Source: Indianapolis Journal Sun 2 April 1899 p 8
A cablegram was received last night by Mrs. Charles F. Sayles from Mrs. Margaret Butler Snow at Nice, announcing the death of Mrs. Snow’s mother, Mrs. John M. Butler, yesterday. The cablegram stated that Mrs. Butler had been ill with influenza but five days and her taking off was somewhat sudden. Together with Mr. and Mrs. Snow she had spent the winter at Rome and the party, which has been abroad for quite awhile, expected to sail for home on the Barbarrossa in June. Mrs. Butler was in good health when she left this city, the trip abroad being taken for the benefit of Mr. Alpheus Snow’s health. Mr. Snow is improving. Mrs. Butler was the widow of the late John M. Butler, one of the most prominent of Indiana’s lawyers, who died a few years ago, leaving a large estate. They had but two children, one of whom John Maurice Butler, died in recent years. He was a man of many lovely traits of character. The remaining child is Mrs. Snow. Mrs. Butler was Miss Sue W. Jennison of Crawfordsville when she and Mr. Butler married in April 1856. Mr. Butler was at the time president of the Crawfordsville Female Seminary. Both she and Mr. Butler were active members of the Second Presbyterian Church of this city for many years, and at the time of his death he was one of the elders. = kbz
Source: Rushville Republican Tues 4 April 1899 p 2
Indianapolis April 3 – Word has been received in this city announcing the death at Nice, Italy of Mrs. John M. Butler, widow of a former president of the Crawfordsville Female seminary and one of the most prominent lawyers in Indiana. Mrs. Butler was touring Europe with her daughter and son-in-law, Alpheus Snow, whose health is poor. Mrs. Butler died from influenza and had been ill but five days. She had expected to sail for home June 1.
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 7 April 1899
A cablegram Saturday evening announced the death of Mrs. John M. Butler at Nice, France. She was traveling with her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Butler Snow and husband, A. H. Snow. They had been abroad since last June and had stopped at Nice on their return from Naples and Rome, for two weeks, enjoying the beauty and sunshine of the place, and her letters dated as late as March 19, intimated nothing of any ailment or indisposition of any of them. All that is now known is that she was sick but five days with influenza. Mrs. Butler was born in 1838 at Indianapolis and came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Jennison, when quite small, to Crawfordsville, where she grew up and was educated, graduating at the seminary, then a prosperous institution here in 1856. She was married to the late John M. Butler in 1857 and was a helpful and congenial companion to him in his early struggles for professional honors. In 1870 they moved to Indianapolis. John M. Butler died in the fall of 1895, and their only son, a young man of unusual brilliancy of mind and sweetness of disposition, followed him in the spring of 1896. This great and doubled affliction was enough to break her heart, and she was never able to rally from the terrible blows, although she endeavored to interest herself in current affairs and helpful charities and did gain a sort of cheerfulness, yet her life was for the most part lived in the minor key and she never got from under the shadows. Many Crawfordsville people remember her beautiful young womanhood and recall with pleasure her voice so strong and clear, especially in Center Church choir, of which she and Mr. Butler were leading members for many years, gratuitously. Cultured, refined and with literary taste and ability of high quality, she was too retiring in her disposition and too much occupied with her family and household to push herself forward and take prominent part in social affairs. She was kind and helpful as her numerous substantial charities witness and she will be greatly missed by many in this weary world. Her passing away at this Eastertide gives a bright gleam of consolation as we think her voice so long engaged in earthly sacred song, now joins those of husband and son in the hallelujahs of heaven. By her death Mrs. Margaret Butler Snow loses the last of her family and she is afflicted sorely indeed with this last and crowning sorrow. Mrs. Butler leaves also two sisters, Mrs. Philo R. Simpson and Mrs. Fannie J. Harrison, and a brother, Albert C. Jennison. thanks so much to s for tying this and so many obits for this site
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 28 April 1899
Indianapolis Journal: Mr. and Mrs. Alpheus H. Snow arrived in
this morning with the body of Mrs. Snow’s mother, the widow of John M. Butler. Funeral services will be held in New York in the lecture room of the Second Presbyterian Church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Indianapolis
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 21 April 1899
A letter has just been received by A. C. Jennison from A. K. Snow saying that Mrs. John M. Butler was taken sick at Nice Tuesday, March 28, with influenza and had a physician at once and three nurses, but in spite of all that care and every attention could do, she passed away about 9 o’clock Saturday evening, April 1. The influenza developed rheumatic fever which in turn attacked the brain, so it amounted to an attack of brain fever and she was delirious for the last two days but recognized Margaret up to within an hour of her death. The body will be embalmed and brought to Indianapolis probably about the last of May, but time not yet fully decided.