Last Week of May in the Year….
1886 – Professor John Mahler, who last summer taught a class in etiquette, opens a class for dancing and etiquette, at the Walton Opera House, Butler.
1926 – Workmen begin laying concrete slab, for U.S. 71 Highway, from Butler to finish this part at the Vernon Co. line.
1942 – The Bates Co Defense Council holds a meeting to set up air raid warden units all around the county.
1815 – The government mill, owned and operated by Pierre Chouteau, on land owned by Colonel Anselin Halley, closes. (along the Osage River – near Halley’s Bluff)
1915 – “The Christian,” a master piece of 500 scenes, 3000 people, on 8 reels of film, in Adrian. Matinee 10 cents, evening 10 and 15 cents.
1874 – The Second Annual Bates Co Horse Fair opens for a three day stand with their new ½ mile track. East of Butler.
1883 – The African Methodist Church is organized in Butler.
1882 – G. W. Mann, the Rich Hill cigar manufacturer, is distributing his new line of the stogies.
1897 – A large crowd is in the courtroom in the Bates Co. Courthouse to organize an ‘old settlers reunion.’ L. B. Allison, a teacher in the old Butler Academy presides, and Calvin Boxley acts as secretary. A committee of John Newberry, Clark Wix, O. D. Austin, and Henry Moudy, are to meet on July 17th to complete the organization for the reunion, which will be on September 25th.
1915 – Reports are the river north of Rich Hill is out of its banks, flooding some 3 miles each way from the road. It still is 2 feet from the high mark in 1909.
1895 – The Rich Hill City Council passes Ordinance # 259 outlawing the manufacture, sale, or use of cigarettes in town.
1858 – The Papinville Masonic Lodge, Osage Lodge #29 is organized and will meet in the second floor of the schoolhouse.
1948 – The foundation is laid for the American Legion Building in Rich Hill.
1884 – At the completion of Decoration Day programs, in Butler, the ex-Confederates convene in the Bates Co. Courthouse and form an association. Pierce Hackett is chairman.
1841 – Missouri State Legislature approves a law establishing a state road from Independence to Batesville (Papinville). (Bates County was established in 1841)
1866 – Some light fingered gentry visits the bedroom of George Todd and takes $165 from Todd’s pocketbook, at the foot of the bed where he is sleeping. Butler.
1876 – Catron & Day, tombstone men of Warrensburg, announce they are opening a store in Butler and Mr. Day will move to Butler and run the shop.
1874 – Butlerites are upset with the fair board for hiring a Clinton Band for the shores show at $130, when the Butler Band only asked for $85.
Courtesy of Mid America Live