1894 – 1958

Autograph signed in 1942

 

Joseph “Joe” Hutchinson was born January 21, 1894 at Moline, Kansas, the oldest of four children born to Sherman D. Hutchinson (1866-1933) and his wife, Elizabeth (Belshee) Hutchinson (1870-1951).  Joe moved with his parents to Wellington, Kansas in 1911 and, by the summer of 1917, he was working as a mechanic for Floyd E. Miller’s threshing crew at Oxford, Kansas.

 

Joe had married by 1917 but nothing more is known about that wife.  He was married to his second wife, Hazel Wiggins “of Ringwood, Oklahoma” in Wellington, Kansas in 1918 but nothing more is known about her either.

 

Joe was working as an auto mechanic at the Lyon & Son Garage in Wellington on July 23, 1921, when a hoist he was using to lift a car, broke knocking him to the garage floor.  The car landing on top of him, severalty twisting his back.  It was an injury that would plague him for the rest of his life.  Claude Martin was another mechanic who was assisting Joe with the hoist and was slightly injured, but his injuries were not as serious as Joe’s were.

 

Joe was married in Kansas in 1922 to his third wife, Sadie D. Shelburn (1904-1971) at Wichita, Kansas and they became the parents of two sons:  Albert Leroy Hutchinson (1927-1993) and Marvin Dale Hutchinson (1929-1996).  Joe was working as a mechanic for the City of Arkansas City, Kansas when he joined the Fire Department there in 1923.

 

Joe and Sadie Hutchinson were divorced in 1929 and he was married in 1937 to his fourth wife, Mary M. Martin, who was born c1907 in Texas.  The couple became the parents of Phillip Ray Hutchinson (c1948-).  Joe was married to his fifth wife, Lula Elizabeth (Norden) Coffey (1902-1982), at Newkirk, Oklahoma in 1956.  He also raised a nephew, Edwin Eugene Hutchinson (1931-2014), who was a son of Joe’s younger brother, Leroy Hutchinson (1904-1972).

 

Joe soon worked his way up to become the Assistant Fire Chief and Director of Civil Defense in Arkansas City, positions which he held until 1954 when he was appointed Fire Chief of Arkansas City, in addition to his Civil Defense duties.  Arkansas City’s city commission added the duties of city planner to Hutchinson’s responsibilities in early March of 1958 and he passed away less than one week later, complaining of a severe pain in his back.

 

Joe Hutchinson was an early race car owner and driver.  The following is an incomplete record of Joe Hutchinson’s involvement in auto racing both as a driver and as a car owner:

 

 

October 13, 1922 – Straight course of undetermined length on Washington Street in connection with the annual Fall Festival activities in Wellington, Kansas

Car:  Hutchinson entered a Chevrolet.

Finish:  Hutchinson drove one of at least 3 entries in this race, winning over Albert F. Sherer of Wellington, who was driving an Essex; and Kenneth S. Dobbs who was also from Wellington and who was driving a Jewett.

          Feature race winner:  Joe Hutchinson of Wellington, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet.

 

July 5, 1926 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of  Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Dodge special #4.

Attendance:  10,000 plus 500 who were turned away because there was no room for them.

Finish:  Hutchinson’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

          Feature race winner:  Harley Wells of Miami, Oklahoma who was driving a Ford Frontenac #27 owned by Ralph R. Scott of Miami, Oklahoma and sponsored by the Scott Motor Company of Miami.

 

September 6, 1926 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of  Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Hutchinson special Dodge #4.

Attendance:  10,000

Finish:  Hutchinson won the 10-lap race in 5:30.1, finishing ahead of George Folk of Cushing, Oklahoma who was driving his own Folk special #44.

             Hutchinson finished 5th in the 30-lap feature race behind Dick Calhoun of Cleveland, Oklahoma who was driving his own Calhoun special #26; Roy Meacham of Pawhuska, Oklahoma who was driving his own Fronty Ford #18; Bill Tennill of Taylor, Texas who was driving his own Tennill special #17; George Folk of Cushing, Oklahoma who was driving his own Folk special #44 and Joe Hutchinson of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving his own Hutchinson special Dodge #4.

          Feature race winner:  Dick Calhoun of Cleveland, Oklahoma who was driving his own Calhoun special #26.

 

September 24, 1926 – ½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Ford Frontenac special #4.

