Monday, July 25, 2022

The Museum Minute: 132 rural schools in Bates County

 
Courtesy of the Bates County Museum Peggy Buhr, curator

Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of July 27

1878 There is a meeting in Butler to investigate erecting a still house at Bell’s Mill, South of Butler on the Marias Des Cygne river. They plan to manufacture peach brandy

1892 William Grischell, treasurer of the Bates County Co-op association, receives a check for $87. He is last seen on a Southbound train, after being seen in Hume with Co-op president Wallace.

1910 the Bates co clerk issues a map of the new numbering of county rural school districts. There are 132 rural schools in the county.

1911 The Midwest Aviators come to Butler for 4 days of airship exhibitions at the fairgrounds.

1927 The 60th annual Rockville Picnic is held.

1934 Seeking the nomination for state Senator, Harry S. Truman, of Independence, speaks in Butler.

1946 Butlerites Ray Lotspeich, Ray Smith & Fred Rivers see a large meteorite flash across they sky near the Fairview church, Northeast of Butler.

1963 Fishing and hunting personality, of radio station KMAM in Butler, “Corn Cob Elmer” Egstrom holds a “Fishing Roundup, for kids at the Butler city hall auditorium.

2000 A lively fund raising scheme by the BHS P.O.I.N.T to raise funds for the Relay for Life. Homeowners, selectively, have awakened to find a bathroom commode, filled with flowers, in their front yard. For a donation, the group removes the “flower pot”.

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