Butler, Benjamin D. (Lafayette, The Dalles)

Benjamin D. Butler (1819-1890)
1851 Lafayette
1860 Polk county
1865-1870 The Dalles
Directory Listings
1865 East Cascades Directory pg. 147 Dalles City “Butler, B. D. (Franks & Butler), photographer, Main “, pg. 164 business directory- photographers “Franks & Butler, Main”, pg. 149 “Franks, F. D. (Franks & Butler) photographer, Main ”
1867 West Coast pg. 266 Dalles City “Butler, Benjamin D, photographer”
Mautz Oregon “Butler, Benjamin D., The Dalles”
Official Records
1860 Federal census of Oregon, Salt Lake precinct, Polk county, Oregon, pg. 566, line 8-12, enumerated 26 June 1860
Butler, B. D., age 39, m, atrist, value of real estate 3800, value of personal estate 3100, born N. Carolina.
” E. J. age 24, female, born Missouri,
” J. W., age 7, female, born Oregon
” L. E., age 6, male, born Oregon
” M. E., age 3, male, born Oregon
Photographer’s Imprints
“B. D. Butler, Dalles, Oregon, Bradley & Rulofson’s Patent” CDV printed front (OHS 218-1 Cates)
News Items and Advertisements
1851: “Photographic Likenesses Taken by the Daguerreotype Process. B. D. Butler respectfully informs the public that he has just received a large and fine assortment of materials, direct from New York and is now prepared to take likenesses on the most improved method, during all stages of the weather, for a few weeks, in Lafayette, one door north of the Lafayette house.
N. B. Persons wishing to remit likenesses to their friends in the States can do so for the reduced price of 40 cents. Lafayette, September 12, 1851.” Oregon Statesman (Oregon City) 16 September 1851, pg. 3, col. 1.
1851: “Photographic Likenesses Taken by the Daguerreotype Process. by B. D. Butler, Lafayette, O. T. A Valuable opportunity is now offered to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Lafayette and vicinity, to obtain Miniature Portraits in the most perfect style of execution, which, for life-like beauty, distinctness and accuracy, are acknowledged to be equal to any taken in the United States. The subscriber has just received a large stock from New York, of the best quality that could be obtained in that city, which he will work upon the most reasonable terms. Persons who wish, can send a likeness to any of the States by mail, for the sum of 48 cents. Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather. None will be delivered unless perfectly satisfactory. I shall leave Lafayette very soon. Call and see how you look in silver plates. B. D. Butler. Lafayette, Sept. 19, 1851.” Oregon Statesman (Oregon City) 23 September -28 October 1851
1870: “We have received some elegant pictures from B. D. Butler, photographic artist at The Dalles. They are triumph of art. We never saw anything finer. There is among them a splendid picture of President Grant and family. Also a view of the Mint, now in process of erection. It is so perfect you can detect the grit in the stone-work. Everyone that has seen them is full of admiration. Mr. Butler will have, if he has not already, views of all places of note about the Dalles. We know no place that has more charming scenery.” The Vancouver Register, (Vancouver WA) 5 March 1870 pg. 2 col. 3 (courtesy of Michael Cirelli)
1884: “Mrs. B. D. Butler and daughter Dell, are visiting at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Logan, of this city.” The Dalles Times-Mountaineer 29 November 1884, pg. 3, col. 1.
1890: “Died at Dickelton. (sic- should read Bickelton)- Mr. Benjamin Decatur Butler, of Bickelton, Wash., died at his home April 13. Mr. Butler was born in North Carolina March 31, 1819, and immigrated to Missouri in 1837, thence to this coast in 1850, being one of the early pioneers of Oregon. He had been actively engaged in business for many years, but for several months previous to his death he had been confined to his bed. A wife and four children survive him. Death resulted from heart disease” Oregonian, 17 April 1890 pg. 5, col. 3.