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60 years of Memories: Thing’s We Didn’t Have…And Used To Have


60 Years of Memories of Butler

by James Ring


As I was applying a pair of ordinary nail clippers to an errant claw on my writing hand, I happened to think “ya, know, these things hadn’t been invented when I was young.” I would have been using scissors. There are a lot of items that we now take for granted that weren’t around when I was a kid.


Like, for instance, the sponge-plastic flip-flops I have on my feet, cheap substitutes for bedroom slippers. People wear them to the Whale-Mart to pick up groceries, or even mow the lawn in them. Didn’t have ‘em back then. We wore stores or went barefoot.


Naturally, the idea of carrying a phone in your pocket, even without the notion of incorporating a computer in it, was unheard of. Remember the first “bag phone” you ever saw, plugged into a car’s cigar lighter? A “cell phone” was the pay-phone you used to call your attorney when you got thrown into jail for drunk-and-disorderly.


We had pay phones around Butler in the olden days; I remember a phone booth over at the telephone office, and one at the Bus Station, and the ones in the Inn Hotel lobby. These were little cubicles with folding doors that gave you a modicum of privacy, before the open-air armor-clad outdoor phones on the side of a building took their place.


The credit cards we regularly use today did not exist when I first came to Butler. There may have been American Express or Diners Club cards for the plutocrats, but what was first termed “bank cards”, issued in conjunction with our local banks, came into vogue only in the 60s and 70s. Butler State Bank had the “Mastercharge” card, now MasterCard, and First National Bank issued the “Bank America Card”, today’s Visa. Cash was still king back then; a $20 bill was big money, half a week’s wages.


Fountain drinks were a luxury available only at the drug store, mixed on the spot with Coke syrup pumped from a gallon jug and some carbonated water. Convenience stores? Sure we had ‘em: they were the crossroads general stores in Passaic, Spruce, Virginia and Foster, but their soda pop was sold in a bottle, which you were expected to return to the wooden rack beside the pop machine, where the pop truck would pick it up when delivering fresh stock.


The first convenience store in Butler was Ours Oil Company’s EZ-Way outlet on West 52, erected on the family property, now the Bear Stop liquor and gas station. You paid for the fuel after it was pumped, trust being a normal expectation. Driving away without paying would have ruined your reputation. 


So, some things we take for granted today were not invented 60 years ago. And what we have today, like the old slot car arcades and video rental stores, will be history soon.

Obituary - Christopher Del Young

Christopher Del Young, age 48, passed away Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 at the Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, Missouri with cremation following.

A memorial service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 also at the Chapel. Inurnment will follow the memorial service in Lowry City Cemetery, Lowry City, Missouri.

The family suggest memorial contributions to the Kidney Foundation and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.

Butler Lady Bears Wrestling Results from Knob Noster

The lady bear wrestlers competed in the Knob Noster Tournament yesterday.

Makayla Mallatt: 1st place.
Josie Johnston: 5th place.

Makayla pinned her way through the bracket. She improved her record to 35-1 with 34 pins.

Josie went 2-1 for the day. She had a super tough quarterfinals match. Once she got to the back side of the bracket she pinned her way to 5th place.

These young ladies did a tremendous job today.

Updated Obituary - Billy Ray Tippie

Billy Ray Tippie, 83, Rich Hill, Missouri, passed away January 21, 2021. Billy was born June 7, 1937 to Anson Roy and Mary Ethel (Marsh) Tippie.

Billy graduated from Rich Hill High School in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley West, on December 23, 1956. Billy and Shirley soon settled in Rich Hill where they worked and raised their sons, Roger and Dale. Billy worked as a mechanic for several years before working in maintenance at Cottey College, where he retired after 20 years. 

 Billy enjoyed many hobbies. He pitched horseshoes and spent countless hours researching family history. There were many motorcycle trips across the country and he loved spending time visiting with everyone he met. Billy never met a stranger.

Billy is survived by his children, Roger and wife Traci Tippie and Myron Dale Tippie; grandchildren, Hailey (Brian) Gillis, Brodi (Jose) Mendez, and Kiley (Luke) Tourtillott; 10 great-grandchildren, Cooper, Sadie, and Cade; Maysi, Bryan, Isabell, Alex, and Tilli; Bowen and Logan; brother-in-law Darrell (Sherry) West; sisters-in-law, Shirley Tippie, Ruby Ellis, Dixie (Clay) Vodry; many nieces and nephews and several close friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maurice and Hazel West; his wife, Shirley; daughter-in-law, Christina Tippie; brothers, Harvey LaVaughn (Waneta) Tippie, Keith (Elsie) Tippie, Gerald Tippie; sister, Margie (Alfred) Swarnes; and brother-in-law Marion Ellis.

