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John ButlerOne of the best known of all of Joliet's citizens, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. A. Mateer, on Exchange street, on Wednesday, May 4th (1910), at the good old age of 87 years. He was born in
London England April 12th, 1823, and came to this country with his parents when but two years old. He came to in 1865, and this has since been his home. He was a soldier in the Civil War and did good service. Mr. Butler was married to Miss Martha Wells, Joliet January 1st, 1845. She preceded him in death, September 22nd, 1899. He had been blind for 28 years.
John Butler, 87 years old, prominent in Masonic affairs for sixty-four years and a well known and respected citizen of
Joliet Evening Herald, Thursday, May 5, 1910, Vol. 6 No. 140 Front page for forty-six years, died at the home of his daughter, Joliet 609 Exchange street, at yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Butler had been unconscious for a week and death came as the result of a complication of diseases accentuated by old age.
For twenty-eight years Mr. Butler had been blind, but despite the affliction was cheerful and patient.
The death was hastened by an accident two years ago, when the decedent was struck by a team of horses and crippled.
Mr.Butler was born in
London, Eng., April 12, 1823, and when 2 years old came with his parents to , where he was married in 1845 to Miss Bertha Wells of that city. Lockport, N.Y.
Four children were born to this union, two of whom are living, Mrs. S.A. Mateer of Joliet and Mrs. M.B. Filhion of
His wife died
Sept. 22, 1899, thirty-five years after his removal to in 1864. Joliet
The family is noted for longevity, a brother of Mr. Butler passing the 90 year mark.
For years after his removal to
the deceased pursued his trade of a shoemaker, and only ceased when failing eyesight made the move necessary. Joliet
In fraternal circles, Mr. Butler enjoyed a wonderful record.
In 1846, he was admitted to the Masonic lodge in
, and after his removal to Lockport, N.Y. , became a member of Matteson lodge on Joliet December 30, 1867.
He has served as
in this lodge for twenty-five years and as sentinel in the Joliet Chapter, No. 27, for twenty years.He was admitted to the chapter in 1866. He was a charter member of Joliet Chapter, No, 82, R. & S.M., and was made a life member of Joliet Commandery, No. 82, Knights Templar to which he was admitted in 1865. tyler
As an Odd Fellow, he has made himself prominent for sixty years and was a charter member of the Knights of Pythias. He was a member of the Presbyterian church.
Besides his daughters, he is survived by seven great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Diana Johnson of
St.Louis, and Mrs. Anna Dillon of Monroe, Wis.
The funeral will be held under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity and the services will be conducted by the Rev. Charles M. Brown.
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