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Butler Bird (1897)

BIRD, HOWELL, MILES

Posted By: Cay Merryman
Date: 7/23/2004 at 20:01:59

Winterset Reporter
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, April 29, 1897
Page 5

Hon. Butler Bird, Tuesday the house of representative adopted the following resolutions concerning the life and death of Rev. Bird, upon motion of Hon. A. L. Wood, member from this county, who drafted the same: Whereas, An all wise Providence has removed by death, Hon. Butler Bird, who was a most worthy and respected member of the 18th General Assembly from Madison County......etc.

Bird, Rev. Butler, The sad news of the death of Rev. Butler Bird, of Patterson, came to this city Monday. He was taken sick about one week previous to death with heart trouble, and gradually grew worse from the first until Sunday at one o'clock p.m. when the messenger came and he passed quietly away. Rev. Bird was a man about sixty years of age and was an old settler of this county, having lived here some thirty or more years. He was a soldier in the late war, serving two years in Company D, 1st Iowa cavalry. He represented Madison county in the 18th General Assembly and was at one time superintendent of the schools in this county. Altogether he was a man actively engaged in public service and was widely acquainted over the state and county.

He leaves a wife, one son and four daughters to mourn his death, which came unexpectedly and on such short notice. The funeral was held in Patterson on Monday, and was one of the largest in the history of the county. The ceremonies were in charge of the I.O.O.F. organization of Patterson, of which he was an active member. Thus ends the life of one of Madison county's best citizens, a Christian gentleman and a generous man.
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Semi Weekly Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Tuesday, April 27, 1897

Mr. Butler Bird died at his home in Patterson Sunday at one o’clock. Funeral was held at the Christian church Monday at three p.m. He was an old time resident and one of our most respected citizens. He leaves a wife, four daughters and one son to mourn his loss.
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Semi Weekly Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Tuesday, April 27, 1897

Death of an Old Settler.

Hon. Butler Bird, of Patterson, died at his home Sunday morning, of heart disease. Mr. Bird was an early settler in this county, having lived here since boyhood, or early manhood. He entered the army and served his country as a soldier. For years he was a minister in the Church of Christ. He served one term as county superintendent, and represented this county in the nineteenth general assembly of Iowa.

Mr. Bird’s sickness was of short duration, something like ten days. He was in Winterset about two weeks ago, but soon thereafter was prostrated by his last sickness. He was about sixty years of age.

He leaves a wife and several daughters, one of whom is Mrs. D. T. Miles, and one Mrs. N. S. Howell. Mr. Bird was for practically all of his adult life a prominent figure in the community, in social life, church work and politics, and will be much missed for many a day to come.
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Winterset Review
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, April 28, 1897
Page 5, Column 4

Butler Bird Dead

Butler Bird, one of the old and respected citizens of Madison county, died last Sunday morning of heart trouble. He had been very low for several days and his death was not unexpected. The funeral took place Monday.

Mr. Bird came to Madison county thirty years ago and has lived in Crawford township for the last twenty years. During his life he was county superintendent and a member of the legislature from this county, beside holding many other positions of trust and honor.

He leaves a wife and five children. His daughters are Mrs. A.M. Farris, Mrs. D.T. Miles, and Mrs. Nelson Howell, Mrs. W.D. Patterson and Graham Bird, his son.

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