M. D. (Mathew D.) Butler was born in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, on August 14, 1877. He moved to North Dakota along with his family in 1882. He married Alvina "Vinnie" Anderson in Conway, North Dakota, on February 7, 1905. Butler lived for a time in Brocket, North Dakota, where he farmed in addition to running a drugstore. He was elected to the North Dakota State House of Representatives as a Republican from Brocket and served one term, from 1913-14.
Butler moved to Grand Forks in 1915, where he was employed in agriculture and road construction before retiring in 1936. Butler remained active in retirement by becoming one of the leaders for rural electrification in the Red River Valley. M. D. Butler died on June 13, 1948, in Grand Forks. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.
Source: "M. Butler Services Set Today," Grand Forks Herald, 15 June 1948
The M. D. Butler Papers date from 1902-1909, and consist of cancelled checks, various financial records, and lists of intoxicating beverages sold at Butler's drugstore, in Brocket, North Dakota. According to Brocket Centennial 1900-2000, the drugstore was named the Palace Drug Store, while the financial records in the collection indicate a name of M. D. Butler & Co.
Two oversize volumes were placed on the shelves adjacent to the M. D. Butler Papers.