Finish:  Hutchinson ran the 9th fastest lap in time trials of the 16 cars that ran a time trial.  Hutchinson’s time was 33.6 seconds which was only slower than the laps run by Charles Lebsack of Otis, Kansas who was driving a Kerbs special Ford #4 that was owned by Leonard E. Kerbs who was also from Otis; Leonard E. Kerbs of Otis, Kansas who was driving his own Kerbs special Ford #1; Vic Felt of Deer Trail Colorado who was driving a Ford Frontenac; Lawrence O. “Hughie” Hughes of Wichita, Kansas who was driving his own Hughes special; John Gerber of Meriden, Kansas who was driving his own Gerber special #15; Clyde Gilbert of Longmont, Colorado who was driving the Fisher special Ford Dreyer that was owned by Lloyd Fisher who was also from Longmont; Delbert Ging of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving a Fronty Ford and Fred Lentz of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving his own Lentz special.

                        Hutchinson finished in 2nd place in the 5-car, 10-lap class “B” heat race behind Fred Lentz of Hutchinson who was driving his own Lentz special.

   Hutchinson finished in 3rd place in the 10-lap class “C” heat race behind Charles Lebsack of Otis, Kansas who was driving a Kerbs special Ford #4 that was owned by Leonard E. Kerbs who was also from Otis, and Al Koepke of Great Bend, Kansas who was driving his own Ford Frontenac.  [Note:  Al Koepke only lived at Great Bend, Kansas for a short time before returning to Topeka, Kansas.]

Feature race winner:  Charles Lebsack of Otis, Kansas who was driving a Kerbs special Ford #4 that was owned by Leonard E. Kerbs who was also from Otis.

 

September 25, 1926 – ½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Ford Frontenac special #4.

Finish:  Hutchinson’s Ford Frontenac was one of 9 cars that dropped out of, and did not finish, an 8-lap, 12-car race for drivers who had finished in either 1st or 2nd place in any of the races that had been run at the Kansas State Fairgrounds on either September 24th or 25th of 1926. The race was won by Vic Felt of Deer Trail, Colorado who was driving a Ford Frontenac.

Feature race winner:  Vic Felt of Deer Trail, Colorado who was driving a Ford Frontenac.

 

July 4, 1927 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of  Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Ford Frontenac special #4 for driver Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas.

Finish:  Fuller finished 3rd in the 6-mile, 2nd heat race behind Roy Rinehart of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving the Kanotex special and Forest “Blackie” O’Bannon of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving his own Chevrolet special #45 that had been built for him by Russell D. Hill who was also from Arkansas City.

                        Fuller finished 2nd in a 4-mile race behind Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet special #2 owned by George Dwight Moody who was also from Arkansas City, Kansas.

   Fuller lost a tire in the 15-mile Cushing sweepstakes race and drive several laps on the rim while he waited for his pit-crew to ready a new tire for him.  He then stopped in the pits for that new tire.  When he rejoined the race, he was 3-laps behind the leaders of the race but made a valiant effort to catch up.  He did not place in the race, which was won by Earl L. Hovenden, but his hard-charging style did win the respect of the spectators.

Feature race winner:  Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet special #2 owned by George Dwight Moody who was also from Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

July 30, 1927 – ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds on the west edge of  Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Chevrolet special #44 to drive himself.

Purse:  $1,500

Finish:  It is unknown where Hutchinson finished in his preliminary races but he decided not the drive his car in the feature race and got Andrew “Cokey” Fuller to drive the #44 Chevrolet special in that race for him.  Fuller then finished 2nd in the 25-lap feature race behind Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet special #2 owned by George Dwight Moody who was also from Arkansas City, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet special #2 owned by George Dwight Moody who was also from Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

September 5, 1927 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of  Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Hutchinson Fronty Ford special #44.

Attendance:  10,000

Finish:  Hutchinson’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

          Feature race winner:  Ted Simpson of Los Angeles, California who was driving an 8-cylinder Miller special.

 

May 30, 1928 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.  Joe Hutchinson also entered his Ford Rajo #44 for drivers _____ Pearson(s) and Ira T. McIntire.

Purse:  Fuller won a total of $400 in these races while McIntire won $35.

Finish:  Fuller won the 5-lap Oklahoma Championship dash in 2:42.0, finishing ahead Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving who was driving the double-overhead-cam Kerbs special Fronty Ford owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas; and _____ Pearson(s) who was driving Joe Hutchinson’s Ford Rajo #44.

    McIntire finished 3rd in a 6-lap heat race behind Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving who was driving the double-overhead-cam Kerbs special Fronty Ford owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansa and Bill Tennill of Taylor, Texas driving his Tennill special Fronty Ford.

              Fuller won the 6-mile heat race in 6:32.0.

   Fuller won the 4-mile heat race in 4:18.0.  Bill Tennill of Taylor, Texas finished in 2nd place driving his Fronty Ford Tennill special.

