Biography of Orwell Butler
Adams County, NE Biographies





Orville Butler, connected with the Farmers Cooperative Grain & Live Stock Company at Juniata, is also actively identified with agricultural interests in this county and has farm property elsewhere. He has ever depended entirely upon his own resources and labors for advancement in the business world and his progress has been the merited reward of his effort. He was born in Lee county, Illinois, November 14, 1852, a son of Albert and Olive (Rodgers) Butler. The father was born in the state of New. York but was married in Illinois and in the year 1854 removed to Marshall county, Iowa, where he and his wife spent their remaining days. The father followed the occupation of farming but died there prior to the Civil war. In the family were five children: Franklin, now living in Marshall county, Iowa; Martha J., whose home is in Holt county, Nebraska; Rachel, who was a twin sister of Martha and is now deceased; and Mrs. Estella Scott, of Ida Grove, Iowa.

The other member of the family is Orville Butler, who was but two years of age at the time his parents removed to Iowa, where he pursued a common school education. He was reared to farm life and remained at home until about nineteen years of age, when he began farming on his own account in Iowa. In 1882 he came to Nebraska, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits for a few years. He later began work at the grain trade, with which he has since been connected save for a period of three and one half years when he held the position of head engineer at the State Hospital. He was the first man hired by the month when that institution was opened. He is now connected with the Farmers Cooperative Grain & Live Stock Company, in which connection he is conducting an important and growing business. He thoroughly understands every phase of the trade and is therefore well qualified to carry on the interests under his direction. He now owns a pleasant home in Juniata, together with sixteen acres of land adjoining the town, and he is likewise the owner of one hundred and sixty acres in Wichita county, Kansas, together with ten acres and a town lot at Sheridan, Colorado county, Texas. All that he possesses has been acquired entirely through his own efforts and his energy and laudable ambition have been the basis of his growing success.

In 1874 Mr. Butler was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Liveringhouse, by whom he has eight children, as follows: Faye F., who is a resident of Eldorado, Nebraska; Frank, at home, who spent about a year in Cuba as a member of the Third Nebraska; Cora, who is the wife of Paul Walker, of Minden, Nebraska; Fred, living in Abilene, Kansas; Ross, a resident of Germantown, Nebraska; Ralph, at home; Tida, who is the wife of A. L. Dominy, of Hastings; and Nettie, the wife of A. Stull, residing on her father's farm near Juniata.

In politics Mr. Butler is a republican and has filled the office of road overseer. His wife is a member of the Dunkard church and he holds membership in the Modern Woodmen camp at Juniata, in which he has filled all of the chairs, serving at the present time as banker. His has been an active and well spent life and devotion to duty is the keynote of his character. He has based his success upon persistency of purpose, indefatigable energy and unfaltering business integrity and has steadily progressed toward the goal of prosperity.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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