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Looking Backward 10.2.2012

  25 Years Ago

October 1, 1987


Mrs. Hulda Tipton has been named director of the Ava Senior Center and started her duties there on Monday.  She replaces Mrs. Jean Stone who recently retired.

Ava Implement Sales is now open on North Jefferson Street near the Ava High School, with imple­ment sales and service.  Located in the former Ava Oil building, the business is owned and operated by Larry Bruffett, a native of the Douglas Ozark County area.

Ava City Council voted Monday night to purchase an IBM computer system to be used at City Hall.  The total cost of the System 36 com­puter system will be about $70,000, which includes installation and training of employees.

Miss Alysa Dene Nash is proud to announce the birth of her baby sister, Aymee Rene Nash.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Bloomer entertained Sunday afternoon, Sept 20 for their daughter, April, who would celebrate her 7th birthday on Monday.  Children present with April were: Ginger and Pepper Bloomer; Tracy, Travis and Michael Harvill; Leann O’Dell, Cathy Rush, Delwin Dougherty, Jarred Hall and Melody Tate.  Pictures of the gifts, Tweety Bird cake and the children were taken.

Marsha Aborn accepted an award for Headstart Bus Driver of the Year, 1976-77. Marsha drives for the Ava Headstart Center.

Clifford Strong, an Ava native, has been promoted to the position of terminal manager of the Chattanooga, Tenn. office of Wayne Daniel Truck, Inc.

CRESTVIEW HEALTHCARE– Friday afternoon the Pickers and Grinners were here to entertain in the lobby. This month we had a special treat as the daughter of one of our residents, Mary Olsen, joined the group. Laura Knutsen pulled her spoons from her pocketbook, and before anyone knew it was playing them right along with the fiddlers.  Mae Hogan and Lola Potter just couldn’t sit still and were soon up on their feet dancing.


50 Years Ago

September 27, 1962


Starting linemen on the AHS football team, sporting a 1-1 record going into tomorrow night’s contest against Mountain View, are Steve Norman, Paul Warden, James Pueppke, Tom Halford, Dick Miller, Tom Rutledge and Fred Haynes.  Five members of the all-junior backfield are Larry Tate, halfback; Lonnie Reid, quarter­back; John Buchheit, fullback; J.C. Herd, halfback; and Eddie Bacorn, halfback.

The Highway House, a restaurant located at the junction of Highway 14 and old 5 in north Ava, was purchased last week by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde O’Hara and they assumed management Thursday. They bought the business from Mr. and Mrs. Denzil Barnes.  Mrs. O’Hara is the former Irene Klineline. She is the daughter of Mrs. Lillian Klineline of Route 1, Ava, and the sister of Mrs. Clinton Maloney of Ava.

The top pens of two breeds of chickens in the United States is the distinction gained by the Ava Hatchery as the result of performance charts kept at the Missouri Department of Agriculture Experiment Station at Mtn. Grove.  Leo Lisby, owner of the hatchery, said that the top breeds are Australorps and New Hampshires.  Twelve of the 13 Australorps laid over 200 eggs during the 350 days of record keeping, and 9 of 13 New Hampshires placed in this category.

Mr. and Mrs. Ovid Pellham (June Clark) of Ava, announce the birth of a 6-pound, 12-ounce son on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

The American Dairy Assn. quotes the Wall Street Journal as reporting that oleo makers mixed 70 million pounds of lard from hogs in their spreads last year.  The main reason given “lard is cheaper than soybean and cottonseed oil”, the chief constituent in margarine.  The amusing thing about this little story, the ADA says, is that the big kick in sales of margarine has been the polyunsaturated fats, with animal fat being given a bad name. When ingredients of oleo rise in cost, past charges seem to change without telling consumers.

Sign at a city limit:  “Thirty days hath September, April, June –– and any motorist who exceeds our speed limit.”

SWEDEN –– Mac and Cleo Thurman were Sunday dinner guests in the Carl Hatfield home. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wallen of Ava and Mr. and Mrs. Emery Cook.

LONGRUN –– Those attending the birthday supper in honor of Arley Evans 50th birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Vern Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Ikie Sallee, Mr. and Mrs. Arvil Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Robertson and children, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Evans and children, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Evans and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Burton and son.

MOUND –– Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lafferty are putting a new roof on their house. James Lupton, Frank Gattenby and Edd Garrison helped them Monday.

