Courtesy of the Bates County Museum 802 Elks Drive, Butler Mo 64730
Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of February 2
1883 It’s announced that Mr. Pace has purchased 6 to 8 thousand acres of coal lands in Walnut & New Home townships. He is confident of at least one railroad, through his property soon.
1905 Dr Boulware reports a case of smallpox at Amoret.
1921 A large crowd attends the ministerial alliance meeting in Rich Hill. Subjects include dancing, drinking, gambling, sabbath discretion, pool halls, etc. A notice is made for pastors to unite to clean up Rich Hill.
1935 A large hog belonging to Lloyd Bottoms, is struck and killed on US 71, south of Mound Branch Bridge. A motorist reports the incident but finds three others fighting over the carcass after returning to the scene.
1939 E.F. Oakes is expanding his Coca-Cola bottling plant, on North Main street in Butler. He recently bought the Ray Blankenship building, attached on the west and is remodeling it for expansion.
1945 Mayor A.B. Cummings of Butler, says work crews are busy building an addition to the Butler power plant to house a new 1,200 HP diesel engine. The building will cost $6,295 and the engine will cost $71,881. They will be trading in a 200 HP engine.
1951 Tom Grimsley of Amoret , is the president of the newly organized Fox & Wolf Hunters Association of Bates County. Lawrence Walley of Amsterdam is V.P. and Delmer Burch of Butler is sec/treasurer.
1968 There are now 5 newspapers in Bates County (there were 11 in 1946).
1978 Hamburgers, 3 for $1.25 at Duke’s Drive In on business 71 in Butler. Duke Ruhl, owner.