Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Museum Minute: You Can Keep Your Electric Lights

Courtesy of the Bates County Museum 802 Elks Drive, Butler Mo 64730 (660) 679-0134
Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of Dec 8

1881 The Rich Hill Gazette says “Rich Hill would rather have their gas lamps than Butler’s electric lights”.
1882 The Missouri Pacific Railroad announces special excursion rates for the grand opening of the Walton Opera House, in Butler, on the 11th. Round trip from Rich Hill 50 cents, Adrian 50 cents, Harrisonville $1.25 and Nevada $1.20.
1883 There are several fights on the southside of the Butler square tonight. In one, Mr. Simmons, who usually makes the police news, is severely beaten by Mr. Porter.
1903 Jesse Handy wins judgement of $250 against Schleuters Bakery, North side of the Butler square, after getting his hand caught in a dough roller last year.
1910 Northfleet and Ream, West side of the square, advertises they’ve received 10,000 pounds of Christmas candy to sell, Butler.
1932 Passers by see a weird bunch going into the residence of Dr. Frank S. Arnold. It’s a “tacky party” being held in the Progressive class’s teachers manor. Melvin Rice takes the prize along with Elsie Tull. Butler.
1954 The Hastin Glass Co., at 306 N. High st, Butler, has just installed a 20” by 34” glass for Elmer Hardinger at a cost of $2.25. 
1989 Bates County Deputy Ralph Lindsey reports con men are bilking eldering citizens in the Adrian area, charging high prices for putting a so-called chemical in their septic tanks.
1989 5 year old Nicole Dahman, daughter of Frank and Nora Dahman of Butler is featured on one of the year’s Hallmark Christmas cards, available at Bowen’s Hallmark Store in Butler. She is one of the three angels on the card.
2000 Edgar Lee Robertson advertises “Operating business for sale” flexible arrangements, north side of the Butler square. Has been an office products and supply store in Butler since 1949.

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