Museum Minute: Sheet Metal Workers of the past… The Tinner Men

According to a 1910 publication promoting progress and prosperity in Butler, two ‘Tinners’ had businesses on the square.  A talented Tinner man could fabricate most anything and their services were in great demand.  There were even traveling tinners who made and sold their wares while moving from village to village and farm to farm.  Butler having two tin shops 110 years ago was certainly a sign of prosperity.

Ray Tyler, The Tinner (And That Ain’t All), is the proprietor of the tin shop located at 214 N. Main St.  He has been established here since 1907, and his shop is headquarters for work to be done in roofing, guttering, cornice work, tank building and bicycle and auto repairing.  Mr. Tyler was born in Butler and received his education here.   He is a highly valued member of the Elks.

Hayden Ray has worked at his trade for fifteen years, meeting with many difficulties but by constant work and perseverance, he overcame them.  These years of activity has resulted in the establishment of his tin shop at 5 West Dakota Street, where he is equipped to do all sorts of tin work, guttering, roofing, etc.  Mr. Ray was born in Missouri in 1870 and was educated in his native state. 

One photo is of Hayden Ray standing outside his tin shop.  The second photo shows a pair of huge tin-cutters donated to the Museum by the late Jim Ray, who was also the grandson of Hayden Ray.  Also pictured is a hand-fabricated tin oil can donated by William Dudley.  Both artifacts are on permanent display at the Museum.

This Museum Minute is Courtesy of Mid America Live

Care Connection celebrates Senior Center Month

Care Connection’s 22 locations are celebrating Senior Center Month in September as we continue provide essential services while keeping a safe distance.

 The national celebration theme for the month is “Senior Centers: Delivering Vital Connections,” and the area agency on aging continues to do just that in the 26th week of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since mid-March, staff members in all our 13 West Central Missouri counties have prepared and delivered meals, made telephone wellness calls, and creatively connected older adults to activities, exercise and each other through the internet and telephone.

 “We haven’t been able to open our centers for in-person services – yet – but we have every intention of doing so when local and national health officials indicate that it’s safe for older adults to meet for extended periods of time indoors,” said Care Connection Executive Director Diana Hoemann. “No one misses the fellowship and friendships we have forged with older adults in our communities any more than our center staff members do. However, we must remain closed amid increasing COVID-19 numbers in all our 13 counties and under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control.”

The 60-and-older group that Care Connection serves has been identified as the most likely to suffer lastly ill effects from the COVID-19 virus, prompting the agency to proceed cautiously.

“Meanwhile, we have worked hard to connect with adults 60 and older,” Hoemann said. “Most of our centers provide curbside meals for those who want to pick them up as well as frozen and hot lunches delivered to people’s homes.”

The theme of Senior Center Month highlights how Care Connection is delivering vital connections to support older adults aging well.

Preventing social isolation is vital and a core senior center mission. While the delivery methods have changed during the pandemic, centers have succeeded in continuing to provide knowledge, programming, and resources.

Care Connection is proud of the way in which our team members have answered the call.

The key words for the month are Mind, Body, Spirit, Community, and here is how we are addressing these:

Mind: Our Cabin Fever Cures is a weekly newsletter offer brain health games, word finds, numbers puzzles and more. We also offer online courses meant to enhance the mind. We have expanded online courses to include support groups and activities to keep your mind strong.

Body: Our virtual classes on Tai Chi, Exercise with Bobbie and Walk with Ease all aim to keep the body busy. These are offered free to the participants.

Spirit: Our telephone reassurance is aimed at lifting spirits. Regular phone calls aim to keep older adults connected to services, information and a friendly voice.

Community: We are continuing to create a virtual community where we can connect with our participants to keep them in touch until we can safely meet again. We are partnering with libraries, extension offices and others tor reach out virtually to older adults and caregivers.

To find out more about the center’s meals, care management or online offerings, call one of the numbers below. To register online for one of our Learning Connection sessions, visit and click on the news and events tab.

Care Connection, a non-profit area agency on aging, serves 13 west Central Missouri counties with a mission to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. The vision is that the people we serve will live with maximum independence, respect and dignity. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826.
Our locations:

Central Office, Warrensburg, 1-800-748-7826


Butler Senior Center, Butler, 660-679-5830


Cole Camp Senior Center, Cole Camp, 660-668-2352

Warsaw Senior Center/Harbor Village, Warsaw, 660-438-3300


Carroll County Care Connection, Carrollton, 660-542-0399


El Dorado Springs Senior Center, El Dorado Springs, 417-876-5574

Korth Center, Stockton, 417-276-5306


Brunswick Senior Center, Brunswick, 660-548-3010

Salisbury Senior Center, Salisbury, 660-388-5431

Clinton Senior Center, Clinton, 660-885-3482

Windsor Senior Center, Windsor, 660-647-3224

McCarty Senior Center, Wheatland, 417-282-6100

 Holden Senior Center, Holden, 816-732-5757
 Warrensburg Senior Center, Warrensburg, 660-747-2624


Concordia Senior Center, Concordia, 660-463-7393

 Higginsville Senior Center, Higginsville, 660-584-7040

Margaret Gray Center, Lexington, 660-259-2025

Odessa Senior Center, 816-633-4161


Sedalia Senior Center, Sedalia 660-826-0713


Marshall Senior Center, Marshall, 660-886-9888


Rivers Crossing Life Center, Osceola, 417-646-8292

Neal Center,  Nevada, 417-667-5847

BCHM Reunion October 6th

A reunion is planned for anyone that has ever been employed at Bates County Memorial Hospital… from Candy Stripers to CEO’s.

