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Looking Backward 2.9.2012

  25 Years Ago

February 5, 1987


Capt. R. L. Hampton, com­manding officer of Troop G, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Willow Springs, announces the assignment of two new troopers to Troop G effective Jan. 24. The new troopers will report for duty Mon­day, Feb. 9.  Trooper Keith A. Jones, 30 of Van Buren, will be assigned to Zone 4 and stationed at Ava.  Trooper Donald K. Floyd, 27, Ellington, will be assigned to Zone 5 and stationed at Winona.

The Selective Service System has announced that men who will reach their 26th birthday in 1986 are reaching an important milestone.  Beginning on Jan. 1, 1986, men who were required to register with Selective Service in 1981 will be turning 26. Selective Service does not have the authority to accept registrations after age 26.

Frederick Bacorn, Ava, was recently honored by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Dept. for having completed 25 years of service. He is an inspector in the 10-county District 9 area, based in Willow Springs.

Gerald Scott Nall of Ava was among the 700 students receiving diplomas in the winter graduating ceremonies at the University of Missouri – Rolla, on Dec. 21.

SQUIRES –– Marion Rippee came to Thornfield Head Start last Wednesday to demonstrate machine and hand appliquéing techniques.  It was interesting and fun.

Lois Meador of Elk City has received recognition as the Kansas Volunteer of the Year.  Mrs. Meador is the mother of Frank Meador of rural Ava.

Rudy Introduces The Great Breakfast Bonanza.  Start your day right with these incredible specials:  #1 scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, breakfast fries, biscuits and gravy, blueberry muffin, only $1.49;  #2  Two pork chops, 2 eggs, breakfast fries, toast or biscuits, blueberry muffin only: $2.49.

  Rudy’s Village Inn,

Junction Highways 5 and 14


50 Years Ago

February 1, 1962


A bond election has been called for Tuesday, Feb. 20, by the Ava R-1 board of education, and school district voters will be asked to approve the issuance of $350,000 with which to construct a new building.

State Conservation Commission this week announced purchase of a site for a second lookout tower for Douglas County. It will be located on the high knob just east of the Squires store about nine miles south of Ava on Highway 5.

In a three-way transaction Mr. and Mrs. Burl Krider sold their home, the former Dr. Coffman property at the corner of Gordon Avenue and Maple Street, to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Robertson and daughters, Janice and Marjorie, and at the same time the Robertsons sold their home on Spring Street to Mrs. Robertson’s sister and her family, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Warden and children, Joan and Paul of Squires.

It took several hours of hard work to put a large semi-trailer truck loaded with 600 cases of eggs back onto Highway 14 at the Glen Pool curve, east of Ava, Sunday, after the large vehicle slipped off the outside curve of the road.

The new building of the First Baptist Church being built on Highway Y in west Ava is nearing completion. Rev. Max Morris, pastor of the church, states that the building will be ready for occupancy around the first of March.  Total cost of the new building will be $70,000.

Jim Shollenberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.K. Shollenberger of Ava, was one of six young people who were awarded prizes as winners in the fourth annual youth talent auditions held in Springfield on Saturday.

BLACK OAK –– Wayne Kellogg of Columbia is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kellogg, Harold and Anita, during the end of the first semester.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Alcorn and family and Miss Gunner were dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Thompson and son, Leonard.

SWEDEN –– Mr. and Mrs. Gilly Buchanan and Mr. and Mrs. Harley Hancock and children, Sandy and Randy, visited Saturday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Coy, and daughter Patsy.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Curnutt, their daughter, Betty, and her friend, Miss Alice Ann Cooper, went to Marshfield on Wednesday, last week and attended a noon birthday dinner with Mr. Curnutt’s mother, Mrs. Frank Curnutt, who was observing the anniversary of her 97th birthday.

LONGRUN – Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sallee are conducting a revival at Protem.

BAKERSFIELD – The ice is all gone and we are having nice sunshiny weather, with a temperature of 31 degrees this Monday morning.

Mrs. E.L. Yeoman hostessed the January meeting of the Ava Fortnightly Club last Thursday evening at her home on Valley Street. Mrs. Ben Callaway conducted the evening program and reviewed a current novel, “The Peacemakers,” written by Marquis Childs.


