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George & Carrie Butler

Sylvester, Ralph & Lucinthia

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George Sylvester Butler: born March 20, 1866, died October 1956
Carrie Augusta Savage: born December 1, 1865

Married: June 24, 1891 at Cromwell, CT

Sylvester Benjamin Butler, July 26, 1892
Ralph Savage Butler, April 10, 1894.
Lucinthia Butler, May 14, 1896.

Decendants of George S. Butler in text form

Ancestors of George S. Butler and Carrie Savage Butler in an illustrated form

George S. Butler

[Hear George Butler speak (1955)]

Compiled by his great grandson David M.H. Butler from articles in Middletown Press of Middletown, CT, from "Cromwell CT, 1650-1990, a history of a river port town," as well as memories of his grandson, Sewall T. Butler

George Sylvester Butler was born March 20, 1866 in Cromwell, Connecticut. His parents were George Henry Butler and Lucinthia Hutchinson Butler. As a young man in high school he began to cultivate fruits at home. After graduating from high school in 1884, he decided to go into the nursery business full time. In 1886 at the age of 20 George "took up the thread where it lay nearest him" and began a berry business. He seems to have inherited his life in fruit raising from his father, Deacon George H. Butler, who grew strawberries for family use. In 1890 the homestead on the Plains became known as "Oak Grove Fruit Farm." George formed a partnership that year with Harvey Jewell. His first year he set and cared for one acre of blackberries. He soon added 2 acres of grapes and another three in strawberries. By 1896 the operation included five farms and a nursery of 240 acres. Long after George's fruit business this area remained an agricultural site, growing tobacco under acres of cheese cloth.

The Farm Journal of October 1894 reported that "Mr. Butler had grown more berries than any other man in the Connecticut Valley." He grew large orchards of cherries, peaches, plums, apples, pears, blackberries, currants, and a vineyard of over 1200 vines. He planted 12 acres of raspberries, including an early variety of his own creation, the "Cromwell blackcap". In all he had over 300 acres of fruit and nursery stock.

"The Cromwell" was a very profitable berry. According to an article of the time, it was usually four to eight days earlier than the other standards. It could open the raspberry season at 18 to 22 cents per quart, having the monopoly on the market. When the other berries got ready and lowered the prices to 14 to 16 cents the Cromwell was gone and the yield and the profits were big. For summers droughts its massive foliage shaded the ground and allowed a fair crop where others would fail. Butler tells the story of a competitor who called at the store of one of his customers. The man's pleasure was beaming in his face and he announced that he would 'bring in the first raspberries of the season tomorrow'. 'But' he was told 'Butler has been bringing Cromwells here for a week'. The man began growing a field of Cromwells.

In 1891 George married Carrie Savage, daughter of Ralph Bulkley Savage and Sarah Ann Strickland. They had three children; Sylvester Benjamin, Lucinthia and Ralph.

On January 31, 1898, the business was incorporated with a capitol stock of $25,000. The directors included George as president and manager, C. S. Butler (Carrie I imagine) and Harvey Jewell as secretary and treasurer; E. C. Jewell and Charles A. Jewell (treasurer of the Jewell Belting company of Hartford); and Edward S. Coe (president of J. & E. Stevens Company. The five farms employed 50 people and the Cromwell Nursery employed another 15 and sold 5000 fruit trees and 50,000 berry plants each season. In addition the nursery also sold farm machinery, fertilizer, wagons and grain.

He marketed his produce in Hartford, Willimantic, Middletown, Meriden and Waterbury and as far away as Boston, Providence, RI and Brattleboro, VT. He was one of the principles in the Cromwell Poultry Company, which offered its share-holders a guaranteed supply of eggs and first call on poultry.

Along with his farming, he became known for his writings on horticultural topics, was tax collector, deputy registrar, Grange secretary, Treasurer of the Ecclesiastical Society and Sunday school librarian. He also represented the town in the legislature.

