Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Museum Minute: Butler Bear becomes Chicago Bear


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

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of April 27

1891 An estimated 7.000 people attend the 72nd anniversary of the Odd Fellows Lodge in America, at the lake at the east edge of Butler

1895 S. Rice, harness maker, goes to the Coleman Gallon shop for a jug of whiskey. While there, he and Dr. Haddock become embroiled about a borrowed article. Haddock gets a pistol & fires at Mr. Sheppard, who backs Mr. Rice’s story. City Marshal Beaty arrests the doctor.

1923 Mr. C.C. Rhodes, Butler druggist, on the North side of the square, and also owner of radio station WNAR, with studio in his drug store, broadcasts a song and lecture service from the Methodist Church.

1926 Over 200 enthusiastic farmers & businessmen attend a meeting at the courthouse to hear Kircher Baby Chick Hatchery is considering coming to Butler.

1940 Today the electricity is turned on for the farmers East of Passaic, as the REA lines hum as the juice pours through them.

1944 Two Butler seniors will not graduate. J. Wayne Beckham and Wallace Robertson have been drafted into the Army.

1973 A large crowd attends the annual Butler Chamber of Commerce banquet held in the Butler high school gym. Featured speaker is Missouri Governor Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond. Also on the program is Mo Representative William J. Randall.

1978 It’s Opening Day of the three day Grand Opening of Jim’s Village Meats, in downtown Rockville. Feature are famous cuts of beef, pork, and frozen meats. Open 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday. Jim Mott, Owner.

1981 Longtime America Legion and baseball enthusiast Francis Smith of Smith’s Shoe Shop is announced as Butler Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

1988 At 8:23 am, the Butler High School receives a telephone bomb threat. The call is traced by the Bates county sheriff’s department and two youths are arrested.

1989 Pat Ray, who in the mid 80’s showed Butler Bear fans his amazing speed and skills, has inked a bonus contract with the Chicago Bears NFL team after serving four years as a starter for the Missouri Tigers.

1999 The controversial zoning ordinance enacted at the last Rich Hill city council meeting is repealed at tonight’s meeting. Mayor Alvin Briscoe veto’s the law, saying it needs more work.

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