25 Years Ago
June 11, 1987
Ross Power, a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is in Ava for three months this summer working on economic and community development.
Trophies were presented to the top three finishers in men’s and women’s categories at the 10K Fun Run here Saturday. Winners are: 1st, Steve Snyder; 2nd, Luther VerSteeg; 3rd, Eric Powers; 1st, Vicky Lucky; 2nd, Nancy Strickland; and 3rd, Sue Berger. A field of 40 runners, including Granny Poke, entered the 10K Fun Run Saturday morning.
Marine Cpl. Jeffery D. Spurlin, son of James and JoAnn Spurlin of Route 4, Ava, has been promoted to his present rank while serving with 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC.
Shelly McKnight, freshman student from Ava, is among 60 Kansas City Art Institute students who have been named to the dean’s list for the 1987 spring semester at the four-year college of art and design. Shelly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie McKnight of Ava.
The Ava Sonic softball team recently won first place in the annual Pepsi Cola softball tournament at Softball City. Joe Stanifer also won the MVP Award and the Homerun Champ Award.
WAGNER –– We had three-tenths of an inch of rain Tuesday, late afternoon, and there was a beautiful rainbow that reached from north to south across the eastern sky.
EAST RANDOM WRITINGS – Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Jones are doing extensive landscaping at their farm home on AM, south and east of Cabool. The couple and their son, Jeff, will host an open house June 28 in honor of her parents, the C.N. Woods. It marks their 60th wedding anniversary.
OCIE –– Joy Cutbirth has changed her working days. She now rests on Monday and quilts on Saturday. She certainly has a lot of beautiful quilts and cushions and crafts.
50 Years Ago
June 7, 1962
A Douglas County “Historical Marker,” approximately 4×6 feet, was erected here yesterday by the State Historical Society and the State Highway Department. Herbert Tanner, local highway maintenance supervisor, had charge of the installation, which is located in the center of the public square.
Dr. Phillip Shepherd, M.D., opened a suite of offices in the Dye building, west of the Ava Drug, Monday of this week. Dr. Shepherd said that he would take one day off each week, but that Dr. Robert Sample, M.D., who has established offices at the Mansfield Clinic, will come to Ava on that day to care for patients.
Thirty-one boys and girls have been enrolled for kindergarten classes, which will be started in the Ava R-1 School next fall.
The selection of a Douglas County Dairy Queen and a Dairy Princess, a parade, a dairy-theme window display in business houses, and an opportunity for waitresses to pick up silver dollars in tips are among the features being planned for the observance of Dairy Day in Douglas County on Tuesday, June 19. Waitresses in county restaurants might well lose silver dollars if they fail to ask each customer if he would like to drink milk.
Miss Carolyn Barnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Barnes of Ava, enrolled as a freshman at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Monday, and was scheduled to begin regular class work Tuesday morning. Miss Barnes was graduated from Ava High School Friday, May 25, with the class of ‘62.
Mrs. Leota Reynolds celebrated her 90th birthday anniversary on June 6.
The Barnes apartment house on Washington Avenue in Ava was sold last week to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hale and is now closed while an extensive remodeling and redecorating program is in progress. The property, the former home of the H.S. Wilson family, was sold to the Hales by Mr. and Mrs. Larkin Barnes, who bought the residence in 1946 from Mrs. Lena Wilson McClendon, and converted it into eight furnished apartments.
Moisture, a scarce commodity in this area during the month of May until good rains fell early last week, has continued to fall and has put crop conditions in excellent shape.
The Missouri State Highway Commission has awarded R. P. Stephens of Ava, a $53,531 contract for work on state supplementary Route YY, in Douglas County.
Hermie Norris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Norris and a graduate of Ava High School, class of 1962, entered the School of the Ozarks Sunday.
R.L. Gipson has accepted the position as manager of the MFA Super Market in Cabool, his duties to start June 11. Gibson, who has been living on the Harry Williams farm west of Ava, will move to Cabool.
75 Years Ago
June 10, 1937
A cat mothering a skunk might be classed along with other strange “believe it or not” incidents, but may be seen at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Frye, ten miles southwest of Ava. Along with the baby skunk, now about three weeks old, the mother cat has three kittens. Mr. Frye said she seems to think just as much of the skunk as of her own kittens. Mr. Frye, does not know, but believes the mother cat came in contact with the baby skunk when moving her own young, and took it along. All are thriving together, but the skunk is smaller and is not growing as fast as the kittens, he said.
Local musicians who played in contests Tuesday night in Mansfield returned to Ava with first prize money in two of the three contests. The musicians, Rol Hatfield, playing the violin, Lowell Bradshaw playing guitar, and Cecil Robertson, playing guitar and harmonica, took first place in string band contest.
Trio Charged With Murder of Farmer Mysteriously Missing –– Palmer Gilliland, 53, Lived Alone On 1,500-acre Farm Near Noble –– Gilliland Body Found – Finding of the body of Palmer Gilliland, 53, was reported at the Y Store at Wasola between noon and 3 o’clock this afternoon. The body was said to have been found by Basil Souder and Ralph Prock, of near Almartha, members of a searching party. The report was brought to the store by Benton Souder who said the body had been covered with brush and a dead dog thrown over it. The body was on the Ralph Taylor farm, it was said. The Ozark County coroner was called and no examination of the body had been made at 3:30 o’clock. Perry Rennaker and Homer Rennaker brought first word of the discovery to Ava. Three men stand charged with the murder of Palmer Gilliland, well-to-do farmer and stockman of near Noble, in Ozark County, whose mysterious disappearance of a month’s duration has been the subject of investigation the past week. Investigating the mystery are Sheriff Lincoln M. Barnes of Douglas County, Prosecutor General Rogers and Sheriff Lyman Stevens of Ozark County, Attorney Lz Banta, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Smith and other friends of Gilliland.