George and Carrie moved into the homestead on Main Street in the 1930's. The house had been willed to the unmarried daughters of Ralph Bulkley Savage. Lucy, the last of the unmarried daugthers, was still living there, as was George and Bill Savage. When Lucy died in the 1940's, she willed the house to the children of George and Carrie.

During the 1930's George worked for the Metropolitan District Commission, helping to buy up land in the Hartford area for building reservoirs. He would work in his garden each morning until about 8 am. Then he would come in and take a bath and go off to work. When he got home he would often go right back out to his garden and work some more. As he got older and his sight started to fail him, he put up ropes that he could follow to get from the house to the garden. There was one time when he got lost or confused so that he couldn't make it back to the house. He had the presence of mind to just sit down where he was rather than risk getting in deeper trouble. It was a very hot and sunny day and he sat for almost 3 hours before the housekeeper realized something was wrong and went looking for him.

He drove a Franklyn in the 1920's and 30s, but his last car was a 1939 Ford which he gave to his son Sylvester in the mid-1940's, when his eyesight started to fail. There is a story, told by our Mother (Jacqueline Butler) that it took a while for him to admit he couldn't drive and he would get his car tires into the gutter on the right side of Main street and use that as a guide for traveling up to Rocky Hill and back.

Before she died Carrie would sometimes say, "George. I don't know why the good Lord doesn't just take us." To which George would reply, "Carrie. Speak for yourself." However, after Carrie died in 1955, he repeated a couple times, "I don't know why the Lord didn't take me when he took Carrie."

I, of course, didn't meet Great-grampa George until shortly before we moved into the homestead in Cromwell in 1956. He was blind and Great-Gramma Carrie died the summer before. I remember him sitting in an old broken down easy chair, in what later became known as the grown-up's living room. He had a large old tube radio he would listen to. Dad (Sewall Butler) used to tell us how he would try to get Grampa to the dinner table and the process was a laborious chore. However, if Nathan or I went in and told him it was time to eat, he'd hop up and hustle right along with us to the table.

He died at night only a few months after we moved into the house. Though the time frame doesn't exactly jibe, I remember hearing a car pull into our driveway and the sound of chains rattling that night. Even though I was so very young I remember thinking that maybe Great-grampa had died. (It's a possibility that it happened a day or so later but that is not how I recall it). Anyway I do know that Dad carried me downstairs the next morning on his shoulders to show me Great-grampa George's empty room and explain to me that Great-grampa was dead. [notes by David Butler]

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Decendants of George S. Butler in text form

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Wedding announcement of Carrie and George
June 24, 1891


A Very Pretty Wedding in Cromwell
Last Night

One of the prettiest weddings which has ever graced Cromwell's social circles was the marriage last evening of Miss Carrie Savage to George Sylvester Butler, both the contracting parties being residents of Cromwell. The ceremony, which was the double ring one, was performed by Dr. George Savage of Chicago, Uncle of the bride, assisted by Rev.H.G.Marshall, at 6 o'clock last evening.

The bride was handsomely attired in white satin and train with veil. The brides-maids were six in number and were attired in white. The maid of honor was Miss Anna Coe, niece of the bride. The bridesmaids were Misses Julia and Minnie Waters, Miss Susie Hallock, of Cromwell, Miss Hattie Tucker of Middletown, Miss Bertha Smith of Hartford, Miss Lucy Savage, sister of the bride. All of these ladies were members of the Carol society of which the bride was a member.

Back: Bertha Smith, Anna Coe, Hattie Tucker, Julia Waters. Middle: Minnie Waters, Carrie, Lucy Savage. Front: Susie Hallock. (photo taken July 2, 1891)

Dr. Baldwin of Hartford, acted in the capacity of best man. Miss Jennie Hanscomb presided at the organ, and when the bridal party entered, the organ poured forth the strains of Loengrin's wedding march. As the party turned to go out, Mendelsohn's march was rendered. The wedding might be termed a palm one, from the number and variety of these plants with which the church was handsomely decorated. After the wedding ceremony an elegant collation was served under the supervision of Caterer Habenstein of Hartford to fully 250 invited guests while Emmon's orchestra discoursed music.

