Sam Butman's Obit

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Sam Butman's Obit - Pioneer Merkel Rancher / Sam Butman's Rites...
Pioneer Merkel Rancher / Sam Butman's Rites MERKEL, May 11--Funeral'will be held here Saturday at.3 p.m. in the First Methodist Church for Sam Butman Sr., 93, pioneer West Texas sheepman who died at 8:30 p.m. Friday at his home in Merkel. Merkel. / Butman, patriarch of Taylor County pioneers, was the founder of what is believed (o be the oldest oldest ranch still in operation in the county. The seed of the veteran sheep- man's dream to live in West Texas Texas was planted in the'storm-tossed Atlantic in 1880 while he was a sailor on a ship making a return trip from Spain. While he and the rest of the ship's crew battled for survival against the raging sea the 18-year- old youth made two vows: 1. He would never go to sea again once he got -ashore. 2. That he would make his home in West Texas. Batman got home safely to Sears-,' port, Maine, and immediately be-i gan making plans (o keep his sec- of the t a n v o n wcre all f jg t end vow. His sister, whom he · · lived with while ashore, gave him SAM BUTMAN' SR. . . church benefactor enough money for "board" and a return ticket home. · The youth, as a part of his second second vow, said that he would go io West Texas and, if he couldn't make it, would return to Maine at the end of five years. He made it. But only after a struggle as tough, at times, as the one he had helped wage against .the raging sea. The youth, "as green a boy as ever hit West Texas," came to Mulberry Canyon, 15 miles south of Merkel. Farming, ranching, cattle, cattle, sheep, and the very rural life PLATE LUNCH All You Can Eat $ 1 Plate One Serving of Meat All the Triminj You Can lot Real Ole Fashion Bar-B-Q 1933 Pin. 2402 So. 14th Open 10 a.m.--9 p.m. 7 DAYS A WEEK CROWN CLEANERS AND DYERS 425 Chestnut St. Call 2-0344 Every Garment Cleaned Demothed FREE! hio · death Friday. His burial be here in Rose Hill Cemetery. Butman married the former Madge Bell Vaughn in March 1881. She had come to Merkel 1882 from Pittsburgh, Pa. Sh; in 1935. In 1953 Butman deeded 230 of land to the Northwest Texas Conference of the Methodist ·" Church for a youth camp site. land is in - the Mulberry Canyon about two and a half miles southwest of the Pioneer Memorial Methodist Church, which was fi nanced in 1950 by Butman. Butman was a charter member of the First Methodist Church Mulberry Canyon. Mr. Butman's survivors include five daughters, Mrs. J. B. Sloan of Big Spring, Miss Charlott maii, Mrs. Gladys Swinney, Mrs. Mary Russom and Mrs. Marjorie Ray, all of Merkel; five sons, F., Louis S., James Ford, Ben Sam .Butman Jr., all of Merkel; and a number of grandchildren. Starbuck Funeral Home is in His first job was herding sheep, the most simple and least paying job of the west. After a year of herding sheep he| took 200 head of sheep and 30 lambs and went into business for himself. The money to finance the venture was borrowed from a relative in Bpilo;i. He took up a half section of I charge of arrangements. school land under the Homestead Act in Mulberry Canyon but lost it the same year, 1883, when two railroads became involved in a right-of-way battle- Later he bought the land from the winning railroad. With the aid of the late Ed Vick- · ers he began stocking his grassland grassland with sheep and cattle. In 1884 the "BT" brand, taken from the jtwo letters of his name, was burned on l\vo old milch cows, the first of his herd. At one time 1,500 head wore the brand. In 138S his flock numbered 2,700 head of ewes and lambs. At the peak of his operations, his flock numbered over 4,000, · his cattle about 400 head and his property totaled totaled 9,000 acres. In 1888 Butman decided he would have no need for the $150 which his sister had given him for his return ticket to Maine. He loaned the money to help build the first school in Merkel. The school, built in 1SL, .._,, built for Butman's 10 children and those of his neighbors. It was consolidated consolidated in the 1940s but for many years was the center of Butman community activities. Bulman had lived in retirement here for nearly 22 years up to five years ago from Salem, Funeral is pending at Patterson Funeral Home here. The Rev. L. Patterson, pastor of Sweetwafer Fundamental Baptist Church, will officiate. Survivors include his wife; seven daughters, Mrs. Ewing Burlow of Carlsbad, N.M., Mrs. Mollie Bullock, Mrs. Homer Stevenson and Mrs. Lee Giesler, all of Ex-Baptist Minister Dies At Sweelwaler SWEETWATER, May 11 (RNS) --The Rev. W. M. McLaughlin, retired Baptist minister who had lived in and around Sweetwater most all his life, died at his residence here, 1004 E. 3rd St., at p.m. Friday. The Rev. McLaughlin was born Sept. 11, 1881, and married Maggie Maggie Levena Cain in Navarro County July 8, 1900. He was ordained a minister 1922, in Old Bolin, a community no longer in existence which located about six miles from Blackwell. He had held pastorates in Mayfield, Mayfield, Bolin, Summers, Salem, M., and other towns throughout Wast Texas. He moved back u " Sweetwater upon his retirement ''·-- ·-- n - i - ~ ",, aim i.uo. LCC uieiiei, an oi

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  1. Abilene Reporter-News,
  2. 12 May 1956, Sat,
  3. Page 24

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