Courtesy of the Bates County Museum 802 Elks Drive, Butler Mo 64730 Peggy Buhr, Curator (660) 679-0134
Herman’s Historical Happenings week of July 20
1861 Dr Hansbrough, of Butler, is arrested by Federal troops, in South Cass Co. He admits he is a Southern, but a non combatant. He is shot to death, after a “trial”.
1889 The Butler Fair Association disbands because of lack of energy and money.
1901 The current news for Bates Co is the drought. W.O. Atkeson, editor of the Butler Free Press prints he had driven 15 miles North of Butler, and saw less than 15 acres of corn, when ordinarily there would be thousands of acres of corn.
1907 Butler and Rich Hill are the only towns in Bates Co issuing saloon licenses.
1933 A Butler resident reports he saw a carload of people 3 1/2 miles North of Butler, on U.S. 71 and he thought they had machine guns. This mornings Kansas City Star has an article of a shoot out, police against the Barrows brothers of Texas, at Platte City Mo.
1937 The graveling of Highway 71 between Butler and Harrisonville is completed with the last gap, at the county lines, covered today. The gravel is loose and the underneath earth is soft and it will probably be impassible after heavy rains.
1999 Butler city administrator Dennis Pyle announces to the Butler city council that public works director, Loren Appleberry, has resigned. The council is alarmed and want to know why. Pyle doesn’t give any specifics.