Henry Augustus Butters (September 21, 1850 – October 26, 1908) was a businessman of note.

Although he lived in Piedmont, it appears this businessman had many dealings in Oakland, along with his brother, Charles Butters.

He was married to Lucie Beebee (Butters - Edwards), and together they were the parents of Henry A. Butters Jr. (1892–1916), Lucile Butters, and Margaret Butters. He was also married to Mary Belle Davis (Butters) in 1878; she died in 1890. David Samuel Edwards fits in here somewhere, too...

Henry, Jr. died in action in WWI, and is the namesake of Butters Drive and Butters Canyon. 1 He joined the British Army before U.S. involvement. He died instantly when he was struck directly by a gas shell while in the trenches. 2

Lucile Butters married Robert Augustus Bray, son of Watson A. Bray.

Margaret Butters married Victor N. (or H.?) Metcalf, son of Victor Metcalf, Secretary of the Navy.

Death and Burial

Bit of a scandal at the time of his death, due to the separation from his wife. They disagreed about using their property to back business investments.

Henry and Lucie are buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery, in Oakland.

Butters grave
photo CC-A from Our Oakland


Links and References

  1. Who was Henry Augustus Butters? Butters Canyon Conservancy newsletter, November 2013
  2. Lieutenant Henry Augustus Butters on FindAGrave.com