   Fuller finished 2nd in the 20-lap sweepstakes race behind Lee Bammel of Taylor, Texas who was driving his own Bammel special Fronty Ford #U2.  Fuller led the first 19 laps of this race before he blew a tire and dropped to 2nd place.

Feature race winner:  Lee Bammel of Taylor, Texas who was driving his own Bammel special Fronty Ford #U2.

 

July 4, 1928 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of  Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller ran the 2nd fastest time trial, going two laps in 58.4 seconds.  The only man to run a faster time trial was John Boling of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

   Fuller won the 3-lap championship dash in 1:28.0, finishing ahead of Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving the #K-1 Kerbs special owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas.

  Fuller finished 4th in the 15-lap heat race behind Earl L. Hovenden of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving the #K-1 Kerbs special owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas; Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving his own Laurel special and Art Hutchin who was driving car #101 Hutchins special.  Fuller had dropped out of this race on the 8th lap with engine trouble, but then reentered the race two laps behind and had made up one of those two laps by the end of the race.

 Fuller won the 2nd 15-lap heat race in 8:05.4 finishing ahead of Ira T. McIntire of Arkansas City, Kansas.

 Fuller won the 30-lap feature race after passing John Boling of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was driving Dick Calhoun’s car, for the lead on the 25th lap.  Fuller’s time for the race was 15:33.4 and he won $425 from the purse for his effort.

Feature race winner:  Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Gallivan Ford #30-30 that he co-owned with Joe Hutchinson of Arkansas City.

 

July 28, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds on the west edge of  Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Ford special #440 to be driven by driven by James F. Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas.

Finish:  Pickens ran the 2nd fastest lap in time trials of 34.2 seconds which was only slower than the fastest time which was run by Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving a Ford Frontenac #11.  Bray’s time was 33.4 seconds.

             Pickens finished in 2nd place in the 1st 4-car, 5-lap heat race behind Mack McAnally of Winfield, Kansas who was driving the Superior special Hisso #1434 owned by Wendell A. Sparling who was also from Winfield.

             Pickens won the 3rd 6-car, 8-lap heat race in track record time of 4:38.6.  Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas finished a close 2nd place in this race in the Ford Frontenac #11.  Pickens record was not broken for 10-weeks.

             Pickens won the 6-car, 12-lap “Grand Final” race in track record time of 8:15.4.  Mack McAnally of Winfield finished in 2nd place in this race while driving the Superior special Hisso #1434 owned by Wendell A. Sparling who was also from Winfield.  Pickens record was not broken for 26 years.

Feature race winner:  James F. Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet special #440 owned by Joe Hutchinson.

 

September 3, 1928 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of  Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.  Joe Hutchinson of Arkansas City, Kansas also entered his Rajo Ford special #44 for Ira T. McIntire who was also from Arkansas City.

Finish:  Fuller placed 3rd in time trials behind Eddie Neva of San Antonio, Texas who was driving the #7-11 Ford Frontenac Well-Brook special owned by Maxie L. Brooks & M. T. Wells who were also from San Antonio, Texas, and Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the supercharged Ford Frontenac B & B special #700.  Fuller’s time was 58.1 and he won $40 from the purse for his effort.

   Fuller won a special 5-lap dash for the fastest cars from time trials.  Fuller finished the race in 2:27.4 and in front of George Lawhon of St. Joseph, Missouri.  The victory paid him $90 from the purse.

  Fuller placed 3rd in the 1st 15-lap race behind Eddie Neva of San Antonio, Texas who was driving the #7-11 Ford Frontenac Well-Brook special owned by Maxie L. Brooks & M. T. Wells who were also from San Antonio, Texas; and Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the supercharged Ford Frontenac B & B special.  3rd place won Fuller $40 from the purse.

Fuller dropped out of another 15-lap race with a broken connecting rod.  This race was won by George Lawhon of St. Joseph, Missouri in 1st place, Ira Thomas McIntire of Arkansas City, Kansas in 2nd place and Earl Hovenden of Otis, Kansas who drove a Ford special #K-1 owned by Leonard Kerbs who was also from Otis, Kansas to a 3rd place finish.

Feature race winner:  John Boling of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving the supercharged Ford Frontenac B & B special #700 that had been built by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas and entered by Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri.

[Note:  Eddie Neva of San Antonio, Texas who was driving the #7-11 Ford Frontenac Well-Brook special owned by Maxie L. Brooks & M. T. Wells also form San Antonio, Texas, was fatally injured during the running of the 30-lap sweepstakes race on this afternoon.]

 

September 6, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Ottawa County Fairgrounds at Miami, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.  Joe Hutchinson also entered a Ford Rajo #44 for driver Ira T. McIntire of Arkansas City, Kansas.

