George L. Butterfield has since 1904 resided upon the farm in Liberty township, not far from Bussey, which is
still his home, and many of the improvements to be seen thereon are evidences of his handiwork and of his progressive
spirit. Mr. Butterfield is a native of Illinois, his birth having occurred in Bureau county, that state, February
22, 1866, his parents being P. H. and Elizabeth (Wilson) Butterfield. The father was a native of New York and his
last days were spent in Iowa, where he became a bridge contractor, having come to this state in 1867. The mother
still survives and resides in Marion county.
George L. Butterfield may well be called a self made man, for he started out in life to earn his living when but
ten years of age and has since been dependent upon his own resources and efforts for the success which has come
to him. He was first employed as a farm hand. He early learned the lesson that industry wins and he has led a very
active, busy and useful life. In 1904 he purchased the farm upon which he now resides and at once began to improve
and develop it. He has always made a specialty of stock raising in connection with general farming and has handled
some good grades of cattle and hogs. His judgment in business matters is sound and reliable, and his enterprise
is at all times unfaltering. Recently he has sold his farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Liberty township
and purchased a farm of one hundred and forty acres in Knoxville township adjacent to the city of Knoxville.
In 1885 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Butterfield and Miss Lily Gregory, whose family history is given in
connection with the sketch of T. R. Gregory on another page of this work. To Mr. and Mrs. Butterfield have been
born six children: John O., a member of the United States navy; Myrtle E. and James H., both now deceased; Tony
R.; Harriett G.; and Sarah E.
Mr. and Mrs. Butterfield attend the Methodist Episcopal church and he holds membership with the Knights of Pythias
and the Improved Order of Red Men. His political views are in accord with the principles of the republican party
and he has always been a stanch advocate of its platform since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He
has served as school director but has never sought nor desired political preferment. His life may well serve as
a source of encouragement and inspiration to others, showing what may be accomplished when perseverance and energy
lead the way and when determination is of such strength that obstacles and difficulties are readily overcome. Having
to earn his own living when a lad of ten years, his educational opportunities were necessarily limited, but he
has found that experience is a good teacher and from her he has learned many practical lessons. Working his way
upward step by step, he has constantly widened his opportunities and he certainly deserves the prosperity which
has come to him.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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