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Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Museum Minute: Telephone Vandal Disrupts Service

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

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of October 27

1868 The census for Bates County shows 5,733 males, 5,057 females, 5,844 horses & 12, 535 head of cattle.
1875 A feud that has been brewing for several weeks ends when M.H. Goodwin shoots John Cane. Mr Cane found his estranged wife and Goodwin together, rural Butler.
1911 The Bates county school superintendent, Mr. Allison, reports the Harmony Mission School, 8 miles east of Passaic, has 55 students, and the teacher is Miss Randall, who gets $55 a month. 
1930 R. Spurlock is brought before Justice B. F. Jeter, in Butler, he was arrested upon a complaint of the Charlotte Telephone Co for cutting down and destroying a telephone pole at the Huffman corner 3 miles east of Virginia. The entire telephone system was tied up for several hours.
1932 Doctor R.E. Crabtree, city of Butler Health Officer, appeals to citizens to conserve water as the Miami is about dry and they may have to lay pipe to the Recreation Lake.
1940 Thieves break into the McNeil School and steal just about everything that had been donated for the school carnival, scheduled for tomorrow, but now postponed to November 4th.
1951 The Bates County Tractor & Implement Co, holds its official Grand opening, at 71 highway and Harrison St. Ed Nolin, a life time farmer of Bates Co. is manager and Jack Stark is parts and service manager.
1952 Mr & Mrs Elmer McCann have taken over the management of the Butler NU-SHO movie theater at Adams and highway 71. Former manager Wilbur Smith will go back to laying tile.
1968 The Merwin Christian Church building is dedicated.
2000 The Deems Farm Equipment of Butler is beginning its 61st year as the John Deere dealer in the area and is one of the largest in western Missouri.