6 results for tag: Sutton


1888 Red Barn

The barn was built about 1888 by William Bigham for David Hutchinson, the father of Nellie G. Hutchinson. She was a teacher at the Normal School who married William J. Sutton March 3, 1897. A month before their marriage, he had resigned as President of the Normal School and she resigned as head of the Training Department. The barn became part of their farmstead. Sutton had extensive land holdings and oversaw a large farming operation, as well as breeding race horses. Mr. Hutchinson continued to make his home with the couple until his death. William Bigham is known to have built the original Spokane County Courthouse at Cheney as well as ...

1896 Normal School

It took four years of lobbying and community activism before a new Normal School could rise from the ashes of the first building. It opened in the Fall of 1896, and served the community for just 16 years. This ghost building was beloved by its students and teachers. After the Normal School building, the former Benjamin P. Cheney Academy, burned to the ground in August 1891, the community rallied to deal with the disaster. First, they found space for temporary classes in time to open the fall quarter with a delay of just one week. They also sent a delegation to the legislature in Olympia to secure funding to rebuild. In 1893, the legislature ...

Birth Anniversary – William Sutton

Today is the one-hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth of William J Sutton. He was the Principal of the Cheney Public School from 1887 to 1890. He then became the Principal of the Cheney Normal School from 1892 to 1897. He taught History and Philosophy of Education. He was a charismatic and beloved teacher, though he could also be stubborn and strong-willed. He is credited for keeping the Normal School operating through the funding veto of Governor McGraw in 1893. Sutton served in the State Senate starting in 1913, where he once again persuaded the legislature to overturn an appropriations veto of for the Normal School. Senator Sutton ...

80th Birthday – First Items in the Museum – 1892 Receipt

Receipt from the Cheney State Normal School dated February 18, 1892 in payment of $2.00 for tuition for one term paid by Mr. Lasher. Receipt No. 15 was signed by William J. Sutton, Principal of the State Normal School at Cheney. Like this story? Support our all-volunteer museum with a small donation here.

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 25

 These formal trousers belonged to William Sutton.  They are black wool crepe, and appear to be part of a formal suit.  The trousers have black decorative tape down the side seams, 3-button fly, one slash waist pocket, two side seam pockets, two back welt pockets, and six waist buttons for suspenders.  The label attached to underside of lining of the waist pocket states “Guaranteed by The House of Kuppenheimer. W.J. Sutton, 6/7/24”   The inseam is 33.5”, and the waist is 40”.  It would appear Mr. Sutton was not a particularly tall man, and had some girth. Wm Sutton, 1925 Our collection has a ...

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 23

Next out of the trunk is this heavy (!) black/charcoal, unlined, double breasted thigh-length (or at least over-the-bum-length) boiled wool coat with shawl collar, two breast vertical leather-welt pockets and two horizontal front leather-welt pockets, 2.5' leather sleeve end, and 2-button back belt.  The back length from collar seam to hem 36."  The leather trimming looks to me as protection for areas of wear on a work, or field, coat. The coat belonged to William J. Sutton, whose barn is one of the icons of #Cheney.  He had large wheat growing land holdings around Cheney and, with his family, throughout Lincoln and Adams counties ...