|The Butlers are familiar to local residents as a founding family of Libertyville. Horace Butler came here in 1837. He purchased and farmed parcels of land around the lake that now bears his name. Our groom, Josiah Walter Butler, was Horace's only son. He was born in 1850 in the home still standing at 311 Brainerd Avenue in Libertyville.||Helen was born on November 3, 1864 at Centenary, Wayne County, New York. At the age of fifteen she moved with her father to nearby Sodus, New York, where she attended the Sodus Academy. These towns are near Lake Ontario, just east of Rochester, in pretty upstate New York. When she was about 18 [ca. 1882], Helen began teaching school and a little bit of music. Somehow she met Josiah, son of the prominent Libertyville citizen Horace Butler, and they were married.||At her wedding Helen wore this luxurious dress of a dramatic copper color. Typical of the time period, this was not a one-use only wedding dress. This elegant dress was probably worn again for very special occasions. Helen must have looked stunning in this dress, beautifully draped with an abundance of silk satin fabric.
We don't have a wedding portrait of Helen, but we are guessing she would have swept back and styled her hair for her special day. Perhaps she wore a simple garland or veil with her gown.
Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville, IL Details
|Helen and Josiah lived in the Butler family home at 307 Brainerd Ave. The Butlers had a total of five children; Horace, Hazel, Bessie, Harriet and Lucie. Their youngest child, Lucie, died at the age of 10. Helen followed less that a year later, in 1909. She was described as “an earnest Christian woman, always helpful and uplifting to those near and dear to her.”
Josiah lived on in the family home with his daughters Hazel and Harriet until the age of 75. He died suddenly on October 15, 1925 after returning from a trip to Canada to visit his daughter Bessie. His cause of death was a "heart affliction."
Josiah was laid to rest next to Helen in Lakeside Cemetery.
With the Butlers we remember one of the finest old families in Libertyville, a family with deep roots and a legacy of service to their community.