Lavinia Butler letters  1896-1903 (bulk 1896-1899)
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Lavinia Butler was born on August 8, 1833, in Sanford, Maine. She did factory work in Maine but later left home for South Dakota, where her nephew, Nathaniel Butler, had settled in 1882. Lavinia lived in Woonsocket, South Dakota, until returning to Maine around 1903. She died on December 19, 1911. Nathaniel remained in South Dakota for several years and worked as a rancher in Midland and in Ottumwa before moving to New York around 1917. He and his wife, Stella Haidvogel, had several children.