Museum Minute presents This Week in History: According to Eddie Herrman’s Archives

December 18, 1899 – The Bates County Courthouse is condemned and the occupants begin removing equipment as the walls seem ready to fall. 

December 18, 1882 – Several socialites, from Butler, take the 9 PM train to Rich Hill to attend the “Qui Vive Clubs” ball, at the Talmadge House.  They return, by train, in the wee hours.

December 19, 1870 – Someone puts arsenic in feed at the Crayton Owen farm, near Altona, poisoning 110 head of cattle and horses.  Several die.

December 19, 1848 – Southeastern Bates County is reeling from the six weeks of continuous sleet.  Cattle are dying and many broken bones have been suffered by beast and man.

December 20, 1906 – The State of Missouri Labor Bureau reports there are 41 manufacturing businesses in Bates County.

December 21, 1908 – Witnesses say a large meteorite, that fell in the Marais Des Cygne river bottoms bounced several times before disintegrating. 

December 21, 1861 – Major Williams and his 3rd Kansas Regulars have burned Butler and Papinville and have returned to Kansas.

December 22, 1871 – Ice six inches thick is being cut out of Mound Branch.  The editor of the Bates Co Record newspaper says it’ll make good ice water, come July.

December 23, 1903 – Candles on a Christmas tree catch the tree on fire and damages the Dr. Everingham home at 500 N. Main, Butler.

December 24, 1862 – For aiding and abetting the Rebels, Mr. Slater is shot by a firing squad of State Militia, on the northwest corner of the Butler square. 

December 24, 1879 – A shooting match is held at Stumptown, winners getting turkeys.

December 25, 1895 – The Butler Fire Department holds a grand ball and banquet, at the hose house, under City Hall, 215 N. Main.

December 25, 1882 – M. S. Cowles, Rich Hill merchant, gives Christmas entertainment and dinners at the surrounding coal mines.

Governor Parson Makes Eight Appointments to Various Boards and Commissions

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson announced eight appointments to various boards and commissions.

Dan Cranshaw, of Kansas City, was appointed to the Missouri Development Finance Board

Mr. Cranshaw is a shareholder at Polsinelli where he litigates products liability, toxic tort, and other commercial matters. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Cranshaw is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee and chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Mr. Cranshaw assists in setting the diversity and inclusion strategy for the firm and leads the firm’s new Social Justice Initiative. He has received multiple awards for his sustained efforts in advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Mr. Cranshaw is an active community servant, sitting on the boards of Swope Community Enterprises, Urban Neighborhood Initiative, School Smart KC, the American Jazz Museum, the Women’s Foundation, Shumaker Family Foundation, Cornerstones of Care Foundation Board, and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Advisory Board. Mr. Cranshaw is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and Princeton University.

Shawn Foster, of Lee’s Summit, was appointed to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority.

Mr. Foster is founding member, shareholder, and attorney at Preuss Foster Law in Kansas City. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he teaches courses in trial advocacy and constitutional law. Mr. Foster is professionally affiliated with several organizations and serves as a board member and legal counsel for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Lee’s Summit Soccer Association. Mr. Foster holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Central Missouri State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Mary Meyer Keyes, of Springfield, was appointed to the Children’s Trust Fund Board

Ms. Keyes has been a relationship manager for Affinity Wealth Partners since 2017. Her past work experience includes serving as a client associate for Merrill Lynch and Havens Patterson & Mitchell Group. Ms. Keyes also served as Chief of Staff to former First Lady Melanie Blunt and as President of the Junior League of Springfield. She is a current member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Keyes holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Drury University. 

Adam Nanney, of Holts Summit, was appointed to the Hazardous Waste Management Commission.

Mr. Nanney has more than 10 years of experience as a senior geological engineer working on engineering and environmental assessment and remediation projects. Currently, he works for engineering and environmental consulting firm Barr Engineering Co. Mr. Nanney provides permitting assistance, design expertise, construction oversight, and project management services for several clients within the mining and manufacturing industries. He holds OSHA and MSHA certifications and is professionally registered as an engineer in Missouri and Iowa. Mr. Nanney holds a Bachelor of Science in geological engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. 

Daniel Oerther, of Rolla, was appointed to the Hazardous Waste Management Commission.

Mr. Oerther has been a professor for the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environment Engineering since 2010. He has also served as a foreign affairs officer and senior agricultural policy advisor for the Office of Global Food Security with the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Oerther has had his work published extensively, held various leadership positions, and received numerous honors and scholarly awards for his research, practice, and teaching of environmental engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri and board certified in environmental engineering through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Mr. Oerther holds a Master of Science and doctoral degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

John Parry, of Liberty, was appointed to the Missouri Development Finance Board

Mr. Parry is the president and founder of The Parry Group, a holding company for area health care properties. He previously served as CEO of Hometown Hearing and Audiology. Under his leadership, the company was recognized by Business Monthly’s 25 Under 25 as one of Kansas City’s top businesses with 25 or fewer employees. Mr. Parry is an alumnus of Ingram Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and currently serves as treasurer of the Kansas City University Board of Trustees. Mr. Parry holds a Bachelor of Arts in health care administration and marketing from Ottawa University in Kansas. 

