Piecing Together the Butler Puzzle, latest book from the Jacksonport Historical Society, will be featured at a book-signing during Cherry Fest in Jacksonport on Saturday, August 1, from 11 am – 1 pm. Author Phyllis Zatlin will be on hand at the Jacksonport Historical Review booth next to the Erskine Root Cellar, on the west side of Highway 57.
The Butler family arrived in Door County from Canada in the 1870s. Many descendants live in Sturgeon Bay or are frequent visitors to the area. Through the generations their Butler origins are concealed by such varied names as Goettleman, Herrbold, Higgins, Hogan, Horne, Klapatch, McLaughlin and Spaude.
Zatlin’s mother, Ellen Butler Zatlin, was born in Jacksonport in 1896. The author’s older sister was born in Sturgeon Bay, where her parents had a furniture store on what is now 3rd Ave. In the 1930s, the family moved to Green Bay where Zatlin was born and attended elementary school. She is recently retired as a professor of Spanish at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The book signing is only one small part of the many activities to be included in the Jacksonport Historical Society’s annual Cherry Fest, which runs from 9 am – 4 pm.