Ezra C. Butters is one of the successful and enterprising agriculturists of Lyndon township, Sheboygan county, where he is engaged in general farming. He was born September 24, 1865, in Lyndon township and is the son of Charles B. and Melissa (Mead) Butters.
The father was born in New Hampshire on February 4, 1819, and died in Wisconsin March 27, 1907, and the mother was born March 13, 1834, and died September 24, 1902. A review of the Mead. family appears in another portion of this work. The Butters family, of which the subject of this sketch is a descendant, was one of the old New Hampshire families who settled in that state in the Colonial period. Charles B. Butters removed from his native state to Wisconsin in the early '50s and settled in Lyndon township, where he purchased a tract of timber land and there established his home and continued to live until the time of his death, which occurred in 1904. In his family were seven children: Ezra and Caspar, both of whom died in infancy; Esther, the widow of Frank Cleveland; Emily, who resides in Oregon; Ezra C., of this review ; Ella, who became the wife of Rev. Walter Wells and is now deceased; and Ernest, whose home is near Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Ezra C. Butters was reared in his parents' home and received his education in the public schools of Wisconsin. At the age of twenty-one he celebrated his marriage and immediately thereafter rented his father's farm and engaged in general agricultural pursuits. In 1889 he purchased sixty acres of land located on section 33 in Lyndon township, where he established his home and for the succeeding eight years was engaged in the cultivation of his farm. In 1897 he bought one hundred and fifty acres situated on section 27 and later, after remodeling the buildings, he moved to that property, where he has since been engaged in farming, making a specialty of dairying, using in his dairy high grade Holstein cattle exclusively. He is also breeding and raising pure-blooded hogs for the general market.
In 1886 Mr. Butters was united in marriage to Miss Ida M. Brooke, who was born in 1861 and is the daughter of John and Lucy (Johnston) Brooke. The father was a native of England and emigrated to America in 1830 and for some years after reaching the shores of the new world was engaged in steam boating on the Mississippi river. He later bought land in Lyndon township, upon which he established his home and there continued to reside until the time of his death in 1902. In his family were seven children, of whom Mrs. Butters was the second in line of descent. Mr. and Mrs. Butters are the parents of four children: Albert, who married Vernie Ford; Alda, who is attending the State Normal School at Milwaukee; and Arlisle and Arno, both of whom reside at home with their parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Butters are members of the Baptist church and active workers in its behalf. Mr. Butters is one of the highly respected men of Sheboygan county and public opinion places him among the successful and enterprising farmers of this portion of the state.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL