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Robert H. McKim (1858-)
Native on Perth, Ontario, prior to settling in Bay City, MI..

1912 History. (Added Nov., 2008.)

The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912, Vol. II,
by Joseph Gaston, George H. Himes (1912)


Excerpt from biography of E. I. Butze, of Oregon.

Ed. I. Butze resided with his parents until 1897 and during that time spent seven years in mining, serving as foreman assayer and superintendent at different times. In 1904 he withdrew from mining and engages in the iron business in Baker until 1910, when he started his present business in connection with his father-in-law, R. H. McKim, under the firm style of McKim & Company. They handled all kinds of new machinery, and do general repair work. While connected with mining interests Mr. Butze was superintendant of the Spirit Lake Power & Mining Company at Chehalis, and operated their mine at Mount St. Helens, Washington. When he was thirty years of age he and his partner returned to his birthplace at Conner creek, and purchased the old machinery of the Conner creek mines and haul it out. It had been hauled in the first place from Umatilla, a distance of about three hundred miles, but they had only four miles to haul it out to the railroad, a fact indicating the development that had been carried on in this part of the state in the interval. They also purchased the old plant of the Cornucopia mine and hauled it out for iron. Mr. Butze has been in the mining and machinery business throughout his life and has been in close connection with many of the old-time citizens who have been for years far from civilization; in fact, he has a very wide acquaintance with those who have been pioneers in the development of the rich resources of the northwest.

In 1903 Mr. Butze was married to Miss Weetie McKim, who was born in Bay City, Michigan, June, 1881, and is a daughter of Robert H. McKim. Her father was born at Perth, Ontario, October 13, 1858, and was a son of Robert and Margaret (Allen) McKim, natives of Glascow, Scotland, whence they came to Canada, she at the age of ten years with here parents and he about the same time. They were married at Perth and there resided until 1875 when they removed to Bay City, Michigan, where their remaining days were passed. They died within a month of each other in 1907. Mr. McKim at the age of eighty-seven years, his wife at the age of eight-nine. For thirty years he followed merchandising in Perth but later lived retired in Bay City. Robert H. McKim was one of the nine children, six daughters and three sons. He resided at Perth until 1875 and there attended school. He then went to Bay City, Michigan, and learned the machinist's trade at the Industrial Works at Bay City, in which he spent three and one half years. He next started a small shop of his own and later conducted a similar business at Spokane, Washington, where he sold out just prior to the great fire of 1889. He then removed to Tallahoosa, Georgia, where he speculated in real estate for nine months, after which he returned to Bay City where he conducted a grocery store for eleven years. In 1900 he arrived at Baker, Oregon, and operated the Golden Gate Group mine for two and one-half years, at the end of which time he entered the machine shop of the Baker City Engine Works in which he continued for five years. He spent two years as foreman of the Blue Mountain Iron Works. He next established his present machine shop in connection with his son-in-law, Ed Butze, under the firm name of McKim & Company.

It was in August, 1880, that Mr. McKim was married in Bay City, Michigan, to Miss Louise Simon, who was born December 17, 1858 a daughter of . The four children of this marriage are: Weetie, now Mrs. Butze; Leta, the wife of L. D. Brown, an attorney of Dallas, Oregon; Menzie, who married Myrle Palmer, a daughter of Mayor C. A. Palmer, of Baker; and Margaret, who is yet in school.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Butze has been blessed with three children, Katherine Louise, Weetie Marie and Edwin Robert. The parents are widely and favorably known, having a circle of warm friends who hold them in high esteem. Mr. Butze has served as justice of the peace in Baker county and was the second city recorder of the town of Bourne. He is not a party man in politics but casts his ballot for the candidate whom he things best qualified for office. Both Mr. Butze and Mr. McKim have led active, busy and useful lives, and the sterling qualities of manhood and citizenship commend them to the confidence and esteem of those with whom they have been brought in contact.

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People Referenced
Allen, Margaret (mother)
Brown, L.D.
Butze, Ed. I.
Butze, Ewin R.
Butze, Katherin
Butze, Louise
Butze, Weetie M.
McKim, Leta (dau.)
McKim, Margaret (dau.)
McKim, Menzie (son)
McKim, Robert (father)
McKim, Robert H.(subject)
McKim, Weetie* (dau.)
Plamer, C.E., Mayor
Palmer, Myrle
Simon, Louise (wife)
* 1900 Census has Wilke
Subjects Referenced
Perth, Ont.
- Bay City, MI
- Industrial Works

- Baker
- Baker City Engine Works
- Blue Mtn. Iron Works
- Bourne
- Corners creek
- Conrucopia mine
- Dallas
- Golden Gate Group mine
- McKim & Co.
- Umatilla

- Mount Saint Helens
- Salt Lake Power & Mining
- Spokane

- Glaskow, Scotland
- Tallahooa, GA.
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