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Clyde C. Butcher 1879-1937


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/17/2010 at 00:42:11

C. Butcher Gets Medals
Two Are Awarded for Service in the Philippine Insurrection

Clyde Butcher, Rock Island conductor, received two medals yesterday in recognition of his service with the United States army during the Philippine insurrection of 1899. The medals, one from the army for service and the other a congressional medal given for patriotism, fortitude and loyalty, some 37 years after Mr. Butcher was out of service.

Volunteering with Company G, 1st South Dakota Infantry at Sioux Falls, Mr. Butcher served one year and nine months at Manila and one year and two months located at Luzon. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, September 21, 1937)

Clyde C. Butcher Pioneer Railroad Man Passes Away
Clyde C. Butcher died very suddenly of a heart attack last Wednesday [December 29, 1937] night at his home here. He had been in poor health for some time, but had been making his run on the Rock Island railroad up to the last.

Mr. Butcher resided in this city many years ago and commenced his work as a brakeman on the old B.C.R. &N. Ry. He was in the employ of that road the Rock Island for 38 years.

The Butcher family moved to Estherville from Watertown, S.D. about four years ago, Mr. Butcher having been transferred to a car out of this city at that time.

He was in the service of his country in the Philippines and in recognition of that service he received congressional medals.

Mr. Butcher was a quiet man and a diligent worker and a homemaker. While in Watertown he was very active in civic matters and had a host of friends. He was popular with the railway men he met in his everyday life.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife, six daughters and one son.

The funeral services were held on Sunday from the home at 1:30 p.m. and at 2 oíclock from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Claude Fausnaugh officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery. Local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion participated in the services. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, January 6, 1938)

[The following is from a very dark copy that is almost unreadable]
He was born July 14, 1897, at ---- Minnesota, the son of John and ---- Butcher [Unreadable] died in infancy, survive the fatherís death. On Dec. 25, 1900 he was united in marriage to Leona Mae Simpson -----

----- one son and one daughter died in infancy survive the fatherís death.

They are Mrs. V. F. Mandery, Watertown, S.D., Mrs. B. F. Albitz, Minneapolis; Mrs. H. L. Sievers, Waterloo; Mrs. Dwight Wiseman, Wallingford; Mrs. William Heneman, Miss Shirley Butcher, Estherville; Hubert Butcher, El Paso, Texas. There are also one brother, Wilson Butcher, Cedar Rapids, and three sisters, Mrs. L. H. Tone, Ellsworth; Mrs. Floyd Rouse, Huron, S.D.; and Mrs. Guy Chatterfield, Minneapolis, left to mourn his passing.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church with Rev. Claude Fausnaugh in charge. A short prayer service had been held at the home at one-thirty.

Members of the American Legion attended in a body and there was a large attendance of railroad men who had worked with the deceased man during his many years of service with the Rock Island. Buglers from the American Legion sounded taps at the grave at the interment at Oak Hill cemetery.

Pall bearers were W. E. Bagan, John S. Hackett, Roy K. Blazer, E. R. Aker, H. T. Nichols and J. W. Hemphill. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, January 4, 1938)


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