John Mahan Butler

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John Mahan Butler

  • Birth 27 Nov 1856 Greene County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 15 Jul 1942 Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
  • Plot Orig. 99- 7
  • Memorial ID 82106536

John M. Butler Was Former Resident

Passed Away at His Home in Lincoln Last Wednesday, July 15. Was 85 Years of Age.

John Mahan Butler, whose record of service in the railway mail service made him dean of American railway clerks, died Wednesday, July 15, at his home in Lincoln at the age of 85. He is survived by his daughter, Miss Florence.

Funeral services were held Friday morning from Castle, Roper & Mathews chapel in Lincoln. His remains were brought to Pawnee City for interment by the side of his wife, who passed away in 1919. Short services were held at the grave here with Rev. W. N. Wallis officiating.

John Butler, who was born on a farm near Linton, Indiana, in 1856, was two years old when his parents, the late Mr. & Mrs. John Robinson and Sarah Mahan Butler and their family came to Nebraska in a caravan of covered wagons.

They settled on the farm later owned by Harry Deweber, four and one-half miles west of Pawnee City. Mr. Butler attended the Rosinweed country school and when his family moved to Pawnee City in 1868 he finished his education in the Pawnee City schools.

At the age of 23 he became a railway mail clerk on May 10, 1879, the Burlington having been built only as far as Indianola, and his run was between that point and Hastings. When the office of cheif clerk was instituted at Lincoln in 1891, he was chosen as the first incumbent. He was the only man to hold the office until he gave it up voluntarily because of his health in 1925.

He was chief clerk under all the general superintendents in Washington during all his thirty-four years in office. He was respected and revered, not only by all the men who worked under him, but also by everyone in the service with whom he came in contact.

John M. Butler was one of the early day settlers of Pawnee county and will be remembered by many of the old settlers here. He was a man of impeccable character, held in high respect and esteem by all who knew him.

He was married to Celia Patterson in Pawnee City January 30, 1879. Mrs. Butler passed away at Sylvan Lake, Minn., September 10, 1919, while on a vacation trip with Mr. Butler and friends.

(Pawnee Chief, July 22, 1942)

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  • Created by: Luella Hinrichsen
  • Added: 18 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82106536
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Mahan Butler (27 Nov 1856–15 Jul 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82106536, citing Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Luella Hinrichsen (contributor 47218988) .