Finish:  Both Fuller and McIntire entered these races but their names does not appear in the published results.

Feature race winner:  Vern McComb of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the Lawhon special #X-3 owned by George Lawhon who was also from St. Joseph.

 

September 8, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Ottawa County Fairgrounds at Miami, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller entered these races but his name does not appear in the published results.

Feature race winner:  Earl Hovenden of Otis, Kansas who drove a Ford special #K-1 owned by Leonard Kerbs who was also from Otis, Kansas.

 

September 15, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Kansas Free Fairgrounds in Topeka, Kansas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Broke an engine rod

Feature race winner:  Swan Peterson of Galesburg, Illinois who was driving his own Fronty Ford #11.

 

September 29, 1928 – ⅝ mile dirt oval West Texas Fairgrounds a. k. a. Abilene Fairgrounds at Abilene, Texas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller finished in 2nd place in the 3rd 8-lap heat race behind Vern McComb of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the Lawhon special #X-3 owned by George Lawhon who was also from St. Joseph.

Feature race winner:  Clyde Gilbert of Boulder, Colorado who was driving a Ford Frontenac owned by Howard Baker.

 

October 2, 1928 – ⅝ mile dirt oval West Texas Fairgrounds a. k. a. Abilene Fairgrounds at Abilene, Texas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller entered these races but his name does not appear in the published results

Feature race winner:  Chet Gardner of Denver, Colorado who was driving the Buckeye Duesenberg #47 owned by Gibson Bradfield

 

October 4, 1928 – ⅝ mile dirt oval Haskell Speedway at Haskell, Texas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller entered these races but the race results have yet to be located.

 

          Fuller entered a race in Old Mexico in October of 1928 but nothing more is currently known about that race.

 

October 9, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds on the west edge of  Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  Joe Hutchinson entered his own Rajo Ford special #44 for Ira T. McIntire.

Finish:  McIntire ran the 2nd fastest 1-lap time trial of the afternoon of 33 seconds flat.

    McIntire finished in 2nd place in the 1st 5-car, 10-lap heat race behind James F. Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a the Kerbs Ford special #K-1 that was owned by Leonard E. Kerbs of Otis, Kansas.

    McIntire finished in 2nd place in the 4th 4-car, 6-lap heat race behind Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving his own Ford Frontenac #15.

   The Rajo Ford special #44 that was driven by McIntire and owned by Hutchinson, was one of 4 cars involved in a spectacular crash “well into” the 8-car, 15-lap feature race with the car driven by McIntire turning over.  All four of the cars; the Superior special Hisso #43 driven by Wendell A. Sparling of Winfield, Kansas; the Kerbs Ford special #K-1 driven by James F. Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas; a Hudson #15 driven by Dusty Deines of Topeka, Kansas and the Rajo Ford special #44 driven by McIntire, were too heavily damaged to continue in the race but, at least, there were no injuries.

Feature race winner:  Ralph Chrysler of Omaha, Nebraska who was driving a Rajo Ford #7-11.  [Note:  Ralph Chrysler was probably Ralph James Chrysler who was born in 1896 at Junction City, Kansas and died in 1963 in Los Angeles, California although some speculated that “Ralph Chrysler” may have been a pseudonym used by Speck Heminger of Hastings, Nebraska when he competed in non-A.A.A. sanctioned races.]

 

October 13, 1928 – ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds on the west edge of  Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  Joe Hutchinson entered his own Rajo Ford special #44 for driver Ira Thomas McIntire of Arkansas City. Kansas.

Finish:  McIntire ran the 2nd fastest lap in time trials of 32.8 seconds in the 11-car field that took time trials.  His lap was only slower than the lap run by Wendell A. Sparling of Winfield, Kansas who was driving his own Superior special Hisso #43.

   McIntire was credited was a 2nd place finish in the 1st 3-car, 8-lap heat race for the fastest 3 cars in time trials.  McIntire dropped out on the 5th lap of the race leaving Wendell A. Sparling of Winfield, Kansas who was driving his own Superior special Hisso #43 as the only car running in the race.

   McIntire won the 5-car, 6-lap 4th heat race in 3:16.5.  Ralph Chrysler of Omaha, Nebraska finished in 2nd place in a Rajo Ford #7-11 after passing Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City on the final straightaway to take that position.  Hill was driving his own Ford Frontenac #15.

   McIntire started on the pole position in the 9-car field that started the race in a formation of 3-rows of 3-cars each.  He led every lap of the race winning in 8:10.0.  Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City, Kansas finished close behind McIntire in 2nd place driving his own Ford Frontenac #15.