The contracting parties were the recipients of numerous and costly presents, among which was a present to the bride from her brother George, of his trick horse, "Perry," valued very highly. The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a handsome piano. The couple left, covered with rice, on the 8:45 train from Middletown for Boston.

As the bride stepped into the carriage, according to custom, she tossed a bouquet of flowers to her bridesmaids and Miss Susie Hallock caught it. This is very pertinent from the fact that Miss Hallock's engagement has just been announced.

On the whole the wedding was one of the greatest social events that has taken place in Cromwell for years.

A couple of notes / observations / additional facts. (By Susan Czaja)
Dr. Edward Baldwin. circa 1890.

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The gift list for the wedding of Carrie Augusta Savage and George Sylvester Butler

Married June 24, 1891,

Rev G.S.F.Savage & wife
[Carrie's Uncle George Slocum Folger Savage]
Set of China
Mr.& Mrs.E.S.Coe
[Carrie's Sister & Brother-in-law]
Dining room furniture
Sarah M. Savage
[Carrie's sister]
Writing desk
Emma T. Savage
[Carrie's sister]
Lucy H. Savage
[Carrie's sister]
Charles C. Savage
[Carrie's uncle]
Rev.& Mrs. Jesse F.Forbes
[Charles' daughter Jennie & husband]
Royal Worcester pitcher
William R. Savage
[Carrie's brother]
Hat rack
[Carrie's aunt Mary Ann Savage Andrus]
Miss Anna B. Hall Sugar spoon
Mr.& Mrs. McDonald Money
Mrs W.T.Strickland
[Carrie's aunt]
Pin cushion
Miss Hollister Book. Drummond.
Ralph W. Savage
[Carrie's brother]
Mrs. S.A.Penniman Buffet cover
Dr.& Mrs. W.B.Hallock 1/2 doz. china plates
Dr.& Mrs. F.K.Hallock Cut glass dish
Miss Hannah Hallock Embroidered doylies
Rev. & Mrs. C.E.O. Nichols Vinegar cruet.
Miss Nellie Hubbard Chocolate pitcher.
Mr.George P.Savage
[Carrie's brother]
Hand grenade
[A glass bottle containing a brine solution, used as a fire extinguisher.]
Mr.& Mrs. Fred G. Smith Pie knife.
[Carrie's Uncle Watson, her mother's brother]
Tea & coffee spoons
Mr.& Mrs. J.T. Hutchinson
[Hutchinson were George's mother's family]
Mr. E.G.Hutchinson Etching.
Miss Mary Waters
[friend & bride's maid]
1 doz. tea spoons.
Mr. & Mrs. E.A. Wright
[Ed, George's foster brother & cousin]
Miss Jennie Lincoln Bric-a-brac.
Miss Susan C. Hallock
[friend & bride's maid]
Cold meat fork.
Dr.& Mrs. D.A.Cleveland Ladle.
Miss Louise Hutchinson & Mrs Pollock Sugar spoon
Miss Eveline Brainerd
[daughter of Cephus & Eveline Brainerd, cousin to George.]
Mr. Ernest Baldwin
[George's cousin]
Book. Wedlock.
Mrs. Baldwin
[probably George's aunt Francis (Fannie), his mother's sister]
Mr.& Mrs. Ira Brainerd Books.
Mrs. Lev. Wright Perfumery.
Gen. & Mrs. Pease Berry dish & spoon.
Mrs. Elizabeth Strickland
[Strickland's were Carrie's mother's family. Probably Elizabeth Hall who married Francis Strickland (Carrie's uncle who had died in 1876)]
Knife & fork rest.
Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Strickland
[Son of Elizableth (Hall) & Francis Strickland]
Syrup cup & plate
