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Charles Butt, Jr. (1888-1954)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Charles Butt, Jr., born 29 September 1888 in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, the son of Charles Butt, Sr. (1850-aft. 1920) and Mary Ann Van Stone (1858-1903). Charles Butt, Jr. grew up in a large family. There were five girls and three boys. He was the youngest child. The family emigrated from Canada to Bay City, Michigan in 1890 when Charles was a toddler. He married Lillie Belle Parke in 1909. Charles held various occupations during his life. He was a driver for a store in 1910, worked as a motorman for street cars in 1920, was a clerk in a billiard hall in 1930, and was later a house painter. Charles became a widower in 1947 when his wife Lillie died from complications of Diabetes. He was 58. He died seven years later of a Heart Attack on 7 Apr 1954 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, at age 65. He was buried in Cedar Park Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

This month we use this Challenge to memorialize an American music legend's life and celebrate the acclaim for which she earned during her lifetime. Her death reminds us of another soul singer, a peer of hers during the 1960s and 70s, who together have been honored by being referred to as THE KING OF SOUL (Otis Redding Jr.) and THE QUEEN OF SOUL (Aretha Franklin). They were born within a year of each other. Their powerful voices continue to be the standard by which all other soul singers are measured.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing details of the lives of these two well known musicians and their families to life. Have fun.