75 Years Ago

February 4, 1937


Five prominent Ava men to­night will be brought before a “court of dubious justice” which will convene for the first –– and probably the only –– time in the circuit court room of the new Douglas County Courthouse.  In the court they will defend them­selves on charges of “conspiracy to shock the conscience of a commu­nity.”  The men are Ray Hailey, superintendent of Ava schools; Floyd Curnutt, grade school princi­pal; Noel Sutherland, circuit clerk and ex-officio recorder; and W.A. Croslin and C.E. Davis, well-known Ava merchant.   One of the chief actors in the trial, besides the defendants, will be Harry Martin, “persecuting attorney within and for the Chamber of Commerce,” who brings the charges “upon his oath to fail to perform any duties that may be imposed upon him by said office.”   “Persecutor” Martin will be assisted by attorneys Lz Banta and W.H. Mitchell. Counsel for the defense will be attorneys John Bragg, C.H. Jackson and Fred Stewart.

Sheriff Lincoln Barnes and Deputy Sheriff Lester Eslick Wednesday found a calf and three sacks of feed allegedly stolen recently and arrested two men.  The calf and feed were found a mile and a half southwest of Tigris on what is known as the old Nelson place. The calf was identified as one stolen from Merle Jarman, Ava barber, Tuesday night. It was taken from Jarman’s barn.

Alfred Button, a Spanish war veteran, who makes his home at the Kirk Hotel, donated a sectional bookcase and one hundred volumes to the public library Monday. Many others have donated books. Among them: C.E. Browning, Jos. V. Pitts, Harry Martin, Claude Hibbard, Mrs. Ray Livingston and Mrs. Oscar Gentry.

Ava High School’s debate team placed third in an Altitude League tournament held Thursday of last week in Marshfield. Four teams entered the tournament, Seymour High School placing in the cellar position. In the first round, Ava’s affirmative team, composed of Ted Gray and Audra Hunsaker, defeated Rogersville. The negative team, composed of James Curry and Wanda Burdett, defeated Seymour.  Miss Ollie Rae Bloomer, debate coach, accompanied the team to the tournament.

Twenty-six dollars and fifty cents was retained here by the committee in charge of the president’s ball, held at the Brown Tavern Saturday night, to be used locally in treatment and rehabilitation of persons suffering with infantile paralysis. Gross receipts from sale of tickets for the ball amounted to $48. Six dollars was paid for music and $4 went for rent on the hall. Miscellaneous expenses were thirteen cents.  Of the net profit, $11.37 was sent to the Warm Springs Foundation in Georgia to be used in its national fight against the disease.

DENLOW-FOXCREEK –– We are still having rain, snow and sleet.

RIPPEE –– Rain and Melting snow have caused Bryant to overflow.


100 Years Ago

February 8, 1912


The K.C.O. & S. has a new engine. We will give you some dope next week on what they are doing.

Mrs. Rosa Hesterly is in St. Louis this week buying millinery goods. She will put in a complete line of this class of goods, perhaps in the new Mercer brick.

DENLOW ITEMS – Pennington Brothers, Luther and Claude, who are now running the mill are doing some excellent work. They have bought some new machinery and repaired the old, and are in a fair way to give their customers a square deal and a good deal.

From Thornfield, Feb. 6, 1912:  I have not seen anything from this place for sometime, thought I would drop you a little note as I regard the Herald as one of the best county papers in the State.  …  W.H. Gilliland and A.A. Trent are on a visit to Green Co.  …  Ed Hensley and Arthur Heard had a few short words about an old hat.  Hensley slashed Heard twice with a knife cutting him on the upper arm, and since Hensley has fled.  … Some unprincipled person took G.W. Pearsey’s thermometer from the side of his store Saturday night.

Charter Oak Stoves Ranges and Heaters have stood the test for more than a half century and have made a lasting friend of every person who uses one, we buy them in car load lots and will make you close prices.  We invite you to come and see us.  Examine the quality of our goods. Get our prices. Let us supply your wants.  Yours Truly, H.S. Wilson, East Side Square, Ava, Missouri

Pearl Cox had the misfortune to lose her watch a short time ago at the Banner schoolhouse where she is teaching. She has offered a reward for its return.

Taylor O’Neal has bought a farm of W.M. Green, his old home 2 miles west of here, and has moved there.

Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Baskin, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Murray are making preparations to go the Imperial Valley in California to make their future homes.

Marriage Licenses –– Earnest Baker of Drury, to Annis O. Hinkie of Tedrick;  W.H. Evans to Maryline Cameron, both of Bryant;  S.F. Ellison of Tigris to Artie Gainter of Dogwood.

PANSY ITEMS –– Earl Hale is building a new house.

Henry Hampton has moved on what is known as the Stratton farm.

If you are going to buy a Gasoline Engine stop in T & B Big Farmer’s Supply Store and see the Keystone run.  It’s built to do the work, and is reliable.  Sold on a guarantee.