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The untiring perseverance and determined will characteristic of the English race form noticeable attributes of the character of Mr. Butler, while his American nativity is indicated by his resistless energy that knows no weariness. Success to him has come solely through the exercise of his inherent qualities. Extraneous circumstances have not contributed to his aid in the forward struggle. Orphaned by the death of his father when he was quite young, forced to make for himself every opportunity to advance, and handicapped by lack of thorough educational advantages, he nevertheless rose out of obscurity into prominence and out of poverty into prosperity. When therefore any mention is made of the deserving citizens of Folsom his name stands foremost in the list.

Several generations of the Butler family have made their homes in America. Richard T. Butler, who was born at Liverpool, England, in 1854, came across the ocean about 1861 in company with his parents and settled in Iowa. During early years he attended school and also learned the machinist's trade. In his chosen occupation he became unusually skillful. Few excelled him in expertness with machinery or with tools. For a considerable period he followed his trade at Marshalltown, Iowa, where he married Miss Flora Fagg, a native of Iowa, and where their son, Guy W., was born October 16, 188.3. From Iowa he removed to Albuquerque, N. Mex., where he died in 1889. Up to the time of his demise and for a long period he had been engaged as master mechanic for the Santa Fe Railroad. Through skilled workmanship he gained a high reputation among other employes and also with the officials of the road. After he had passed away his widow came to California and settled in San Francisco, where she continues to make her home.

The various removals of the family and the death of the father, upon whom had rested the burden of the support of wife and children, prevented Guy W. Butler from acquiring the education which he desired, but habits of reading and observation partially have atoned for his early deprivations. At the age of fourteen years he left school to earn his own livelihood. In a very humble capacity he secured employment in a clothing store in Sacramento. Chance indicated his life occupation, but none could have been better adapted to his natural tastes and unexpressed preferences. After he had worked for a long period in the employ of others he began to desire a business of his own. That purpose brought him to Folsom, where he arrived November 7, 1907, and where he has since resided. By diligent application he has built up a clothing business that is known for miles in every direction. The honorable business principles of the proprietor have won the confidence of customers. It has been his aim to treat every customer with such honesty and square dealing that they repay his efforts by becoming regular patrons of the store. The demands of business keep him closely occupied and leave no leisure for participation in politics, but he is a liberal Republican and a well-informed man. Various fraternities have received his allegiance and helpful co-operation, the leading organizations of his association being the Eagles and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011