Monday, June 13, 2022

The Museum Minute: Merry Wives no more

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

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of June 15

1881 May wells are being drilled in Boone township and all strike water, some also float oil on top, some very thick.

1898 The Missouri Pacific Railroad is advertising excursion rates from Butler to Kansas City  for $2.10, round trip.

1898 The Merry Wives of Butler change their clubs name to the Wednesday Coterie.

1911 Walter Henry opens the Dodge Brothers automobile agency at 213 N. Main street, Butler.

1912 After a heavy rain this morning, a hot sunshine follows, but dense black clouds roll along the Kansas/Missouri line and funels strike in Burdette, between Merwin and Drexel and another funnel involves Adrian , Elkhart twp and Creighton hitting 22 homes and the Mingo school house. 3 adults and children are killed.

1956 There are 9 newspapers in Bates county. Adrian Journal, Bates County Democrat, Butler Daily Democrat, Butler Times-Press, Hume Border Messenger, Bates County Republican, Rich Hill Daily Review, Rich Hill Mining Review and the Rockville Leader.

1972 Mrs Wayne (Mary) Barnhill of Amoret  is the first full time lady rual mail carrier out of the Butler post office, when the rural route of Amoret is consolidated with Butler. She has over 100 miles to travel each day. She began carrying mail in 1949.

1978 Save on Mariner outboard motors at the Western Auto store in Butler, Elmer and Jim Morton, owners.

1978 Special at Jim’s TV & Music Shop, 15 S. Delaware, Zenith compact black & white portable TV, 9” or 12”, your choice $88. Jim Fahnestock, owner.

1998 Mazzio’s Pizza opens on West 52 highway in Butler. Owned and operated by Linda and Kelly Phillips of Butler.

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