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Charles N. "Charley" Butts

Birth: He was born around 1867 in Tennessee.  

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Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: In 1930 he was listed as a boarder with the Theodore Atworth family.  

Job in Colony: In 1930 he was listed as a night watchman in the colony, plus he filed the saws that kept the sawmill going.

In September 1931 one hundred fifty sacks of beans and peas were picked in the forenoon by a volunteer crew of men, women and children. The crowd gathered a little after 7 am and was divided into different crews to look after different fields; by 11:30 the job was done. Volunteers included: Killian, Butts, Lloyd, Baldwin, Waters, Doc Williams, Quentin, Fred Busick, Roscoe Busick, Byron Busick, Vivian Busick, Graves, Webb, John Allred, Melvina Hullinger, Fred Levan, Goeke, Eldred, Tom Farrell, Claud Allred, Earl Swenson, Mackie, Frank Collins, George Collins, Boydelatour, Cleve Campbell, Mr. Caves, Clarence Long, Harry Rennick, Dee Kurtz, Pittman, Edminster, Walter Fread, Clarence Fread, Mrs. Herron, Woodruff, J.W. Gilbert, H.M. Wood, Winegar, Bert Moore, Lindwall, Ole Synoground, Rohr, Carnahan, Hoens, Mrs. Wooley, John Neill, Robert Roe, Warren Roe, Nesnow, Bartrum and B. Stevens.

In 1932 he was described as one of the most important men in the wood working industries. "He [was] the man who ke[pt] the saws sharp and in good shape. Unless a saw [wa]s properly sharpened it [would] waste thousands of feet of lumber, sa[id] Charley. He state[d] that we ha[d] about three thousand dollars worth of circular saws, most of which he ha[d] reclaimed. He was working on a 43" saw which we [we]re renting to a neighboring mill."

That same year he and Tefteller served as the colony night watchmen, though Butts still kept busy filing the saws during the day.

In 1933 the personnel of the Woodworking Department was as follows: Cleve Campbell, millwright; Bert Moore, commercial dealer; Fred Parsons, shop foreman; Charles Butts, talleyman and grader; Charles Brown, lumber woods and yard foreman.  

Other Info: In 1928 he was one of the founding members of the local Conscientious Objectors Union; Theodore Atworth served as the first Secretary-Treasurer with O.E. Enfield serving as the President. The organization was planned to be international, composed of people who refused to go to war as a matter of conscience. Charter members included: Theodore Atworth, Mary H. Atworth, Emily H. Dougherty, I.A. Dougherty, Carl H. Gleeser, S. Weislander, Charlie C. Black, John Hight, Lowell H. Coate, W.A. Shutt, F.O. Jernberg, Reka Jernberg, Anna Tabb, Peter Kemp, F. Rosenburg, B. Wade Hewitt, Hamilton H. McClurg, W.J. Hoag, Theodore F. Landrum, C.N. Butts, Mary Snyder, George Snyder, Anna Garrett, Emma Shutt, M.A. Brattland, Richard P. Condon, Jr., Emily Swenson, W.J. Newman, George T. Pickett, Raymond DeFausell, S.E. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Molenar, Earl L. Bosch, Guy F. Rogers, Ora E. Newman, James J. Miller, Bert Busick, Mabel D. Busick, Ole Synoground, C.C. Mickey, Fred A. Jensen, Katie Mickey, F. Rahn and Isaac H. Keyes.  

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Sources: US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": December 22, 1928, September 13, 1930, September 5, 1931, December 26, 1931, April 2, 1932, December 3, 1932, December 9, 1933  

 

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