75 Years Ago

September 30, 1937


Ava’s daredevil speedboat drivers took their lives in their hands Wednesday as they opened the fall racing season on the Rome Mill pond.  Dr. Marvin (Dump ‘em In the Creek) Gentry, Harold (Drop ‘um motor) Platt and Bill (Nose ‘em Out) Brooks piloted boats in the race, assisted by Floyd (Katchum Cold Quick) Hensley, who acted as mechanic for Gentry.  Spectators were treated to thrills and spills as these daredevil race drivers ran off three exciting races.  Gentry, piloting his speedster, Sickley Sally, won the second race of the day as Platt, piloting “House Maid’s Knee,” lost his motor in a daring swerve to avoid a crash after having defeated Dr. Gentry in the first race as that veteran pilot lost control of his boat when the steering gear broke.  Hensley, riding with Gentry, narrowly escaped drowning when he was thrown from the speeding boat, and stuck in the mud, but a speedy rescue saved him from the cold waters of the millpond.  After the thrills of the first two races, Nose ‘um Out Brooks and Dump ‘em in the Creek Gentry teed off for the final race of the day. The bloodthirsty spectators were treated to no wrecks or spills in this heat, as the two veterans brought their boats past the finish line neck and neck.

Warning of possible prosecution was addressed to Sunday hunters this week by Willis Mitchell, Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney.  “I have received numerous complaints from farmers of various parts of the county, relative to Sunday hunting,” Mr. Mitchell stated.  “Please be advised,” the prosecutor stated, “under section 4348, R.S. 1919, it is a misdemeanor to hunt with gun and dog on Sunday. And, where proper complaint is made by reputable parties with sufficient evidence, warrants will be issued for this the same as for any other violation of the law”.

The Rev. Jewell M. Smoot of Urbana was appointed pastor of the Ava Methodist Church Monday at closing sessions of the church conference held in Kansas City.

THE NEW WILSON – Last showing tonight of “Captain Courageous”.    Fri., Sat., Sept. 1 & 2, “It Happened Out West”  You’ve never seen a Harold Bell Wright story that wasn’t good. This western is no exception.

Voyne Hartley has been employed at the House Shoe Store to assist in the repair department. Mr. Hartley began work Monday.

THE MARSHFIELD MAIL –– The first infantile paralysis case in this county was reported this past week.

Miss Mildred Barnes who is teaching at Mt. Nebo spent the weekend with her father, George Barnes.

The disclosure of the Ku Klux Klan connections of Hugo Black, United States Senator from Alabama, who was recently appointed to the United States Supreme Court are now appearing in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, the New York Times and other leading papers of the country.


100 Years Ago

October 3, 1912


The business of the Douglas County Fair Association has been completed for this year and there is a balance of $126.11 in the treasury.

The London Times recently printed an American Railway edition in which appeared a very full and appreciative write-up of Missouri and the remarkable resources of the State.

LOCAL HAPPENINGS –– “Baldy Jim” Miller and family left Ava the latter part of last week in a prairie schooner for Texas where they expect to make their future home.

R. L. Story has sold his interest in the Mercantile establishment of J.A.G. Reynolds & Co. to J.A.G. Reynolds.  Mr. Story is now busy gathering apples, from his orchard four miles north of town. He estimates his crop at 8,000 bushels.

After several months delay, work was again started on the Herald building on the southeast corner of the square. A.P. Miller who has the work in charge says the building will be completed as soon as possible. The building will be two story, brick wall and concrete floor.  It will be supplied with water from a well near the center and west side of the building. The building will be a modern one in every respect. Forty feet on first floor in the backend of the building will be occupied by the Herald. The remainder of the building will probably be for rent.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haynes of near Olathe are the parents of a baby girl, which arrived at their home last Saturday evening.

FOR SALE –– Nineteen head Poland China Spring pigs, consisting nine boars, and ten sows, all eligible to pedigree.  On sale for ten days at Pennington farm 1 1/2 miles west of Ava.      J.L. Bosch.

BERLIN, September 28 –– The Frankfort Gazette calls attention to the fact that 69,400 metric pounds of dog meat were killed in Saxony slaughter houses in the year 1911.  This was only a small proportion of the dogs butchered as the majority were killed privately.  Dog meat is eaten only in the big cities, but in the agricultural districts cats are also eaten.  With the present famine prices, everything that is meat goes into the kettles of poor families.

BOSTON –– President Taft lays the cornerstone of the new Huntington Avenue Building of the Boston N.Y.M.C. this afternoon.

