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Henry county, where he spent his entire life and served for
several terms as president of the Old Settlers Association.
Mr. Blish was a member of the Illinois State Historical
Society and by his interest and counsel greatly aided the
Association. The funeral of Mr. Blish occurred on Tuesday,
February 24, 1920, at his late residence. Rev. Thomas E.
Nugent, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Ke-
OTTO C. BUTZ, 1857-1920.
Otto C. Butz died suddenly at his home in Winnetka,
Sunday, May 2, 1920. Mr. Butz was born in Chicago, a son
of Casper Butz. After graduating from the University of
Michigan, he entered the practice of law in Chicago. He was
associated with Francis Lackner, Amos C. Miller and F. E.
Von Ammon. Mr. Butz was a close friend of the late Theodore
Roosevelt. During the war a pamphlet which he wrote de-
nouncing the HohenzoUern dynasty and setting forth the war
aims of the United States, was circulated widely in America
by the government and was dropped inside the German lines
by American aviators. He was a member of the University
and Hamilton clubs and the Chicago Bar Association, the
Illinois State Historical Society, and a director of the Chicago
Title & Trust Company.
Many an American boy of German descent died under the
flag to defeat a Germany betrayed by Potsdam, and at home
older men of the same breed gave of their substance and their
moral influence to support them. Of these one of the leaders
was Otto Butz, an American of the lineage of revolutionary
'48, a citizen saturated in American ideals, as stanch and
whole-souled a lover of our common country as any descend-
ant of the Mayflower company. Like Carl Schurz, Mr. Butz
was American because to him America meant certain princi-
ples of human liberty and democracy. Therefore he had no
doubt about this duty either before we entered the war or
after. He saw with clear eyes what was wrong in modern
Germany and used his fine intelligence and moral weight in
an attempt which did not fail of effect, both to serve this coun-
try, which had given him birth, and the people from whom his
Otto Butz represented not only 100 per cent American-
ism, but the character and culture which America has drawn
from the German race. The community loses by his death,
but his influence will not pass. He set an example of loyal
citizenship which will not be forgotten by Americans who
passed through the ordeal of the war and know what his
MEMORIAL OF COLOSTIN D. MYERS, 1847-1920.
By Charles L. Capen.
Colostin D. Myers was born at Racine, Meigs County,
Ohio, May 7, 1847, in a small five room cottage standing well
back from the Ohio river, in the outer limits of a town, or
village of not more than 500 inhabitants. He was descended
from a family of early immigrants, his grandfather, Jacob
Myers, having been born in eastern Pennsylvania, of Dutch
stock. His father, Benjamin Myers, was bom in Mononga-
hela, Virginia, now West Virginia, on the 16th day of April,
1813, and died in Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, August 4th,
1851. His father was a skilled mechanic and an ingenious
woodworker, having served an apprenticeship as a millwright
under his elder brother, John Myers, and at the time of his
death was a pattern cutter in a foundry in Pomeroy, Ohio.
Judge Myers' mother was bom in Meigs County, Ohio, on
August 5th, 1820, and died near Palatine, Virginia, October
20, 1894. Her maiden name was Selena Elliott. She was a
daughter of Fuller Elliott, a pioneer emigrant from Massa-
chusetts to the Ohio Valley region, who attained local promi-
nence, being at one time judge of a county or inferior court
and probably a member of the legislature, as it seems he had
something to do with the naming of the county.
The subject of our sketch was four years old at the time
of his father's death. His mother remarried a man by the
name of William Swearerigen, and after the marriage the