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Biography of Warren Butz
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Warren Butz, chief deputy clerk of the United States courts at Muskogee, was born in Hope, Illinois, August 1, 1872, a son of J. K. and Rebecca (Tillotson) Butz. He matriculated in the Union Christian College, after completing his public school course and thus studied at Merom, Indiana, for a time, while later he became a student in the University of Illinois, his liberal educational training well qualifying him for life’s practical and responsible duties: He started out in the business world in connection with the engineering department of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad and in 1899 he conducted a ranch in Missouri for his father. There he remained until 1905, closely associated with the agricultural interests of the state and in the latter year he came to Muskogee where he has made his home. On the 1st of July of that year he was made financial clerk for the government, serving under John D. Benedict, Superintendent of the Indian schools, and continued to occupy the position for a period of six years. Since 1911 he has been connected with the courts of the state and of the United States and is now chief deputy clerk of the United States district courts at Muskogee. Thorough, systematic, efficient, he is making a most excellent record in the discharge of his duties, measuring up to the highest standards of service in every particular. He also filled the office of city commissioner for two years and strongly favored the commission form of government.
On the 18th of October, 1919, Mr. Butz wedded Miss Anna C. Bennett of Muskogee, and the hospitality of the best homes of the city is cordially extended to them. Mr. Butz is well known through fraternal relations. He is a past exalted ruler of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and a past grand exalted ruler. He is also an ex-President of the state association of Elks. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias and he has become a Consistory Mason, a Knight Templar and a member of the Mystic Shrine, having thus taken the various degrees of both York and Scottish Rites, while in his life he fully exemplifies the beneficent spirit and high ideals of the craft. His active life has been largely given to public service and the worth of his work is widely acknowledged.
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