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Looking Backward 4.5.2012

  25 Years Ago

April 2, 1987


All conference balloting for the 1986-87 basketball season places three Ava players on the honorable mention list. Receiving honorable mention in boys competition were juniors Gary Jenkins and Mickey Swofford, and senior Tina Plake earned honorable mention in girls basketball play.

Following several reported cases of measles in the Columbia area, Robert G. Harmon, M.D. director of the Missouri Department of Health, today advised Missourians to take proper precautionary measures. He warned that measles also called “hard” or “10-day” measles is highly contagious and spreads rapidly among persons who have not already had the disease or who are not protected by immunization.

Ava High School students Cathy Davis and Heather Holmes are working hard to organize a S.A.D.D. (Students Against Driving Drunk) chapter at Ava High School. So far the girls say there are about 25 members, but the organizational effort has just begun.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Murphy, Mrs. Ruth Ewing and Jan Murphy spent the weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. They were met by Mr. and Mrs. Ron Johnson from Houston, Texas. The group had come for the presentation of “A Broadway Musical Salute to Newcomb,” which Rodney Sexton was one of the main performers.

Walt Wittorf, and Marvin Petty, both of Ava, were among elected officials attending the Associated Milk Producers, Inc. Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis, Minn. March 23-26.

Milton G. Ryan, son of Milton G. and Gladys Ryan of Rural Route 5, Ava, has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to rank of staff sergeant.

SMALLETT –– Mr. and Mrs. Randy Brummet, Shelly and Justin visited Sunday at St. John’s Hospital with Daisy Huff and Alice Essary.


50 Years Ago

March 29, 1962


A big collie dog, apparently a stray, bit two grade school children at the new elementary school grounds Tuesday morning, but teachers said that the skin was not broken on either child.  City Policeman Clifford Cunningham was called to the scene and he caught the dog. It was taken to a pound at the clinic of Dr. Taylor Woods and will be kept under observation for several days to determine whether or not the dog is rabid.

There are four candidates to fill the two three-year terms on the Ava R-1 board of education. All are from the northwest section of the district. The four are: Incumbents Horace Painter and Noel McCall, and Edwin Hailey and Charles M. Letsinger.

The home of the W.D. Haden on Spring Street in Ava was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lansdown and daughter Kim, in a real estate transaction completed in Ava during the weekend. The property was sold by Mrs. Edna Miller, who was living in the home, and her brothers, Mote Haden of Route 4, Morley Haden of Squires and Homer Haden of Squires, Dee Haden, Ava, children of the late Mr. Haden.

Miss Sue Myers, daughter of Vester Myers of Ava, Route 3, became the bride of Perry Pool, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Pool of Ava, Saturday afternoon, March 24, at the Highway Church of the Nazarene, north of Ava.

Piano students of Mrs. Barbara Searle will present a recital Wednesday, April 4, starting at 8 p.m. in the elementary school building. The program will include three to five numbers by each of the pupils, Sue Curry, Myra Cudworth, Carol Curry, Cheryl Owens, Betty Curnutt and Paula Cudworth.

The Mildred Matthews Circle of the Ava First Baptist Church met Monday afternoon, March 19, in the home of Mrs. Russell Klineline.

The first state-wide tournament to decide a Missouri fishing champion, with qualifying now underway and finals scheduled Aug. 21-26, inclusive, in the tri-lakes area of Bull Shoals, Taneycomo and Table Rock, was explained to the Ava Kiwanians Monday by William Hoke of Branson, president of Mo-Ark Lakes Inc., and L.B. Cook, regional director and boat dock operator of Theodosia.

The second break-in this month of an Ava business house occurred Monday night, this time at the H &M Standard Station in north Ava at the junction of Highway 14 and old No. 5. The burglars obtained $129.35 in silver and bills from a cash register and from a cigar box in the office.  Harold Mitchell and Wm. Heinlein, co-owners of the station, said that only silver had been left in the cash register, and that bills had been placed in the cigar box at the close of business Monday evening, and the box put on a high shelf in the office.

Look for our big red-and-white Vickers “V”! Owens & Gaulding, Ava, Missouri.


75 Years Ago

April 1, 1937


The senior class play, “The Gay Pretenders,” was presented in the High school gymnasium Friday evening to a full house. The three-act comedy was directed by Miss Una Ellison, Senior class sponsor. Actors were Ted Gray, Virginia Lawson, Boone Norman, Jr., Audra Hunsaker, Robert Shipman, Lorene Fancher, Paul Hays and Wanda Burdett.  Entertainment between the acts was presented by Patsy Fawcett, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fawcett, and Bobby Pettit, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Pettit, who did tap dancing numbers; Ray Hailey, Jr., who played a trumpet solo, Mrs. Florence Garrison, eighth grade teacher, who sang a solo, and the high school brass quartet, directed by Roy Tharp, music supervisor.

