Flavius B. Paine, a prominent farmer of the town of Rutland, is a native of Dane county. His parents, Joseph S. and Eliza Ann (Butterfield) Paine, were born in Buxton, Maine, where they spent their youth and early married life. Joseph Paine was by trade a tanner and active in the affairs of the community where he resided. At one time sheriff, he held many local offices during his life. In 1844, he located in the town of Fitchburg and obtained eighty acres of wild land which he afterward exchanged for an eighty-acre farm of prairie land. One of the pioneers of Fitchburg, he belonged to the Masonic Lodge when first established and was prominent in the community. Mrs. Joseph Paine was an energetic worker in the Methodist Episcopal church. After Mr. Paine’s death in 1857, she lived with her children until 1893, when she died at the advanced age of eighty-four years. Eleven children blessed the marriage, of whom five are living; Eliza. Charles A. and Ellen reside in Oklahoma; Joseph S. lives in Madison and Flavius in Rutland. Flavius B. was born in Fitchburg, March 7, 1854, educated in the district school and early began to earn his own way. His sisters, Eliza A. and Ellen, attended the University of Wisconsin and became school-teachers, but Flavius went to work at farming when he was but seventeen years old. When he was twenty-one he went to Leadville, Col., where he worked in the mines and drove a stage. In the autumn of 1878 he drove a team from Fitchburg to Knoxville, Tennessee and soon after took up a claim near Frederick, S. Dak. Returning to Fitchburg in 1886, he rented the old homestead and in 1893 he purchased it. He also owned one hundred and thirty acres in the town of Oregon, which he improved and sold at a handsome profit. In 1904 he bought eighty acres in the town of Rutland which is the present homestead and built a fine barn and handsome dwelling. November 24, 1897, Mr. Paine married Miss Edna E. West, daughter of Henry and Phoebe Ann (Burch) West of Madison. Three children were born to them; Flavius, in 1899; Blanche, in 1900, and Edna in 1901. Mr. Paine is a Democrat and takes an active interest in local affairs. He was elected supervisor in Oregon and assessor and treasurer in Fitchburg.
History of Dane County, Madison, Western Historical Association, 1906, Page 685