Dale Roberts, of Ashland, was appointed to the State Board of Mediation

Mr. Roberts has served as Executive Director of the Columbia Police Officer Association (CPOA) since 2013. Previously, Mr. Roberts served as an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and as Chief Administrative Law Judge and Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and American Legion Post 202. He is also a firearms law and concealed carry weapon instructor for the Sportsmen’s Caucus of the Missouri Legislature. Mr. Roberts served 11 years in the military, including four years in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged with the Meritorious Service Medal in 1981. Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts in classical studies from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. 

Debra Ann Schumer, of Jackson, was appointed to the State Board of Health and Senior Services

Ms. Schumer is the manager of Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Nutrition Services Department and Diabetes Education & Management Center. She provides clinical management of all inpatient and outpatient nutrition services and is responsible for productivity monitoring for budgetary oversight purposes. She has over 15 years of clinical experience as well as experience in long-term care and academia. Ms. Schumer has served as president, treasurer, and director-at-large of the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has received the academy’s Emerging Leaders Award. Ms. Schumer holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and a Master of Arts in human environmental studies from Southeast Missouri State University. 

Reviving the Tradition: The Bates County Museum Presents “A Christmas Carol”

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Re-live a piece of radio history Christmas Eve at 7 pm right here on FM-92, courtesy of the Bates County Museum…

Lionel Barrymore received an immediate response in the hearts of people everywhere when they first heard the release of Charles Dickenson’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” broadcast across the radio air waves in 1939.

Your Bates County Museum has revived the tradition of airing this beloved story of Scrooge on Christmas Eve.

This hour long program will air at 7 pm, December 24th from the studios of FM-92. We hope you enjoy this portion of you evening, courtesy of the Bates County Museum.

Drive to Feed Kids donates 1 million meals in 2020: Missouri Farmers Care and Missouri agriculture keep children and communities at the forefront during challenging times

JEFFERSON CITY – Like many activities this year, the 2020 Missouri Farmers Care (MFC) Drive to Feed Kids looked a little different. However, the mission – to raise awareness of childhood food insecurity and raise support for food banks across the state – became more critical in the midst of a global pandemic. “Farmers and ranchers work 365 days a year to produce abundance from our farms and ranches,” said Ashley McCarty, Missouri Farmers Care executive director. “The Drive to Feed Kids addresses the disconnect where that abundance doesn’t reach our neighbors’ dinner tables. Adjusting to the challenges of 2020, this yearlong Drive encompassed numerous impactful activities. We are again heartened by the generosity of Missouri agriculture that shines through the Drive to Feed Kids.” In May 2020, the Missouri Pork Association and Missouri Farmers Care united to create the Pork Partnership. The mission of the Partnership was to help bridge the gap between Missourians in need and pork producers who faced a reduction in processing availability due to coronavirus-related slowdowns. All told, Missouri pork producers donated 611 hogs to the effort, providing 69,670 pounds of ground pork — 318,000 servings of much needed, high-quality protein — to Feeding Missouri, the association of Missouri’s six regional food banks. “Protein is a significant need at food pantries, even during normal times,” said Scott Baker, state director of Feeding Missouri. “In 2020, that need was greater than we’ve ever seen. As demand has spiked at food banks and pantries across the state, so too has the help provided by Missouri’s farmers.” Agricultural youth organizations were also key partners in this year’s Drive to Feed Kids campaign. Missouri 4-H and FFA initiated major community service activities. This spring, 4-H members from across the state provided 297,132 meals for Feeding Missouri during their four-month 4-H Feeding Missouri campaign. Missouri FFA Association partnered with the Drive to Feed Kids for a fourth year. Even though FFA members were not able to gather for their statewide service day at the Missouri State Fair, a mini-grant program was created. Sixty-three FFA chapters received a $300 mini-grant. Food insecurity projects ranged from local meal and blessing box packing events, raising of broiler chickens for local senior citizens, providing milk for a weekly backpack program and Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. FFA members amplified $20,750 worth of grants for a total $41,500 impact. In addition, Missourians met a 50,000 meals challenge by giving individual donations. These contributions, along with $1,145 raised by FCS Financial employees, allowed Missouri agriculture to reach its goal. Missouri Soybean Association matched every dollar contributed to the challenge for a grand total of $10,000. Thus, providing the purchasing power of 50,000 meals to support Feeding Missouri’s efforts in communities during this time of need.
According to Feeding America, more than 800,000 Missourians faced food insecurity in Missouri before COVID-19. With increased unemployment and the challenges of this year, Feeding America projects that number has increased by 39% to 1.1 million Missourians, including 335,260 children. Sponsorship of Missouri Farmers Care’s Drive to Feed Kids was provided by: Brownfield Ag NewsMissouri Farm BureauAmerican Family InsuranceFCS FinancialMFA IncorporatedMissouri Soybean AssociationMissouri Soybean Merchandising CouncilNational FFA AssociationAllen P. & Josephine B. Green Foundation, Forrest and Charlotte Lucas – founders of Protect the HarvestJerry Litton Family Memorial FoundationArcher Daniels Midland (ADM), Paseo Biofuels, LLC, Biofuels, LLC, Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and RanchersMissouri Corn Merchandising CouncilMissouri Pet Breeders AssociationMissouri Pork AssociationMissouri Department of AgricultureMissouri State FairMissouri FFA AssociationMissouri 4-H, benevolent individuals and the contributions of many Missouri farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses. Drive to Feed Kids first launched in 2017 with a goal of building collaborative partnerships among non-profit organizations, farmers and agricultural businesses committed to addressing food insecurity in Missouri. To learn more about Missouri Farmers Care and the Drive to Feed Kids, visit