Ava high school’s basketball squad won thirteen games and lost ten during the past season.  Prospects for a winning team are bright, as only three lettermen will be graduated from the squad. They are: Howard Wade, Austin Osborn and Billy Campbell.  Squad members who remain for another season are Harrison Shipman, Billy Pettit, Noble Livingston, H. Smith, Orville Nall, Don Spurlock, Joe Sutherland, Billy Lawrence, Cornie Grote, Joe Bacorn, Andrew Bean and Wallace Hartley.

Workmen removing stones from the old courthouse foundation found a home-made star believed to have been worn by an officer of the law. The badge is a five-pointed star cut from the flat side of a tobacco tin. On the back side of the badge, originally the outside of the can, a safety pin is soldered for fastening it to a shirt or coat.  On the bright, front side of the star is painted the words “the Law” in capital letters. Rust covered part of the face of the badge.

ROBERTSON – Earnie Jenkins and Miss Lois Yandell closed a successful term of school Friday of last week at Pleasant Hill.

Mr. and Mrs. Flay Ludwig and son Charles were Sunday guests in the home of Mrs. Ludwig’s mother, Mrs. Alice Huffman and Mr. Huffman.

Dr. and Mrs. Marvin Gentry and daughter Phyllis Diane moved Friday to their new home in the southeast part of town. The home just completed provides every modern convenience and is an addition to our city. Miss Georgia Marie Jones, who made her home with the Gentrys this school year, moved with them to their new home.

House’s Shoe Store – Colored patents, $1.95.  You’ll love these patent leather sandals in gay and brilliant colors – carnation red, sky blue, pink, yellow! Daintily cut out in an engaging design, you’ll want them in several colors, and white as well.  Only $1.95.

EAST DOGWOOD – It seems we were a bit hasty in assuming that old man winter had departed for points north. It appears that he was only resting up for the grand finale.

GOODHOPE –– This freezing weather is bad for our newly made gardens.


100 Years Ago

April 4, 1912


We wish to announce to our friends and customers, and the many readers of the Herald, that after this issue of the paper, you will find us on the south side of the square in the new Mercer brick building, on the first floor.  The Herald office has been in its present location for nearly 20 years being moved from the old G.A.R. building on the east side of the square.  The building was built by Geo. Waters, then publisher of the Herald.

The city election in Ava last Tuesday was very quiet, only a small portion of voters turning out to vote; however the questions before the voters were properly cared for.  Irlee T. Curry was elected Alderman from the north ward and A.H. Buchanan was elected from the south ward. Lester H. Pettit was re-elected to the Office of Treasurer.

The Ava Public School will close after one more week. The private term will continued, and it is evident from the number of outside students now in attendance, that the term will be a successful one.

Solid As A Rock, Our Bank is a Safe Place for Your Money.  Let our bank be your bank. We pay 4 percent interest on time deposits.  Bank of Ava, Ava, Missouri

A fine baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wheeler of west of town on March 29, 1912.  Those concerned are doing nicely. Dr. J.L. Gentry was the attending physician.

Ivy Kester left Ava last Sunday for Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he expects to play ball this season.

J.W. Grudier, of Hammond and Alice Call, of Girdner, were married at Gainesville last Saturday, March 30. The Herald extends best wishes to the happy couple.

Lincoln Barnes has moved his livery business to the Singleton barn, where he will continue the business. He says he will buy more horses and rigs, and will be better equipped to accommodate his customers.

Henry Huffman of Basher was in Ava last week attending court. He informs us that Basher will have a daily mail from now on. The afternoon Mansfield Ava hack goes via that place. This makes the schedule time of our afternoon mail arriving in Ava at 2:25 p.m.

ROY ITEMS –– Several of the Roy people attended the entertainment at Home Stead Saturday night.

ZENDA ITEMS –– Mr. and Mrs. Matt Huffman are the proud parents of a fine 11-pound boy, which made its arrival March 9th.

DENLOW –– Charley Vancil has purchased the blacksmith tools from Albert Williams and will be found here ready for all kinds of blacksmith work.

CESCO CHIEF 2635, American Saddle Horse Breeders’ Assn., terms $10 to insure living colt, payable when colt is foaled or when mare is traded or about to be removed from county, etc.  Sex: stallion; Color: chestnut; Markings: star, snip; Season now open.