Helen May Butler - "The Female Sousa"


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As a Teenager

With grandmother Luthera B. Hubbard

This picture was taken in 1995. Pat Backhaus, Sally Butler and her daughter Cody Smith.  Picture in front is of Helen May Butler.  This picture was taken at a ceremony inducting her into the Women Bandleaders Hall of Fame.



As a Teenager


Two Helens

Wedding to Leslie Spahn, 1902

1893 World's Fair This hat is on display at the Smithsonian


1893 World's Fair


St. Joe, MO 1907

St. Joe, MO


Beatrice, Nebraska

Beatrice, Nebraska




St. Joe, MO 1907


    This is the hotel that Mr. James Herbert Young had around 1910-20.

Especially interesting to us is this card (postmarked 21 Mar 1918) was sent by HMB to:

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Butler, 14 Summit Ave., Mansfield, Mass.

Cincinnati, March 21.

Dear Sis & Bro.

We are a bit upset for Herbert is planning to go across on one of those food boats out of Boston, as stewart. So do not be surprised if he walks in on you if he has time. With love, Nellie

I had thought she was talking about brother Herbert but now I am wondering if she is talking about James Herbert Young! Brother Herbert was married to Persis True in 1883. I doubt he would leave his family?


I do not know what HMB called Mr. Young, but I have seen he went by J. Herbert Young. Do you?



1953, with Uncle Jack

HMB with Persis True

  Ofelia and Harold visit