1870-Among the many towns in Bates County, the latest is Altona that is booming. New buildings are started every week, and it’s going to be a large town with everything anyone would need.
1876-Tom Montgomery boasts that he has the biggest cow in Bates county. She is only seven years of age and weighs 1,695 lbs. Who can beat it?
1881-A large crowd attends the grand masque ball at the Palace Hotel.
1895-W.B. Carrico, of Papinville, publicly declares war on tree stumps with his new style stump extractor.
1902-The Bates County Democrat newspaper reports, ” the courthouse is up and all hope it will be topped out with a town clock.”
1906-The Butler Hunting & Fishing Club is organized, Ed S. Clark president. They have leased the Cooper Lake, near Athol, south of Butler.
1927-The newly organized Harmony Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is confirmed by the National Society. It was organized December 12, 1926.
1940-Today is opening day of Mr.& Mrs. Chester Shelton’s grocery store located in the old Ballard Bank Building, in Ballard. 20 inches of snow on the ground.