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Joseph Aloysius Butler
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1870
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1939
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

The son of Jeremiah Butler,an Irish-born cooper, Great-Grandfather's English mother, Laura Campbell Butler, died when he was just four-years-old.
By the time he was nine, young Joe was a cooper's apprentice. Largely self-taught, Joe become a constable of the court and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in the late 1890's. In 1905, he founded the Joseph A. Butler Funeral Home, which still operates in KCK. In 1939, while vacationing in California, he suffered a fatal heart attack in San Francisco.
His striking shock of white hair earned him the nickname of "Cottontop." His white hair also came in handy when he played Santa Claus each year at local schools and churches. Forever fond of children, Great-Grandfather always had a pocket full of nickels he gave to area children for treats at near-by confectionaries and bakeries. His love of cigars got him into trouble with prohabitionist, Carry Nation, who knocked a cigar from his mouth.(He later handled her funeral.) He loved golf & could often be spotted on the golf course, wearing his plus-fours, even with snow still on the ground. 
 
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 Parents:
  Jeremiah "Jerry" J. Butler (1827 - 1895)
  Laura Campbell Butler (1830 - 1874)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Nichols Butler (1872 - 1947)*
 
 Children:
  Catherine Laura Butler McNamara (1894 - 1968)*
  Mary Elizabeth Butler Winters (1895 - 1974)*
  Joseph A. Butler (1898 - 1973)*
  Dorothea Butler Schweitzer (1899 - 1996)*
 
 Siblings:
  William B Butler (1854 - 1927)*
  Helen Laura Butler Etchingham (1857 - 1914)*
  John G. Butler (1860 - 1939)*
  Rose T Butler Sullivan (1865 - 1920)*
  Thomas H Butler (1867 - 1935)*
  Joseph Aloysius Butler (1870 - 1939)
  Mary Ellen Butler Jamison (1872 - 1954)*
  Frances Josephine Butler Gaffney (1874 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Kansas City
Wyandotte County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Sec. 3
 
Created by: Odhran
Record added: Sep 19, 2007
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Joseph Aloysius Butler
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Joseph Aloysius Butler
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Joseph Aloysius Butler
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