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 Aaron Butte

Aaron Butte

Birth
Monmouthshire, Wales
Death 20 Mar 1895 (aged 34)
Almy, Uinta County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 01 091 8
Memorial ID 130752 · View Source
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•Father: Aaron Butte Sr. 1820-1892
•Mother: Jane Jenkins 1826-1889

•Spouse: Elizabeth Ann Cox Butte Bell 1865-1941
Married: 23 November 1885 Union, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Elizabeth was the daughter of John Cox 1813-1869 and Elizabeth Ann Stockham 1829-1870

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• Elizabeth was the half sister of Edwin Cox. Her father remarried after Edwin's mother died and listed to this wife are Elizabeth and Edah b: 1841. Their father died in a train accident when she was young and Edwin and Harriett appeared to raise Elizabeth. Elizabeth was 4 years old when she came with Edwin and Harriet to the United States in 1871 on the Ship Nevada. Half sister Sarah 19 was with them..
• Aaron's sister Jane Butte Prosser Cox 1858-1936 is the second wife of Edwin Cox.

• Aaron and Edwin both lost their lives on 20 March 1895 in Almy, Uinta, Wyoming. in the Red Canyon Mine also known as No. 5 mine disaster.
About 5 pm miners were waiting for cars to take them out of the mine for supper when an explosion occurred. Had that explosion occurred 15 minutes earlier, the 62 dead may have been doubled.
Edwin was head carpenter and was near the mine and his body was found soon after the initial explosion, along with 12 others killed. It seems others were wounded but not killed from the flying debris.
Minors who had just left the mine became the rescue team.
The widows and families of the other 50 men endured a long night waiting for any word of their husband's, father's, Brothers and son's. Initially they had hope the minors were trapped but alive. After several attempts to enter the mine under caved in conditions, the deeper they went the more signs they found that was not going to be the case. The first ones found and then the second group found were burned beyond recognition.
The last ones found died of concussions and suffocation.
Nobody died on the recovery team.
Many of the men are buried in Almy Cemetery, many others are buried in the Evanston Cemetery.

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Children of Aaron and Elizabeth:

1-F: Edith Jane Butte Faddis 1886-1967
2-F: Lillie Pearl Butte 1888-1888
3-F: Florence Elizabeth Butte 1890-1890
4-M: Aaron John Butte 1891-1955
5-F: Myrtle Irene Butte Lueck 1894-1978

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