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1913 History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 (Indianapolis) p 838
Upon a popular form of government like that of the US, where the
democratic idea of equality is as fully developed as the present
imperfect condition of mankind will permit, we expect as its legitimate
result the triump of individual worth and energy over all the competition
that wealth and class may array against them. Here the avenues of
wealth and distinction are fully opened to all, which fact enhances
rather than detracts fromt he merits of those whose energy and integrity
have triumped over all obstacles intervening between humble position
and the attainment of those ends. Obscurity and labor, at no time
dishonorable, never assume more attractive features than when the
former appears as the nurse of those vitures which the latter, by
years of honest and persevering effort, transplants to a higher
and richer soil; hence the biographer of those men of sterling worth
whose active enterprise has won for them the distinction, preeminence
and commanding influence in the society in which they move must
be replete with facts which should encourage and instruct the young.
Such a man is Charles E. BUTLER, well known citizen of Crawfordsville,
who has done as much, if not more, than any other man to encourage
better methods of farming in Montogmery County and by the exercise
of those talents and characteristics which were cultivated from
his youth, has reached an honorable position in the public mind
and earned the respect and high esteem of his fellow citizens. Mr.
Butler was born March 7, 1866 in Franklin Twp, Montgomery County.
He is a son of Mahlon and Eunice LACY Butler. The father was born
Jan 27, 1821 in VA, coming to IN at an early age of six months and
in 1834 he came with the rest of the family to Montogmery County.
They settled in F anklin Twp, ina Quaker community and among them
was organized the Friends Church in that township. The father of
the subject spent the rest of his life in that township and there
followed general farming. There he built a house ready for his bride,
a gentle, kind and true Christian woman, whom he brought form Rush
County, Indiana and in that same house the father and mother of
the subject always lived after coming to this county until her death
on June 27, 1902. Mahlon Butler owned a good farm of 160 acres on
which he carried on general farming and stock raising. politically,
he was a Republican but he never held office, being a dignified,
quiet home man and steady going Quaker. His death occurred March
5, 1904. His family consisted of 5 children, of whom Charles E.
of this sketch is the only one living, he having been the youngest
of the family; the others were Emiline; Emily; Jennie and LIndley
M all deceased. Charles E. Butler grew to manhood on the home farm
and there he assisted with the general work on the farm. He reeived
his early education in the common schools and high school and later
was a studen tin Wabash College. On Oct 10, 1888, he married Hallie
L. MOUNT, who was born in Montgomery County, Franklin Twp, on August
18, 1868. She is a daughter of James A. and Catherien BOYD Mount.
He was born March 23, 1843 and his death occurred Jan 16, 1901.
His wife was born 1849 and her death occured July 6, 1905. James
A. Mount became governor of Indiana and was one of the most popular
and efficient executives the state has ever had. A complete sketch
of this distinguished man appears on other pages of this work. Mrs.
Butler received a good education in the common schools here, later
attended a colleg ein Ky, from which she was graduated. She is a
lady of culture and refinement and has always been popular with
a wide circle of friends. To Mr. and mrs. Butler 3 children have
been born: Everett born Aug 18, 1891 graduated from Crawfordsville
HS and is at present farming; Lois born July 6, 1897 is attending
HS; Gladys born Sept 4, 1900 is also in school at Crawfordsville.
Mr. BUtler has spent nearly all his life on the farm in Franklin
Twp. He has made general farming and stock raising his chief life
work and he has succeeded beyond the average agriculturalist, party
because he has made a more careful study of modern methods of tilling
the soil and partly because he has applied himself persistently
and assiduously to whatever task he has had in hand. Mr. and Mrs.
Butler's farm includes the two original Mount and BUtler homesteads.
it is deemed by them a privilege and responsiblity to have in their
possession these sacred spots, wrought into them as there is so
much of the life of their loved ones. The scenes of their happy
childhood days filled with memories of self-sacrificing, devoted
parents where the bravest struggles of hardships were met and conquered
and the days of beautiful home life and happiness were passed. They
are the owners of one of finest, bets-improved and most productive
farms in Montgomery County consisting of 455 acres in Frankling
Twp, all being cultivated or consisting of the best blue grass pastures.
Here is carried on cultivated or consisting of the best blue grass
pastures. Here is carried on a general line of farming and stock
raising, some excellent grades of live stock being found about his
place at all seasons. He raisses and feeds stock of all kinds for
the market, shipping large numbers of fat cattle, hogs and sheep
each year. He has a commodious and comfortable dwelling of modern
style on his farm, where they spend their summers also an excellent
group of outbuildings. But they spend their winters in Crawfordsville
on account of school facilities, owning a beautiful home at 708
E. Main Street. Politically, Mr. Butler is a Republican and while
he has always been loyal in his support of the party and been actively
engaged in politics, he has never south or held office, preferring
to devote his attention exclusively to his large farming and stock
raising industries. FOr years he has been officially identified
with the Farmers Institute work of the county. He is pres. of the
Better Farming Asosociation of Montgomery Co and for two years has
been preseident of the Agricultyural Societ of Mont Co. He is at
present sec. of the State Farmers Congress of Indiana. He has filled
these important positions in a manner that has reflected much credit
upon himself and to the eminent satisfaction fo all concerned. He
has done a great work in encouraging better and more scientific
methods in general farming and stock raising and is regarded as
an authority on modern 20th Century methods and his advice frequently
is south along these lines and is invariable followed with gratifying
results. Mr. Butler is a member of Knights of Pythias Crawfordsville
and religiously holds membership witht he Center Presbyterian Church
here. The website management appreciates all the contributions provided
for use here.
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