Throwback Thursday-Counting Chickens

The Charles Denny store at 201 North Main Street in Butler.

The Charles Denny store at 201 North Main Street in Butler.

Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives

January 29

1841Bates County is officially organized.

1856-Joseph Smith is the new postmaster at Pleasant Gap.

1880-Robert Leech, one of the originators of the town of Mulberry, gives 2.2 acres for expansion of the town.

1886-Charles Denny is back in the grocery business, after rebuilding his East Side location, which was destroyed by fire on November 16, 1885.

1929-Bates County sheriff A. C. Hartley thwarts a jail break when he finds two window bars sawed through.

1945-Carl J. Henry, of Butler, is named chariman of the Bates County drive for the new state constitution.

Carl J Henry 1931 in Jefferson City

Carl J Henry in Jefferson City. Photo taken 1931.

 

January 30

1862-Captain Sydney Jackman’s Home Guard troops rout Kansas murderers from Dr. Walker’s house near Johnstown.

1862-Nickerson’s store, Lee’s store, and the dozen or so dwellings in Prairie City are burned by troops from Kansas.

1884-The cistern at the ‘poor farm’, 3 miles Northeast of Butler, is being enlarged as there are now 10 person living there.

1903-Miss Flora Frederick, a skilled osteopath, arrives from New York, to assist her sister, Dr. Harriet Frederick, in her Butler office.

1905-A gypsy woman gives birth to a baby on the sidewalk in downtown Rockville.

1920-Judge R. B. Campbell is in Butler visiting friends in the courthouse.  He has just completed the census enumeration of Pleasant Gap and says it’s some job to count all the chickens and eggs and measure the milk produced last year.

1989-Joanne Rush, president of the Butler Library Association, announces an endowment from the Robert and Virginia Heinlein Library Foundation is being established for the purpose of supporting the Butler Public Library.

Robert A Heinlein

Robert A Heinlein, the Dean of Science Fiction.

 

 

 

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The Radford Livery Stable on West Ohio Street in Butler.  (Corner Hardware Location)

The Radford Livery Stable on West Ohio Street in Butler. (Corner Hardware Location)

Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives

January 22

1861-Captain Thomas B. Cummings, of Johnstown, and his Border Guard meet Captain Warren’s Kansas-Cass troops who surrender to the Home Guard near West Point.

1906-After two weeks of repair and four weeks without street lights,  the Butler Light Plant gets back to generating electricity.

1910-Dode Worley is elected Police Chief of Mulberry.

1940-A spectacular blaze levels Noe’s Drug and Jewelry store on the North side of the square. Also damaged is the Lewis store in the Horn Building and Carolyn’s Dress Shop in the Arnold Building.

1945-Mrs. Esther Edwards has moved her Dr. Pepper bottling plant from North Main St. to the newly decorated building on North Delaware St.

1951-It’s “Coffee Day” at any Butler restaurant and café in Butler. Half of all the proceeds goes to the March of Dimes.

Interior Shot of Noe's Drug Store before the fire.

Interior Shot of Noe’s Drug Store before the fire.

 

Noe's Drug Store after a fire in 1940.

Noe’s Drug Store after a fire in 1940.

 

January 23

1816-By an act of the Territorial Legislature, the area between the Missouri River and the Marias des Cygnes River is made a part of Howard County.

1880-M.S. Cowles & Company take arrival of a fine, new safe but the combination was lost during travel.

1885-A special social hop is held at the W. J. Bard mansion near Vinton. A fantastic supper is served at midnight.

1885-Butler night watchman, John Dickerson, arrests Charles Simmons, who was full of  “bug juice” and waves a large pruning knife at the officer. Fined $59.19.

1906-L.S. Radford completes a large addition to his Ohio Street livery barn, making it the biggest in the county. (Corner Hardware location)

1924-The legendary, world renowned Blind Boone & Company appears in the Hume High School auditorium.

1949-Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Oberwether return to Butler from Washington D. C.  where they attended the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman.

 

 

John Jurgen Dykman-With God’s Help

John Jurgen Dykman

John Jurgen Dykman’s graduation photo. 1917.

 

John Jurgen Dykman was born on 16 March 1895 in a sod house in Nebraska to Henry K and Helena Dykman.  In October of that same year, the family traveled by covered wagon to Missouri and settled near Mulberry in Bates County.

John attended the Mulberry school and then Amoret High School where he played on the basketball team.  Since Amoret didn’t have a four- year high school, John attended Butler High School his senior year.  He records in his diary;

Be it resolved on this 19 Day of June in the yr. of Our Lord Nineteen Sixteen That I (John Dykman) having completed a three yr. High School course will go on to school another yr. and complete the High School if Health and good luck allow me to, with God’s help. J.J. Dykman“.

While in Butler, John boarded and worked at the Cottage Hotel.  True to his word, he became a graduate of Butler High School on 17 May 1917.  The following Monday he went to work at the Amoret Bank as a teller.

 

Amoret State Championship Basketball team 1916 Back row l-r Leo

The Amoret State Championship Basketball Team of 1916. John Dykman is in the front row on the right.

 

On 2 March 1918 John records in his diary;

But in the spring of 1917 I had to register the 5 day of May and my order no. was 193.  This putting me in the first draft.  The first boys leaving in the fall but I got off until Feb. 4, 1918 when I have to report for duty at Butler, Mo. at 3 o’clock PM”.

John left Bates County  for the Officer’s Training Camp at Camp Funston located at Fort Riley Kansas.

