In this charming photo, we see the four Button brothers - (l-r) Clark (b. 1912), August (1905), Dewey (1907), and George (1910). Based upon their birthdates and the boys' appearances, the photograph was probably taken sometime around 1918. An identical copy of this photo is included in the James Ward Jeffers file at the State Historical Society of Iowa archive in Iowa City. About this time, Jeffers directed the school bands in Adel and Waukee, so it is reasonable to assume that Jeffers was these boys' teacher. Jeffers also coached some of the youth ensembles that performed on the tent Chautauqua circuits that were so popular at this time.

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The Button Boys

Courtesy of Becky Beaman