This Week in History: Happenings in early February

1870 – Today’s issue of the Bates Co Record newspaper says a new Post office named after US Representative Burdette, has been established 2 miles north of Parkerville in Northwest Bates Co.
1911 – Captain J. B. Newberry, of Spruce, is attacked, and seriously injured, by a ferocious boar.
1929 – Bates Co Sheriff discovers some of his guests aren’t happy with their accommodations, as someone has sawed through 2 five inch steel plates on the ‘cage’.
1922 – Butler Fire chief George Keirsey and fireman Elmer Smullins return to Butler, from Kansas City, with Butler’s new fire truck, an International.  It replaces the horse drawn engine and truck loaned them by W. H. Smith.
1903 – His Fate Sealed.  Dr. J. L. Gartrell Will Hang for the Murder of D. B. Donegan.  March 6 the Date of Execution.  Supreme Court Affirms the Decision of the Lower Court.
1903 – The bowling alley on the east side of the Butler square is started up.  It is a fine place.  Mr. McCartney, a gentleman from Iowa, is the proprietor.
1872 – In regular session, the County Court creates Homer township out of part of Walnut township in western Bates County.
1911 – The cornerstone is laid for the new Butler High School, Pine & Havannah Streets.
1887 – The building housing the Walton Opera House and the Butler National Bank burns.
1911 – Walter Henry opens the new Henry Motor Company, selling dodge Brothers vehicles. Butler.
1913 – The town of Foster is breathing a sigh of relief as the smallpox epidemic seems to be under control.  Dr. Rhoades and Mayor Heymell are to be commended. 
1884 – Fay Templeton, an actress of note, plays to large crowds at the Rich Hill Opera House.
1874 – Esquire McReynolds fines 4 whiskey-sodden fighters $ 5 each for their part in the big row in front of Dixon’s Saloon. Butler.
1884 – Judge Gantt decides in the case of William Price vs Fannie Price, that one bucket of dishwater thrown on a man is not grounds for divorce.
1921 – The Bates Co Court order the County Clerk to burn the wolf scalps and the hawk and owl heads brought in for bounties each day.
1923 – The 11th annual Elks Minstrels begin a two night stand at the Fisk Opera House.  The show is staged and directed by Charles & Leta Fisk.

Courtesy of Mid America Live

Bates County MU Extension Office Awarded $75,000 to Support Senior Volunteer Service

Butler, MO – Bates County MU Extension Office announced that it has received an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) grant of $75,000 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support 75 RSVP volunteers serving in Bates County. The grant will expand MU Extension’s presence in Bates County, which was previously unserved by an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP project.

Sara Bridgewater, County Engagement Specialist at Bates County MU Extension Office, says, “We are thrilled to expand our work by collaborating with volunteers and community organizations to execute a new set of projects that will focus on Healthy Futures and Education in Bates County. These opportunities, created by a grant proposal, are initiatives to help the county thrive.”

With this new funding, Bates County MU Extension Office will leverage the skills and experience of seniors in Bates County to partner with community groups and organizations, focusing on Youth, Health, Education, and Agriculture projects in Bates County.

These AmeriCorps Seniors’ volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in many different projects throughout the year. A few projects include:

  • Community Gardens: RSVP volunteers will help implement community gardens and help distribute produce to food pantries.
  • Summer Readiness Backpacks: RSVP volunteers will collaborate with teachers to assemble and provide Summer Readiness Backpacks that will include STEM activities and supplies.  These will be dispersed to students to help with gains in school readiness.
  • 4-H & STEM Activities:  RSVP volunteers will engage youth in 4-H club activities, Science Olympiad, and other extra-curricular activities that contribute to improved educational outcomes. Activities may include leadership practice, public speaking practice, hands-on STEM activities, youth-led community service projects, and other topic-based projects that engage youth.

Bates County MU Extension Office has safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Safety for our volunteers and staff is our top priority.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Bates County Extension Office at 660-679-4167 or email Sara Bridgewater at for more information.

AmeriCorps Seniors’ volunteers stay healthy and active through service, improving their own lives as they improve the lives of others. A growing body of research affirms the numerous mental and physical health benefits of volunteerism, including lower mortality rates, decreased rates of depression, and increased strength and energy.

Today, AmeriCorps Seniors engages approximately 195,000 older Americans in service at 29,800 locations across the United States and territories through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs. Established in 1971, RSVP engages Americans age 55 and older in service, responding to our nation’s most pressing challenges.

Fatal Accident in Linn County Kansas

A Fatality accident that occurred in Linn County, Kansas, took the life of Richard Coffey, 52, of Fulton, Kansas on Wednesday, February 3rd.  The Accident was reported at approximately 5:30pm on E. 2200 Road .4 miles west of Young Road, or 3 miles east of US 69 Highway on 2200 road in rural Linn County.

The Crash occurred when the motorcycle driven by Mr. Coffey was westbound and the bike crossed over the centerline of traffic and struck the 2007 Chevy Truck driven by Matthew Vanpelt, 37, of Raymore, Missouri head on.