“BUSBY, James A., one of the successful farmers and stockraisers of Butler Grove Township, was born near Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ill., December 15, 1871, a son of Francis M. and Ruthanna (Wagner) Busby, natives of Kentucky and Rush County, Ind. They were married in Indiana but came to Montgomery County, leaving there in 1874 for Christian County, where they lived on a farm until 1886, returning that year to Butler, where he died in 1908. The mother continues to make her home in Butler.
James A. Busby attended the public schools in Christian County, and when he was seventeen years old he became a telegraph operator on the Big Four Railroad and was with the St. Louis Division, as operator and station agent until 1905, when he moved on a farm of 130 acres in Butler Grove Township, owned by his wife, and here he carries on general farming and stockraising. On October 10, 1900, he was married to Amy Lillian Ware, born in Butler Grove Township, a daughter of Justus and Lucena (Brigham) Ware. Justus Ware was born on a farm in Butler Grove Township, where he lived until he died at the age of seventy-six years.
Mr. and Mrs. Busby have two children, namely: Leland Ware, who was born November 24, 1901; and Evelyn, who was born April 17, 1904. Since 1911 Mr. Busby has been treasurer of the Lutheran Church of his township. A Republican, he has been a school director and clerk of the board since 1911, and fraternally. Butler Camp, M.W.A., holds his membership.
A man of ability, along more than one line, he is held in high esteem in his community.”
Source: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Vol. 2, by Bateman, Selby and Strange, Munsell Publishing Co., Chicago, 1918, page 1027