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Looking Backward 6.28.2012

25 Years Ago

June 25, 1987


Beginning July 1 a $10 fine can be imposed for non-compliance with the seat belt law.  Also litigated civil damage awards may be reduced by one percent for non-use of seat belts.

Ava R-1 School is approaching the end of an era.  Soon the school district will totally asbestos free.  The entire high school job is to be completed by July 17.

A great home routine, excess spirit, super technique and good attitudes earned the AHS pom pon squad the first place home routine trophy, an over-all superior trophy, and a spirit stick at the University of Missouri’s Universal Dance Camps spirit week June 15-18. Traveling to Columbia for the week’s activities were juniors Ralena Frye, Melissa Davis, Rachel Markin, Mary Mooney, Paula Plake and Krista Kratky; sophomores Erin Fleetwood and Jan Murphy; and freshmen Shannan Yeary and Julie Waldrip.

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Chaffee hosted a birthday party in their home on Sunday, June 14 for their twins, Mason and Megan, who were celebrating their first birthday.

SQUIRES –– The round table bunch at Theta’s were exchanging hilarious pig stories last week. They sound like pretty smart animals.

The annual meeting of DoCo9, Inc., was held Thursday, June 18.  New members on the board are Terry Morgan, Slim Frey and Carol Cunningham. New officers are Morgan, president; Earnest Cantwell, vice president;  LaVelle Clinkingbeard, secretary; and Charlie Williams, treasurer. Other board members are John Dickison, Goldie Oxley, Barbara Kagan, Laura Powers, Paul Robertson and Faye Allen.

The Ava Bass Club held its buddy tournament Saturday night, June 13 on Table Rock Lake out of Mill Creek. Dewayne Stephens took first place, with second going to Brian Sherrill.  Roy Avery took big bass.


50 Years Ago

June 21, 1962


NEW YORK, June 18 –– Homeowners outnumber renters by a considerable margin in Ava.  Some 388 local families, approximately 65.6 percent of the total, now own the houses in which they live, setting an all-time record in the city. Also, according to government findings, the houses are in better condition today and contain more of the comforts of modern living than they have in the past.

Miss Janis Elaine Rogers, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clate Rogers of eastern Douglas County – Route 1, Mountain Grove – is the new Douglas County Dairy Queen who will reign during the coming year.

Real estate and personal property valuations in Douglas County for tax purposes total $7,699,070 which is nearly a half million dollars higher than last year, according to the report of Assessor Garnet Kelly, filed in the office of County Clerk Paul Hesterly.

Linda Kay Henley, Ava, has been named to the spring term honor roll at the Southwest  Missouri State College. There are 72 students on the spring honor roll. The select list headed by 29 students who compiled 4.00 grade point averages – highest academic mark possible.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Garrison of Seymour, Route 4, announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Ella, to Leslie Dinwiddie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dinwiddie of Mangua, Mo.

Capt. And Mrs. G.B. Custer and sons, Gregg and Doug, stopped in Ava Friday for a short time to visit with Mrs. Custer’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Pledger. The captain and his family were enroute to Offitt Air Force Base at Omaha Nebr., where he was to begin a new assignment.

Miss Debbie Dougherty, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dougherty of Ava, left Monday enroute to Midland, Mich., where she will visit until early July in the homes of her five uncles and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Rippee and children, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rippee and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rippee and children, the Donald Rippee family and the Vernice Rippees.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hicks (Nettie Purtle), who were married Saturday evening, June 9, in an 8 o’clock ceremony solemnized at the Church of the Nazarene, north of Ava, were honored at a wedding shower Friday evening, June 15, when his aunt Mrs. Vernon Thurman, Mr. Thurman and sons, Donnie, Danny and Randy, entertained at their home north of Ava.

Darrell Haden, native of Douglas County, was among 20 graduates and undergraduate students honored recently at a dinner given by Sigma Tau Delta members at Northern Illinois University.

James Jenkins, aviation machinist’s mate second class, USN, son of Mr. and Rms. Warden is serving with Attack Squadron 172 which returned to its home port at Jacksonville, Fla., on May 18, after a month long cruise aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt


75 Years Ago

June 24, 1937


Ralph and Buoy Taylor of Almartha were bound over to circuit court without bond for trial on a charge of murdering Palmer Gilliland, 53, their neighbor and life-time friend.

Improvements are being made this week at the Coffman block just south of the public square on Highway 5. New sidewalks are being built and the new R.B. Stanton building is nearing completion. Mrs. Etta Thrasher who recently moved here from Ravenden, Ark., has leased the café section of the Stanton building and plans to open a first class café at the location early next week.

Ensign and Mrs. Wm. Martin of Los Angeles, Calif., arrived in Ava Monday evening and are spending two days here in the Martin family home. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were married June 10 in Los Angeles and are honeymooning through this region enroute to Pensacola, Florida, where Mr. Martin has been assigned to duty.

Two new waitresses were added this week to the force at the Beano Café, both young ladies are residents of Ava, Mo.  Miss Lois Yandell, who taught in the county rural schools last year and Miss Hazel Detherage.

Mrs. John Fawcett entertained a number of children Friday afternoon honoring her small daughter, Patsy Ann, who was celebrating her sixth birthday anniversary.  At the close of the afternoon birthday cake and ice cream were served to the following children: Catherine Reynolds, Molly Sue Banta, Louanna Mae Grabeel, Carolyn Joslyn, Anna Mae Hutchison, Iris Ann Lachmund, Anna Lee Sanders, Anise and Anita Embry, Marjorie Brazeal, Sammye Norman, Jerry Boyd Forsling, Jerry Rowe, Bobby Crain and the honoree.

