25 Years Ago
January 14, 1988
Virgil Welch of Ava has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal… finally. This week Welch received certification of the award, which was authorized in August 1962, but never issued. Welch believes he was never sent the award because the Army did not have his current address.
The heavy snowfall predicted by the forecasters missed the Ava area last week, but there was enough to close schools on Thursday and Friday. An accumulation of about three inches of snow fell on Ava, and temperatures dipped to zero and below on Friday morning.
Minuteman’s Magic Marco CD, a three-year old male Rottweiler, owned by Vick and Carol Owens of Rt 2, Mansfield, has earned enough points in AKC conformation shows to hold the title of Champion (AKC confirmation pending).
Mr. and Mrs. George Guthery observed their 64th wedding anniversary at their home in Ava on Jan. 13. George Guthery and Fay Sanders were married on Jan. 13, 1924 at Roy, Mo.
Sara Jo and Samantha Jo Hunsaker would like to announce the arrival of their new baby brother, Randall James.
Ava Man On Master Angler List Again – Catfish: Eddy Transano, Ava, 17:04 (channel).
WAGNER – Birthday greetings to Marie Riddle on Jan. 4 and Arlin Watkins on Jan. 6.
CROSS ROADS –– Paul and Earlean Evans have been extra busy feeding cattle these cold, icy days.
STAR –– Dinner guests Sunday in the home of India Merritt and Mabel were Mr. and Mrs. Butch Merritt and son, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Merritt, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Loftin and Michelle, and Mr. and Mrs. Terry McFarlin.
RED BUD VILLAGE –– Flossie Landers had dinner with Esther Gooden Friday.
50 Years Ago
January 10, 1963
An unusual cookie-and-candy medieval castle was one of two constructed during the holiday season by Mrs. Beulah Elms, owner and manager with her husband, Jack, of The Maples Café in Ava. The castle not only attracted the attention of diners while it was on display as a part of the decorations at the restaurant, but also created quire a bit of interest from cookie salesmen, who wanted pictures to send to their headquarters.
A new assistant manager began his duties at Carps Department Store, this week, according to George Ebbert, manger. He is Lloyd Dishman, who was transferred here from Mtn. Grove. Dishman, unmarried, replaces Robert Lathrop, who resigned.
Gambles Store, a hardware, appliance and auto store opened here 16 years ago, began operation under new management Jan. 1 with retirement of Ernest Uhlmann. Dick Wallace, who purchased a half interest in the firm from C.H. Hibbard on April 1 last year, and Jimmy Shindler, who purchased the half interest of Uhlmann on Jan. 1, are the new owners and operators. The business is located in a building on the west side of the square owned by C.V. Clinkingbeard.
Russell Heatherly of Ava has been given a temporary classification with the Forestry Division, Missouri Conservation Commission, and employed as towerman at the Dogwood tower, west of Ava.
An agreement for the acquisition by General Telephone & Electronics Corporation of all outstanding common stock of the A&M Telephone Company was announced jointly this week by GT&E and A&M. The acquisition is expected to be completed later this month. The name A&M was derived from the initials of Ava and Mansfield.
Hershel D. Adams, fireman apprentice, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Adams of Route 3, Ava, is serving aboard the destroyer USS English, operating from Norfolk, Va.
Since 1950, the number of milk cows in the United States has declined 4 ½ million, but the milk supply continues at a record rate. Average milk production per cow has increased from 5,314 pounds a year to 7,004 pounds.
Eighty relatives and friends of John Henry Wood met together Sunday, Jan. 6 in observance of his 90th birthday anniversary.
Advertisers who use the Herald should be interested in the big savings they realize here. While the Herald’s circulation is 74% above that of the average newspaper in the state, the advertising rate is only 4% above the average.
WASOLA –– The Rex Stewart family has moved in the basement of their new home. Buford Smith made them a nice lazy Susan dining Table, which they are proud of.
