A. W. BUTT, of P. P. Mast & Co., manufacturers, Springfield; is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Erie County
in 1835; soon after his birth, his father removed with his family to La Porte, Ind., where he was engaged in milling
and mercantile pursuits, which afforded excellent business advantages to the son, who became a partner with his
father on arriving at his majority, but a year later they sold out, and Mr. Butt, Jr., went out West prospecting;
after a stay of about four years, mostly spent in Kansas and Nebraska, he returned to La Porte and engaged in the
sale of agricultural implements, in connection with the John H. Manny Reaper Works at Rockport, Ill., in which
he continued about seven years; in 1862, he became connected as agent with the Buckeye Agricultural Works, then
operated by Thomas & Mast; subsequently became general agent, and, at the reorganization of the firm, October,
1871, he became a member of the company, and, in the following January, was elected a Director, and has since been
connected with the works; he now has charge of the trade throughout the North and Northwest, where is well and
favorably known as a successful salesman. The extent of their business may be judged from the fact that the company
do about $1,000,000 of business per annum, the sales department being under the supervision of Mr. Butt, W. C.
Downey and C. C. Crane, the territory being divided between them. Mr. Butt married, in 1872 Frances G. Bagley;
she was a native of Mercer Co., Penn., and, at the time of her marriage, resided with her parents at La Porte;
her parents now reside there, both being nearly fourscore years of age. Mr. Butts' residence is at 86 West High
street; he is a successful business man, and a social, agreeable gentleman; he was a charter member of Anthony
Lodge, F. & A. M., and also of Palestine Comandery, of which he is still an honored member.
History of Clark County, Ohio
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Clark County, Ohio
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