Notes on Martin Butler

“The Several Lives of Martin Butler” by David Frank (page 3)

Abstract:
The life of Martin Butler was ripe with tragedy but throughout it all he continued to press forward. He attempted to make a living by being a peddler. Butler was a writer who published letters, stories, verse, and managed his own small monthly newspaper. He also had a political life, which involved endorsing a Canadian republic, fighting for a Canadian flag, and opposing imperialism among others.   (Officers’ Quarters Volume 20 (Spring and Summer 2003) – The Several Lives of Martin Butler)

Daniel F. Johnson Newspaper Transcriptions

Volume 68 Number 1758
Date January 22 1887
County York
Place Fredericton
Newspaper The Fredericton Evening Capital

A man named Fred LOVELACE from Bloomfield Ridge, Stanley Parish (York Co.) has met a fearful death in the bark mill at Brockton, Maine. He accidentally slipped into one of the hoppers and was literally ground to death. Martin BUTLER, well known in Fredericton, was working with him at the time and immediately ran to the engine room and shut off the steam. He then fainted from excitement and when the others arrived on the scene, Lovelace was found dead and terribly mangled. He leaves a widow and five children.

Volume 68 Number 539
Date January 18 1887
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper The Daily Sun

Brockton, Maine, Jan. 14 – Fred LOVELACE employed on the night shift in the bark mill at this place went to work as usual last night and proceeded to hang his lantern up near one of the hoppers. This being done, he stepped backward and fell in with both feet. Martin BUTLER, who was working with him ran immediately to the engine room and then shut off the steam and then fainted with excitement and horror. The engineer blew the whistle and soon Mr. Peterson, the boss and Mr. Libby, the agent, with several others came to his assistance, but they found the unfortunate man just expiring. Deceased was 50 years of age, leaves a widow and five children. He had only moved a short time ago from Bloomfield Ridge, N.B. (see original for gory account)

Volume 78 Number 2244
Date March 18 1891
County York
Place Fredericton
Newspaper The Gleaner

John BUTLER, brother of Martin BUTLER died Saturday 14th inst. at Brookton, Me. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble and kidney disease for the past three years, but only gave up work last fall and was able to walk around within a day or two of his death. He was 38 years of age, having been married twice, the second wife dying two years ago. He leaves a boy by his first wife.

Volume 94 Number 2611
Date January 10 1894
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper The Daily Sun

Martin BUTLER, editor and proprietor of Butler’s Journal, Fredericton, was born at Bloomfield (Kings Co.), N.B., Sept. 1, 1857. For the past 15 years he has followed the occupation of a country peddlar and his cart, which he calls the ‘Democrat’ is well known through the centre of the province. He began contributing to the St. Croix Courier when only 15 and in 1890 he started his ‘Journal’, a small monthly containing chiefly his own writings. (see original)

Volume 99 Number 339
Date June 6 1895
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper The Daily Telegraph

Fredericton, June 5 – Martin BUTLER, the gifted and original editor of ‘Butler’s Journal’ is to be married at St. Dunstan’s church tmorrow morn. to Miss Maggie McLEAN of Kingsclear (York Co.)

Volume 97 Number 1090
Date January 9 1895
County Northumberland
Place Newcastle
Newspaper Union Advocate

Sarah BUTLER, Martin BUTLER’s mother, died at the residence of her son, West End, New Year’s Day, 6 p.m. She was 77 past and in fairly good health for an old lady up to the previous eve. when she was taken with pains in the back and vomiting. Dr. Coulthard was called but he could give no hope of recovery, knowing her time had come. Her son, Martin, who although crippled, struggled to make her a comfortable home. – ‘Gleaner’

Volume 95 Number 2255
Date January 12 1895
County Carleton
Place Woodstock
Newspaper Carleton Sentinel

The mother of Martin BUTLER of ‘Butler’s Journal’, died at Fredericton last week, age 80.

Volume 96 Number 999
Date June 12 1895
County York
Place Fredericton
Newspaper New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser

Martin BUTLER, editor and proprietor of ‘Butler’s Journal’ and Miss Maggie McLEAN of Kingsclear (York Co.) were married at St. Dunstan’s Church by Rev. J.C. McDevitt last Thursday eve.

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