Butterworth, Charles (Portland)

Butterworth, Charles (1858-1936)
Butterworth & Lotan (Mrs. W. S. Lotan)
Hutchinson & Butterworth
Chronology
before 1898 Wilmington, Ohio and New Vienna, Ohio.
1898-1936 Portland
Directory Listings
1899 PCD pg. 203 “Butterworth, Charles, photog Aune res 710 2d”
1900 PCD pg. 209 “Butterworth, Charles, photog Aune, res 782 Kelly”
1901 PCD pg. 184 “Butterworth, Charles, photog, res 782 Kelly”
1902 PCD pg. 235 “Butterworth, Charles, photog, Krauch Studio, res 782 Kelly”
1903 PCD pg. 231 “Butterworth, Charles, Photographer 345 1/2 Washington, res same.”
1903 POW pg. 329 “Hutchinson & Butterworth (Wm A Hutchinson, Charles Butterworth), photogrs 343 1/2 Wash.”
1904 PCD pg. 257. “Butterworth, Charles, Photographer, 345 1/2 Washington, res same Tel Black 1958”
1905 PCD pg. 269 “Butterworth, Charles, Photographer, 345 1/2 Washington, res same, Tel Main 4928”
1906 PCD pg. 267 “Butterworth, Charles, Photographer, 343 1/2 Washington, res same, Tel Main 4928”
1907 PCD pg. 348 “Butterworth, Charles, photographer 343 1/2 Washington, res same, Tels Main 4938 and A 3928”
1909 PCD pg. 361 “Butterworth, Charles, photographer 343 1/2 Washington, res same, Tels Main 4938 and A 3928”
1910 PCD pg. 247 “Butterworth, Charles, photographer, 345 1/2 Washington, h same Tel Main 4928, A3928” (Esther at same address)
1911 PCD pg. 306 “Butterworth, Charles A, photographer 345 1/2 Washington, Tel Main 4928, A 3928, h 570 E Salmon, Tel 2635”
1912 PCD pg. 312 “Butterworth, Charles, Photographer 345 1/2 Washington, Tel Main 4928, A 3928, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1913 PCD pg. 269 “Butterworth, Charles, Photographer 301 Globe bldg 408 Washington, Tel Main 4928, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1914 PCD pg. 364 “Butterworth, Charles, (Etta Miller), Photographer 301 Globe bldg 408 Washington, Tel Main 4928, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1914 PCBD Photographers “Butterworth, Chas, Globe Bldg, Main 4928”
1915 PCD pg. 274 “Butterworth, Charles (Etta Miller), Photographer, 301 Globe Bldg, 408 Washington, Tel Main 4928, A3928, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1916 PCD pg. 277 “Butterworth, Charles, (Etta Miller), Photographer 301 Globe bldg 408 Washington, Tel Main 4928, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1917 PCD pg. 230 “Butterworth, Charles, (Etta Miller), Photographer 301 Globe bldg 408 Washington, Tel Main 4928, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1917 PJD pg.76 Photographers “Butterworth, Charles, 207 Globe Bldg. Main 4928”
1920 PCD pg. 272 “Butterworth, Charles, (Etta Miller), Photographer 207 Globe bldg 408 Washington, Tel Broadway 2815, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1921 PCD pg. 230 “Butterworth, Charles, (Etta Miller), Photographer 207 Globe bldg 408 Washington, Tel Broadway 2815, h 515 E 47th N, Tel Tabor 2079”
1924 PCD pg. 426 “Butterworth, Charles, (Etta Miller), Photographer 407 Washington, Tel Broadway 2815, h 515 E 47th N, Tel GArfield 3551”
1925 PCD pg. 389 “Butterworth, Chas (Etta M) photog 407 Wash h515 E47th N”
1928 PCD pg. 381 “Butterworth, Chas (Etta M) photog 312 Fliedner Bldg h515 E47th N”
1930 PCD pg. 337 “Butterworth, Chas (Etta M) photog 312 Fliedner Bldg h515 E47th N”
1934 PCD pg. 252 “Butterworth, Chas (Etta M) photog h2415 NE 47th av”
1936 PCD pg. 242 “Butterworth, Chas (Etta M) h2415 NE 47th av”
1937 PCD pg. 197 “Butterworth, Esther (Butterworth Studio) r 2415 NE 47th av”; “Butterworth Studio (Esther Butterworth) coml artists 414 New Fliedner bldg”
Photographer’s Imprints
“Butterworth, Portland Ore.” blind stamp, front card mount “Butterworth & Lotan” ms signature on card mount portrait “Hutchinson & Butterworth. 7th & Washington Portland, Or.” printed front card mount. ms date 1900
News Items and Advertisements
1903: (review of First Convention of The Photographers Ass’n of California) “The following is a list of exhibitors from the East and the Pacific Northwest … Butterworth, Portland, Ore.” Camera Craft, Vol. VIII, No 1, December 1903, pg. 29-30.
1905: Charles Butterworth listed as one of the 4 judges for the annual photo exhibit at the Art Museum. Oregonian 3 Dec 1905, pg. 40
1906: “C. Butterworth, 345 1/2 Washington St., Phone Black 1958” The Cardinal, (Portland High School, June 1906)
1908: “The eighth annual convention of the Photographers Association of the Pacific Northwest (was addressed by) the president (of Oregon section) Mr. Butterworth, of Portland…” Seattle Post-Intelligencer 19 Aug 1908 Sec. 2 pg.2 col.1
1908: account of exhibition at Photographer’s Convention of the Pacific Northwest. photo reproduced “Study by Butterworth, Portland, Ore.” “Northwest Photographers Win Prizes and Close a Very Notable Session,” Oregonian, 23 August 1908, sec. 3, pg. 4.
