From The Oakland Tribune, 14 May 1919, p. 14
Pioneer Shoe Dealer of Oakland is Dead
BERKELEY, May 14-Rodney Butterfield, a pioneer shoe merchant in Oakland, whose residence for the past thirteen years has been with is daughter, Mrs. George W. Tutthill, died last night at the family residence, 2318 Channing Way. For thirty years Butterfield was engaged in the shoe business in Oakland. He was 78 years old and is survived by his daughter and a son, Fred Butterfield, a merchant in Berkeley. The funeral will take palce tomorrow from a local undertaking parlor.