SAN ANTONIO -- When H.E. Butt Grocery opened its first store on Nov. 26, 1905, building a chain was not part of the dream. Florence Thornton Butt invested $60 to open the store in the Hill Country south of here simply as a means of supporting her family -- her husband Charles C. Butt and their three sons. Charles Butt had been a pharmacist in Memphis, Tenn., but when he developed tuberculosis, the family, seeking a drier climate, made its way to Kerrville, Texas, where they rented rooms ...
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