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Is on the western boundary of the
State, near the middle on a north and south line.
The territory now
embraced within this county was first settled by Missionaries sent out by
the American Board of Foreign Missions in 1818, and "Harmony Mission"
where their school and church was located, is shown upon many of the older
(For a full history of the operations of this mission, see
"Missouri As It Is," in 1865, page 184).
Bates County is situated
upon the dividing ground between the waters of Grand River on the north,
and Marias des Cigne on the south.
The prairies are high, rich and
rolling; the only poor land in the county being that upon the high
limestone ridges, which are covered with timber. In the North-west
portion of the county, the prairies are large. The bottoms along the
larger streams are well timbered. Springs are abundant, indications of
load and iron. Lands can be purchased here on very reasonable
(Source: The Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St.
Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton)
Bates County was
organized in 1833.
It was named after the second governor of Missouri,
The County Seat is Butler.
Parent County: Van Buren
Donnell by GT Transcription Team
Obituaries- Mrs. D.B. Courtney, Edwin R.
Marriages- John Courtney-Mamie
News-Visiting-Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Courtney, 3
All of the above submitted by Gwen
News-Accidents & Tragedies: Wm
Spains son bitten by rattlesnake; R.H. Johnson; Mr. Steele loses
second child to diptheria
News-Sicklist: Dr. Renick; Mr.
News-Crimes: Walter Hobbs
Strab-Sage; Ray-Randall; Williams - Buck
News-Visiting and Gossip-Mrs. O.L. Ogg
Mrs. Jim Speers
News-Comings and Goings- Henry Beaman; John
News-Accidents and Tragedies- Walter Murphey; Mr.
News-Birth Announcements- Postmaster Calahan
News-Sicklist: Cook family, Mrs. Bard, H.P.
News-Gossip and Visiting: Peter Crooks, Mr. and Mrs.