Rollover Crash in Bates County

The Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a crash at I-49 Southbound at 124.4-mile marker in Bates County on Monday, September 27th at 3:22pm.

The accident occurred when a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 20-year-old Iliana Aguilar of Deerfield, Missouri ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned. 

Mrs. Aguilar received serious injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Research Hospital.

The Vehicle was towed from the scene by Douty’s Towing

Nevada Woman Seriously injured in Crash in Ft. Scott Kansas

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a 2-vehicle accident on US Highway 54 and 215th Road or Fort Scott West City Limit on Monday, September 27th.

The accident occurred when the 2004 Ford Taurus driven by Carol Davis 80 of Nevada Missouri was traveling Northbound on 215th Road when she failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with 2000 Peterbilt driven by Samuel Landrum 47 of Derby Kansas.

Carol Davis sustained serious injuries and was transported to Via Christi Hospital in Ft. Scott. Mr. Landrum did not receive any injuries.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Pearson Towing.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Property

On 9/27/2021 at around 6:00am Bates County deputies observed a truck and trailer hauling a Jeep in the area of county road Northeast 15504 after a call of suspicious activities. When the deputy turned around on the vehicle it took off and was believed to have run into a field. As other Bates County deputies arrived on scene, they found the vehicle off the roadway behind a row of trees unattended. Records check of the truck showed it stolen out of Pleasant Hill Missouri. Bates County Deputies contacted Harrisonville Police Department to make contact with the Jeep’s owner.

The owner of the Jeep advised the Jeep was at a house outside of Adrian Missouri and that no one had permission to have the Jeep and that it would have been stolen.

Both vehicles have been returned to proper owner. The owner of the trailer also was contacted, and the owner stated that no one had permission to use the trailer. The truck, trailer and Jeep was recovered on his property.

Items recovered from the truck belong to the property owner’s son. Who when confronted advised that his keys and phone must have been stolen also.

Other items including the driver’s license of a second subject was recovered from the stolen truck. If you know Zack Handly please let him know Bates County Sheriff Deputies are looking for him AGAIN and would like to return his Identification card and wallet to him. Bates County Sheriff is sure it was stolen when they stole the other gentleman’s phone and keys and dumped all the other stolen property on his friend’s property.

As the case is being investigated, Bates County Deputies are confident they have identified the driver and passenger of the stolen truck and are waiting for the video from Pleasant Hill Police to compare to. Charges are expected to be presented to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

History of Harmony Mission – Part 5: The Story of Rev. Nathaniel Brown Dodge

Rev. Nathaniel Dodge was born in Winchester, New Hampshire June 5, 1781. He was a school teacher, served in the War of 1812 and a preacher in a Congregational Church in Underhill, Vermont for eight years. On March 22, 1803 he married Sally Gale and they had eight children.

When the United Foreign Missionary Society decided to organize a mission family to go to Missouri to establish a mission for the Osage Tribe Nathaniel Dodge applied. He went to New York on March 3, 1821, where they were organizing the people to go to establish Harmony Mission. He was appointed as the superintendent of the group. This was the first Osage protestant mission west of the Mississippi River.

As superintendent he had to hold worship services on the journey, record all the happenings each day, (to be sent to the headquarters in New York), collect donations that were received from people at the towns where they stopped on the river journey, make sure that everyone did their jobs and were safe, make business deals and talking to the Osage to let them know what their purpose was for the mission. The missionaries received no salary and were provided with necessary items only sent to them by the mission society or from their relatives that sent things they needed.

Rev. Dodge, his wife and their seven children, left on the mission journey on March 3, 1821 and they arrived on August 8, 1821 at Halley’s Bluff. After arriving on the Osage River near Halley’s Bluff, he had a meeting with the Osage tribe and they told Dodge the area where he could go to look for a location for the mission. They picked out the location that was about a mile up the Marais des Cygnes River to the north of where Papinville is now located. He also had several church services before leaving to the location to start building cabins and other structures. Some of the Osage attended the services, which pleased the missionaries.

Rev. Dodge served as the superintendent for eight years and later moved to Independence, Mo. In 1830 the band of Indians that had moved from Harmony Mission to the Neosho River area in Kansas wanted Rev. Dodge to come and establish a new reservation one half mile west and north of the present town of St. Paul, Kansas. This Mission was named Boudinot Mission and was located about two and one-half miles west and north of the present town of St. Paul, Kansas.

Recorded in the book “The First Protestant Osage Missions 1820-1837” by Graves, he wrote this about Rev. Dodge: Rev. Dodge could see that the Osage, because of their distance from Harmony, were gradually withdrawing their children from the school and that the end of that station as an Indian mission and school was drawing nearer and the only way he could follow his chosen calling among the Indians would be to follow them to their new homes. That too appeared to be the only way by which he could preserve the good already done to his Indian friends, which, if not continually nourished, would soon vanish. Like a good soldier, he again went forth to do his best.

Rev. Dodge left this mission in 1835 and moved to Balltown (in Vernon county south of Rich Hill) where he preached and farmed. Rev. Dodge and his wife Sally had eight children,( one child was born in Missouri), which all grew up in the Vernon County area. He died on September 3, 1848 and is buried in the Little Osage Cemetery where Balltown was located. At the time of Rev. Dodges death, Balltown was in Bates County. Bates and Vernon were as one county until 1851.

Submitted by Phyllis Stewart  (Activity Director for Papinville Historical and Cemetery Association)

Information taken from : “The First Protestant Osage Missions 1821-1837 “ by Wm. W. Graves