E. D. Butler
E.D. Butler, of Cleveland, who is at present chief engineer on the Oregon, was born October 19, 1864, in Mishawaka, Ind., in early childhood removing with the family to Willoughby, Ohio, where they lived for some years, later taking up residence in Kalamazoo, Mich. The father, R.O. Butler, was a native of Perry, Ohio, and previous to his marriage was engaged for some time on the lakes as ship-carpenter, but the greater part of his life was passed on shore. His death occurred in 1878.
E.D. Butler attended school at Kalamazoo, where he also served seven years at the machinist's trade in the shops of Lawrence & Chapin. After one year's employment in the shops of the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, Cal., he located in Ostego[sic], Mich., and there worked in a tool shop until 1887, when he went upon the lakes as fireman of the F.& P.M. No. 1. For a time he served in the same capacity on the George M. Brady, and after serving a season on the Northern King, as oiler, he was employed on the Chemung, as oiler and fireman. During the winter of the same year Mr. Butler was third engineer on the Teutonic, running between New York and Liverpool, and returning to the lakes in the spring, he became assistant engineer on the James Fisk, Jr.; he has since been engineer on the R.E. Schuck and the Oregon. His brother, R.O. Butler, was second engineer on the Oregon during the season of 1896.
On April 1, 1885, Mr. Butler married Miss Ida M. Rose, of Otsego, Mich., who died May 14, 1893, leaving one child, Bessie E. Mr. Butler holds membership with the Masonic order and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 3, of Detroit.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.