Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Birthday Obsevances, Dorothy Agnes Butts, Where Are You?

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Dorothy Agnes Butts, daughter of Albert Butts and his wife, Agnes Jackson Butts, was born August 25, 1905 in Harvard, McHenry County, Illinios.

Dorothy is found on the 1930 U.S. Census of Altona Village, Knox County, Illinois, ED 48-57, sheet 2A, page 282, she is a boarder in the home of John H. Larson and his wife Anna C.; Dorothy is 24 years of age, single, born Illinois, both parents born Illinois, teacher in high school.

Other than the 1930 census, little else is known about Dorothy.  I did find this great bio information from the 10th Edition (1977-78) of Who's Who of American Women:

"Butts, Dorothy Agnes, ret. educator, civic worker; b. Harvard, Ill., Aug. 25, 1905; d. Albert and Agnes (Jackson) Butts; B. A. summa cum laude, U. Ill., 1928, M.A., 1940; postgrad. (Hills Found. scholor) U. Minn, Ill. Conservation Sch., 1945, (Kellogg Found. scholar) So. Ill. U., 1949, 50. Tchr. biology, pub. high schs., Altona, Ill., 1928-37, Abingdon, Ill., 1937-42, East Moline, Ill., 1942-45, Rockford, Ill., 1945-46; instr. botany U. Ill., Extension, 1947-52; asst. prof. botany Rockford Coll., 1953-58, cons., summers 1955-65; asso. prof life scis. Rock Valley Coll., Rockford, 1966-72, Hostess women's council Bay Cliff Health Camp, Big Bay, Mich., 1965-76; vol. worker psychiat. dept. Swedish-Am. Hosp;., Rockford, Ill., 1973-75. Recipient Outstanding Tchr. award Rockford Women's Club, 1968-69. Mem. NEA., Ill., Rockford edn. assns., Bus. Profl. Women's Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi. Republican. Mem. Congregational Ch. Club: Eastern Star. Home: 208 N. Oak Knolls Rockford Il 61107"

And, that is the last I hear of Dorothy. Searching on the popular genie web sites has not turned Dorothy up again. SSDI, nadda.  A glance at World tree submissions does turn up a hit, but, the submitter does not know what happened to Dorothy either.  No entry on Find A Grave, yet.

She does have a headstone at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Dunham Township, McHenry County, Illinois.  As you can see, the end date was MIA when I was there several years ago.

I need to take the time to contact the cemetery and see if they have some information.  Maybe that is where she is afterall.


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