GENTRYVILLE –– Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Sparks have moved to the Paula Hurst place.
We’re unfamiliar with the Post Office Department rules governing the creation of city mail delivery, but it causes wonder why the service can be established in our neighboring city of Houston, and not in Ava. Houston’s population is 1660, Ava’s 1581, the small difference probably not a factor.
75 Years Ago
January 13, 1938
Allen Foster, Springfield Boy Scout executive, presented the Ava Boy Scout troop, number 68, with its charter in a public meeting Tuesday evening in the Methodist Church. Members of the troop are Paul Barker, Royce Kline Waters, Billy Vest, Kenneth Irvin Thomas, Robert L. Taylor, Jr., Max Norman, Fred Nelson, Jr., Clifford Hayes, Virgil Ellis, Lawrence Chrestensen and Glenn Burk.
Lester H. Pettit, owner and operator of the Wilson Theater and president of the Ava School Board, was unanimously elected president of the Ava Chamber of Commerce Friday evening in a dinner meeting in the high school economics rooms.
Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Gentry have received word from their son, Dr. Merritt Gentry, Lawrence, Kansas, that he has received an appointment from the Public Health Department of Missouri, and will report for duty Friday, Jan. 14, in Nashville, Tenn., where he will spend three months in the Vanderbilt University. Following his three months in this university he will be placed on duty in some Missouri county seat town with twelve counties under his supervision.
RIPPEE –– Mr. and Mrs. Roby Wright took their children, Leon and Phyllis, to Norwood recently to be treated for whooping cough.
GIRDNER – Mr. and Mrs. Efton Cudbirth are moving to Wasola.
ROCKBRIDGE –– Whooping Cough is raging in this neighborhood; most all the children who have not had it previously are having it now.
MT. ZION –– The Page family has moved into Riddle’s apartment in the block house. The Riddles have moved to the Clouse place, across from Mr. Clouse.
Wilbank’s Grocery – pay cash and save the difference, specials, Friday & Saturday only. Sunshine coffee. 22¢ lb.; corn, can, 6¢; sugar, 10 lbs., 48¢; good potatoes, peck. 19¢; peaches, 2 ½ can, syrup packed, 12 ½¢, and other specials, we treat you right!
Miss Marion Klein, the first year home economics supervisor of the Ava High School, visited in the homes of Misses Louise Baird, Elwood Woods, Deloris McMurray and Wanda Swearengin Saturday afternoon.
BETHANY –– The weather has been rather disagreeable here for the past couple of days.
MTN. SIDE –– Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Stigall called at the Charley Hodges home Friday.
The temperature for curing needs to be between 34 and 38 degrees and time of slaughtering should be planned so as to have at least a month of cold weather ahead for curing.
Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Uhlmann of Buckhart announce the birth of an eight and one-half pound son, Jerry Burns, Wednesday, Jan. 5.
100 Years Ago
January 30, 1913
Great development possibilities of the Ozark region of south west Missouri have been shown in the communities in which effort have been made to interest capital, and conserve resources. This has been the case in Douglas County. For many years the county-seat town, Ava, was without a railroad, but through the courage and energy of J.B. Quigley, a few years ago, Ava was given rail communication with the outside world by means of the Kansas City, Ozark & Southern, since which time that county has wonderfully advanced. Ava, too, has greatly benefited.
That the Kansas City, Ozark & Southern road will eventually be electrified was the assertion of Mr. Quigley. He believes that upon electric roads will devolve the future prosperity of much of the Ozark County, as they can be operated over heavier grades and with less expense than steam roads.
A Donkey Club. – A local says a minister at a village church in an adjoining county on a recent Sunday surprised his audience by the following announcement from his pulpit: “The regular session of the donkey club will be held as usual after service. Members will line up just outside the door, make remarks and stare at the ladies who pass, as is their custom. Any member known to escort a lady to church like a man, and sit with her like a gentleman, will be expelled from membership.” (The effect was marvelous.)
