Ira F.M. Butler

Ira F.M. Butler

 
Ira Frances Marion Butler

Ira Frances Marion Butler (1812-1909) was the eldest of Peter and Rachel Butler’s children. In 1832 he served in the Black Hawk War under his father from June 11 to September 4. He also served as the deputy sheriff, sheriff and clerk of Warren County, Illinois during the time that he lived there. He married Mary Ann Davidson (1814-1888) on November 5, 1835 and had nine children with her. In 1853, they traveled with his parents to the Oregon Territory. He is believed to have selected the name of Monmouth for the new town in Polk County, Oregon Territory (presumably after Monmouth, Illinois where the Butler family came from), and broke the tie vote between the two possible names: Dover and Monmouth. He served as Justice of the Peace in Polk County, Oregon from 1853 to around 1880. Ira helped found Monmouth University (now Western Oregon University) and served as president for its Board of Trustees from 1855-1882. He served three terms on the Oregon Legislature in 1856, 1858 and 1862, and served as the Speaker for the Oregon House of Representatives for the Democrat Party in 1858. He also served as Polk County Judge between 1872-1878 and 1882 and became the second mayor of Monmouth, Oregon in 1882 after its incorporation in 1881. Additionally, he helped found the Polk County Bank. He died at age 96 and is buried with his wife in the Butler Davidson Cemetery.

Children of Ira Frances Marion Butler:

Newton H. Butler (1837-1889); buried in the Butler Davidson Cemetery
Paradine Butler (1839-1859); married William F. Reynolds in 1859; buried in the Butler Davidson Cemetery
Cyrus B. Butler (1841-1842)
Asa Douglas Butler (1843-1923); married Melvina (Mellie) Katherine Morris (1846-1879) in 1868 and Hazeltine Garn/Gorn in 1886
Augustus Peter Butler (1846-1887); buried in the Butler Davidson Cemetery
Mary Elizabeth Butler (1849-1851)
Margaret (Maggie) Butler (1852-1939); buried in the Butler Davidson Cemetery
Alice (Allie) Butler (1858-1940); buried in the Butler Davidson Cemetery; Margaret and Alice employed young college students to work at the family home on East Main Street throughout their lives, employing more than 40 students over the years

Land Claim:

T9S R4W, secs 28,33

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Letters from 1858

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Letter to Brother from Ira F.M. Butler, Ira F.M. Butler

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Letter to John Butler, Matilda Smith and Lavina Butler from Ira F.M. Butler, Paradine Butler and Rachel Butler, Ira F.M. Butler, Paradine Butler, and Rachel Butler

Letters from 1856

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Letter to Brother from Ira F.M. Butler, Ira F.M. Butler