|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1871|
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 1948|
son of Asa D. and Mellie Butler
HISTORY OF SOLANO AND NAPA COUNTIES 201
RALPH M. BUTLER.
Perhaps no industry is more inseparably associated with the horticultural development of Napa county than the Napa Fruit Company, of which Ralph M. Butler acts as manager, and also as a member of the board of director~.
While during the packing season the plant affords employment to a large number of persons, its importance in that respect is secondary to its direct connection with the upbuilding of an enviable reputation for Napa products in eastern markets and with the promotion of the fruit industry throughout this county. A steady demand for the Napa pack exists throughout the east and a large percentage of the output is shipped annually to Europe. Dried prunes form the principal product of the plant. The care and cleanliness ex-ercised in their preparation for the markets prove the wise oversight of the manager, whose attention is closely given to a rigid supervision of every detail connected with the large business.
In all else except birth Mr. Butler is a typical Californian, and he has lived in this state ever since his earliest recollections. Born at Monmouth, in Oregon, in 1871, he was brought to Napa by the family in 1872 and received his common school education in this city. Upon completing these studies he was sent to the Oregon State Normal School, and later took a course in Heald's Business College in San Francisco, where he qualified himself for the details of commercial affairs. On his return to Napa he became bookkeeper for the Napa Fruit Company and filled the position with such efficiency that soon he was promoted to be manager, in which capacity he has remained up to the present.
The occurrence of his marriage in 1904 to Miss Elizabeth Packham proved the beginning of a happy union and the young couple, with thier daughter, Annie, have a pleasant home, furnished with a taste that indi- cates the highest refinement and culture. Of a genial nature, Mr. Butler finds recreation in his lodge work, and has been affiliated for some years with the Masons, Knights of Pythias and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, main- taming a warm interest in all their local activities.
The concern with which Mr. Butler holds prominent connection was es- tablished in 1893, and has enjoyed a steady growth from the first, being now one of the largest plants of the kind in this part of the state. The present offi-cers are A. D. Butler, president, and F. W. Bush, vice president. Upon the board of directors are Charles E. Trower, Dr. M. B. Pond, A. D. Butler and R. M. Butler. The curing and drying of prunes is the firm's specialty. The fruit is bought from the horticulturists of the region and placed in the com-modious drying yards, after which it is prepared for the market. Every im-provement of modern device is to be found in the packing house. The equip-ment is thorough and the preparations for packing are unexcelled. An adja- cent railroad renders the task of loading on the cars an easy one. In fact, every facility has been secured that will promote the promptness and dispatch with which the business is prosecuted.
HISTORY OF SOLANO AND NAPA COUNTIES
Elizabeth Amy Packham 1872 – 1946
Amy Melvina Butler 1905 – 1994
Lucille E Butler 1915 – 1933
Asa Douglas Butler (1843 - 1923)
Melvina Catherine Morris Butler (1846 - 1879)
Lena Geneva Butler Powell (1869 - 1908)*
Ralph Butler (1871 - 1948)
Ira C Butler (1890 - 1901)**
William Douglas Butler (1891 - 1951)**
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Originally Created by: Linda Jenkins Werts
Record added: Dec 07, 2009
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