25 Years Ago
April 6, 1989
A busload of Ava School children escaped injury last Wednesday afternoon north of Ava. The bus, driven by Elmer Strong, had just left school and was making its first stop, but none of the children were injured. The accident occurred on Route B, just west of Highway 5, about three miles north of Ava. According to Trooper Keith Jones, the car slid to one side and then to the other before striking the bus. Jones said the bus caution lights were on.
A 15-cent levy increase was approved by voters in the Ava R-1 School District to construct a new middle school and high school cafeteria.
Robert Cook, conservation agent with the Missouri Conservation Department, recently received an award for 30 years of service to the Department. Cook started with the Department Jan. 1, 1959, as an agent in Douglas County, where he continues to serve.
Benny’s won first place on the 4th grade division of the 1989 boys and girls pee wee basketball tournament, which was completed recently. Players are Badeena Lawson, Christine Wash, James DeVries, Mandy Atchison, Marty Bushong, Jesse Davidson, Justin Stanton, Jesse Hunn, Shannon Schillinger, Coby Murrill and Derek Harris. Coaches for the team were Travis Graham and Landon Johnson.
The program of the Ava PTA Tuesday night focused on drug awareness in the Ava Schools. Sheriff Roldan Turner and Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Thompson closed the program by discussing the drug issue from an enforcement standpoint.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hartley, Ava, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 9, with a reception at the First Baptist Church. Haden and Floyd Hartley were married April 3, 1919, at Arno, Mo.
50 Years Ago
April 2, 1964
In Ava voters will cast ballots for two aldermen and a police judge, and will vote on two propositions, to extend the city limits and to approve a two-mill park fund levy. Candidates for alderman in Ava’s north ward are incumbent E.L. Yeoman and Dick Wallace, while Bill Pettit is unopposed for alderman in the south ward, and incumbent Hobard Gentry is the lone candidate for police judge.
Miss Ellen Gulick has been approved by the Extension Councils in Douglas, Ozark and Wright counties to do area home agent work in this area.
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Gentry and daughters, Brenda and Janet, entertained with a family Easter dinner in their home, 812 E. Washington Avenue, and had as guests on the occasion the following members of Mr. Gentry’s family: his mother, Mrs. Leota Gentry; his sisters, Miss Beulah Gentry and Mrs. Floyd Staley and Mr. Staley; and a brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gentry.
Approved and registered by Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Assn., Redigo Red Man. The 3-year-old sorrel stallion stands 15 hands high and has four stocking feet up to the knees, and wide blaze in-face, with light mane and tail. Redigo Red Man will stand the season of 1964 at the R.J. Lathrop farm, three-quarters mile west of Ava on Hwy. Y. R. J. Lathrop, owner and keeper
The Ava High School Beta Club was organized Tuesday afternoon March 24 at a special meeting held in the high school building. Three students from the Mansfield High School Beta Club, Gary Amos, Miss Ingrid Johnson and Miss Glenda Hensley, installed the officers of the new club, who are: President, James Pueppke; vice president, Mary Kay Harnden; secretary – treasurer, Gloria Jones.
Dear Mister Editor:
The fellers at the country store Saturday night was discussing preachers and religion. For the most part, they know about as much on them subjects as a hog knows about Sunday. We had a feller out here a few years back named Pat Barnwell that claimed he was a authority on these matters. He was always telling everybody how to git to Heaven. He was so ignorant he spelled Jesus with a little “g” but he was a expert on how to git to Paradise and afore long they give him the nickname of “Paradise Pat”. But, ignorance ain’t never been no drawback to conversation when the fellers convene at the country store. Personal, Mister Editor, I think the preacher of today has got the hardest job on account of we got more ways to sin and more confusion than in the old days. How the so ever, I will have to say they ain’t no finer calling in life than being a rural preacher. I recollect reading once this statement made by William Jennings Bryan: “Doubtless God Almighty could make something better than a country preacher, but doubtless he never did.” Yours truly, Uncle Ben.
75 Years Ago
April 6, 1939
D. W. Tillman was elected mayor of the city of Ava Tuesday, defeating R. A. McJimsey by a vote of 299 to 194.
A child’s shoe, copper toed, evidently made by hand, was found by workmen who last week completed razing the Mrs. W. R. Clinkingbeard home. The shoe was quite small, measuring only five inches, outside measurements, from heel to toe, and was narrow. Persons who have seen the shoe believe it was made by William Gresham, and that it is probably thirty-five or forty years old, since it is that long since such shoes have been worn.
Mr. and Mrs. Ott Hamby of Smallett announce the birth of a daughter Saturday evening April 1.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Surguine of Smallett announce the birth of a son, Troy Eldon, Tuesday, March 28.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Hartley of west of Ava announce the birth of a daughter Monday afternoon, April 3.
