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