First Days of April in the Year….
1915 – The bandstand on the Southeast corner of the Courthouse lawn is completed, even with electricity, for the first band concert tomorrow night. Butler.
1955 – The Merchants plate lunch now costs 55 cents at the Inn Café, Northwest Butler square.
1850 – W. H. Nottingham murders his wife in Southeastern Bates Co., south of the Osage river (now part of Vernon Co.)
1862 – Colonel Fitz Henry Warren and his regiment of Iowa cavalry occupy Butler.
1879 – Bell’s Mill at Burnett’s old ferry on the Marais des Cygne river, 7 miles South of Butler, sells at auction as the proprietor is moving to Kansas.
1902 – Rural Free Delivery begins out of the Adrian Post Office with 108 miles in the routes.
1938 – 250 frozen spectators, mostly parents, watch Rich Hill win the Bates County Track Meet. 1st – Rich Hill, 2nd – Butler, 3rd – Amoret, 4th – Merwin, and 5th – Adrian.
1882 – A large crowd turns out to watch the Day Brothers cap off the cap stone of Walton’s new Opera House with an agate cross they’d found in a limestone. Butler.
1931 – Mr. J. S. Franklin sells 510 acres to Hume-Sinclair Coal Company for $81,000. The coal company plans to bring the second electric shovel in to strip the Franklin farm. They already have one operating 2 miles South of Worland.
1885 – The “Blue Grass Bitters Company” have moved their headquarters and laboratory from Kansas City to Butler.
1929 – The Virginia Telephone Company goes on 24 hour service. Stockholders voted 3 to 1.
1880 – Thomas W. Silvers becomes Bates County’s second prosecuting attorney.
1895 – Jay Gordinier has moved his barber shop to his elegant new location on the South side of the Butler square.
1911 – The Butler Lodges contribute and begin work on a sidewalk from downtown Butler, north Main St., to Oak Hill Cemetery, in east Butler.
1881 – Progress continues to engulf Rich Hill as 8 kerosene street lamps are installed.
1934 – 25 young men from Bates County leaves Butler, on the train for the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) camp in Nevada.
1885 – The Palace Hotel bus, pulled by 4 big horses, gets stuck, on Ohio Street, in front of Wyatt’s Lumber yard (parking lot of Ohio St. Methodist Ch). The drivers were going to use Pine street, but it’s worse. Butler.
1908 – The city of Adrian Mayor and Councilmen ask the citizens of the town to refrain from throwing dead fowls and other decaying substances in the streets and alleys.
Courtesy of Mid America Live