Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES E. BUTTLES, assessor
of Chelan county, resides at Wenatchee. He was born at the Old Bent's
Fort, Colorado, December 28, 1864. His parents, John F. and Sarah
A. (Blinn) Buttles, are Ohioans, and now reside at Wenatchee. The
ancestors of John F. Buttles were Revolutionary patriots, and some of them
participated in the War of 18l2. They were of Scotch descent, three
brothers of the family having come to this country in the seventeenth century.
The father of our subject, reared in Ohio, went to California in 1852,
where he lived six years. He then returned to Ohio where he married,
after which he came west to Colorado and engaged in mining. He was
engaged in several Indian outbreaks, including the Royal River war.
Once while crossing the plains, accompanied by his wife, they were attacked
by Indians, and the mother of our subject fought side by side with her
Charles E. Buttles was reared in Colorado,
went to Utah in 1882 and to Oregon in 1886. His education was secured
in Denver, and he was graduated from the academy of Grant's Pass.
In 1891 he came to Palouse City, Washington, where he was employed in a
sash and door factory. For a year subsequently he conducted a cigar
store, which business he disposed of in the fall of 1892, and, accompanied
by his family, removed to Mullan, Idaho, where he and his father worked
in the Morning mine. In the spring of 1893 they all came to Leavenworth,
Washington, and began mining, at first prospecting for coal, which proved
unsuccessful. Abandoning this project, they turned their attention
to gold quartz mining, on Nigger creek. Their prospect is thought
to be valuable. In 1896 our subject entered the employment of George
S. Merriam, a general merchant, in Leavenworth, with whom he remained until
January 1, 1902, when he came to Wenatchee. He was employed by Baker
& Bethel until March 1, 1903, when he resigned to accept the position
of county assessor, to which office he had been elected, on the Republican
ticket, in November, 1902. Mr. Buttles has one brother, Jay
F., now acting as deputy assessor.
September 1, 1892, our subject was married
to Anna Inman. The ceremony was performed at Moscow, Idaho.
Fraternally Mr. Buttles is a member of Wenatchee Aerie, No. 204, F. 0.
Eagles, of which organization he is chaplain, the A. 0. U. W., of Leavenworth,
and the I. 0. Foresters.