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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Museum Minute: Boy Scouts Deserve Badge of Determination

Courtesy of the Bates County Museum 802 Elks Drive, Butler Mo 64730 (660) 679-0134

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of August 18th

1853 In the earliest record of the County Court of Bates Co, it shows the assessor’s book declaring there is $324,877 taxable property in the county.

1858 Mo Governor Stewart is assured by Kansas Territory Gov J.W. Dewey that there is no need for Mo troops along the Mo/Ks border, in spite of constant raids into Mo by Ks terrorists.

1909 Ray Tyler, Butler tinsmith has closed a contract with the Pleasanton Handle and Manufacturing Co to make 1,000 galvanized tubs and fixtures for a patent washing machine.

1916 Butler’s new swimming pool opens for evening sessions. The first days receipts are nearly $20. (on Water st, between Dakota & Fort Scott).

1929 Two dozen Boy Scouts from Butler arrived at Camp Sugar Lake. In spite of 5 flat tires and one runaway, they finally reach their destination.

1942 The Butler City Council sets employee salaries per month as follows, Charles Miller $185, August Schmidt $150, D. Cutmyer $120 & Fred Niggley $80

1951 Early this morning, 28 year old Kenneth Nordyke of Butler, driving a Jack Cooper auto transport truck, evidently dozes and just south of Arthur, on U.S. 71 Highway south of Rich Hill takes out a guardrail and plunges into the Little Osage River. He is pulled from the water and taken to the Nevada Hospital.

1951 Mrs. Alice Ghere and daughter Mrs Cleta York open their “Al Eta” Fabric Shop, having purchased the Opal Rood Remnant Shop in Butler.

1965 Thieves take guns & coins from the Museum of Pioneer History, Butler.

1967 The Moonlight Madness sales promotion on the Butler square begins at 7:30 pm and draws a big crowd.

1995 Caricature and portrait artist Judy Porter, and photographer Harold Heuser, both of Butler, are featured with work displayed at the Baxter Art Gallery on the west side of the square.