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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Museum Minute: Hangin’ Rope Ordered

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

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of November 10

1848 Settlers in Bates Co report sleet up to 3 feet deep.

1869 J.W. Hannah, a Butler hardware man, orders a special hangman’s rope, from Saint Louis, for Bates Co Sheriff Smith, to use December 17 on Theopholis R. Freeman, who murdered Jas Westbrook October 16th.

1881 The electric light is tested, in Butler, but because of not enough wire, the test isn’t satisfactory. Those who were expecting glorious light were Badgley Bros, Paul Dickerson’s, Chas Endre’s Restaurant, George Miers & the Bates County National Bank.

1888 George R. Sweeny, superintendent of the Keith & Perry coal mine, Rich Hill, and Dr. Allen the company’s physician, leave for Pittsburg Kansas to view the mine disaster, where at least 39 died in the past few days.

1918 In less than 35 years, the town of Foster has gone from 2,000 population to about 400.

1940 Lester Kahn and Harry Kohn take over the Grover Gilbert Chevrolet car agency, Gilbert had been in business since 1928 (Corner Hardware location, new cars were stored on the second floor).

1942 The two cannon barrels and ten shell casings are removed from the War Memorial on the northwest corner of the Courthouse lawn, and the German field piece, at Oak Hill Cemetery, is taken by Sam LeeMasters, Butler junk dealer, for the war effort, all donated by the America Legion Post #46. Charles L. Fisk donates living plants and shrubs to replace the scrap metal pieces. 

1943 Because of the nationwide tire rationing, Marvin Cumpton’s Skelly service station is now recapping tires, Butler (Pine and Main streets).

1951 The Fahnestock quartet, of Butler, wins first place at the Talent Contest at the Ivanhoe Temple in Kansas City.

1987 Merle Hedges, of Butler, places 4th in the Seniors Division of the recent Missouri Corn Shucking Championship held near Marshall, Mo.

1993 The Rich Hill Tigers football team defeat Osceola 16 to 15 to claim the district championship.