1909: photograph of Charles Butterworth at the Photographer’s Convention. Seattle Post Intelligencer, 15 September 1909, pg. 10 (courtesy Michael Cirelli)
1909: report of the Pacific Northwest Photographers’ Association of America convention. Butterworth was a member of the auditing committee and transacted various routine business. Camera Craft, Vol. XVI, No. 11, November 1909, pg. 443-449.
1910: report of the Annual Convention of the Photographers Association in Vancouver BC. Butterworth was a member of the auditing committee. Camera Craft, October, 1910, pg. 348.
1932: Charles Butterworth, whose studio is in the Fliedner building, organized the Photographer’s Association of the Pacific Northwest and served as president of the association in its early years, later serving for many years as secretary-treasurer. He has been made a life member of the Pacific International Photographers’ Association. He is not only a photographer of rare skill and ability, but he does beautiful work as a clay modeler and as a painter in oils. When i interviewed him recently he said:
‘I was born on a farm near Cincinatti on April 10, 1858. My father, Clarkson Butterworth, was born in Ohio. My mother, whose maiden name was Rachel Irvin, was a daughter of Judge Amos Irvin. I was one of a family of six children, three of whom are now living. My brother, Eli, lives in Minneapolis, as does my sister, Ida. As a small boy I liked nothing better than to get hold of a pencil and paper and draw pictures.
When I was 21 years old I went to work in a studio and learned the wet-plate process of photography. In those days we silvered our own plates and also prepared our own paper. In place of being able to take a picture in a fraction of a second, the quickest exposure we could make under the best conditions was 30 seconds. When I was 35 years old I went to Los Angeles. I worked at Los Angeles and Riverside until 1898, when I came to Portland.
I was married on December 27, 1883, to Etta Miller. We have had three children. My son Arthur lives in Los Angeles. My daughter Esther works here in the gallery with me coloring photographs.
I have photographed many famous men since I have come to Portland- Governor Chamberlain, Senator McNary, William Ladd, Colonel C. E. S. Wood, A Phimister Proctor, the sculptor, and scores of others. Here is a clay model in bas relief of Dr. George M. Austin. He was an old schoolmate of mine and was a physician, geologist and author. His collection of fossils is now in the Smithsonian institution. On the wall, there, is an oil painting of Judge C. E. Wolverton. Let me turn on the lights. I want you to see that oil painting of Ezra Meeker. Yes I love to paint in oils. I am afraid I am more interested doing work I enjoy than in making money.” “Impressions and Observations of the Journal Man,” by Fred Lockley, Oregon Journal, 6 October 1932, pg. 8, col. 6.
1936: “Death Takes Widely Known Photographer. Charles Butterworth, 2415 N. E. 47th avenue, widely known photographer who was in business in Portland more than a quarter of a century, died at his home Saturday night after a brief illness. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Butterworth was especially well known for his photographic portraits of children and for the outstanding quality of his work. He gave great attention to art in photography and worked diligently for its improvement.
Born at Mainsville, Ohio, April 10, 1858, Mr. Butterworth was reared on a farm with his three brothers and four sisters. As a young man, he went to New Vienna, Ohio, where he undertook his life’s work. He was married December 27, 1883, to Miss Mary Etta Miller and a few years later went to California, locating at Ontario.
In 1898, Mr. Butterworth brought his family to Portland and entered photographic work here. It was in Portland that he developed the high quality of child portraits for which he became widely famous.
Interested in improving photography for himself and others of the profession, he formed the Photographic Association of Portland and other organizations which afterward spread the length of the Coast and into Canada.
Survivors include his widow and daughter, Miss Esther Butterworth, Portland; his son, Arthur of San Francisco, and one brother, Eli Butterworth, Minneapolis. Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Monday from the Finley & Sons chapel.’ Oregon Journal, 11 October 1936, pg. 9
1936: “C. Butterworth, Camera Artist, Taken by Death. Charles Butterworth, veteran Portland photographer who for years had enjoyed the reputation of being one of the Pacific northwest’s most subtle exponents of the art of capturing children in the camera lens, died here last night after a lingering illness.
“Mr. Butterworth was born near Cincinnati, O., April 10, 1858. His boyhood was spent on his father’s farm home together with three brothers and two sisters. He moved to New Vienna, O., as a young man, there beginning his studies in photography. In that city, on December 27, 1883, he married Mary Etta Miller.
“He established his highly successful photographic enterprises in Portland in 1898 after residing in Wilmington, O., and Ontario, Cal.
“Immediate survivors include the widow; a son, Arthur; a daughter, Esther, and a brother, Eli, of Minneapolis, Minn.
“Mr. Butterworth lived at 2415 Northeast Fourty-seventh avenue. Funeral services will be held at the J. P. Finley & Son chapel tomorrow at 3 P. M.” Oregonian, 11 October 1936, pg. 16.
Bibliography
“A Professional Photographer’s Impressions of the First American Photographic Salon Exhibition” Charles Butterworth, Camera Craft, Vol. X, No. 6, June 1905, pg. 351-353.
Photographer’s Association of the Pacific Northwest, Programme of Seventh Annual Convention, September 3rd – 6th, 1907, Seattle; n.p. 1907. (unpaginated) “Members Photographic Association of the Pacific Northwest 1907…Butterworth, Chas.–Portland, Ore…Butterworth, Mrs. Chas.—Portland, Ore…”; … “Programme, Wednesday, September 4, … Address- Ex-President Charles Butterworth, ‘Ultimate Photography’…”; … “Committees:… Reception: The Executive Officers of the Association assisted by… Mrs. Charles Butterworth…” …”Finance… Chas. Butterworth…”

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