Feature race winner:  Ira Thomas McIntire of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving a Rajo Ford special owned by Joe Hutchinson of Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

 

April 20, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Tulsa State Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller entered these races but the race results have yet to be located.

 

April 21, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Fair Park at the Old Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on Eastern Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  These races were postponed until April 28, 1929 due to cold weather.

 

April 28, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Fair Park at the Old Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on Eastern Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Hutchinson.

Finish:  Hutchinson finished 4th in the 1st ten-lap heat race behind Vern McComb of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the Lawhon special #X-3 owned by George Lawhon who was also from St. Joseph; Bill K. Spence of Los Angeles, California and Phil Pardee of Los Angeles, California.

                        Hutchinson finished 2nd in the 20-lap feature race behind Bill K. Spence of Los Angeles, California.

Feature race winner:  Bill K. Spence of Los Angeles, California

 

May, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Noble County Fairgrounds at Duncan, Oklahoma

        Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

          Finish:  Fuller entered these races but the race results have yet to be located.

 

July 4, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Arkansas City Speedway a. k. a. West Madison Speedway less than one mile west of Arkansas City, Kansas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

          Finish:  Fuller tied for quick time in time trials at 31.2 seconds with Mack McAnally of Arkansas City0 who was driving his own Fronty Ford special #2.

                        Fuller won the 1st 4-car, 6-lap heat race in 3:24.0 finishing in front of Louis “Julius Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving a Fronty Ford special owned by Russell Darius Hill of Arkansas City.

   Fuller won the 3rd 5-car, 6-lap heat race in 3:24.0 finishing in front of Joe Taylor of Ponca City, Oklahoma who was driving a single-overhead-cam Laurel Ford special #101 owned by Art Hutchin of Omaha, Nebraska.  Fuller’s identical time for the 1st and 3rd heat races tied to see a new track record for that distance that still stands today (due to the racetrack closing in 1932).

   Fuller won the 10-lap sweepstakes race in 5:45.4 finishing in front of Joe Taylor of Ponca City, Oklahoma who was driving a single-overhead-cam Laurel Ford special #101 owned by Art Hutchin of Omaha, Nebraska.  Fuller’s time for this race was a new track record that stood until it was broken 1-year later by Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a supercharged Ford Frontenac owned by C. O. Bennett who was also from St. Joseph.

Feature race winner:  Andrew B. “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City who was driving a Gallivan Ford #30-30 that he co-owned with Joe Hutchinson..

 

July 20, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Anthony Downs in Anthony, Kansas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller wrecked

Feature race winner:  Louis “Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving a Fronty Ford owned by Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

July 27, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds on the west edge of  Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  George Dwight Moody of Arkansas City, Kansas entered his Chevrolet special #2 for Joe Hutchinson to drive.  Hutchinson then entered his own Fronty Ford special for Dr. Harold Dexter Cowan of Atchison, Kansas to drive.

Finish:  Hutchinson ran the 8th fastest lap in time trials of 35.4 seconds which was only slower than the laps run by Louis “Julius Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving a Fronty Ford special owned by Russell Darius Hill of Arkansas City; Art Hutchin of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving his own overhead-cam Laurel Ford special #101; Harold “Red” Kinser of Lyndon, Kansas who was driving a Laurel Ford special; Fred Littleton of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving a Fronty Ford special; Larry Steele of Glendale, California who was driving a Fronty Ford special; Slim Ellison of Ascot Park, California and Phineas Comadore “Dad” Harrier of Hiawatha, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Art Hutchin of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving his own overhead-cam Laurel Ford special #101.

 

August, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Valley County Fairgrounds at Ord, Nebraska

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Hutchinson ran the 8th entered these races but his name does not appear in the published results.

Feature race winner:  Bert Ficken of Denver, Colorado who was driving the bright red Frost Ford #4 that was owned by John Bagley of Omaha, Nebraska.

 

September 2, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Arkansas City Speedway a. k. a. West Madison Speedway less than one mile west of Arkansas City, Kansas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller tie for 1st place in 1-lap time trials at 31.1 seconds with Earl L. Hovenden of Duncan, Oklahoma who was driving his own Fronty Ford special #1.  That time was a new track record that stood until it was broken 10 months later by Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a supercharged Ford Frontenac owned by C. O. Bennett who was also from St. Joseph.

Fuller finished in 3rd place in the 1st match (heat) race behind Earl L. Hovenden of Duncan, Oklahoma who was driving his own Fronty Ford special #1, and Cotton Grable of Houston, Texas who was driving a Chrysler special #32 owned by William J. “Willie” Mahovil, Sr. who was also from Houston, Texas, but a burned piston eliminated Fuller from the remainder of the program.

