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From the book entitled: The Blue Book of Iowa Women; A History of Contemporary Women
Author: Winona Evansed Reeves Edition large print
Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009 ISBN 1115671871, 9781115671873

MRS JOHN b: BUTLER Prominent among the women in Ft. Dodge in clubs and in society is Mrs John b: Butler Her maiden name was Mary Ida Rhodes, born June 14, 1862, in Webster county. Her parents, Daniel and Margaret Ann Willetts Rhodes, came in the early days by cover- ed wagon from Indiana to Webster county where they had a large part in the progress and development of that part of the state She received her education in the Fort Dodge High School and in the Iowa State Teachers' College at Cedar Falls For eight years she followed the profession of teaching. She was married on Nov. 3, 1887, to John b: Butler, at Kendallsville, Ind They have four children, Harry, Margaret K, John b: and Elizabeth Rhodes. She is affiliated with [lie Congregational church and is active in all of its branches of work She is president of the local chapter of P. E. O. and has been their representative at both state and national conventions. She is an officer in the Fort Dodge Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Her lineage comes from Frederick Rhodes who came to America from Germany and fought in the Revolutionary War Mr. and Mrs. Butler have traveled extensively in this country and in Europe. She has visited every great exposition given in this country except the Centennial, and saw the Paris Exposition. They have a beautiful home in Ft Dodge and a cottage at Lake Okoboji where they spend their summers.

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