Mr. & Mrs. Chas.McClure Fruit dishes.
Master George & Willis Warner
[George's nephews]
pepper & salt.
Mrs. U.D.Tucker Money purse
Miss Mary Tucker chair
Miss Grace Tucker White cape
Miss Hattie Tucker
[friend & bride's maid]
Center piece & doylies
Mr. & Mrs. Cephus Brainerd
[Eveline (Hutchinson) Brainerd is a sister of Lucinthia Hutchinson Butler. Thus they are Uncle and Aunt to George.]
Fish knife & fork
Mrs. J.T. Hesser Picture.
Mrs. Wheelock Orange spoon
Miss Mary Savage Nut picks & cracker
Miss Jennie Hanscom
[played the organ for the wedding]
Sugar spoon.
Mrs. E.T. Smith Sugar spoon & tongs
Miss Bertha Smith
[friend & bride's maid]
Gold beads
Dr.& Mrs. W.L. Savage
[Carrie's brother Watson Lewis Savage]
1 doz.teaspoons, vegetable & sugar & cheese spoons.
Mrs Adelaide Wright Coffee spoon
Mr. & Mrs John R. Williams Money.
Mrs. Almira Topliff Money.
Miss Sadie Topliff Money. Crumb pan & brush.
Miss Fannie Hubbard Glove buttoner.
Dr. Fred Whitney Tea ball
Mr. & Mrs. H.S.Stevens & Mr. & Mrs. Atherton Magnifying glass
Miss Lillian Arnold Handkerchief
Mrs. Sarah E. Gillum Berry spoon
Sellecks & Hortons Fruit knives
Miss Hutchinson Scarf
Miss Eva Foote Easel scarf
Mr. & Mrs. R.S.Brainerd Candle sticks
Mrs. Maria Haskell Blankets
Mr.Alex E.W.Barker Sugar bowl & creamer
Mr. D.C.Sage & fam. Etching
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Clark Bric-a-brac. Royal Worcester.
Mr. & Mrs. Perlie Jervis Bon bon dish.
Mr. & Mrs. Geo. S. Wilcox Berry spoon
Mr. & Mrs. S.V. Hubbard Forks
Master Samuel Church Hubbard Dresden plate
Mr. Howard Warner Jardinere
Mr. Frederick Wilcox Tea spoons 1 doz.
Miss Lizzie Church Berry spoon
Mrs. Delaney Bath towels
Mr. W.H.Stevens table cover
Miss Julia Waters
[friend & bride's maid]
Forks 1/2 doz.
Mrs. Annie Nutt Coffee spoons 1/2 doz.
Mrs William H. Warner. Silver card case
Mr. William H. Warner Bric-a-brac
Mr. & Mrs. Chauncey M. Warner
[George's sister, Kate]
Mrs. A.J.Bush Bric-a-brac
Mr. & Mrs. C.E.Penniman Carving sett
Miss Lucy Dickenson Table mats
Miss Laura Markham Sugar spoon sifter
Mrs. Hubert C. Rogers Placque & standard
Mr. Eugene Strickland & family
[Carrie's 1st cousin. Father of Emily Strickland]
Butter dish & knife
Miss Jennie F. Hotchkiss Bon bon jar
Miss Annie Greaves Fancy rose basket
Mr. Henry Smith Rug
Miss Edith D. Calef Silver salt & spoon
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Savage
[Carrie's Brother]
Tea spoons 1/2 doz.
Mr. & Mrs. Busey & Mr. & Mrs. Nash
[John Savage's wife was a Nash]
Jelly spoon & butter knife
Mr. Jacob Congdon Coffee spoons
Miss Kate Wilks Picture
Mrs. Wilks Scarf
Miss Lizzie O'Brien Cracker jar.
The Thomas Gleasons
[not sure of the first name]
Dr. & Mrs. O.S.Watrous Etching
Miss Lulu Bidwell Handkerchiefs 3.
Mr. & Mrs. A.E. Hobson Individual salts
Mr. Pierson Plant and jardiniere
Miss Lillian Gay Glass dish & small dishes
Mrs. Hutchinson & Clara Tennyson's poems
Miss Ella & Mr. Edson Ward Large dish and small dishes
Rev. & Mrs. Marshall Candelabra
Mr. Horace Butler Pickle fork
Mr. Ernest Butler
[George's brother]
Mr. & Mrs. Geo. S. Andrus