Feature race winner:  Earl L. Hovenden of Duncan, Oklahoma who was driving his own Fronty Ford special #1.

 

September 10, 1929 – ½ mile oiled dirt oval – Speedway Park one mile north of Cushing, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller finished in 2nd place in the 6-lap, 1st heat race behind Earl L. Hovenden of Duncan, Oklahoma who was driving his own Fronty Ford special #1

             Fuller finished in 2nd place in the sweepstakes race behind Cotton Grable of Houston, Texas who was driving a Chrysler special #32 owned by William J. “Willie” Mahovil, Sr. who was also from Houston, Texas.

Feature race winner:  Augustus “Cotton”Octo Grable of Houston, Texas who was driving a Chrysler special #32 owned by William J. “Willie” Mahovil, Sr. who was also from Houston, Texas.

 

September 12, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Collingsworth County Fairgrounds at Wellington, Texas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

          Finish:  Fuller entered these races but the race results have yet to be located.

 

September 14, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Collingsworth County Fairgrounds at Wellington, Texas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

          Finish:  Fuller entered these races but the race results have yet to be located.

 

September 17, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Noble County Fairgrounds at Duncan, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

         Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

          Purse:  Fuller won a total of $20 for the day.

Finish:  Fuller finished in 2nd place in the 2nd heat race behind Vern McComb of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the Lawhon special #X-3 owned by George Lawhon who was also from St. Joseph.

                      Fuller finished in 3rd place in the feature race behind Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa who was driving the Morosco special #2 owned by Felix B. Morosco; and Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York.

          Feature race winner:  Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa who was driving the Morosco special #2 owned by Felix B. Morosco

 

September 18, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Noble County Fairgrounds at Duncan, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

         Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller finished in 3rd place in the 3rd heat race behind Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York who was driving a car #7 owned by Lloyd Fisher of Longmont, Colorado.

                      Fuller DNF in the feature race won Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York who was driving a car #7 owned by Lloyd Fisher of Longmont, Colorado.

          Feature race winner:  Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York who was driving a car #7 owned by Lloyd Fisher of Longmont, Colorado.

 

September 24, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Childress Fairgrounds at Childress, Texas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

          Finish:  Fuller entered these races but the race results have yet to be located.

 

September 25, 1929 – 5/8 mile dirt oval West Texas Fairgrounds a. k. a. Abilene Fairgrounds at Abilene, Texas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller entered these races but his name does not appear in the published results

Feature race winner:  Chet Gardner of Denver, Colorado who was driving the Buckeye Duesenberg #47 owned by Gibson Bradfield.

 

September 26, 1929 – ½ mile dirt oval – Childress Fairgrounds at Childress, Texas – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller qualified in 9th place in time trials at 65.03 seconds (time for two laps) behind Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York, Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa; Chet Gardner of Denver, Colorado; John Gerber of Stanwood, Iowa; Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri; Francis Quinn in the Hooker #99 car; Vic Felt, of Deer Trail, Colorado and George Barringer of Wichita Falls, Texas.

  Fuller finished in 3rd place in the 3rd heat race behind Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York who was driving a car #7 owned by Lloyd Fisher of Longmont, Colorado; and Vern McComb of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the Lawhon special #X-3 owned by George Lawhon who was also from St. Joseph.

  Fuller finished in 7th place in the feature race behind Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York; Chet Gardner of Denver, Colorado; John Gerber of Stanwood, Iowa; Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa; Francis Quinn in the Hooker #99 car and Vic Felt of Deer Trail, Colorado.

          Feature race winner:  Johnny Kreiger of Rochester, New York who was driving a car #7 owned by Lloyd Fisher of Longmont, Colorado.

 

June 22, 1930 – ½ mile dirt oval – Creve Coeur Lake Speedway a. k. a. Greater St. Louis Speedway at Upper Creve Coeur, Missouri

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

          Finish:  Fuller entered these races but the race results have yet to be located.

 

July 4, 1930 – ½ mile dirt oval – Arkansas City Speedway a. k. a. West Madison Speedway less than one mile west of Arkansas City, Kansas

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Hutchinson Ford special #44 for driver Gilbert B. Eddie of Arkansas City while Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City entered the Gallivan Ford #30-30 that he co-owned with Joe Hutchinson.

Finish:  Fuller qualified 4th in time trials with a time of 31.6 seconds behind Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the B & B special supercharged Fronty Ford owned by C. O. Bennett of St. Joseph, Missouri; Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving his own Bray special Fronty Ford #4 and Lew “Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving the Hill special Fronty Ford #7 owned by Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City.

