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John Butterton, now and for many years a well-known farmer in Leroy township, this county, was born at Puckville, Canada, on March 20, 1872, the son of Fred and Emma (Lee) Butterton, both natives of England. Fred Butterton spent six years in the English army, and four years as a sailor on a merchant ship, besides working for some time in London before emigrating to Canada. In Canada he worked as a farm hand for about nine years, and in 1879 came to Audubon county, locating in Leroy township, where he purchased forty acres, to which he later added an adjacent tract of eighty acres, and engaged in general farming until 1901, in which year he moved to Oklahoma, where he purchased a farm, on which he lived until he retired to Briton, Oklahoma. Of the eleven children born to Fred and Emma (Lee) Butterton, only seven are now living, and only two, John and Mat, are living in Audubon county.

John Butterton received his education in Audubon county and after leaving school worked out as a farm hand for seven years, and rented land for another seven. In 1901 he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land in Leroy township, later increasing this farm, by additional purchases, to one hundred and sixty acres. In 1906 Mr. Butterton moved to Audubon and engaged in the hardware business for four years, or until 1910, when he returned to the farm and remained three years, at the end of which time he returned to Audubon and since that time has been living retired in that city. He still owns the farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Leroy township and devotes considerable time to looking after the operation of the same.

On August 30, 1893, John Butterton was married to Millicent Sheets, daughter of W. C. and Eliza Sheets of this county, which union has been without issue. Mr. and Mrs. Butterton are life-long members of the Evangelical church and Mr. Butterton has been superintendent of the Sunday school of that church for more than twenty years. He is also a trustee of the church and he and his wife are devoted to all good works. In politics Mr. Butterton is identified with the Republican party.

In a material way ]Mr. Butterton's life has been a conspicuous success, but more than this, his career has been honorable and upright and he is popular among his fellow townsmen in Audubon, as he was popular among his neighbors in Leroy township. He is a good citizen of this great county and has well earned the respite from the arduous labor of his earlier years.

Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 581-582.