Courtesy of the Bates County Museum 802 Elks Drive, Butler Mo 64730 (660) 679-0134
Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of March 9
1882 The Ohio Methodist Episcopal Church installs an electric light, Butler.
1882 West Butler is now an incorporated town by action of the Bates County Court.
1910 Civil Engineer James Clark of Nevada and G.P. Wyatt of Butler establish the grade for the Butler square & are making an estimate to pave it with vitrified brick.
1919 The Midwest Telephone Company open for business in the old Methodist Church, north of the In Hotel (later became United Telephone), Butler.
1921 Deputy Sheriff Bradley places a man named Butler in jail, who says there is a plot to assassinate the President. It is found he is an escapee from some asylum.
1923 Fire damages the Joe Meyer men’s clothing store, East side of the Butler square (former Levy’s men’s department location).
1945 Playing at Booth Theater in Rich Hill “Billy the Kid in Western Cyclone”.
1951 The Foster Saddle Club holds its first meeting at the Foster Opera House, with 14 attending.
1960 A total of 16 inches of snow is on the ground, six falling yesterday, in Bates County.
1979 A television crew from Kansas City is in Butler filming clips of Birdie White, 95, for Farmland Industries for a showing at a later date.
1992 About 12:30 pm a stranger conducts a one-man robbery of the Bank of Amsterdam. Angela Cumpton fills the robber’s bag with approximately $4,000 as he holds a gun on her.