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Douglas County Museum

There is a certain citizen living near Ava who for some time has bought his flour from Mansfield and other places, but on last Saturday, when he learned what bargains he had lost by not buying the celebrated Ava Roller Mill Flour, he got awful mad, went home, thrashed every kid on the place, kicked at the dog and turned over the churn and then sassed his mother-in-law.   (Douglas County Herald June 27, 1891)

N. E. Ide, John J. Cabell and J. L Davis were attorneys at law advertising in the Douglas County Leader in the August 31, 1876 issue.

Speaking of the Douglas County Leader, did you know there were at least eight newspapers out of Douglas County?  The Herald being the only one to survive and has done it very well for one hundred twenty-four years.  Other newspaper publications that bit the dust besides the Leader were Douglas County Capital, Douglas County Advance, The Farm Record, Ava Times, Ava Enterprise, and the Douglas County Journal.

There were three milk-receiving stations in Ava at one time—Kraft Foods managed by Hurse Smith; Carnation Company with manager Paul Clauser, and the Twentieth Century Plant managed by Paul Hunsaker.  We have the time clock from the latter plant on display at the Museum.

We send our appreciation to the Humbyrd Family for the Centennial plate.  And I also appreciate my cousin for the yellow tomatoes.  They were good and I stress ‘were’ for they are gone and I could use some more.

The Museum will be open at least through the month of August on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-2.  We encourage you to stop by for a tour or for us to help you get started on your family history.

Stay tuned for more.