Henry Klineline went up to Mansfield this week with a display of Douglas County products to exhibit at the Mansfield Fair.

Bert Allen of Kansas City is in this section to employ someone to drill for mineral on his father’s, J. W. Allen’s farm near Basher.  Some elements of iron have been found which will bear from $4 to $7 per ton.


125 Years Ago

October 7, 1887


Douglas County Bald Knobbing is only known of outside of the county, and then but very rarely mentioned.  The people of this county are a law-abiding set of citizens and bald knobbing was early nipped in the bud.

Parson C.O. Simmons, one of the Christian County Bald Knobbers now languishing in the Springfield jail, has published a letter in the Ozark News asking aid for his unprotected family lest they suffer during the coming winter.  Had the parson let Bald Knobbing alone he would now be with his family and could see after their wants.

The question, shall we adopt local option, is being agitated in the minds of a large portion of Douglas County’s people. If the adoption of local option in this or any other county would stop the flow of liquor it would be a grand thing for the State.  Douglas might try it for a few years and if it did not suit then change back.   The adoption of local option will decrease taxation, will invite immigration and increase the value of real estate in this county.  There is but one side to the question, the arguments are all in the affirmative.

For the past two or three weeks there has been a party of eight or nine lewd women camping on the creek near Ozark, and on Tuesday night some of their visitors got into a fight in which one Branham cut Albert Hayden in the breast with a knife.  At about 11 o’clock that night Dr. Brown was called up to dress Hayden’s wounds, which are not believed to be fatal. These women are supposed to be from Springfield, and are a bad lot.  No arrests have been made at the time of writing.

In Shawnee, a widow of an editor still conducts the paper under the direction, she asserts, of her husband’s spirit.

Gen. F.H. Smith, who was placed in charge of the Virginia Military institute on its creation in 1859, says the number of new cadets already reported for duty this season is 33 percent larger than has been received during the past ten years.

Marriage is still only too often a bargain, but at least it is no longer an entirely one-sided bargain.  It is tending toward the only true ideal of life-long companionship – a partnership on equal terms, with equal give and take on both sides. Women no longer feel bound to render that implicit obedience.

MEXICAN HUMOR –– In an examination at the agricultural school:  “What is the best method of preserving meat?”   “Leaving the animal alive.”

“What is gratitude?”  “To kiss one’s cheeks at the same time that you are putting your hands into his pockets.”

Prof. E.D. Tingle was enrolled as a member of the bar at this place during this term of circuit court. It is whispered that the Professor is a lawyer of considerable ability.

John T. Swearingin was indicted at the present term of court for murder in the first degree.  It is charged that the crime was committed in 1866, and nothing done in the matter until now. Sheriff Lyons arrested the offender at his home in Christian County, Monday. He was brought here and released on a five thousand dollar bond. The crime was committed in this county.





Sept 27, 1962, issue of the Douglas County Herald

Award Winner Is ‘Apple Pie ‘63’

The $25,000 grand prizewinner in Pillsbury’s 14th bake-off contest was won by Mrs. Erwin Smogor of South Bend, Ind. The winning recipe,  Apple Pie ‘63” was:

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Serves 12 to 15.

Melt: ½ pound (about 28) light colored candy caramels with ½ cup evaporated milk or light cream over boiling water, stirring occasionally.  Keep over hot water.

Sift together:  3 cups sifted Pillsbury’s Best all-purpose flour, 1 ¼ cup sugar and 1 ½ tsp salt into mixing bowl.

Cut in: 6 tablespoons butter until particles are fine.

Combine: ¼ cup cooking oil, 1 unbeaten egg, and ¼ cup cold water.  Blend until slightly thickened.

Add: To dry ingredients all at once. Stir quickly until mixture holds together.  Form a ball.

Roll out: on ungreased 17×12-inch sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil to within 1 inch of edges.  Smooth edges, flute. Fold foil up around pastry to a 15×10-inch rectangle. Place on cookie sheet.

Place filling in pastry-lined pan. Drizzle caramel sauce, thinning with few drops milk if necessary, in wide strips over apples.

Spread topping between caramel sauce. Sprinkle 1/3-cup walnuts, chopped.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until lightly browned. Serve warm or cold.


Combine 1-cup sugar, 1/3-cup Pillsbury’s Best all-purpose flour and 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind in saucepan. Stir in 6 cups pared, sliced apples and ¼ cup lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.


Whip 1-cup (8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, 1 unbeaten egg, and 1/3-cup sugar until fluffy and smooth.