The staff section of second floor consisted of a sewing room and one bedroom. Both rooms typify the same plain style of woodwork as the staff areas on first floor. Quite possibly, the small bedroom belonged to Ruth Moll, but there is no evidence to prove it.
(The bedroom is open for public viewing, but the sewing room is not).
Ruth Vendla Marie Moll was born January 22, 1897, in Moline, to Frank Issac and Johanna Elizabeth Lindquist Moll. Ruth attended Moline High School where she played varsity basketball. After high school, she planned to become a history teacher and attended Western Illinois University for one year. After her first year, she accepted a summer job with the Butterworths and never returned to school. She became Mrs. Butterworth’s personal secretary and traveled the world with the family, venturing to Europe, Santa Barbara, Egypt, and even Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. At first, she was concerned about her qualifications for her job, but Mrs. Butterworth reassured her “Child if you’re willing to learn, I’m willing to teach you.” Ruth Moll was integral in transforming Hillcrest into Butterworth Center, opening to the public in 1956. She served as the first director for 34 years.
Ruth Moll standing next to a blossoming tree
Where did the Butterworths travel?
Ruth Moll’s Passport
The Butterworths loved to travel, often taking their staff members on the trips. Ruth collected postcard of her travels
with the family. Flip through Ruth’s
passport and postcards to see what
Nave (east) Wesiminster Abby
Empire State Building
Throne room from Windsor Castle
Trinity rock, Saguenay river Canda
Wesiminster Abby from the south
Windsor castle from the