1941 Bethel Information Booth

May 6, 1941


Bethel Chamber of Commerce announced plans to operate a summer information booth on Railroad Street. The booth will open on July 1 and be open daily until Labor Day.

The Bethel Chamber of Commerce will be working in cooperation with the Oxford Hills and Lakes Association and the Maine Publicity Bureau.

The work of the county organization was explained by its secretary, Robert Goodwin of Norway.

John Butts of Bethel was chosen to have charge of the booth.  The week prior to the booth’s opening Mr. Butts was in Portland attending a Maine Publicity Bureau school for Maine information booth operations.

A telephone was installed in the booth so that local people desiring information or having accommodations for tourists may keep in touch with the attendant. Also directional signs were placed throughout the village so that strangers seeking information should have no difficulty in finding the place.

In 1926 Mr. Butts bought the hardware business of G. L. Thurston (the Main Street store* which was replaced by Northeast Bank)  and has since conducted a successful store, with a complete line of hardware, dishes, electrical appliances, paints and varnishes. Before coming to Bethel, Mr. Butts was in the general merchandise and undertaking business in New Portland 17 years and later in the garage business at Farmington.

Mr. John P. Butts was born in New Portland, May 23, 1874, the son of John F. and Adeline (Savage) Butts. He received his education in the schools of New Portland and Gray's Business College. He married Miss Elizabeth McNeil in 1901 and they have two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Cutler of Bethel and Mrs. O. G. King of Norridgewock.

 Mr. Butts is a member of the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, and Encampment; the Masons, Eastern Star, Chapter, Council, Kora Temple, and is a 32nd degree Mason.  Mr. and Mrs. Butts live in the com­modious apartment above their store on Main Street.

* At one time Hastings Bros. Hardware, Bethel Post Office, the Mica Shop, and in the 1960’s Bethel Laundromat.


John P. Butts

PO Box 763

Bethel, Maine 04217