Rufus Robertson has purchased a lot on the north side of town and plans to build in the near future. The lot is south of the Mrs. Bob Taylor residence and north of the Wardie Williamson residence and was bought from Ned Garner of Edgewater, Colorado, and Clarence Clinkingbeard.

ANNOUNCEMENT –– I have purchased the Hutchinson Service Station and Ice Service located at the southwest corner of the square, from Harold Hutchison.  “Hank” Yeisley, who has been in charge of the ice service, will continue to that capacity.  Come in –– Let’s get acquainted!  Roy Silvey, Sinclair Products.

Mrs. David Joslyn Monday received a twenty-six piece set of table silver in a tarnish proof case, a prize awarded in a contest conducted by Horlicks Milk Corporation.  The contest was conducted in the early spring to obtain a name for a railroad car lunch wagon being operated by Lum and Abner, radio comedy team. The Name Mrs. Joslyn submitted was “Lum and Abner’s Dawdle and Dine Depot.”


100 Years Ago

June 27, 1912


The first victory of the Taft forces in the Republican national convention at Chicago came in the election of United States Senator Elihu Root as temporary chairman.

At Chicago Friday, Jack Johnson champion pugilist and his wife, Etta Johnson, were indicated by the Federal Grand Jury on criminal charges of smuggling a diamond necklace through the port at New York from London on his return from the coronation trip.  The federal authorities announced that the criminal action will not be permitted to interfere with the battle on July 1 between Johnson and Flynn.

The Mountain Grove Electric Light and Ice Company is installing a new 50-K. W. Electric generating engine.  It is a Tandum Compound Condensing engine.  When installed this will be the only compound condensing plant in South Missouri –– placing the Mountain Grove Light plant as one of the best in South Missouri if not the best in the state.  While the Mountain Grove plant is not as large as some, it is the equal of any and when the new machinery is installed we will have as good a plant as money can buy.

–– Mountain Grove Herald

COLD SPRINGS ITEMS – Some of the boys seem to be enthusiastically in manual training, and boxing seems to be the leading game.

BRUSHY KNOB ITEMS – Mrs. Bessie Lefler is the proud owner of a new oil stove.

The site for the new church building is located near the Brushy Knob cemetery.

A new post office has been established three miles North of Arno. Alga is the name of the new office.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Reeves are the parents of a “brand new girl” which arrived at their home yesterday morning.

Read the bank statement in this issue of the Herald.  They show that money is not nearly so plentiful as it has been. Neither bank is loaning any money now, but are making an effort to collect some that they have out.

Let’s boost for electric lights and a good water system.

Hays McMurtrey returned to Ava from a trip to Mammoth Springs, Ark., the first of this week. He carries with him some photos of the bandit who was shot while attempting to rob the bank at that place last Saturday.

Grand Celebration, Ava, Missouri, July 4. Committees are arranging for best celebration ever held in this section of the country.  Two balloon ascensions, the Ava Commercial Band, Base ball, prominent speakers, plenty of good water on grounds.  Everybody come and enjoy the day.


125 Years Ago

June 9, 1887


Emperor William, Count von Moltke, Gen. W.S. Harney, U.S.A., and Col. E.G.W. Butler, of St. Louis, are believed to be the oldest four military officers in the world. Between the last two there is a good deal of rivalry as to precedence. Butler went into the Army before Harney; that is at West Point. But Harney received his commission before Butler got his.

Of all the lands in the world there is not one in which there is such as rage for monument raising as in Italy. Of late, especially, hardly a week has gone by without witnessing the unveiling of a new one. It is incredible the number of monuments, of busts, of pillars, and inscriptions that dot the fair peninsular.

An ounce of discretion is better than a pound of knowledge. Why not spend twenty-five cents for a bottle of Red Star Cough Cure, and save a large doctor’s bill?

J.A. McDaniel will finish up Geo. B. Waters dwelling at Ava this week.

The editor of the Democrat thinks we got slightly off our caboose in calling the Odd Fellows Hall, the Masonic Hall.  Both use the same building and the man of the Democrat needn’t make a jass ack of himself by personating us for making the slight error.

SPRING CREEK ITEMS –– Crops are looking fine on Spring Creek with the exception of oats. From all accounts they will prove an entire failure.

The citizens of Spring Creek township will do well to subscribe for the Douglas Co. Herald if they want the county news.

Chas. J. Osgood has located a farm near Girdner. Mr. Osgood comes from Clinton County where, he tells us, several families will shortly start for this county.

GIRDNER NEWS –– This neighborhood is going to have a pic-nic on the fourth-of-July and everyone is welcome to come that will bring a well-filled basket.

Circuit Judge Hale told Clerk Martin at Gainesville last week that he would not miss the Camp Fire at Mansfield.

Attention is called to the professional card of J.K. Bulger, Att’y at Law. Mr. Bulger is a late addition to the law force of our county and has the appearance of being a man of good ability. He will be found registered at the Singleton House.

Subscribe for the Herald, $1.00 per year in advance, a straight Republican Paper devoted to the best interests of Douglas County.

120 acres, 40 in cultivation, double hewed log house, good log barn, apple and peach orchard, well watered by springs and a creek, 39 acres in valley, situated 10 miles south of Ava, Price $600.

CANNES, Feb. 25 –– The Prince of Wales, while here, stayed at a hotel some distance up the mountain. When the earthquake shocks were felt his attendants implored him to leave the house, and he replied: “Since the shocks are over and the hotel not falling, I prefer to remain where I am – in bed.”