Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives:
1870-The cage ordered by the Bates County Sheriff from St. Louis should be arriving in Butler very shortly. It is 13 1/2 feet long and 7 feet wide. The cost is $1,000.
1870-Bates County Sheriff Smith (W.T. Smith) takes delivery on a custom made buggy from Hale, Evans & Co.
1876-The committee on a public library for Butler makes a survey and finds a willingness of citizens to donate books and money.
1905-J. A. DeArmond resigns as Butler City Attorney and Clerk J.F. Smith is appointed.
1907-The editor of the Bates County Record says, “The new street signs are the cheapest looking signs, ever. But what can you expect for a quarter?”
1911-Ob Keirsey , of near Ballard, is in the Spruce area and takes one of the school marms ‘sleighing’. No one else sees any snow.
1914-At the wedding of Mary Alleene Arnold of Butler and William N. Mills of K.C., the Butler Mandolin Club plays softly during the ceremony.
1870-Among the many towns in Bates County, the latest is Altona that is booming. New buildings are started every week, and it’s going to be a large town with everything anyone would need.
1876-Tom Montgomery boasts that he has the biggest cow in Bates county. She is only seven years of age and weighs 1,695 lbs. Who can beat it?
1881-A large crowd attends the grand masque ball at the Palace Hotel.
1895-W.B. Carrico, of Papinville, publicly declares war on tree stumps with his new style stump extractor.
1902-The Bates County Democrat newspaper reports, ” the courthouse is up and all hope it will be topped out with a town clock.”
1906-The Butler Hunting & Fishing Club is organized, Ed S. Clark president. They have leased the Cooper Lake, near Athol, south of Butler.
1927-The newly organized Harmony Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is confirmed by the National Society. It was organized December 12, 1926.
1940-Today is opening day of Mr.& Mrs. Chester Shelton’s grocery store located in the old Ballard Bank Building, in Ballard. 20 inches of snow on the ground.
Courtesy of the Eddie Herrman Archives
1858-William T.W. Elmore and John M. Rogers have surveyed and platted the new town of Union Town (Crescent Hill), in the East center of section 21, of Deer Creek township.
1869-B.F. Hopkins, awakened by his barking dogs, finds an infant girl in a basket on his doorstep. 3 miles East of Hudson City.
1906-The Bates County Court hires George Bright as the superintendent for the County Poor Farm.
1920-H.C. Hyatt has sold his 400 acre farm southeast of Adrian to J.A. Harrison for $53,000.
1944-Otto Kircher, chairman of the 4th War Bond Drive of Bates County, is notified that the county has reached the $330,887.75 mark in the sales of bonds and stamps.
1993-The population of Ballard is 18.
1869-A steamboat unloads 500 barrels of salt at Belvoir, 20 miles south of Butler.
1874-A Mr. Perron of Fort Scott nearly drowns in the Miami Creek as he tries to flee from the Bates County Sheriff with a stolen team and wagon.
1885-The County Grand Jury condemns the rattletrap of a County Jail and declares the outhouse in the Courthouse to be a nuisance.
1886-A riot on North Main Street bloodies a lot of noses and reputations at an exhibition to see Henry Triby give a grand performance at the skating rink.
1897-General Jo Shelby, reputed to be the only Confederate general to never surrender, dies at his farm in Elkhart township.
1938-The February issue of the national magazine School Musician has on the cover a photograph of Victor Mahan of Butler High School in his band uniform.