1875 A. T. Andreas Atlas
1880 Dubuque County History
Honorable William B. Allison
Sanford A. Atherton
Honorable Isaac W. Baldwin
F. E. Behrens
General Caleb Hoskins Booth
Nicholas Bray, M. D.
William Bray, M. D.
John D. Bush
Dr. Rodolphus Clark
Bernhard Claus, Jr.
Frank W. Coates
Honorable Dennis Nelson Cooley
Reverend Mark Cooney
Patrick F. Cunningham
Mell H. Cushing
Charles Henry Eighmey
Jesse P. Farley
Mrs. Catherine Fries
A. P. Gibbs
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Charles H. Gregoire
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Asa Horr, M. D.
Edward R. Jackson, M. D.
Henry J. Jecklin
Reverend Clement Johannes
Evan E. Jones
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W. A. Manhart
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Susan Ann McCraney
A. S. McDermott
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Nicholas P. Nicks
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John F. Sloan
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Oren Stuart, M. D.
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Chester H. Walker
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F. W. Wieland
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Logo by Ginger Cisewski
Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and
Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem,
Massachusetts, p. 222
EDWARD BUTLER, an efficient and successful
agriculturist of Dubuque County, is as fine a representative of that class
or Irishmen who have become thoroughly Americanized and are in full sympathy
with the institutions of this country as can be found in eastern Iowa.
He is the owner of a valuable farm in Dubuque Township, but having retired
from active labor, his sons now have charge of the home place and superintend
its cultivation. Without means when he began his life work, his present
property has been gained through persevering and well-directed efforts.
The parents of our subject, James and Bridget (Gleeson) Butler, were natives
of County Kilkenny, Ireland, where the mother died. In 1850 the father
came to America and died at Shullsburg, Wis. aged sixty-three years. Edward,
who is the only survivor of five children, was born in County Kilkenny
in 1826, and in childhood had very few advantages, his time being devoted
to agricultural pursuits. Arriving at man's estate, he resolved to seek
a home across the ocean, and accordingly sailed from Liverpool in 1847,
arriving in New Orleans after a voyage of nine weeks. From that city he
took a river steamer up the Mississippi as far as St. Louis, where he
stopped for three weeks.
From St. Louis Mr. Butler proceeded to Dubuque, and in this county he
hired out in the harvest field by the day and month. It was about that
time that the country was thrown into the greatest excitement by the discovery
of gold in California, and thousands were seeking the El Dorado of the
New World. He was one of the numbers who in 1851 went overland to the
pacific coast. The trip consumed several months, and was one long to be
remembered for its hardships and suffering. After having spent eighteen
months in California, Mr. Butler returned via the Isthmus of Panama and
New Orleans to Dubuque.
Shortly after his return from the west our subject bought an eighty-acre
tract in Center Township, Dubuque County, which he sold one year later.
He then rented a farm near his present home, and still later bought the
valuable property on which he now lives. As before stated, he has practically
retired from farm work and his land is tilled by his energetic and industrious
sons. He is independent in politics, inasmuch as he always votes for the
man whom he deems best qualified to represent the people.
Previous to going to California Mr. Butler was united in marriage, July
2, 1850, with Miss Elizabeth Fisher, a native of Dubuque County, and daughter
of John and Susan Fisher. There have been born unto them ten children,
of whom seven are living, as follows: Edward, Jr., William, Mary, Henry,
George, Dennis and Aggie. George and
Mary is married, and the former has three children and the latter eight.