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Biography of Joseph H. BUTLER

Source: A History of the State of Oklahoma by Luther B. Hill Published by the Lewis Publishing Company, 1910 - page 201-02

Joseph H. BUTLER, the well known and popular postmaster of Vinita, Craig county, has the distinction of having served in his present official capacity for eleven years, or nearly three full terms, a period of service rarely, if ever, equalled in the government postal department in the state of Oklahoma. He holds three commissions from two of our distinguished presidents, a fact redounding to his honor and credit.

A native of Indiana, he was born, October 12, 1870, in Kokomo, where he lived for seven years. H. H. BUTLER, father of Joseph H., was born, in 1842, in Indiana, in Howard county, whore his parents located on coming north from North Carolina. He was of Quaker descent, and on account of his religious training did not serve in the Union Army during the Civil war. About 1849 he followed the march of civilization westward, and for a number of years resided in Sterling, Kansas. He is now an active and esteemed citizen of Miami, Oklahoma, where he was formerly deputy United States clerk.

He [H.H. BUTLER] has been twice married. He married first Mary REESE, a daughter of David REESE, a pioneer settler of Howard county, Indiana. She died in Kokomo, Indiana, in 1871, leaving two children, namely: Alva H., postoffice inspector at Seattle, Washington; and Joseph H., the subject of this sketch. He married for his second wife Mary REECE, whose name differed from that of his first in the spelling of one letter, only, and of this union two children also have been born, namely: Harland J., postmaster at Miami, Oklahoma; and Belle, wife of Charles DAVIS, of Oklahoma City.

Having completed his early studies in Sterling, Kansas, Joseph H. BUTLER afterwards attended the old Worcester Academy. Coming to Vinita in 1885 he was a clerk in a mercantile establishment until November 1, 1898, when he was appointed postmaster at Vinita, an office which he has since filled acceptably and ably. His first commission bears the signature of President McKinley, while those of 1902 and 1906 are signed by Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. BUTLER is a man of good business tact and understanding, and in addition to his official duties is a member of the real estate and loan firm of BUTLER & BENFOEY, and of the firm of BUTLER & BYRS, managers of the Vinita Auditorium, likewise having other property interests in this part of the state.
On January 17, 1900, Mr. Butler married Fannie L. BYRD, who was born at Neosho, Missouri, a daughter of John W. and Alice (SANDIDGE) and to them one child has been born, namely: Joseph Byrd BUTLER, whose birth occurred May 18, 1908.

Fraternally Mr. BUTLER is a Master Mason ; a past grand of the Odd Fellows; and an esteemed and leading knight in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

NOTE: The following probable match for Mary REESE BUTLER was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:
New London Cemetery: BUTLER Mary 15 FEB 1870 Section Two East Lot 1 -- Image of Gravestone 

Monument at Crown Point Cemetery
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