25 Years Ago
September 15, 1988
How bad was it? Coach Larry Silvey says it was one of the worst games he has had as an Ava coach. The Ava Bears lost, 13-12, at Rogersville last Friday night in a game riddled with costly mistakes and penalties.
Wanda Williams, Ava, accepted the Humanitarian Award on behalf of her brother-in-law, Homer Harley at the 1988 world grand champion show of the Missouri Fox Trotters here last Saturday night. Harley, the only living charter member of the association, now lives in Texas and was unable to attend the show Saturday night.
Ava middle school and high school students had an opportunity at the beginning of the school year to receive instruction in swimming and water safety, through the cooperation of the City of Ava and Ava Park Board.
Announcing Juanita’s Beauty Nook is pleased to announce the addition of Janice Gray to our shop. Juanita’s Beauty Nook, next door to Strong’s Watch Shop.
Lynel L. Potter, 2-year-old son of Ronald and Brenda Potter, Ava, took second place and won $100 in pictures in a photo contest at Town & Country Supermarket recently. Lynel has two sisters, Joanna and Kayla.
MURRAY –– A large crowd was present to see the film on the Dominican Republican shown by Dr. Jerry Jumper.
Mabel Sirna’s oil painting won honorable mention for Best Scenic Image in Southwestern Bell Telephone’s statewide poster contest for senior artists. Sirna has been painting for more than 10 years. She has won several awards for her paintings and teaches painting at her White Horse Art Gallery.
Knowledge may be power –– but it’s amazing how many unsuccessful men know it all.
50 Years Ago
September 12, 1963
Two Ava men, Wallace and Jerry Williams, have purchased the Broyles Feed Mills in Hartville, effective Monday of this week. The mill will now be known as the Hartville Milling Company.
Specially tinted glass for the windows in the new Ava R-1 High School building arrived Tuesday and workmen started installation immediately. Now it is hoped that the building can be occupied by high school students in two or three weeks.
Thirteen of Ava’s lettermen are seniors, including two who made the second all-conference team last year, James Pueppke, a guard transferred to tackle, and Halfback, Larry Tate. Tom Halford, last year’s center, gained 26 pounds to 190 during the year and will play tackle this year. Last year Halford developed into an excellent point-after-touchdown kicker and kicked for nine points.
A well known General Baptist Church minister, the Rev. V.H. Kastning, 82, and Mrs. Mae Cooper, 80, “began life anew” Sunday when they were married Sunday, Sept. 8, following church services at the Glad Hill Church southwest of Mansfield.
Miss Betty Jean Lisby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lisby of Ava become the bride of Airman First Class Leroy Melton of Kessler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Melton of Ava, in a 7:30 o’clock ceremony solemnized Saturday evening, Aug. 31 at the First Southern Baptist Church of Ava.
The first meeting of the school year of the Ava R-1 Parent-Teachers Association will be held tonight starting at 7:30 in the all-purpose room of the elementary building. “Your Personal Treasures” will be the theme of the meeting. Teachers and officers of the PTA will be introduced and there will be a get-acquainted period.
Larry H. Chance, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Chance of Route 1, Ava, moved in the Men’s Residence Hall at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Sunday, Sept. 8, where he is to reside during the school year. Chance is taking part this week in the college’s freshman orientation and testing program. The fall semester at SMS is beginning today.
Bill Bolding, who with his wife, Sue, and four sons, moved to Ava last week, has taken charge of the meat department of Don’s Super Market. Bolding, who was raised at Fort Smith, Ark., has spent the past year in a market at Independence, Mo.
FIELDSTONE –– A white ’61 car has located in the community. Miss Ola Mae Leach is the proud owner and driver of the nice car.
Elegant new fur trimmed coats, $22.99, others $16.99 to $39.99, for style, quality and savings, see Carp’s exciting collection of new fall and winter coats. . .with and without fur trims.
Royal Treat Sale, your choice each, 33¢ Thurs & Fri., Parfait, Banana Spilt or Fiesta. Dairy Queen, SW Corner Square. Free Dairy Queen pencil with each Dairy Queen sundae.
75 Years Ago
September 15, 1938
Since schools have started, reports of diphtheria and scarlet fever have reached the district health office in Ozark, and the office has called attention to the fact that parents and teachers can help prevent epidemics by observing a few rules relative to immunization, diet and isolation.
Crowds will converge on Ava the last three days of this week to attend Douglas County’s annual fair, being held today (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at the city park grounds. The big four acts of entertainment will be free to everybody in the fair grounds. The only cost will be admission to the gate, which is 10 cents per person or by season ticket costing fifty cents.
School enrollment in Ava has continued to increase the past week and the number Wednesday was five short of last year’s peak enrollment. Present high school enrollment is 448 and grade enrollment is 340, a total of 788.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bax of Pond Fork announce the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, Friday in St. Johns Hospital in Springfield.
SPRINGCREEK –– A daughter made its arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brown Friday, Sept. 9. They named the little lady Clarinell.
Marital Woes –– Mr. and Mrs. Robert Happel began to learn about the troubles of married life even before they could start on the honeymoon after their wedding last Thursday. Their auto broke down as they started to drive away from the church at Marionville, and they were forced to have the machine towed to a garage. As soon as the machine was repaired they returned to the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Bennett, of the Elm Spring community, arriving just in time to help fight a grass fire that threatened destruction of the residence. Their friends think the poor start a good omen.
James Curry entered Drury College in Springfield Monday.
Ava went down to defeat before Salem in a baseball game played at Salem Sunday afternoon. The score was 6 to 5.
Wesley Spurlock, pharmacist’s mate in the U.S. Navy stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, is spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Spurlock, of Route 4, and other relatives.
Several Ava people were in Springfield Sunday and attended the automobile races held at the Empire District fair grounds. The following group are some of those who attended: Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Hartley and family; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henley; Miss Allie Price, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Exline and daughter, Mary Ann; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Jernigan, Mrs. Lester Eslick and daughter, Dottie Mae; Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Shipman, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Spurlock, Joe Sutherland, Bernie Lewis, Garland Kellogg, Harry Rose, Bill Exline, Max Norman, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Curry and sons, James and Howard; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Royce and daughters; Sammye Lee, Ted Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Burl Krider, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Tilman and son, Paul and daughter, Betty Jane; and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kerr.
100 Years Ago
September 25, 1913
Pleading guilty to passing a worthless check on a member of his congregation, Rev. W.E. Pippin, a Baptist minister, was sentenced to serve three years in the penitentiary by Circuit Judge Maples at Bentonville, Sept. 20. He pleaded guilty for leniency. He married Miss Francis Murphy of Garfield after a three weeks courtship and was trailed through a half dozen states by her brother a constable. This is the same Pippin who held a meeting in Ava 18 months ago.
Last Saturday there was an election and a contest held on whether or not the stock should have their freedom on the wilds and commons of Boone Township. The result was in favor of the stock by a vote of 64 to 44. A hard battle was fought and we made a desperate struggle in favor of the porker and the wooly tribe. We won by a good safe majority and the stock is getting the benefit. They are yet browsing on the bush and picking up the acorns at least in Boone Township. We are for freedom for the stock. We have busted the stock law enforcement band, and the stock are getting the benefit. Yours truly, F. M. Potter.
DRURY ITEMS –– Archie Baker will move on the Will Murray place soon. Richard Sprague is moving on the Monroe Johnson place east of Vanzant.
A preacher says the slit skirts “show a cracked brain and empty heart.” If that’s all that fellow can see in a slit skirt, he is blind as a bat, or less observant than a gatepost.
Among the free attractions at the Douglas County Fair October 1-2-3-4, will be “Dare Devil” Dale with his highflying trapeze performances. He will loop the loop head down, in mid-air, and perform many other sensational stunts each day. Come and see.
Prof. W.H. Lynch, field agent for the Springfield State Normal was in Ava a few days the first of the week. It is he who gained a national reputation by this expression: “Our newspapers and our public schools are the universities of the people.”
Miss Jessie Morris of Rome and Otto Turner of Smallett sprung a surprise on their friends Monday by being married in this city. Rev. E. H. Yiesley performed the ceremony at eight p.m.
We have a carload of Swift’s Wheat Fertilizer on the way to Ava, it is due here next week. Send us your name on a postal if you want fertilizer this year and we will let you know the day the car arrives in Ava. Make the Yellow Front Store, north side square your headquarters during fair week, Oct. 1-2-3-4. Studebaker wagons, $70, run easy empty or loaded, best constructed, best material used, best road wagon made. Red Jacket Pump, 118 sold in Douglas County, ask any man who has a Red Jacket Pump, what he thinks of it. Come in and let us show you 25 or 30 working in Ava.
125 Years Ago
September 27, 1888
Senator Vorhees remarked to a South Carolina audience recently that there were two sides to politics in Indiana, but only one side in South Carolina. The senator is mistaken. There are two sides to a political question in South Carolina: The majority and the truth are on one side, and the minority and the shot gun on the other.
Buffalo Bill’s book of reminiscences will be published next winter in London and New York simultaneously.
Oscar Wilde has made a success of his fairy stories, but he has totally failed to popularize knee breeches and long hair.
Mr. Browning is in Italy with his sister. His son, Robert Barrett Browning, has just bought a beautiful old palace on the Grand Canal, Venice, where he proposes to take up his abode with his young American wife.
TRENTON, Mo., Sept. 19 –– A terrible cutting affray occurred just out of town last night in which a man named William Myers was stabbed to death and another named Tom McDonald was so badly cut that he cannot live. The fight occurred at a house of ill repute kept by Kate Howard and occurred between two parties of men who accidently met there. One of the groups became involved in a dispute with two brothers from Texas over one of the women, and both parties went outside to settle their trouble.
Billy the Kid’s Latest–Richfield, Kansas, Sept. 18 –– “Billy the Kid”, the Colorado terror, yesterday appeared in Taloga, Kansas, for the purpose of robbing the bank. The banker, however, put on the chronometer and quit business. Billy waited several hours, but the bank did not open. He then went in Corde’s store, in which was W.N. Price, the clerk, alone, made a small purchase and when the clerk opened the drawer for the change, dropped his gun on him and held him up till he emptied the till of about $10 and a gold watch. Billy than examined the premises for other booty. The robber then mounted and left for Colorado followed by several Winchester shots.
Married – Circuit Clerk’s office in Ava, Monday 24th inst., Wm. T. Potter and Miss Laura Wright; Rev. W.M. Brown officiating.
The festival last night was a grand success financially, and a good time was enjoyed by all present. An excellent supper was served and after the tables had been cleared two cakes were disposed of, the first being voted to Miss Jane Shelton, and bringing the neat little sum of $9.75, and the other to Mrs. Maggie Reynolds, $2.75. The total receipts of the evening were $28.05 which will be applied toward paying the pastor the M.E. Church.
School was dismissed Monday for the week.
Married at Ava, on Wednesday the 26th inst., John Duran and Mrs. Mollie Huffman. We congratulate them.