Monday, April 4, 2022

The Museum Minute: Democrats take all

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

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of April 6

1870 The Bates Co court creates a new township called Grand River with the voting precinct at Altona.

1904 Newspapers in Bates Co: Butler Democrat, Times, Record, Central West, Republican Press, Rich Hill Mining Review, Western  Enterprise, Tribune, Coming Nation, Hume Telephone, Amsterdam  Enterprise, Adrian Journal and the Foster Times.

1906 The Rich Hill Elks Lodge is organized with 50 members.

1911 Emmett Burk, of 8 miles west of Butler is shot and dangerously wounded by Norv Henson, at the home of Matt Henson, near Virginia. Henson had accused Burk of stealing a steer.

1913 Temperance workers of Bates Co meet in Rich Hill to promote drying up the last bastion of booze in the county.

1926 Butler businessman J.E. Williams is elected mayor of Butler and the $35,000 school bond to build the gymnasium and classrooms to the Butler High School passes.

1926 The voters of Amsterdam say yes to a four year high school.

1933 Bates co sheriff Bert Bradley an deputies raid the Cecil McKinley farm, in NW Hudson township. They find illegal liquor and many pieces of equipment for making more.

1948 The Democratic ticket wins every office in the city of Butler election.

1996 It’s Richard Vaughn day at Midwest Lumber & Supply on business 71 north in Butler (formerly Vaughn’s Price Rite Lumber). The Golliday family is the new owner/operators.

1999 In the Foster city election several voters can’t vote because of a glitch in the printout of voters, from the county Clerk’s office. There were other cases where one spouse could vote, but the other couldn’t. 

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