Sylvan Hinds Hutchens was born in Hickman, Kentucky on October 23, 1851 to Charles Weaver Hutchens and Charity Canedy Hinds.

Sylvan first married Mary Ann Hudson on May 16, 1871. Mary died on Aug. 7, 1880.

Sylvan’s second marriage was to Mrs. Rebecca Thomas on Sept. 20, 1893.

They had 4 Children:
(a) William Charity, b. June 18, 1872.
(b) Marshall, b. Feb. II, 1874.
(c) Kate E., b. July 7, 1876, d. July 29, 1887.
(d) Carrie, b. Jan. 19, 1879, d. Sept. 4, 1880.

Sylvan’s third marriage was to Nannie Von Winkle Hutchen on May 4, 1907. They lived at 132 N Alves Street. Sylvan was a house painter by trade.

Sylvan was for years a member of the city council, and proved himself to be honest with the affairs of the city. On one occasion the pay of the councilmen was raised and he voted against it, and contended it was not legal. He refused to take the extra pay and was sustained in his contention that the act was illegal by the court.
He was a strong advocate in the council of the move to construct a filtration plant, and this was done while he was a councilman. He held the position on the city legislative body up to the time the city discarded the councilmanic form of government and went into the commission form.

Sylvan Hutchen died on 10 Jan 1924 and was buried in Fernwood Cemetery.

References: North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

Evansville Press January 10, 1924

Evansville Courier and Press January 11, 1924