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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Museum Minute: Man Attacks for Being Called a Dude


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


Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of August 25th


1821 Harmony Mission, a school for the Osage Indians along the Osage River, is officially established.

1883 R. L. Thomas, Rich Hill druggist, attacks Colonel Gem Magill, editor of the Western Enterprise newspaper, in front of the Rich Hill Post Office for printing he was a dude.

1917 The home of George B. Vail is destroyed by fire and his wife and small daughter lose their lives. A coroner's jury finds a bullet hole in Mrs. Vail’s head and there is an unsolved murder being investigated.

1932 A band of gypsies, who have been making the rounds in nearby towns and being a nuisance, descend on Butler but Deputy George Kersey runs them out of town, leaving the roamers wondering about Mo hospitality.

1935 The largest crowd ever attends the annual picnic and reunion at the Prairie Rose School, 2 miles west of Passaic. Ted Wolfe and his singers, of Butler, entertain.

1943 The 47th annual reunion of the Bates Co Old Settlers Association is held on the courthouse North lawn. The afternoon mercury neared 100 but the crowd of nearly 3,000 stayed until 10:30 pm.

1946 In a horse pulling contest at the Maplewood Farm, southwest of Rich Hill, First prize goes to Seth Beckman, of Drexel

1954 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fahnestock and sons Bobby, Danny & Jimmy appear at the M.F.A showroom with a musical program every hour from 10 am to 5 pm. They’ll appear on the 28th also.

1989 The Kahn Transportation Company of Butler, printed a half page letter to the Butler City Council, asking why after submitting a bid for a Butler city police car, the contract was given to the Ford car agency at a bid of $1,086.95 more than the Kahn bid.