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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- 
wanee, officiated. 



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- 



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try, which had given him birth, and the people from whom his 
ancestry sprung. 

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 
service was. 



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