MIGHELLS B. BUTLER, an active, popular, and successful business man of
Suspension Bridge and Niagara Falls, was born at Phelps, Ontario county, New
York, November 23, 1856, and is a son of Edgar D. and Mary (Bachman) Butler. His
grandfather, William Butler, was a native of New England, and removed to Ontario
county, this State, where he died. He was a farmer by occupation. His son, Edgar
D. Butler (father), was born in Ontario county in 1823, and grew up there,
receiving his education in the common schools of that day. He removed to Niagara
Falls, where he was employed at his trade — that of a carpenter — for some time.
About 1866 he migrated to the State of Michigan, where he purchased a farm and
became a farmer, which vocation he followed until his death. He married Mary
Bachman, by whom he had one son, Mighells B.
Mighells B. Butler was educated at De Veaux college, from which educational institution he was graduated in 1876. He then entered Harvard college and remained one year, after which he returned to De Veaux college and taught two years as master and commandant, and then attended medical lectures at the college of Physicians and Surgeons in New York city. In 1881 he was graduated from the New York Homeopathic Medical college, and practiced medicine in the Hygienic institute at Geneva, New York, about one year. He then embarked in the dry goods business at Ithaca, this State, as a member of the firm of Jackson & Bush, where he remained for a year. In 1884 he removed to Suspension Bridge, and formed a co-partnership with M. V. Pearson, under the firm name of M. Y. Pearson & Co. In 1890 this firm opened a store in the village of Niagara Falls, and Mr. Butler has personal charge of this business. By strict attention, energy, and enterprise he has succeeded in building up a large trade, and the firm handles immense quantities of goods.
In politics Mr. Butler is a democrat, believing implicitly in the principles and policy of that party, and doing what he can to advance its interests and secure its success. He has served as trustee of Suspension Bridge, discharging the duties of that position with satisfaction to the public and credit to himself. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church, and active in promoting its interests. He also holds membership in Niagara Frontier Lodge, No. 132, Free and Accepted Masons, at Suspension Bridge. He enlisted as second lieutenant in a separate company of the 42d New York national guards, and was promoted to the position of captain of the company, which place he now occupies. Mr. Butler has been highly successful in his business life, and being well educated, energetic in disposition, and engaging in manner, he has won the respect and esteem of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
Contributed 28 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Niagara County, New York, published in 1892, pages 566-567.
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