Museum Minute presents ~ This Week in History (According to Eddie Herrman Archives)

Happenings in January…

1924 – The legendary, world renowned Blind Boone & Company appears at Hume High.
1885 – Butler night watchman, John Dickerson, arrests Charles Simmons, who was full of ‘bug juice’ and waving a large pruning knife at the officer.  He is fined $59.19.
1885 – A special social hop is held at the W. J. Bard mansion, near Vinton.  A fantastic supper is served at midnight.
1883 – Bates County Post # 58 of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) is organized in Butler. 
1890 – The old reliable firm of Burris & Culbertson, in Shobe, is preparing to close their business, as Burris is going to the Yukon Territory to start a store there. 
1897 – Jacob Nafus dies.  He came to Pleasant Gap township in 1844 and was a successful farmer and stockman.
1869 – The Butler Lodge #254 AF & AM votes to change the by-laws to change the meeting night to the Saturday on or before the new moon.
1902 – Mr. Buckley, of the Seth Thomas Tower Clock Co. of Chicago, is in Butler and making an estimate to submit to the City Council for a town clock in the new Courthouse.
1883 – The Lone Oak Grange holds an oyster supper, with the Butler Brass Band entertaining.
1899 – The new Postmaster of Reavely is Ann Jobson, as the name is changed from Shobe.
1882 – Gunshots are fired into the side of a Missouri Pacific railroad car north of Adrian.
1858 – The Lexington House hotel burns in West Point.
1881 – Of the 19,385 tons of coal produced from the Rich Hill area mines, the town of Butler used 87% of it.
1882 – Dobson & Henry have purchased Boltwood’s cigar factory.  They will move it as well as their stock of groceries to the former Chicago Grocery site on Park Avenue in Rich Hill, east of the railroad tracks.
1895 – Rich Hill signs to field a baseball team in the new league with Clinton, Butler, Calhoun, Nevada, Carthage, Webb City, Joplin, Ft. Scott, & Pittsburg.
*Recent news of the closure of Adrian Manor makes the following entry of particular interest. January 24, 1999:  Adrian Manor Nursing Home rolls out the welcome mat and the public, from all over the county, explores the only city owned facility of its kind in Missouri.  Opening date was April 24, 1976.  On May 1, 1995, ownership transferred to the City of Adrian. 

courtesy of Mid America Live

Job Opening in Butler

A company in Butler is looking for a full time Office Manager, M-F 9-5. Pay will depend on experience. Phone calls, helping customers, orders, accounting, tax prep and payroll. Must have a high school diploma, be proficient in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office, be dependable and responsible, and able to work independently with a positive attitude. Interested applicants should call 417-321-3190. Help wanted for a full time office manager in Butler, call 417-321-3190.

Adrian School District Announces Head Football Coach

The Adrian School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Davis as the Head Varsity Football Coach for the 2021-22 season. Matt is a 2004 graduate of Cass Midway High School, he received his bachelors from Pittsburg State University in 2009, and his masters in Administration from William Woods University in 2020. Matt played football and ran track at Pittsburg State and was a member the 2004 National Runner-Up Football team. He is in his 12th year of Education, this being his 10th year at Adrian. He spent his first two years as a teacher and coach at Rich Hill High School. Matt teaches high school Math and PLTW classes at Adrian. Matt has coached several sports at Adrian including being the Head Wrestling Coach, Assistant Track, and Assistant Basketball Coach. He has been an Assistant Football Coach at Adrian for 10 years, and has been the Offensive Coordinator for the last 7 years. Matt lives outside of Rockville with his wife Shelley and his two children Chaz(10) and Reid(7). They live on a family farm in an old farmhouse that Matt and Shelley restored once they were married. The family enjoys being outside with their animals and any activity that keeps them busy around the farm.


On January 19, 2021 Nevada Police executed a search warrant in the 600 block of W. Hickory Street in response to reports of the distribution of illegal narcotics at that location.

Detectives had developed information regarding two male subjects at that location that had reportedly been involved in illegal drug activity that was occurring within a protected location, near a school.

During the search detectives located and seized a large quantity of suspected controlled substances including methamphetamine, ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and quantities of numerous pills classified as controlled substances. The evidence seized has been sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for further analysis.

The two subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding by Nevada Police. The subjects has been identified as follows:

Kristopher B. Douglas, age 46 of Nevada

Robert D. Stutesman, age 48 of Nevada

On January 20, 2021, the following charges were filed against Kristopher B. Douglas and Robert D. Stutesman through the Vernon County Associate Court:

One (1) Count of Distribution of a Controlled Substance In a Protected Location – Class A Felony

Thirteen (13) Counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Class D Felony

One (1) Count Keeping or Maintaining A Public Nuisance – Class E Felony

Douglas and Stutesman are being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

To report criminal activities call 911, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100 or use the Nevada Police Department’s Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477.

Any and all information can be kept confidential if requested.