Served: 4½ years
January 25, 1889 to July 20, 1893
Born in 1858, Addison grew up in Cason’s Precinct in Harrison County, Kentucky and worked on a farm when he was old enough. After turning 21, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and worked as a cattle shipper in the Camp Washington Stockyards. During 1889, he joined the Cincinnati Police Department as a Substitute Patrolman. Within a few weeks, he was promoted to regular Patrolman. He married a hometown girl, Louise “LuLu” Bauer, on December 6, 1892. Within months, LuLu was pregnant.
On July 10, 1893, Patrolmen Hutchison and Dwyer of the Fifth District raided a crap game operated by Moses Hutchins at Boone and Madison Avenues. One of the players ran and Patrolman Hutchison gave chase. During the pursuit, Patrolman Hutchison fell, and badly cut his knee to the bone.
Patrol 5 transported Patrolman Hutchison to the City Hospital about 11:30 p.m. Dr. Castle cleaned out the four-inch laceration, sutured the wound, bandaged his knee, and released him. Patrol 5 took him home at No. 62 David Street.
Severe swelling and pain set in by Tuesday, July 11, and his personal physician, Dr. Schinkal, responded. Dr. Castle also looked in on him that afternoon. On Wednesday, July 12, Dr. Bohlander responded. At Dr. Bohlander’s request, on Monday, July 18, 1893, Dr. Ed Walker came and performed surgery to remove some pus and gangrene tissue. It seemed Patrolman Hutchison was getting better, but by midnight of July 19, he relapsed. By 2 a.m. on July 20, 1893, he passed away from blood poisoning.
Patrolman Hutchison was survived by his wife, Louise, and brother, Lewis Alvin Hutchison. On July 23, 1893, the 3rd Company of the Police Department assembled at the Oliver Street Police Station and proceeded to Officer Hutchison’s residence where the last rites were performed. His remains were carried to the Grand Central Depot and escorted to his home in Cynthiana, Kentucky by his family and six pallbearers; Lieutenant Rockwell and Patrolmen Juengling, John Shafer, Bunker, Ringer, Berlekamp. Captain Luckering, Lieutenant Scahill, Sergeants Geist and Hollowell, and Patrolmen Schmidt and Haller, all representing the Police Benevolent Association, also traveled with the entourage. Almost the entire population of Cynthiana attended the funeral services at the Methodist Church and burial in Battle Grove Cemetery.
A few months later, after Mrs. Hutchison moved back to Cynthiana, Kentucky, Patrolman Hutchison’s daughter was born and Mrs. Hutchison named her Addison Anne Hutchison.
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This officer was discovered by the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Memorial Committee as a line of duty death during 2012.
This narrative was researched and written on December 15, 2012 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired) Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum.