25 Years Ago
August 25, 1988
When classes began at Ava Public Schools Tuesday morning, six new teachers were also there to greet the students. New faculty members are Martha Faucett, high school girls coach and P.E.; Sara Bradley, seventh grade math; Terri Hall Junior high EMH; Vanae Heier, third grade; Melanie Gray, second grade; and Donna Sherman, fourth grade.
Returning lettermen on the Ava High School Bears football squad this year are Dustin Mitchell, Brian Barnes, Scott Silvey, Gabe Gehrke, Glen Cornelison, Mark Burke, Craig Ridenour Mike, Freeman, Tony Thompson and Eric Seller.
Johnny Watterson’s 3-year-old Holstein cow, Mans-Mo Legend Fantastic, took top honors at the Ozark Empire Fair, by winning Supreme Champion overall breed in the dairy division.
Reggie and Kathy Victor, of St. Louis, announce the birth of their first-born, a girl born Aug. 20. She weighed 7 ozs., 1 oz., and has been named Rachel Lea.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Creech will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Hampton observed their 62nd wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 14 at their country home.
Retiring elementary art teacher Elsie Cudworth taught 36 ½ years, including 29 years at Ava.
FOIL & CLARK –– Mrs. Gerry Degase and Sheila McFarlin, Mrs. Lois Cunningham, and Mrs. Betty Taber all called on Mrs. Bertha Brown Friday evening.
SQUIRES –– A retirement dinner was held for chuck Spurlock at the Squires community room Saturday night.
THEODOSIA –– Mr. Larry Hampton is getting prepared and moving into his new feed store building located by his residence.
50 Years Ago
August 22, 1963
The Rawlings Manufacturing Company, with manufacturing plants in Ava, Willow Springs, Newburg and Licking, in Missouri, and three in Puerto Rico, has been sold to a group of eastern investors. The sale price, according to a St. Louis news release, was approximately $10 million. The sale was announced by A.G. Spalding & Bros. of Chicopee, Mass., owners of the Rawlings operations.
Three more new instructors have been employed by the Ava R-1 board of education to teach in the school system here. Mrs. Vance Moore of Ava started to work Monday as elementary school librarian. Mrs. Joe Murphy will teach junior high school literature, and her husband, Joe Murphy, will teach a second special education class in high school, and act as a study hall supervisor.
The resignation of Jim Bonner as forest assistant in Douglas County for the Missouri Conservation Commission was accepted last Friday, according to Charles Barnhart of West Plains, district forester.
Two Ava teachers, Mrs. Harry Williams and Mrs. Glenn Painter, received master degrees.
Mrs. Billie Joe Evans entertained in her home Saturday afternoon in compliment to her daughter, Pamela Jo, who was celebrating her sixth birthday the following day.
Airman Second Class and Mrs. Jackie Hutchison (Patsy Pickens) of Jacksonville, Ark., announce the birth of a daughter, Kelly Ann, Friday, Aug. 16, in a Jacksonville hospital.
Mrs. Leota Gentry of Ava, who will observe her 80th birthday on Friday, Aug. 23, will celebrate the occasion at a basket dinner to be held in the MFA clubroom Sunday.
The merchandise of a dry goods store in Mansfield, owned by a former Ava resident, Noral Wallen, was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.
STAR –– Mrs. O.K. Welton and Mrs. Mertie McFarlin called on their sister, Mrs. Phillip Davis, Tuesday afternoon.
MURRAY –– Visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mooney are their daughter and family from California. The Mooneys have bought the Ivy McBride farm.
DRIVE-IN THEATRE – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford. An all-time great! You will shiver with excitement. 3 days, Sun. matinee.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dougherty and daughters, Deborah, Carolyn, Connie and Cindy returned to their home on Seventh Avenue, Sunday afternoon, following a vacation visit with relatives in Michigan and Illinois.
GENTRY –– Several in the community have been having a siege of the flu. It hangs on longer than the ordinary flu.
ALMARTHA –– Mr. and Mrs. Russell Walker returned home Saturday night. They have spent the summer in Colorado.
Save at Carp’s –– Boys’ stylish new fall sport shirts, $1.99. Full cut with long tails, sizes 6 to 18.
75 Years Ago
August 25, 1938
Ray Hailey, superintendent of the Ava schools that past nine years early this week tendered his resignation to the board of education to accept a position as principal of Benjamin Harrison high school in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ava’s baseball team went to West Plains Sunday and returned with another victory to add to a record that now includes five wins out of the last seven starts. Ava won the game 14 to 7, and got seventeen hits to twelve for West Plains.
School opens Monday, Sept. 5.
After four days of putting into practice the scout lore that they had spent the winter months learning, ten members of the Ava troop of Girl Scouts returned to Ava Thursday evening from the scout camp at Aid-Hodgson Mill on Bryant Creek near Sycamore, in Ozark County. Members of the party included Eve Belle Rowe, Angela Stockstill, Susan Fawcett, Genieve Garrett, Betty Tillman, Betty Norman, Elva Roy, Delta Barker, Anna Rea Banta and Virginia Jordan. Miss Neva House, scoutmaster, and Mrs. Ingle Nichol, assistant scoutmaster, accompanied the girls.
George Shindler of Almartha was bound over to circuit court in Gainesville Thursday afternoon by Justice of the Peace Hobart Morris on charges of perjury in connection with the murder trials of Floyd and Ralph Taylor.
Miss Anita Dobyns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V.A. Dobyns of Ava, and Herschel Hobbs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Hobbs of Hammond, were married Sunday morning at eight o’clock at the Methodist manse. The Rev. Jewell M. Smoot read the double ring ceremony to the couple.
Glenn Irby has purchased the Country Club Inn, which is located in the old People Bank building on the southwest corner of the square. Mr. Irby took possession of the business Monday morning releasing the former owner, Raymond Crisp. In the trade, Mr. Crisp will operate the milk route formerly owned and operated by Mr. Irby.
EAST VANZANT – The school at Coble is getting along nicely with Miss Mildred Coble as teacher.
BLACK OAK –– Wanda Prine was a guest of Nola Dean Shipps Sunday morning.
EAST DOGWOOD –– Mrs. Susie Sisco and sons, Lloyd and Cecil Eugene, moved to Ava last week where Lloyd will attend the Ava school.
SPRINGCREEK –– Jerry Lee, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hamby, had 64 callers the first week of his life.
The preacher who uses the church pulpit as a place to voice his personal criticisms and grudges against his neighbors is miss using his calling as well as missing a glorious opportunity to show others the way of right living.
100 Years Ago
September 4, 1913
Long before the tapping of the old school bell last Monday morning, the bright faces of the happy boy and girl were seen running hither and thither with books and pencils in hand, their hearts leaping with joy and their eyes sparkling with gladness. At the first tap of the dear old bell, a general movement was made toward the old school building. We doubt if there is a soul in Ava that did not feel the effects of this spirit and that did not reflect, for a moment, on their early childhood days.
Destructive Fire Sweeps Ava Again –– The City of Ava was thrown into a state of excitement last Tuesday morning when the alarm of fire was sounded through the streets, and the bells began to ring. In a very few minutes the streets were lined with men and women, all putting in their best efforts to check the flames. The fire started in the Bunyard produce house, just back of Latsbaugh’s store, and in an instance, almost, the building became a flame of fire, which spread quickly to the Barnes Livery barn and the M.C. Reynolds wagon shed. The post office and many other buildings were in great danger and it was by heroic work that the flames were checked. It looked as though, for a while, that the whole north side of the square was doomed, but the firewall at the Bank of Ava and the concrete building of H.S. Wilson’s, perhaps was the means of saving it.
A very important deal has just been closed which means a great deal to Douglas County, and especially to this part of the country. The Ozark Holiness Association have bought 360 acres four miles north of Ava, which is known as the old Bill Huffman place of John A. Spurlock, and are making arrangements to make extensive improvements on the property. The consideration is something like $12,000, though we have this from no authoritative source. They propose to build a Holiness College, which will cost something like $3,000, and will be known as the Ozark Holiness College.
A.D. Blair has rented the old Osborn building on east side of square and has opened up a first class restaurant and rooming house.
The editor of the Herald is in receipt this week of a check for $50.00 from Timberlake and Burnet, with request to turn the same over to the leader of the Ava Commercial Band. He wishes us to thank the band boys, and all the people who so willingly helped to carry water and fight the fire.
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Yeisley moved last Friday into their new home. Mr. Yeisley has built a second story six room house with many conveniences.
Big Fire Sale of corn chop & cotton seed meal, slightly damaged by fire and water, at big fire, the big yellow front store, north side square, Ava.
125 Years Ago
September 6, 1888
Charles Lanier, the banker, is building on his place at Lenox one of the finest barns in the country. It is called an English cow barn, and is to be the home of his thoroughbred Jerseys. It is elaborately finished in billed white pine. The floor is of asphalt brought from Switzerland. The place will be heated by steam and the cows food will be prepared by machinery.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. –– Today ruin and wreck meet the vision everywhere and nothing has been known to compare with the results of last night’s storm, which occurred too late to be telegraphed. Without warning people were awakened from slumber to find themselves threatened with destruction by the mad wave, but strange to relate few people were conscious of the disaster until they awoke to look upon the desolate scene this morning and dragged the drowned from the drifts. Those who were up and witnessed the deluge describe it as one never before seen by them. Vivid flashes of lightning displayed, as it were, great sheets of falling water.
Gold dust has been found in a well digging at Howard, Dak., and the people are wild. The vein seems to be under the main street of the town.
The electric lights of Kansas City are the picnic grounds for millions of bugs.
The daily mail from Mansfield to Rome has been extended to Thornfield, a distance of 12 miles.
J.D. Reynolds, J.A.G. Reynolds, Jr., G.B. Waters, J.K. Bulger, Jno. F. Miller, Wm. Miller and several others, from Ava, are taking in the fair at Springfield this week.
The bill before Congress to open up the Oklahoma territory to settlement is gaining ground and will in all probability pass shortly. Should this territory be opened up it will be a grand field for immigrants and the way it will fill up will be a surprise.
The United States Court is in session at Jefferson City with Judge Phillips on the bench. A petition ofr commutation of the sentence of Jack Silvey, Sr., the Bald Knobber chief who was sentence last winter to one year in the Cole County Jail, was laid before the Judge Philips, but he referred the petitioners to President Cleveland.
While umping a game of baseball last Sunday, George Campbell was struck in the face by a “foul tip”, slightly disfiguring his nose, but as no bones are broken he will regain his good looks shortly.
The young men who make a practice of disturbing religious services by talking had better look out and save trouble.
Ida, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Curnutt, who has been very ill with pneumonia fever is now in a fair way of recovery.
Zack Livingston, of the east end, has been sworn in as deputy sheriff.
G.W. Bowdre, of Vera Cruz, has been allowed an increase of pension.
Steve Potter and wife have become residents of Ava since our last issue.