The family suggest contributions to Racing for Rett (Rett Syndrome) in care of Heuser Funeral Home Box 42 Rich Hill, MO 64779

Winter Storm Expected Across Northern Missouri and Northeast Kansas

A winter storm is expected to impact portions of northeast Kansas into northern Missouri on Monday. 

The highest snowfall totals will be north of a line from St Joseph to Kirksville, where snow totals in excess of 6 inches is possible. 

South of that line, there will be a sharp cut off in snow totals as rain is primarily expected. Look for snow to start early Monday morning.

Obituary - Regina Ruth Rasmussen

Regina Ruth Rasmussen, 63, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada. Regina was born September 13, 1957 in Nevada to August and Avis (Morrell) Rusmussen.

Regina, a lifelong resident of Nevada, was one of the first students to graduate from the Missouri State School for the Handicapped.

Regina is survived by four brothers, Dale Rasmussen, Conifer, CO, Rod Rasmussen (Cindy), Florissant, MO, Jack Rasmussen (Jane), Springfield, MO, and Jay Rasmussen (Dee), Coppell, TX; two sisters, Vicki Yokley (Al), Nevada, MO, and Connie Montague (Doug), Kansas City, MO; numerous nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by parents, a sister-in-law, Kathryn Rasmussen, and one brother, Jim Rasmussen;

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Jack Rasmussen officiating. Interment will be held in Ft. Scott National Cemetery.

The family requests that masks be worn and that social distancing is observed during services.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to Cedar Ridge State School PTA c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Adrian R-3 School District COVID-19 Update

January 24, 2021
Dear Adrian Parents/Guardians:

We are reaching out to you today to inform you of 3 new cases of COVID-19 at the Adrian School District. The individuals were last present in the school on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and Thursday January 21, 2021. The District is working with the Bates County Health Department to identify close contacts of the confirmed case. If a student or staff member has been determined to have been in close contact with this individual, you will be contacted with further instructions. 

If you are not contacted, there is nothing further you need to do at this time. Close contact is defined as fewer than 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes, regardless of face covering use per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The District is taking all precautions, consistent with the CDC and Bates County Health Department. 

Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the individual or details that may identify them.

Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures are being taken, so there is no need to close our building for additional cleaning.
COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take the following preventive measures:

Stay home when you are sick
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.

As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between non-household members and wear a mask in places where maintaining that distance is difficult.

Be alert for symptoms including…
Fever of 100.4° or higher
Any new cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
New congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed. If you have any questions regarding COVID, you can contact the Bates County Health Department at 660-679-6108.

Don Lile
Adrian R-III School District

Stolen truck out of Henry County

STOLEN VEHICLE -- 2017 DODGE RAM 1500, QUAD CAB, PICKUP TRUCK, gun-metal gray in color, bearing MO registration: 7YE-C38, with black cattle guard-style front bumper and a noticeable scratch on the passenger's side of the truck bed.

Truck was taken from the 300 block of NE 31 (Clinton area) around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 24th, 2021, unknown direction of travel.

If anyone has seen or has any information regarding this stolen vehicle, please contact Henry County Central Communications @ (660) 885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency.

Obituary - Kennon Rogene Shaw

Kennon Rogene “Kenny” Shaw, Jr, 63, Bronaugh, MO passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Kenny was born March 31, 1957 in Independence, MO to Kennon R. and Joan (Jurdan) Shaw. He married Patricia Belcher on December 3, 1976 in Lamar, MO and she survives of the home.

Kenny was raised in Bronaugh and graduated from Bronaugh High School Class of 1975. He worked for Balk Tractor and Equipment for 15 years before going into farming fulltime. One of Kenny’s biggest enjoyments in life was collecting antique two-cylinder John Deer tractors. Kenny also held a private pilot’s license and had a love of flying.

In addition to his wife Patricia, he is survived by four children, Miranda Reynolds (Matthew), Webb City, MO, Kendra Buzzard (Craig), Mindenmines, MO, Kennon Shaw, Bronaugh, MO, and Travis Shaw (Hannah), Bronaugh, MO, four grandchildren: Brooke Buzzard, Zander Buzzard, Colten Reynolds, and Blakely Shaw. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Worsley Cemetery in Bronaugh with Pastor Bill Platt officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

***At this time there is no longer a statewide limitation on the number of people attending funerals or visitations, however those in attendance will be asked to maintain social distancing, and that people are asked to wear face masks to protect themselves and others.

Obituary - Eric David James

Eric David James, 60, of Kansas City, Missouri, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, with his family by his side. 

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Crest Bible Church, 8715 W 49th Terr, Merriam, KS 66203, with a visitation beginning at 12:00 pm.