             Gilbert B. Eddie qualified 5th fastest in time trials, one position slower than Fuller had qualified of the 9 cars that ran time trials.  Every car that took a time trial received $25 from the purse.

   Fuller finished in 2nd place in the 1st 6-car heat race behind Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the B & B special supercharged Fronty Ford #700.  That finish paid $65 from the posted purse.

   Gilbert B. Eddie was credited with a 6th place finish in the 1st heat race behind Cunningham; Fuller; Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving his own Bray special Fronty Ford #4; Louis “Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving his own Bray special Fronty Ford #4 and George L. Williams of Wichita, Kansas who was driving a Fronty Ford special #1; after Eddie became involved in an accident and did not actually finish the race.

   Having already qualified the Gallivan Ford #30-30 for the feature race, Fuller replaced Gilbert B. Eddie in Joe Hutchinson’s Hutchinson Ford special #44 and finished in 3rd place in the 3rd heat race behind Lew Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving the Hill special Fronty Ford #7 owned by Russell D. Hill of Arkansas City; and Robert Landon of Arkansas City who was driving the Moody special #2 that was owned by the Moody brothers of Arkansas City.  That finish earned Fuller $20 from the posted purse but did not qualify that car for the feature race.

   Fuller returned to the Gallivan Ford #30-30 and finished in 3rd place in the feature race behind Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the B & B special supercharged Fronty Ford #700 and Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving his own Bray special Fronty Ford #4.

          Feature race winner:  Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving the B & B special supercharged Fronty Ford #700 that was owned by C. O. Bennett who was also from St. Joseph..

 

July 25, 1930 – ½ mile dirt oval – Bo Stearns north of Wichita, Kansas – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Hutchinson Ford Frontenac special #44 for driver Gilbert B. Eddie of Arkansas City, Kansas.

Finish:  Gilbert B. Eddie rolled Joe Hutchinson’s Ford Frontenac special #44 as he was exiting the north turn in the 1st 6-car, 10-lap heat race.  The car crashed through the inside fence and came to rest on its wheels in the infield.  Gilbert received only minor injuries and the car received only minor damage in the incident.  That heat race was won by Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a Gallivan Ford.

Feature race winner:  Lawrence O. “Hughie” Hughes of Beatrice, Nebraska who was driving a Model A Ford special.

 

August 10, 1930 – ½ mile dirt oval – Riverview Park at Sioux City, Iowa – Sanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Hutchinson Ford Frontenac special #44 for driver Gilbert B. Eddie of Arkansas City, Kansas.

Finish:  Gilbert B. Eddie finished in 5th place in the 14-lap feature race behind Emory Collins of La Mars, Iowa who was driving his own Ford Frontenac #7; Fred Dresselhuys of Wagner, South Dakota who was driving his own dual-overhead-cam Fronty Ford #2; Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa who was driving the Kruck Chrysler owned by Rudy Kruck; and Bert Ficken of Denver, Colorado who was driving the bright red Frost Ford Frontenac #4.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins of La Mars, Iowa who was driving Ford Frontenac #7.

 

August 17, 1930 – 1-mile dirt oval – Ak-Sar-Ben at Omaha, Nebraska – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Hutchinson entered his own Hutchinson Ford Frontenac special #44

Finish:  Hutchinson’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Bert Ficken of Denver, Colorado who was driving a bright red Frost Ford Frontenac #4 owned by John Bagley of Omaha, Nebraska.

 

August 26, 1930 – ½ mile dirt oval – Valley County Fairgrounds at Ord, Nebraska – Sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (A.A.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller entered these races but his name does not appear in the published results.

 

August 28, 1930 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller finished in 3rd place in the 2nd heat race behind Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving his own Bray Ford Frontenac special #4 and _____ Cline of Jefferson City, Tennessee.

             Fuller finished in 3rd place in the 20-lap feature race behind Vern McComb of Sioux City, Iowa who was driving the Palmer special single-overhead-cam Clemons #500; and Clyde Gilbert of Denver, Colorado who was driving the dual-overhead-cam Fisher special Ford Dreyer owned by Lloyd Fisher of Longmont, Colorado.

Feature race winner:  Vern McComb of Sioux City, Iowa who was driving the Palmer special single-overhead-cam Clemons #500.

 

August 29, 1930 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was co-owned by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas and Joe Hutchinson, and was driven on this day by Fuller.

Finish:  Fuller finished in 3rd place in the consolation race behind Jim White of Sharon Springs, Kansas who was driving his own White special Ford Frontenac #28 and Fred Dresselhuys of Wagner, South Dakota who was driving his own dual-overhead-cam Fronty Ford #2.

