25 Years Ago
March 30, 1989
Next Tuesday voters in the Ava R-1 School District will decide the fate of a levy increase that would allow the school to build a new cafeteria to serve the some 950 students of grades five through 12.
Not all hospital activities are dreary for Inez Clinkingbeard. On March 16, C.V. and Inez celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary with a party in the lounge at St. John’s Hospital. A cake for the occasion was delivered to the lounge and with coffee was served to the honorees, and family.
Spelling bee winners in the Ava Middle School were noted this week. Students in grades 5-8 participated in the event, with winners announced in each grade, plus an overall winner. Winners are: 5th Grade – 1st, Anna Lane; 2nd, Tim Twitty; 3rd, Jason Milton; 6th Grade – 1st place and overall winner, Cindy Calhoun; 2nd, Brent Lakey; 3rd, Jennifer Corum; 7th Grade – 1st place, Jimmy Graf; 2nd, Scotty Porterfield; 3rd, Penny Spring; 8th Grade – 1st, Amy Dickinson; 2nd Faron Snow; 3rd, Becky Arnold.
Grand Opening, Thursday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 5, Mackey’s Clothing Center, Ava, Mo., next door to the Ava Post Office.
The Bears Den, 807 North Jefferson, student special, hamburger and fries, 99¢. Norman Blisard, Owner, and Karen Lakey, manager.
STAR –– Lois Strong and Lizzetta Roy spent Tuesday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Elga Vinson.
Eunice and Bruce Evans recently completed the required course of study in real state sales and have joined the sales force at United National Real Estate, Ava.
RED BANK –– Mr. and Mrs. Otto Davis and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Loyd attended the Robertson reunion Sunday afternoon at the Ava Community Center.
50 Years Ago
March 26, 1964
Members of the new board of directors of the Ava School District took the oath of office last Thursday night at their organization meeting and then went into session for a regular monthly business meeting. Harry Vinson was elected president of the board, and Edgar Jaynes was named clerk. Both men were elected at the March 17 election to service until April 1966. Additional board members are: Oscar Thomas, Jay Monger, Harry Williams, vice president; and Fred Snelson.
A country music and talent show will be sponsored by the AHS Science Club Friday night. Featured entertainers will be Ronnie Goin and The Rebels and The Baldknobbers, two local musical groups. The Rebels band is composed of Ronnie Goin, George Young, Cecil Kester, Ernest Osburn, Norman Page, Joann Goin, Maudy Robertson and Beulah Elms. Members of the Baldknobbers are George Mabe, Willie Mabe, Jimmy Mabe and Chick Allen.
David Miller, AHS sophomore, captured top honors in the biology division of the SCA Science Fair held at Mountain View March 14 with his project “induced Mutations in Embryology”. Miller, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Miller, will enter his project in the State Science Fair at Rolla April 10-11.
The government calls her “E. Nancy Burdett” but the home folks in Douglas and Ozark counties just call her “Elloree.” Miss Burdett is the first office clerk ever asked by the Department of Agriculture to serve on a committee of seven which makes recommendations to the secretary of agriculture on superior service awards made by the department to some of its 100,000 employees for achievement beyond the call of duty. In 1962, Miss Burdett herself received one of these awards from the department.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kilburn of Smallett entertained with a birthday party at their country home Sunday afternoon, March 22, when they honored their twin sons, Donnie and Ronnie, who were celebrating their 13th birthdays.
A former Ava High School science teacher, J.F. Coday, has been named as superintendent of schools at Willard. He taught at Ava from 1936 until 1939. He is a 1927 graduate of Mansfield High.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lyle Jenkins of Route 1, Ava, have chosen the name Jimmy Lee for their son born Saturday, March 14, at Mansfield Hospital. The baby weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces.
Mrs. Albert Goss was honored with a pink and blue shower on the evening of March 18 in the home of Mrs. Glenn Frye.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Davis celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at an open house held at their home in west Ava Sunday, March 1.
More than 78% of vehicles involved in fatal accidents in 1955 were traveling straight ahead.
75 Years Ago
March 30, 1939
National literary recognition has been accorded to Luna E. Newton of Route 3, Ava, whose poem, “It May Be Yet,” has been accepted for inclusion in The World’s Fair Anthology of 1939, to be published by the Exposition Press, New York City.
C.V. Clinkingbeard began work last week on a funeral home to be built on the site of his mother’s home in the north part of town. Mr. Clinkingbeard plans to erect a large building at this location. The south wing of the building will be the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clinkingbeard and their two sons, Eugene and Lyle.
Glenn Hibbard, who has just finished a four-year enlistment in the United States Navy, arrived in Ava last Wednesday evening and joined Mrs. Hibbard who has been spending the past few weeks in the home of Mr. Hibbard’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Hibbard. Mr. and Mrs. Hibbard plan to remain in Ava for a while before leaving for Cape Girardeau where Mr. Hibbard will operate a Western Auto Supply store.
CHICAGO –– Dr. Lon W. Morrey, educational director of the American Dental Assn., today issued a warning against too much optimism over recent reports that dentists can pull teeth, rehabilitate them and then put them back in the dental arch.
