75006 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Chappell Hutcheson (1842 - 1924)
  Mildred Lightfoot Carrington Hutcheson (1846 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Strausie McCaslin Hutcheson (1881 - 1971)*
 
 Children:
  Mildred Carrington Hutcheson Rouse (1909 - 1999)*
  Henrietta McCaslin Hutcheson Schwartz (1910 - 2002)*
  Allen Carrington Hutcheson (1912 - 1962)*
  James Sterling Hutcheson (1919 - 2001)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elizabeth Nash Hutcheson Chapin (1868 - 1957)*
  Mary Manly Hutcheson (1870 - 1891)*
  Stella Hutcheson Dabney (1872 - 1946)*
  Mildred Carrington Hutcheson Clymer (1874 - 1954)*
  Kate Lightfoot Hutcheson (1876 - 1876)*
  Charles Sterling Hutcheson (1877 - 1887)*
  Joseph Chappell Hutcheson (1879 - 1973)*
  Allen Carrington Hutcheson (1882 - 1974)
  John William Hutcheson (1883 - 1884)*
  William Palmer Hutcheson (1887 - 1966)**
  Rosalie Winifred Hutcheson Bosworth (1890 - 1975)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Glenwood Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Jim Hutcheson
Record added: Jun 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71939592
Dr Allen Carrington Hutcheson
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Dr Allen Carrington Hutcheson
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Dr Allen Carrington Hutcheson
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