It’s all for fun and reminiscing of the, “ Good Ole Days” at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Past and present employees are encouraged to bring pictures and memorabilia to share with the group.

The Bates County Memorial Hospital employee reunion will meet at the Flaming Lantern Restaurant, in the meeting room on Tuesday, October 6th  at 11:00 am.

This is a yearly event, held in October. The Dinner will be served from the Flaming Lantern Menu and everyone will go “ Dutch”.

You may RSVP by contacting Susie French 660-679-5193 or Betty Irwin 660-679-4420. You do not have to RSVP to attend the yearly Bates County Memorial Hospital Past and Present Employee Reunion to be held October, 6th at 11:am at the Flaming Lantern Restaurant in Butler.  

Adrian News Leader reports Sports News

After an opening week letdown many questions lingered about this years Blackhawks football team.   It is well known they are loaded with talent but were they ready to be starters and make this team their own?  Did they have leaders ready to step up?  Could they regroup after a loss and take it out on the next team?Those questions were answered with a definitive YES last Friday night at the George Bruto Athletic Complex.  Adrian hosted Lighthouse Christian Academy on Senior Night which was moved up to the first home game because of uncertainty of a full season due to the COVID-19 virus.  The team had spent the whole week addressing deficiencies from their first game against Butler.    The Blackhawks quickly relieved all apprehensions the fans may have had jumping all over the Chargers with a barrage of touchdowns in the first quarter.  Lighthouse Christian is known for throwing the ball 90% of the time but it was Adrian who struck early and often through the air.  Colton Bass hit Grant Stacey on a pair of touchdowns (20 & 60 yds) had the Chargers shell shocked.   Adrian added to it when Gage Harris blocked a punt leading to a touchdown recovery by Jence Griffith.  Adrian led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.Lighthouse was able to score touchdowns in each of the remaining quarters and stalled a long Adrian drive at the one yard line to make it a close game.   Hunter Bailey’s 11 yard touchdown run in the third quarter game Adrian some breathing room and the final point spread in the game. Adrian flashing some offense was great to see this week.  The team had 400 yards  of total offense with 298 of it on the ground.  Strong running by Korbin Kisner and the speed and elusive running by freshman Hunter Bailey was impressive to watch.  What was equally impressive was a defensive goal line stand late in the game.  Lighthouse Christian had six attempts inside the one yard line and failed to score, even losing yardage on the final attempt.  If Adrian falters at all the Chargers would have tied the game and taken the lead had they converted the extra point.  The Blackhawks defense stepped up big time on the final drive of the game with an Andrew Bruno-Willis strip sack fumble near midfield recovered by Case Doody.   The roar from the crowd with that play was the loudest the crowd has been in recent memory.  Adrian ran two plays from the victory formation to close out the thrilling 26-20 ballgame.  
The victory helped relieve apprehensions about this team.  It is now clear the starters have made this team their own and have taken charge over the outcome over tough opponents. Now we will see if the Blackhawks can build off this victory and keep the good vibe going against the Knob Noster Panthers.  Knob Noster is a class two school coming off a 49-0 beating  by Blair Oaks.  They will be looking to take their frustrations out on their opponent and Adrian will have to play well again to get the victory.    
Coach’s Comments:
This was a big win for us tonight. After losing a close one last week, we challenged the kids all week in practice, and they really responded. Our team leaders took over and practices were really crisp all week. It all culminated into a pretty well played game for us. Lighthouse is going to win a lot of games they year. They are a good team. Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well at times. We held the ball almost the entire second quarter. However, we can’t get stopped at the 1 yd line like we did. They way you have to beat a good offense is to control the ball. The less chances they have to score, the better. I’m not sure we’ve seen a better passing team than Lighthouse in the last several years. Our pass defense has to improve, but Lighthouse can really pass the ball. They made some incredible plays. We told the kids all week that Lighthouse was going to have some success offensively, but we had to limit that success. I think we did that. Offensively, we had almost 400 total yards with 298 of that coming on the ground. It was a big improvement from last year. There were too many key plays to name them all, but we played well. It was just a good win for us. Next week we have Knob Noster coming to town, and they are also a good team. We will have to play well again. I think the kids will be up for the challenge, though.-Matt Cochran