Biography of George L. Butterfield
Marion County, IA Biographies





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.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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