The Butterfield Family
Franklin Butterfield Obituary
Contributed by Debbie Woodworth
Venus, Neb., March 8 – Special to The News: One of the largest funerals ever held was conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the - United Brethren church for Franklin Butterfield, aged resident of this community, services being in charge of the Rev. Paul Riggs, United Brethren minister at Orchard.
The church was unable unable to seat the many relatives and friends who attended and it is estimated more than half remained on the outside of the building.
Marie Risinger, Alice Eckler, Doris Edson, Norma Butterfield, and Barbara Butterfield, grand daughters of Mr. Butterfield, had charge of the numerous floral offerings.
Music was furnished by a mixed quartet, Ed Hoag, Orchard, W. W. Strope, Bernard Strope and Margaret Strope, with Bernice Strope at the organ.
Franklin Butterfield was born March 4, 1854, in Kalamazoo, Mich. and died March 4, 1937, at the age of 83. Death came at 5 o'clock in the morning of his birthday following a ten-day illness due to heart ailment with complications.
At the age of 6. he moved with his parents to a small farm in Buchanan county, Ia. On May 7, 1873, he was married to Miss Alice B. Gilliam. They made their home Ian Iowa for five years.
In 1878 the family came to Nebraska and settled on a homestead in western Knox county, where the mother and father spent the remainder of their life. His wife died Sept. 9, 1922. He was one of the first settlers of this county, having lived here fifty-nine years. Mr. Butterfield played an important part in the settlement and development of this community.
He was the father of six sons and six daughters, all of whom are living, with the exception of one daughter, Mary Estelle, who died June 11, 1897 at the age of 16. All of his children were at his bedside when death came.
Surviving are his sons, Frank, Verdigre; Zim, Arthur, George and Lloyd, Venus; Ernest at home; daughters. Mrs. Florence Bright, Orchard; Mrs. Lizzie Edson, Middlebranch; Mrs. Hattie Boelter, Walnut; Mrs. Velma Risinger and Mrs. Velva Ickler of Venus; sixty grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren. A total of ninety-nine direct descendants.
He also is survived by his sister, Mrs. Cora Montgomery, Creighton. and two brothers, T. A. Butterfield, Orchard, and Fred Butterfield of O'Neill.
Burial was made in the Enterprise cemetery beside the grave of his wife. Pallbearers were his sons, who also were pallbearers fifteen years ago for their mother.
Relatives from a distance who came for the last rites were: Mr. and Mrs. Glen Butterfield, Atkinson; Mr. And Mrs. Fred Butterfield and daughter, O'Neill; Mr. and Mrs. Harve Montgomery, Creighton; Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Butterfield and Mrs. Edwin Butterfield Sr. Orchard; Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Bright, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bright, Orchard; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Butterfield, ,Verdigre, Friend Aldrich and son, I. C. .Aldrich of Rowan. Ia., Charles Butterfield, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Zimfer and daughter, Lucille, and son, Forrest, Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Osborne all of Walker, Ia. Mrs. Etta Church of Independance, Ia.
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