Prosecuting Attorney Willis Mitchell this week issued a statement warning that after Aug. 1 he would prosecute anyone operating or selling chances on punch boards.
Collection of the two percent sales tax voted by the Missouri legislature started Tuesday.
See the new Willys, a four-cylinder car, half the gas, twice the smartness, standard Sedan, delivered in Ava, $610. Call O.B. Jacobson, for demonstration or see it at Sears Garage.
Miss Pearl Pitts was a member of the graduation class of eleven student nurses who graduated Tuesday afternoon from the St. Johns Hospital in Springfield. Miss Pitts is the daughter of Atty. And Mrs. J.V. Pitts of Ava.
100 Years Ago
June 13, 1912
The largest number of business men that ever assembled in Ava on a like occasion, met at the courthouse last Tuesday afternoon for the purpose of discussing the question of a Fourth of July celebration at Ava.
Cedar Gap had another big day last Saturday, as the Frisco Railroad men selected this place for their annual picnic. Something near 250 or 300 people came from Springfield and Thayer on a special train, bringing lunches with them and served in the Erb park. They also had a band from Springfield, which delivered some nice music.
Charles Barton is dead and his wife fatally wounded because she upbraided him for drinking. “I’ll end our trouble right here and now,” Barton said when he came home and was taken to task for his condition. He pulled a revolver from his pocket, fired two shots, which lodged in his wife’s body and then killed himself.
Ava is different from most American towns. As was recently remarked, you very rarely if ever hear an oath or any profane language used by our citizens. It seems that the unmanly habit has been lost. This is getting to be an ideal town to live in, in more respects than one.
BRYANT BREEZES –– The ballgame at Bryant Sunday resulted in a victory for the home team.
Why can’t we have electric lights and a good water system in Ava? These are two conveniences we should have while we are living and not after we are dead. Just think how nice we could have our lawns and gardens looking through the dry season if we had a good water system.
E.E. Simmons is moving today into his residence recently owned by Robt. F. Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins and family are moving to the R.H. Cooper farm south of town.
Mr. and Mrs. John Vinson of east of town are the happy parents of a fine baby boy, which put in its appearance into this world last Tuesday morning. Dr. J.L. Gentry was the attending physician.
There was baptizing at the tank near the Meeker-Mankin mill last Monday afternoon.
We Got E’m. We told you two weeks ago that we had bought a carload of John Deere Buggies; this week we have received them. They are alright, too. Come in and see our Electric Buggy on exhibition, which is something new. Dyer Hardware Company.
Tomorrow will be the one hundred and thirty fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes, the American flag.
LARISSA ITEMS –– The Larissa store will change hands soon to Mr. Thos. Shelton.
125 Years Ago
May 26, 1887
One of the most familiar figures about the United States treasury is John Tyler, Jr., son of President Tyler, who has held a minor position in that department for several months.
Canon Wilberforce, while in this country, will lecture principally on the evils of intemperance. There are some persons who think it is too bad that such a genius should be imported to this country to talk on such a timeworn subject.
Lieut. Co. Fynmorf, of the Royal Marines, whose death at the age of 93 has lately been recorded, was the last surviving officer who served at Trafalgar. On that glorious day he was a middy on the Africa, a seventy-four of Collingwood’s squadron.
St. Louis, Mo., May 17. –– The largest single transaction in real estate that was perhaps ever made in this city was closed today. It was the purchase by a syndicate of New York capitalists of the St. Louis university property on the north side of Washington Avenue extending west from Ninth Street to old Christio Avenue. The sum paid for it was $687,729, yielding the owners an even $225,000 profit, they having purchased it from the Jesuit Fathers less than a year ago for $462,729.
The Mexicans are using electricity to light up amphitheaters for their bullfights.
Sawdust is used by an Oregon flouring mill in the generation of steam. It would cost $100 a day to feed the furnaces of the mill with coal, while with sawdust it costs only $59 a day.
A son was born to the wife of Thos. Dobbs of Rippee Creek last week. Another good showing for Rippee Creek. The people of that neighborhood seem in some respects to be following the commandments of the Bible
COWSKIN NEWS –– Jacob Huffman our nicest farmer has any amount of good hay to sell at fifty cents a hundred and Uncle Jake would be glad to see you coming in with wagons and money.
H.C. Brigg’s team runs away every few days. I guess Hardy will trade them off pretty soon if they don’t kill him too quick. Hardy, you better trade I guess. I’ll swap for old lady myself.
We see in the Springfield Democrat that Almus Harrington, lawyer of Ozark, Christian Co., known as Babe, refused to take good fees from Baldknobbers to defend them for the reason that he wished to prosecute them. I always thought before that lawyers worked for money. If Babe is as good on a law speech as he is on the greenback doctrine, I would hate to be a Baldknobber of Christian County. I believe I would hate to be one anyhow.
Everybody and their best girl are going to take in the picnic.
Rain. Fine weather. Business quiet.
Prof. Klein has sited a large brilliant star situated in the northwest supposed to be the star of Bethlehem. This heavenly visitor makes its appearance about every three hundred years. Later in the season the star will be plainly visible to the naked eye.