Sheriff and Mrs. Lincoln Barnes left Friday for Bakersfield, Calif., and plan to return to Ava today. Sheriff Barnes will return Raymond Crisp, former proprietor of the Country Club Inn, to Ava where he will be tried here for fraud.
Sixty percent of the 32,000,000 farm people in the United States live on totally unimproved dirt roads.
A series of temperance programs for Douglas County communities is being prepared and sponsored by the local W.C.T.U., it is announced by Mrs. Jesse Garrett, president. The first such program will be at the city park in Ava on Sunday, April 30, and will feature a Negro minister and his singers from Springfield.
RIPPEE –– Several sportsmen were taking advantage of the fine weather over the weekend by fishing in Bryant near Browns Cave. This cave is a favorite spot with tourists and attracts many people each year, both by its natural beauty and by the excellent swimming and fishing facilities enjoyed in nearby Bryant Creek.
MT. TABOR –– Ray Amyx of West Plains very pleasantly surprised Mrs. Bye Brown last week by sending her as a gift a ten-pound crappie.
ROCKBRIDGE –– Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Naugle are the parents of an eight-pound daughter who made her arrival Saturday night.
Shoes for Easter, newest styles, lowest prices, we have just unpacked our new spring footwear …outstanding styles for women, men and children. Our shoes are low priced. Come in today, we are always glad to show you. Ava Bargain Store, Orval and Eva Jernigan.
100 Years Ago
April 9, 1914
The city election held in Ava last Tuesday resulted in the election of A.H. Buchanan as alderman from the south ward and B.F. Hays as alderman from the north ward. No contests were made and the election was very quiet.
Colonel Ingersoll, in addressing a jury trying a case involving the manufacture of alcohol, described this arch enemy of the human race thus effectively: “I believe every thoughtful man is prejudice against this infernal stuff that is called alcohol. Intemperance cuts down youth in its vigor, manhood in its strength and age in its weakness; it breaks the fathers heart; bereaves the doting mother; extinguishers natural affections; erases conjugal love; blots out filial attachments; blights parental hope and brings down mourning age in sorrow to the grave. It produces weakness, not strength; sickness, not health; death, not life; it makes wives widows; children orphans; fathers fiends and all of them paupers and beggars….”
A newspaper advertising campaign for recruits to the British Army is to be undertaking in all parts of Great Britain. The war office has become convinced of the value of the newspapers as a medium and has placed a contract with the head of a regular advertising agency to conduct the campaign during the next year on a large scale.
Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Upchurch are the proud parents of a fine baby boy. All parties concerned are doing nicely. Hobart says he is a might fine boy and a straight Democrat.
Commencement exercises of the Ava High School will be held in Ava next Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
There is some strong talk of an ice plant for Ava.
PANSY ITEMS –– Our famous gang of foxhunters consisting of Jake Huffman, John Hole and Low and Clarence Davis were out hunting Saturday night.
Missouri has received a mighty fine complement from Kansas in the recognition of the best silo bulletin yet issued in the United States. The Kansas Department of Agriculture asked for and has been granted permission by the Missouri State Board of Agriculture to republish J. Kelley Wright’s great bulletin entitled “Silo Facts from Missouri Farmers.” The war really is now over –– Kansas and Missouri have buried the hatchet.
SILVERTON CHAT –– Harry Dalton, nephew of Mr. Sam Plumb, is visiting relatives in this part now and while here has suffered from an attack of pneumonia, but has about recovered at this writing.
125 Years Ago
April 4, 1889
A terrible hurricane disaster occurred at Apia, on March 15, in which the United States Naval vessels in Samoan waters, the Trenton, and the Vandalia, both lost and the Nipsie beached and many at the sailors washed overboard and drowned. Every vessel in the harbor is on shore except the English man-of-war, Calliope, which got to sea. The Vandalia lost four officers and thirty-nine men; the Nipsie seven men and all saved from the Trenton. This seems as though we had better to have let Germany have Samoa, and learn the natives to raise cabbage and make kraut, as the loss of so many lives becomes too expensive an investment for the amount of the probable benefit of America.
This has been a very busy week in the business of Circuit Court. Quite a number of cases have been tried, and numerous hotly contested motions have been disposed of. The trial of John Lamb, charged with committing an assault with intent to kill, and his son as accessory thereto, have been attended with considerable interest, sides being taken to some extent both for and against, which finally resulted in a severance being taken and a conviction of the son and with a motion pending for a new trial, and a hung Jury in the old man’s case.
Today another of the famous whiskey cases, State vs H.M. Miller, was put upon trial, but the state failed to make a case.
The Rothschilds and others have loaned Russia $140,000,000.
Lieut. Gov. Jones of New York, sports a $3,000 dog with a silver collar.
Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe is so feeble, she is unable to see anybody but nurse and physician.
Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, says that the great mass of people read novels for the story; they do no look or care for the application.
Prohibition Murder, Louisville, Ky., –– At Burksville Thursday, Matt Baker was shot and mortally wounded by his uncle, Dr. Sandige and his cousin, Sandige’s son. The town is under local prohibition law. Sandige keeps a drug store. When he refused to sell Baker whiskey, Baker followed him to his house and became very abusive. After ordering Baker away several times, the Sandiges shot at him. At last report it was considered impossible for Baker to recover.