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.