On 11 March 1918 a cook at Camp Funston by the name of Albert Gitchell reported for sick call with complaints of a headache, sore throat, cough and high fever.  By noon that day 107 other men reported the same symptoms.  Thus, what would become known as the Spanish Flu Epidemic had begun. The epidemic would go on to kill an estimated 20-50 million people worldwide.

On 26 March 1918 it would claim John Jurgen Dykman, making him one of Bates County’s first casualties of World War I.

Henry Dykman kept the cancelled check he used to pay for his son's funeral.  Dykman collection. Bates County Museum

Henry Dykman kept the cancelled check he used to pay for his son’s funeral. Dykman collection. Bates County Museum

Obituary for John Dykman from the March 28, 1918 edition of The Bates County Democrat.

Obituary for John Dykman from the March 28, 1918 edition of The Bates County Democrat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday-A New Weathervane and Underage Drivers

Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives

The American Clothing House Daylight Store Advertisement circ

 

January 15

1882-A meeting is held in Butler to try and persuade Dr. Lee of Kansas to build his insane asylum here.

1895-The new Bank of Merwin opens with Asa Rosier, president; J. W. Hartman, vice-president; and Capt. J. C. Martin, cashier.  They are awaiting the 8,000 pound, burglar-proof safe they’ve ordered.

1907-The masquerade party at the Armory Hall is a success.  Butler. (Second floor of current Corner Hardware building).

1914-Bert Claunch has purchased the Square Deal Meat Market from W. J. Bullock and will take charge the 19th.

1918-The Hume branch of the National Surgical Dressing Committee makes its 6th shipment of 1,367 pieces.

1920-The American Clothing House, The Daylight Store,  is having a New Spring Goods Sale, up to 20% off.  (Present day Palace Building, first floor).

1935-The Butler City Council instructs City Marshal Ross Williams to stop all children under age 16 from driving cars on Butler streets.

 

Tintype of Asa Rosier.  Date unknown.

Tintype of Asa Rosier. Date unknown.

 

 

January 16

1855-The new Postmaster for West Point is Willis Feeley.

1872-The Great Western Hotel is undergoing thorough repairs under the supervision of J. J. Galoway.  Mr. Metcalf relinquished possession yesterday and is the new host of the Pickett House. (The Great Western was located on the Northwest corner of the Butler square.  El Dorado is currently occupies the lot.)

1884-Old Walnut, West of Foster, is experiencing weekly fires, as the business is decreasing as the new town of Foster is booming.

1895-Miss Anna C Hannah, daughter of Captain and Mrs. J. W. Hannah, owner of the Palace Hotel in Butler, is married to Charles Ross at the Butler Presbyterian Church, Dr. J. H. Miller , of Rich Hill, officiating.  A sumptuous reception is held at the hotel banquet room.

1901-The Kansas City Southern’s new eating stop is the Morley House Hotel in Merwin, so report the Merwin Mirror newspaper.

1905-Mr. W. B. Wrightman is the new station agent at the Kansas City Southern Railroad depot at Hume.

1928-The four new 500 watt bulbs, and the weather vane, put up by W. H. Hood, atop the Courthouse dome are drawing a lot of attention.

 

Carinda (right) and Anna (left) Hannah, daughter of John W. and Jennie (Willey) Hannah.

Carinda (right) and Anna (left) Hannah, daughter of John W. and Jennie (Willey) Hannah.

John Wesley and Jennie Hannah and family.  Photo courtesy of descendant, Pamela Wehr.

John Wesley and Jennie Hannah and family. Photo courtesy of Pamela Wehr.

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday-Fresh Bivalves and Robber Barons

 

Missour Pacific Railroad Depot in Rich Hill by moonlight

The Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot in Rich Hill by moonlight. Date unknown.

 

Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives

January 8

1871-An ad in the Bates County Record states “Fresh bivalves (clams) served any hour, day or night” at the Pickett Hotel dining room.

1874-Mr. Rose moves his mill from on the Miami Creek to the Marais des Cygnes River 2 miles south of Bell’s Mill.

1885-The Confederate Vet Association of Bates County meets in the courthouse, P. Hackett, president.

1920-Lloyd Graves is the new manager of the Western Union Telegraph office  in Butler.

1937-About 7 a.m. several railroad cars are derailed south of Rich Hill, near Arthur, delaying trains into Rich Hill.

1973-The first baby born in the Bates County Memorial Hospital in 1973, is Cathrine Leslie Scott to Mr. & Mrs. John Scott of Adrian.  Attending physician is Dr. Curtis W. Long of Butler.

The Fraternal Inn building also know as the Hotel Pennell and the Inn Building circa 1920.

The Fraternal Inn building also know as the Hotel Pennell and the Inn Building circa 1920.

January 9

1882-Financier and railroad magnate, Jay Gould, passes through Butler at 1:30 p.m. on his special train of five coaches.  He’s one of the owner of the Missouri Pacific railroad.

1896-Manager Sanders of the Rich Hill Opera House announces the opening day will be the 23rd with The Hoyt Comedy Troupe.  It had burned on October 14, 1895.

1908-Rudolph Talbott opens a tailor shop in the west basement of the Hotel Pennell.

1922-In the past year of 1921, there were 42 divorces granted in Bates County.

1949Bates County is under a coating of ice and traffic is treacherous.

Interior shot of a Chautauqua being held in the Rich Hill Opera House.  Date unknown.

Interior shot of a Chautauqua being held in the Rich Hill Opera House. Date unknown.