Billie Hale, Royce Kline Waters and Teddy Stone were adjudged winners of first, second and third places respectively in a contest conducted at the Hale Hardware company store recently by the Burgess Battery company.
Members of the Ava Lions Club hope soon to see the day when it will not be necessary to tell a stranger in Ava to “go two blocks south and turn east and it’s the third house on the left side of the street” when it is necessary to direct him to someone’s house. The club hopes to have street markers erected at every street intersection in the city limits with the exception of the north addition. Baked enamel plates, twenty inches long and weather proof, will be erected on cedar posts showing the name of each street.
Lincoln University at Jefferson City had its beginning with a fund of $6,379 contributed by the 62nd and 65th regiments of the U.S. Colored Infantry from their pay upon their discharge from the service in January 1866. In 1937-38 it had an enrollment of 865 college and 139 high school students with a faculty of forty persons.
“Beer and whiskey –– driving risky!”
BRUSHYKNOB –– Willie Gray and family moved Saturday to the farm on Bryant known as the Eberhart place, which they recently traded for. Mr. and Mrs. Art Linder moved to the farm formerly occupied by the Grays.
ROME –– Mr. and Mrs. Unie Ellison and children were transacting business in Ava Monday.
DENLOW –– Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Dobyns announce the birth of a daughter, Tuesday morning, April 4. The little girl has been named Vivian Bertha Anne.
100 Years Ago
April 16, 1914
The commencement Exercises of the Ava High School were held in Ava the first three days of this week. The class of 1914, which consists of twenty promising lads and lasses of the Ozark mountains, marched to the stage headed by Prof. McIntosh and Jesse Mitchell. The tasty decorations, the beautiful gowns and the modern, conventional suits mingling in the glow of the electric lights, made a very striking appearance, which will long be remembered by the many eager eyes.
The annual debate was the culminating feature of the evening. The question discussed was resolved “That the United States Should Adopt Woman Suffrage.”
THE DAIRY –– Profit Found in Kindness. Speak to a cow as you would to a lady, personal equation gives advantage to hand milking.
BRUSHY KNOB –– Five new families from Morgan County have moved here and are located at the colony. Mr. Vogt, one of the members has trade for the Joe Ellison farm one of the best in this district.
You can’t build up a town by knocking on its people. When one man thinks he is better than another, he himself is at fault.
Ava let a might good thing slip from her when she failed to consider Mr. Quigley’s dam. We understand that he now has the thing about ready to go to work on, and that our neighboring town will get the benefits from this industry.
The County and City both have a grader in Ava. They have been here near two weeks and no movements made toward using them. We would like to see these pieces of machinery put up and put to some use. They are no good to us laying out in the grass, and they are doing the roads no good.
Lloyd Reynolds is having a new house built on his lots in the west part of town. It will be a modern five-room house and one of the best residences in the city.
PANSY ITEMS –– The frosts of the past week damaged the peach and strawberry crops to a great extent in this community.
125 Years Ago
April 11, 1889
Since the suspension of work on the Panama Canal over 8,000 laborers have been sent home from the Isthmus. A consular investigation shows that there are still over 3,000 persons on the line of the works who are in a destitute condition. Some deaths from starvation have already been reported and it is feared that many more will occur if prompt measures are not taken by the West Indian governments to sent he people back to their homes. Negroes and women and children are the worst sufferers. Despite the great distress good order prevails.
A forty-four inch vein of silver quartz is reported at a depth of 119 feet six miles north of Fort Dodge, Ia.
All the icehouses on the Hudson River have been filled, a million tons have been housed.
Ethan Allen, the once famous trotting horse, still lives at the age of 33 at Byfield Pariah, Mass.
Several boat-making firms in Maine are this spring sending canoes to England, where they are a decided novelty.
The Supreme Court of the United States has rendered an important declaration supporting the right claimed by the State Board of Health of West Virginia to make rules for the regulation of the practice of medicine. The state requires every doctor to obtain a certificate from that board.
The severest wind that has prevailed in Jackson County, Minn. for years was experienced at a late hour this afternoon. A prairie fire was raging near the village and only the most strenuous efforts of citizens prevented the destruction of the village. News from the prairie at this time gives a report of great loss of prosperity.
At Strasbourg a German newspaper of the year 1609 has been found, which is the oldest newspaper known.
The story that the microbe of diphtheria had been discovered by French scientists was a Paris newspaper canard.
Italians are immigrating in large numbers to Brazil. Now, let some one build a hand organ factory there. Monkeys are indigenous.
Paris women now have a whim for natural flowers. They are worn on the shoulders epaulette fashion, where they are in no danger of being crushed.
The opium smokers of New York had a ball the other night and the behavior of those present was morphindish than has been seen in many a day.
A girl who had been troubled for a long time with insomnia was advised by a Swedish woman to wet a cloth in ice-cold water and lay it across her eyes. She did so, and was completely cured.