Throwback Thursday-A Deadly Charivari

Inside Levy's Store


Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives

1851-A convocation of Master Masons is held at Balltown, Bates Co. and organize Osage Lodge #303, AF & AM.

1858-At the charivari for newlyweds John Hamilton and Emmaline Gibson, John McWilliams is accidently shot and killed at the McWilliams place, which later became the town of Amoret.

1861-Hundreds of robbers from Kansas flood into Bates County, robbing Butler and Johnstown and everything in between,  taking hostages, horses, livestock and plunder.

1880-Samuel Levy moves his dry goods from the North side of the Butler square to the Edwards Building, on the East side, to be ready for opening on Monday morning.

1920-A large crowd attends the pie supper at the Virginia school, west of Butler, and enjoy the play “Out in the Street”.  $32.18 from the crowd goes to buying a large bell.  Charlie LeFever lit the school house with free Delco lights.

1934-The City Oil & Gas Co., of Butler, has installed the latest in gas pumps. This one measures fractions of gasoline pumped. The uptown station only.

1942-Edward Larkey celebrates his 99th birthday at his home near Merwin.  He is thought to be the last Civil War veteran in Bates County.





Throwback Thursday-Set a Standard Time Already!



Southwest Corner of Butler Square showing Walton Opera House, E


From the Eddie Herrman Archives

1862-A battle between Bushwackers and Northern exponents occurs near Coleville, section 25 of Deer Creek township. (Northeast of present Adrian)

1880-This issue of the Bates County Record newspaper says, “Butler needs a standard time.  Right now the schools, the mills, and the railroads each have their own times.”

1883- Two young men named Medley & Couples are fined $5 each for running their horses on a public road, near Butler.

1890-Mr Wilson and family arrives in Amoret, to be the landlord of the new Stratford Inn, and pledges to have it open by the 18th.

1902-It is rumored that Lon Stanley will shortly open up the Laclede hotel.  Lon will make a first-class landlord.

1915-The workers at the Ideal Coal Mine, near Hume, are spooked by a crazy man who jumps from a train, claiming somebody is trying to murder him.  Constable Taylor takes him to safety, where no one can get to him. (the calaboose)

1944-Floyd Payne is in Amsterdam, on furlough from O’Reilly Hospital in Springfield, MO., wearing a Purple Heart.


Stratford Inn Amoret Mo postcard

Throwback Thursday-Landslides and Rip Van Winkle

Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives

David Albaugh DeArmond

David Albaugh DeArmond



1870-The nearly completed bridge over the Marais Des Cygnes river, Southwest of Butler, goes into the river because of a landslide.

1884-Robert McWade as Rip Van Winkle, at the Walton Opera House is superb.

1900-In the general election in the 6th district, David A DeArmond defeats Samuel W Jurden and W O Atkenson. DeArmond is from Butler.

1919-Indexed with the Rand-McNally Missouri map is the town of Culver, with a population of two.

1928-Lucetta P Cobb is elected Bates County Superintendent of Schools.

1945-The Butler City Council signs a contract with Grover Gilbert for a parcel of land, on North US 71, for a future airport.



SOS: Save Our Steinway Committee presents pianist Mr. Blair Penney


The Save Our Steinway Committee invites the public to attend a free concert performance and fundraising campaign progress report to be held on Sunday afternoon, November 16th at 3:00 pm at the Butler Presbyterian Church, 301 N. Fulton, Butler, Missouri.  Mr. Blair Penney, Piano Specialist with Schmitt Music of Overland Park, Kansas will present a performance on the church’s Steinway grand piano.

Following a mini-concert, Blair will detail the in depth approach used by Steinway as they carefully disassemble, examine, restore and rebuild the instrument.  His knowledge of these processes will give attendees an inside understanding of the excellence the company is renowned for.

Following the presentation, Blair Penney and the SOS Committee will be available for questions and conversation as a lovely dessert buffet will be open for guests to enjoy.  This event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in serving on a variety of sub-committees is encouraged to attend the afternoon program or to contact Peggy Buhr at the Bates County Museum (660-679-0134).