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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Museum Minute: Crowds line to up to say goodbye

Museum Minute presents: This Week in History (According to Eddie Herrman Archives)

Note: Last week’s entry about a thrown pan of dishwater not being grounds for a divorce saw lots of comments. How surprising it was when a friend of the Museum emailed the following article to me. It made me laugh and hopefully you readers will as well! The Butler Weekly Times, June 12, 1912 story line reads: Wife Gets Divorce Decree // Because she could not talk the ‘houn’ dawg’ dialect nor cook a la Bates County, Mrs. Mary A White, 62 years old, former wife of Tom Speers, once chief of police of Kansas City, declared in Judge W. O. Thomas’ division of the circuit court this morning that her husband, Joel N. White, made life a misery to her. // Immediately after their marriage two years ago, she said, she moved to the Bates County farm with White and he insisted that she adopt the Bates County dialect, declaring the neighbors would think she felt herself above them if she used good English. She was raised in refinement, she said, and refused to depart from her early teachings. // White objected to her cooking, she said, and he advised her to go to his daughter and learn to do regular cooking. // Mrs. White was granted a divorce. So, there you have it. A thrown pan of dishwater was not grounds for divorce but not being able to speak ‘houn’ dawg’ or cooking a la Bates County was!

Happenings in mid-February ~ Death takes General JO Shelby

1927 – Otto Frank, of Rich Hill, is arrested by Bates Co Sheriff Bert Bradley, Rich Hill Marshal Harve Campbell, Rich Hill Mayor H. J. Cromwell, and Prosecuting Attorney Howell Heck after an investigation of Mr. Frank’s restaurant reveals several quarts of corn whiskey, some wine, and considerable home brew. 

1906 – The Bates Co Court hires George Bright as the superintendent for the County Poor Farm. 

1857 – The Bates Co Court, at Butler, orders the old Courthouse and Public Square, at Papinville, be sold and a Courthouse be built in Butler. 

1923 – Now at the Fisk Opera House, in Butler, “The baffling, bewildering, mystifying KHAYM, assisted by a clever company of European artists. Admission is 55, 25, & 10 cents (War Tax included) 

February 13, 1897 – United States Marshal JO Shelby, the Confederate commander of the Iron Brigade who never surrendered, dies at his farm east of Adrian in Elkhart Township. His body is taken to the Adrian Methodist Episcopal Church and crowds’ line-up to say one last goodbye. 

On February 14th, Train #4, carrying the body of the Marshal, leaves Adrian for Kansas City.