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John R Buttolph


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/13/2010 at 17:43:59

John R Buttolph is one of the prosperous agriculturists of Pilot Mound township , Boone county, where he owns 160 aces of land, the operation of which is now largely under the management of his son. Mr Buttolph is a veteran of the Civil war, rendering at the time of stress valuable service to his country. He as born n Lorain county, Ohio, August 18, 1841, and is a son of George and Dorothy (Clark) Buttolph, the former born in Massachusetts and the latter in Maine. The father was a farmer and came to Linn county, Iowa in 1854 where he remained until 1857 when he removed to Boone county, where he acquired land and operating the same until 1861. He then removed to Polk county, where he farmed until 1864, when re returned to Boone county, here continuing his life occupation unit his death in 1873. His widow survived him until March 19, 1895.
John R Buttolph was reared and educated in Linn and Boone counties and in June 1861, enlisted in the Second Iowa Battery, serving until the close of the war. He as wounded twice at Vicksburg and could always be found at the most dangerous places when defending the Union. After peace as reestablished he returned to Boone county and operated rented land for several years, at the end of which time he purchased his present farm of 160 acres on section 32, Pilot Mound township. He closely applied himself to bringing his land under cultivation and improving his property and in the course of years he has met with gratifying success, now owning one of the most valuable farms of his neighborhood.
On December 24, 1865, Mr Buttolph married Miss Sarah Myers, a daughter of Jacob and Annie (Keppel) Myers, natives of Pennsylvania. The father was a farmer and operated land in Ohio until 1854, when he removed to Boone county, acquiring property in Pilot Mound township, which he improved until his death in 1887. His wife had died the previous year. Mr and Mrs Buttolph have three children: Ada C who married S A Elliott a resident of Centerville, Ida s the wife of R W Casey a lumber dealer of Ogden, and John F who operates his fatherís farm and resides with this parents. He was married February 14, 1900 to Miss Hannah Clausson a daughter of Lewis and Anna S (Hanson) Clausson, natives of Denmark, who emigrated to America and settled in Boone county at an early day in its history. Her father farmed for many years and subsequently engaged in the harness busies in Pilot Mound, where he resided until his death August 8, 1912. John F Buttolph has five children, Ora D, Leni L, Loren D, Milan D and Franklin D. Their father is at present assessor of his township and has served for four years. During the Spanish-American war he enlisted in Company I, Fifty-second Iowa Regiment, giving thereby evidence of his patriotic spirit.
John R Buttolph served as assessor for twenty years, as township clerk for five years and as trustee for about eight years. Politically he is a republican, giving his support to that party which took up the cause of the Union at the time of the great conflict between the north and south. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Although he is not a member of any specific church, eh attends the services of all and readily contributes to those institutions and organizations which have for their propose the betterment of humanity. He has made valuable contributions to the development of his district and is highly respected and esteemed by all who know him for he has the accomplished and the qualities of his character which have made possible his success.

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