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The Museum Minute: First local casualty of WWI reported

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June 3, 2021

Museum Minute Presents:  This Week in History (According to Herrman’s Archives)

First Days of June in the Year...

1929 – The engine and 2 cars go into the Marais Des CygneRiver, west of Nyhart, when the bridge collapses because of the flood waters.  Engineer Ed Proctor, fireman J. W. Keeton, and head brakeman F. A. McElroy all are injured when they also go into the 16 foot deep raging waters. 
1885 – The telephone exchanges at Butler and Rich Hill are both taken out.  The rates were too high and very few subscribed for the service.
1922 – The closing dance of the season is held by the Elks in their hall, with 25 couples, and the music furnished by BielesOrchestra.
1885 – A large number of ex-confederate soldiers, mostly members of J. O. Shelby’s Brigade, meet in the Grange Hall, on East Ohio St. in Butler, to arrange a reunion.
1902 – Charlie Bolin, while fishing in the Miami last Sunday, was bitten by a big rattle snake.  Dr. Lamb was called, the usual remedies given and the boy is now out of danger. 
1912 – The Chase-Lister Theater Company opens a vaudeville show in the big tent on the northeast corner of Main & Pine streets in Butler.  Admission is 10 cents.
1929 – Heavy rains have aggravated the already muddy conditions on US 71 Highway, south of Rich Hill, where it is reported over 300 vehicles are mired down.
1886 – At the ‘local option’ campaign in Rich Hill, eggs and rocks are thrown at W. O. Atkeson as he addresses the liquor sales question.  The miscreants are fined $25 and costs, each.  The election will be on the 16th.
1923 – Each day sees quite a number of tourist cars passing thruButler, and each night from 2 to 6 take advantage of the tourist camp, located on the Butler Oil Co’s lot on north Main St.  The shelter house is used and equipped for sleeping quarters, and small oil stoves.  The entire lot is lit by flood lights.
1869 – The ‘King of the Stagecoach Lines” Colonel J. L. Sanderson, is a guest at the Pickett Hotel in Butler.  He has 10 lines with over 250 drivers, and 1,000 horses and mules.
1905 – The Bates Co Fair Association is organized.  Shares are $10 and 500 are sold.
1922 – Between 8 and 12 midnight last night, someone entered the chicken park of Chris Black, on S. Mechanic St., and got away with 90 chickens.
1879 – The Butler Independent Cornet Band has been treating the citizens of Butler with excellent music and was out in their Band Chariot a few evenings ago.
1918 – Captain James P. Arnold is killed near Cantigny, France and thus becomes the first Bates Countian to die in action during WWI.