             Fuller finished in 9th place in the 20-lap feature race behind John Gerber of Stanwood, Iowa who was driving his own Gerber special 8-valve Chevrolet #15 that he referred to as a “Whippet”; Lewis “Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving the Lawhon special Ford Frontenac #X-3 owned by George Lawhon of St. Joseph, Missouri; Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a supercharged Ford Frontenac #700 owned by C. O. Bennett who was also from St. Joseph; Vern McComb of Sioux City, Iowa who was driving the Palmer special single-overhead-cam Clemons #500; Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas who was driving his own Bray Ford Frontenac special #4; Phil Cline of Jefferson City, Tennessee who was driving the Cline special single-overhead-cam Ford Laurel #C7; Jim White of Sharon Springs, Kansas who was driving his own White special Ford Frontenac #28 and Fred Dresselhuys of Wagner, South Dakota who was driving his own dual-overhead-cam Fronty Ford #2.

Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Stanwood, Iowa who was driving his own Gerber special 8-valve Chevrolet #15 that he referred to as a “Whippet”.

 

July 20, 1940 – ½ mile dirt oval – Anthony Downs in Anthony Kansas – Sanctioned by the Southern Racing Association (S.R.A.)

Car:  Gallivan Ford #30-30 that was both owned by, and driven by, Joe Hutchinson.

Finish:  Joe Hutchinson entered these races but his name does not appear among the very limited results of these races that have been located to date.

Feature race winner:  Dave Champeau of Los Angeles, California who was driving a dual-overhead-cam Hal #6.

 

 

After the death of Andrew “Cokey” Fuller, Joe Hutchinson drove the #30-30 Gallivan Ford he had co-owned with Fuller, in races in Kansas as late as the mid-1940s.  By August of 1946, Hutchinson had apparently sold the car to Ora Ray Ash (1925-2000) of Wellington, Kansas.  Ash entered the car in the races that were run at the annual North Central Kansas Free Fair in Belleville, Kansas on August 29th and 30th of 1946.  His entry listed the engine as a Ford V-8 but there was no mention of it being a Gallivan Ford.  Ash ran the 17th fastest time trial of the first day, of the 17 cars that completed a time trial.  His time for one lap was 31.03 seconds.  There is no known record as to where, or if, Ash placed in his heat race that day but he did place in 4th place in the 5-car, 8-lap consolation race.

 

There is no known record that Ash ran a time trial, or placed in a heat race the next day (August 30, 1946), but he did place in 3rd place in the 5-car, 8-lap consolation race run on that day.  There is no known record that Ash, or anyone else, ever raced the car after those races.

 

Joe Hutchinson is said to have had a race car in storage in a garage in Arkansas City, Kansas as late as the 1950s but what race car is currently unknown.  It is known that the Gallivan Ford engine was sold to Murray Earl of Hutchinson, Kansas.

 

The 5’ 10”, 230-pound Hutchinson was the Arkansas City Fire Chief from 1954 until he passed away on March 5, 1958.  Joe and Lula Hutchinson are buried in the Riverview Cemetery on the north edge of Arkansas City, Kansas, as are Joe’s parents.

 

Murray Earl ran the Gallivan Ford engine in his Dreyer big car #27 with driver Waldo Burnett until selling that engine to John Mauro of Denver, Colorado.  Mauro eventually sold the engine to Vic Felt of Deer Trail, Colorado.  Felt ran the engine with driver Lloyd Axel.

 

The next owner of the Gallivan Ford engine was Bill Harding of Hastings, Nebraska.  Harding then sold the engine to Jack Lovely of Omaha, Nebraska.

 

If you know anything more about Joe Hutchinson, please contact Bob Lawrence at: sprintguy @ cox.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Race Again Saturday

Joe Hutchinson's car, shown above, which turned over in the Tuesday auto races at Winfield, was not seriously damaged and has been repaired for the Saturday races.  The Tuesday time-trials showed that Arkansas City can be expected to show up well in Saturday's events.  The other Arkansas Citians racing at Winfield are: R. D. Hill, "Cokey" Fuller, and J. F. Pickens.

Arkansas City Daily Traveler

Friday, October 12, 1928 – Page 12

 

 

 

 

Andrew B. “Cokey” Fuller of Arkansas City, Kansas is shown here posing in the Gallivan Ford #30-30 on July 4, 1929, that he co-owned with Joe Hutchinson – Lew Irwin collection

 

 

 

 

Joe Hutchinson’s grave in the Riverview Cemetery on the north edge of Arkansas City, Kansas – Bob Lawrence photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to:

Edwin Hutchinson and Russell J. Moore