[Carrie's cousin]
Table spoon
Mr. & Mrs. C. Walton Andrus [Carrie's cousin] Silver pitcher & salver
Miss Bertha Naff Mats
Miss Lizzie Kinne
[not sure of last name, but there are Strickland cousins with that last name]
Mustard spoon
Mr. & Mrs.Floyd Curtis & Mr. & Mrs.L.K.Curtis
[Carrie had Curtis cousins, I'm not sure of the connection]
Tablespoons 4
Mr. & Mrs. W.S.Hotchkiss Bon bon tongs
Mr. George S. Butler Piano
Mr. & Mrs. C.C.Kinne
[not sure of last name, but there are Strickland cousins with that last name]
Old ivory placque
Mrs. Jane Crombie
[Carrie's brother Frank married a Kate Crombie]
Sugar tongs
Mr. & Mrs. Meilley [not sure of last name] Souvenir spoon
Mrs Wm. E. Hulbert Fruit dish
Miss Jessie Ames Bon bon dish - silver
Mrs Maitland Fruit plate
Mrs G.L.Stevens
[George L. Stevens was a cousin of Carrie's thru the Stricklands]
Buffet cover
Miss Nellie K. Stevens Fancy plate
Mr. L.L.Barton Card case
Mr. & Mrs. A.W. Kinne
[not sure of last name]
Pr. linen sheets
Miss Mary Chapin Shaving mirror
Mr. T.B.Barbour Silver card case
Mr. & Mrs. A.H. Merrill Fancy plate
Mrs. Mollie Storer
[not sure of last name]
Sugar spoon
Mr. & Mrs. O.D. Penfield Carving set
Mr. A.H. Baldwin
[most likely Dr.E. R. Baldwin's brother Albertus]
Cut glass dish
Mr. & Mrs N.C.Stiles Sugar tongs
Dr. E.R. Baldwin
[George's cousin & best man]
Mr. & Mrs. F.E.Sanford Chicago spoon
Miss Susan Treat Charter Oak spoon
Mr. Will Baker St.Paul spoon
Mr. & Mrs. B.F. Haviland Bric-a-brac
Mr. & Mrs. Guyon Dressing glass
Mr. & Mrs. E.E. Goodrich & Mr. & Mrs. L.W. Goodrich Sugar bowl & spoon
Mr. & Mrs. L.P. Harvey
[another Strickland cousin, though the middle initial may be wrong as her cousin Lewis had the middle name George. His mother was another sister of Sarah Strickland Savage]
Afterdinner coffee set.
Mr. & Mrs. W.F. Andrus
[Carrie's cousin]
Carving set
Mr. & Mrs. W.D.Packard Olive fork
Mr. Arthur Gay $5.00 gold piece. knives.
Mrs.Anna Wilcox Bric-a-brac
Mr. B.E.Wright Butter knife
Mr.W.C. Marshall
[this could be William Crosby Marshall who married Anna Hall Coe, Carrie's niece and a bridesmaid. Anna would have been 17 at the time and may have been "keeping company" with him already.]
Water bottle
Mr. & Mrs. John McFadgeon Cheese spoon
Mr. & Mrs. Cephus Brainerd, Jr. 1/2 doz doylies
Mr. George P. Savage
[Carrie's brother]
Period, carriage & harness
[Period must be "Perry", the horse written about in the wedding article]
Miss Noble, Miss Clark & Miss Fawthrop Hammock
Mr. Willis B. Wright
[George's foster brother & cousin]
Mr. & Mrs. G.H. Butler
[George's parents]
Writing desk
Mr. Robert Griswold Mahogany table
Dr. & Mrs. J.F. Calef Table cloth & napkins
Mr. Owen Brainerd Etching
Mrs. Willis Shoe bag & money
Mr. & Mrs. T.D. Hotchkiss Chair
Mrs. Elliot Clark Celery dish
Mr. & Mrs. Parker D. Handy Lamp

There is a careful check after each name, probably indicating that she sent a thank-you note.

[notes by Susan Butler Czaja]

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60th Anniversary

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