Albert E. Butters – Biography

◊   About sixteen years ago Albert E. Butters was admitted to the bar of LaSalle county, and for eleven years of this period he was engaged in the practice of his profession alone. Since 1894 he has been associated in partnership with Robert Carr and George J. Gleim, under the firm name of Butters, Carr & Gleim. They enjoy an extensive practice, of the most representative type, and number on their list of clients many of the leading business houses and prominent citizens of Ottawa and LaSalle county.
◊   William and Elizabeth (Wilson) Butters, the parents of our subject, were natives of Scotland. Both were born and reared in the city of Glasgow, and there was celebrated their marriage. Soon after that event the young couple sailed for America, the land of opportunity, and reached New York City in 1851. They continued their westward journey, coming direct to Ottawa, and within a short time they settled in the village of Harding, in Freedom township.The father opened a blacksmith shop and built up a good trade, but the continuance of California gold discoveries eventually led to his journeying to the Pacific slope. There he spent two years in the gold-mining region. Returning to his old home in Freedom township, he continued to cultivate and improve his farm until the death of his loved wife, December 30, 1883. He removed to Ottawa at that time, and died in this city November 29, 1896, aged seventy-seven years. Mrs. Butters was born in 1821, and was consequently in her sixty-third year at the time of her demise. Of their seven children two, William and James, are deceased. Agnes married a Mr. Wilcox; Elizabeth is the wife of C. C. Carpenter; Anna, married C. H. Stockley, of Freedom township; and Jane is the wife of C. K. Howard.
◊   Albert E. Butters was born in Freedom township, LaSalle county, September 22, 1865. He grew up on the farm and received the customary district school education of the period. Later he graduated in the Ottawa high school and then pursued a course of commercial studies in the Ottawa Business College. Thus well equipped for the practical duties of life, he obtained a position as a teacher, and during the following three years was in charge of schools at Harding and Dayton, Illinois. In the meantime he spent his leisure hours in the study of law, and was admitted to practice in 1883, as previously stated. By strict attention to business, and by the exercise of the talents with which he is liberally endowed, he has risen to an enviable position among the members of his profession, and commands a large share of the patronage of the public. Socially he is connected with Freedom Lodge, No. 194, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and politically he is an active worker in the Democratic party.
◊   On the 18th of February, 1890, Mr. Butters married Miss Ida B. Hayes, a daughter of George Hayes, a leading citizen of East Saginaw, Michigan. November 19, 1892, was the date of birth of their son, Harold.1

  1. Biographical and Genealogical Record of La Salle County, Illinois, 2 vols. (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.,1900), 1: 173-174.