Mr. Austin Cutler was a member of the LaPorte First Baptist Church for 81 years. On May 27, 1864, Austin enlisted in the Union Army and became a private in Co. B of the 138th Indiana Infantry. He served until the closing of the Civil War. On returning from the war he began his business career. First, he operated a grocery but later, in 1896, entered the undertaking business. Austin operated it alone until his brother, George Cutler, became a partner in 1918. When George passed in 1928 Austin continued the business with his nephew Ferris. Austin died on January 28, 1942.
Mr. George Cutler began his business career in agricultural pursuits until 1905 when his family moved to Hillsdale, Michigan. In Hillsdale, he and his son, Ferris, established an undertaking business. After two years there, George and Ferris opened a furniture and undertaking establishment in New Carlisle where they remained for about six years. On July 1, 1918, Mr. Cutler and son became identified with Austin Cutler and began the undertaking establishment of Cutler Brothers. George died on Jan 5, 1928.
Mr. Arthur Ferris Cutler began his career with his father in 1905 when they established an undertaking business in Hillsdale, Michigan. Two years later they bought a funeral home in New Carlisle which Ferris and his father maintained until 1920. In 1918 they became associated with Austin Cutler and began the Cutler Brothers Funeral Home tradition.
Mr. Robert Cutler Sr. served in World War II as a captain, earning four battle stars for action in the European Theater. Robert was LaPorte County veterans service officer for 12 years and service officer for the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in LaPorte for 22 years. Robert took over the family funeral business in 1948 from his father Arthur Cutler.