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      The oldest public eating place in Placerville is the Forum Café, which was established and still operated by Lowry T. Butts, who has been a resident of this city for the past thirty years.  He was born on a farm in Montgomery County, Illinois, on the 2nd of September, 1867, and is a son of Nathaniel G. and Sarah (Hampton) Butts.  The family first came to California in 1870.  The mother’s death occurred at Angel Camp, Calaveras County, and the father took his family back east, where they remained until April 1888, when the family again came to the coast by mule team via northern trail, locating at Modesto, where the father was employed in farming until his death.  Lowry T. Butts received his education in the public schools, after which for fourteen years he was engaged in farming in Stanislaus County, this state.  Selling his interests there, he came to Placerville on July 3, 1901, and was for three years engaged in the contracting business.  In 1904 he opened a grocery store, which he conducted for seven years, when he disposed of it and embarked on his present enterprise, the Forum Café, in the conduct of which he has been very successful.  His place is modern in its furnishings and equipment and is run in a manner that has attracted a large number of regular customers, besides a considerable tourist trade.  Mr. Butts in the third oldest business man here, having been in Placerville since 1904.

      Mr. Butts was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Millican, of Stanislaus County, this state, and they are the parents of two sons, Leslie T. and Clare, both of whom are associated with their father in the restaurant.  There are also two grandchildren.  In his political views Mr. Butts is a democrat and takes a deep interest in public affairs.  He is a Knight Templar Mason, a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and various civic organizations.  Mr. and Mrs. Butts are both greatly interested in children, among whom they are very popular, even their grandchildren addressing them familiarly as “Dad” and “Ma.”  They are well liked throughout their community, and they have well merited the success which is theirs.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 203-204. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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