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Title: Lee Van Reed Butler
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It is a well authenticated fact that success comes as the result of legitimate and well applied energy, unflagging determination and perseverance in a course of action when once decided upon. She is never known to smile upon the idler or dreamer and she never courts the loafer, and only the men who have diligently sought her favor are crowned with her blessings. In tracing the history of Lee Van Reed Butler, successful farmer and widely known auctioneer, of Warren county, it is plainly seen that the prosperity which he enjoys has been won by commendable qualities and it is also his personal worth that has gained for him the high esteem of those who know him.

Mr. Butler, who lives on the Keys gravel road, about a mile south of Carbondale, was born in Warren county, Indiana, on December 16, 1871, and is the son of George D. and Minerva (Van Reed) Butler. His father was a farmer and auctioneer, a native of Pennsylvania, and he was a young man when he came to Indiana, and made his start in Warren county by buying a small piece of land where the subject's home now stands. His buying a small piece of land where the subject's home now stands. His family consisted of four children, namely: Clara C., who married Otto J. Swanson, is deceased, as is also her husband; Fern, their only child, makes her home with the subject of this sketch; Robert A. married Emma Milligan; Lee, of this review; and George Clinton Butler, the youngest.

George D. Butler and Minerva Van Reed, parents of the subject, were married in 1867. She is the daughter of Levi and Amelia (Bowman) Van Reed, to whom the following children were born: Mary E., Byron, Minerva (the subject's mother), Helena, John, Levi, Sarah (deceased).

Lee Butler obtained his education in the Williamsport schools, later attending Wabash College at Crawfordsville. After his school days had passed he returned to his native locality and purchased a farm, later buying the old home place from the heirs, and this he placed under high grade improvements and kept well cultivated. He has been very successful as a general farmer and stock raiser and is one of the enterprising young men of his locality.

Lee Butler was married on February 8, 1899, to Rose Shaughnessy, daughter of Timothy and Catherine (Cassady) Shaughnessy. These parents were born in county Clare, Ireland, and from there they emigrated to the United States when young. They came on to the middle West and located in West Lebanon, Indiana, and there, through hard work ad persistency, they became very comfortably established. One child, Chester Lewis Butler, has been born to the subject and wife.

Mr. Butler is a Democrat in politics, but his time is pretty well occupied between his general farming and auctioneering, his services in the latter capacity being in great demand throughout the country, so that he has little time to devote to public affairs and is no office seeker. Fraternally, he belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and he has long been prominent and active in this lodge, and has held many of the chairs in the same. While he does not belong to any church, he is a believer in the spiritual entities and his leanings are towards the Presbyterian church. Personally, he is popular, being a good mixer, a genial and obliging companion.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00000953
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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