On Sunday, Jan. 26th, a gathering of friends and relatives witnessed a short ceremony, which made Mr. Nathanial Brixey and Miss Bessie Heinlein man and wife.
GIRDNER JOTTINGS – Gat Walker is now rejoicing over his twenty-first child, one week old.
Five cases of smallpox at Mr. Bade Walkers – one is almost well. Dr. Gentry is the physician attending.
Mr. Jos. Finger’s folks are now about well after a long siege of typhoid fever.
We wish to compliment a justice of the peace of Benton Township this week for “running down” and “bringing to justice” some drunken rowdies who attempted to “take in the town” last Saturday while in an intoxicated condition. This count is supposed to be civilized and the better class of people are not going to stand for a set of officers who will not enforce the laws.
We understand that the Missouri legislature is “dry” by a large majority, and that some strong liquor laws will be passed prohibiting the shipment of liquor into “dry” territory. If this is done it will be a great help to Ava and Douglas County as well as many other parts of Missouri.
The new bridge at Bryant is nearly completed. The floor is being laid this week.
125 Years Ago
January 21, 1888
A bill is before the House to punish bribery at elections. It might be well also to submit a bill for the punishment of suppressing the colored vote in some of the southern states.
Notice to Capitalists – Wanted, capitalists to establish a General Merchandise Agricultural Wheel Store with headquarters at Mansfield or Norwood, and branch stores at or near the center of Douglas and Wright counties for the benefit of the Agricultural Wheel in said counties, numbering at the present time over eight hundred. Also proposals from first-class blacksmiths, wagon wood-workers, saw and grist mill men for our entire trade. Those wishing to engage in such enterprise must mention in their communications the lowest percent they will accept on all our farm products, pilling and ties included. Also on goods sold us. All communications strictly confidential to the trade committee. Address, Rev. H.C. Thomas, Girdner Douglas Co., Mo.
Ben Johnson sixteen years ago was one of the pages in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Now, he is speaker, and only 29 years old.
FACT AND FANCY –– A Nevada ranchman to protect his cattle from the effects of blizzards, has painted them all with a mixture of tar, red clay and linseed oil. … At Mount Vernon, Me., recently, was witnessed the novel sight of a farmer mowing on the ice. The swamp had frozen up but left enough grass remaining above it to warrant the thrifty farmer cutting it and drawing it home for horse-bedding. … A wagon load of squirrels were sold at Hot Springs, Ark., a few days since, the vender selling them by the bushel.
WHITES CREEK –– We have plenty of ice and snow, nice time for sleigh riding.
Look Out for Wilson’s Prices on horseshoeing, No. 2 shoes a ready fit warranted for 20 cents. No. 3 and 4 shoes in proportion.
Mr. Turner made a flying trip to Ava this morning on his sleigh.
Take Simmons’ Liver Regulator, purely vegetable. It acts with extraordinary efficacy on the liver, kidneys, and bowels. An effectual specific for malaria, dyspepsia, constipation, kidney affections, mental depression, bowel complaints, sick headache, biliousness, jaundice, and colic. Best Family Medicine, no household should be without it, and by being kept ready for immediate use, will save many an hour of suffering and many a dollar in time and doctors’ bills. There is but one Simmons’ Liver Regulator, see that you get the genuine with red “Z” on front wrapper. Prepared only by J.H. Zeilin & Co. Price $1.00.
J. A. Baker has purchased a fine burglar proof safe. He proposes to keep the books of the Treasurer’s Office safe.
Official Directory –– Circuit Judge, John Hale; Representative, John Lewis; Probate Judge, H. Rosler; County Clerk, J.M. Curnutt; Sheriff, J.M. Lyons; Collector, Barney Malloree; Prosecuting Att’y, Geo. Waters; Treasurer, John Baker; Surveyor, James Wood; School Commissioner, T.A. Kay; Public Administrator, Elijah Hurst;