BUTLER, Clarence 1854-1933
Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 5/4/2010 at 14:40:23
Services at Grundy Center for Clarence Butler, Once Mayor
Grundy Center, Ia.—Funeral services were held here Sunday for Clarence Butler, 79, for eight years mayor of Grundy Center, who died Friday night of a complication of diseases.
Mr. Butler, a bachelor, made his home here with his sister, Miss Agnes Butler. Services were at the home. Rev. J. Bird, pastor of the Methodist church, in charge. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Clarence Butler was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, March 15, 1854. He came to Iowa in 1871. He at one time taught school, and later was a partner in the Liebsohn dry goods store, retiring in 1921. He also served as justice of the peace for many years.
Surviving are two sisters. Miss Agnes and Miss Byrd J. Butler, the latter of Cedar Rapids.
[Waterloo Daily Courier, Thursday, January 4, 1934]
C. E. Butler, Former Mayor, Died Friday
Resided in Grundy County 63 Years. He Served As Mayor Of Grundy Center 8 Years.
C. E. Butler, who for eight years served as mayor of Grundy Center, died at his home last Friday night at ten o'clock. Infirmities of old age largely accounted for his death. He had been in failing health for the past two years. He was bedfast but eight days before the end came.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. B. Bird, pastor of the Methodist church in Grundy Center, were held Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Born in Illinois
Mr. Butler would have been eighty years old had he lived until the 15th of next March. He was born in Jacksonville, Illinois. In 1871 he came to Grundy county with other members of his family. For a number of years they resided on a farm in Fairfield township. In 1883 they moved to Grundy Center and this remained Mr. Butler's home continually. For a number of years he taught in the rural schools of Grundy county and in the Morrison schools.
Was An Expert Accountant
Mr. Butler was an expert accountant. He spent several years in this work in offices in the court house and was deputy county treasurer during the term of office of the late John White.
Was Four Times Chosen As Mayor
Mr. Butler was four times elected as mayor of Grundy Center. A number of years following his first two terms in the mayorship he was recalled and served two additional terms.
He was bookkeeper in the Leibsohn store in Grundy Center for several years and during a portion of that time he was a member of the firm of Leibsohn Bros. & Company.
Mr. Butler proved his efficiency in every line of work in which he was engaged during his long and active career in Grundy county. He believed in the rule that any job that was worth doing at all was worth doing well.
Only Two of Large Family Survive
There are but two surviving members of the Butler family of seven children. They are Agnes of Grundy Center and Byrd, who is a teacher in the Cedar Rapids schools. Dr. Frank Butler died in 1918, Mrs. J. H. Blewett passed away in 1922, Mrs. Plummer in 1927 and C. N. Butler in 1932.
Out of the county relatives present at the funeral were Miss Byrd Butler from Cedar Rapids, Burr B. Butler from Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Hobard Howe, Mrs. C. N. Butler, Mrs. N. M. Johnston and Mrs. H. L. Chase from Cedar Falls.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 4 January 1934, pg 1
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