Gold & Treasure, A History of John Lowe Butler II
Any descendants of John Lowe Butler I will find this biography of his namesake son to be a valuable family history resource, because Gold & Treasure is not only a comprehensive and well-researched biography of John Lowe Butler II, but also includes a wealth of information regarding the extended Butler family. This is particularly true of his brothers James and Thomas, with whom he lived and worked closely throughout their lives. In many ways, Gold & Treasure picks up where My Best for the Kingdom (Bill Hartley’s renown biography of John Lowe Butler I) ends, chronicling the extended Butler family, including considerable information on John Lowe Butler II’s siblings, wives, and children, through their various pioneer enterprises.
John Lowe Butler II was truly a lifelong pioneer! He lived among the Indians of the central plains throughout his childhood. After an 8-year odyssey, his family made it across the plains to Spanish Fork, Utah. Left fatherless at age 16, John took on the responsibility of caring for his mother and younger siblings, and relocated the family to Southern Utah. There he pioneered one area after another and explored largely unknown regions of the southwest.
Working in partnership with two of his younger brothers, John became a wealthy rancher, farmer, teamster, lumberman, mill operator, and businessman. Then, in his last decade of life, John made a huge gold strike and staked his fortune in a promising mine.
Gold & Treasure has the excitement and feel of an old west novel, with numerous pioneer treks, Indian battles, exploring expeditions, fights, riches won and lost, a fabulous gold mine, and more. What makes these stories even more interesting is that they are true accounts. The book shares the excitement, adventure, fun, humor, and joy that were all part of Butler family life, as well as some truly heart-wrenching moments. By the end of Gold & Treasure the reader will not only know about John Lowe Butler II, but will come to love him!
Included free in the back of the book is a disk containing a full electronic version of Gold & Treasure complete with color photos and images, and numerous Butler related histories, documents, and photos, as well as digital versions of much of the research material cited in the book. This same disk also contains electronic versions of My Best for the Kingdom, The Butler Saga, The Lives of Isaac Erin and Caroline Thurber, and several other books, suitable for use with most e-readers.
Gold & Treasure is the fifth biography written by Craig L. Dalton, who was responsible for the recent republication of My Best for the Kingdom and who published Bill Hartley’s most recent book, Another Kind of Gold: The Life of Albert King Thurber. Gold & Treasure is similar to those works in size and quality. It is a hard cover book consisting of 526 pages bound with a library quality smyth sewn binding and covered with a gloss color dust jacket.