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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Museum Minute: Prominent Towns Burn To The Ground

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

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of September 15th

1861 (General) Jim Lane and his Kansas Jayhawkers , who yesterday  burned West Point to the ground, today burns Butler, Papiinville, and any other group of buildings that were in his way.

1880 The Bates Co School Superintendent reports there are 5.749 children attending the 91 public schools in the county.

1877 A “Now or Never” railroad meeting is held in Butler where it is noted that Bates Co needs to raise $100,000 if they are serious about a railroad.

1879 7 Osage Indians & their interpreters give an exhibition to a large crowd at Evans Hall in Butler.

1915 The Hume Electric Company begins regular  morning service to their customers.

1935 Orville Corum was injured when he drove into a parked Mo Pacific railroad flat car across a street in Rich Hill late at night. The flat car wasn’t lighted. He is suing for $25,000 in injuries (approx $500,000 in today’s dollars).

1953 It’s buck-a-car night at the Butler Sky-Vue drive in theater. Tonight the show is “The HITCH-HIKER with Edmond O’Brian and Frank Lovejoy.

1955 The Butler Coca-Cola Bottling Company advertises for the return of Coke bottles at 2 cents each.

1975 The Butler Grain Company elevator burns, West Ohio St, west of the railroad tracks.

2001 The Worland Reunion is held in the large pasture area near the former downtown area. A large crowd enjoys the day.