Courtesy of the Bates County Museum 802 Elks Drive, Butler Mo 64730 (660) 679-0134
Herrman’s Historical Happenings week of December 28
1874 Bates Co Circuit Clerk E.E. Swift and W.W. Kimbrough have harsh words, twice on the Butler square. Kimbrough shoots and misses Swift. Both are arrested and Swift is fined $20.
1880 Bates County has 34,478 hogs and 42,244 head of cattle.
1881 The Brush Electric Service of Butler orders a new engine, as the present one is unsatisfactory in providing a steady flow of DC current. The town will be dark for about a month.
1907 Ethel Pratt drives the first automobile to be driven on Rockville streets.
1922 Arthur Tracy, living west of Butler in Charlotte twp, has installed a Genco Light Plant at his home. It is the first of its kind in the area.
1922 G. Wickham has sold his 100 acre farm near Athol to H.B. Jones of Rich Hill for $7,750.
1932 There are 225 milk producers in Bates Co, selling milk to the Chapman Dairy, in Butler.
1944 John Klumpp, of Rich Hill, a tail gunner for a B17 Flying Fortress, has been missing in action since November 24.