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Looking Backward 11.1.2012

25 Years Ago

October 29, 1987


The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association elected a new president at the annual meeting of the organization in Ava last Saturday night.  Making up the board are Roy Brown, secretary-treasurer; Radell Sapp; Bill Roark, president; Wayne Jones, vice president; and Don Crawford, Gary McCrackin, LeRoy Seiner, Rondo Prock, Billy Young, and Johnny McBride.

Voters in the Ava R-1 School District will go to the polls next Tuesday to determine the fate of a building proposal that is being recommended by the R-1 Board of Education. The school board is asking voters to approve a 48-cent increase in the school levy to fund the $1.3 million project.

The multi-media slide series “50 Years of Conservation” was shown to around 750 to 800 persons in Ava Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Corbett Brown of Red Bud Village will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary on Friday, Oct. 30.

Hazel Davis, Mildred Watson of Ava, and Lola Edwards and Delena Snider of Springfield, a sister and niece, respectively of Hazel Davis, left Ava Oct. 11 for Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Arkansas.

Lester Jenkins was honored by the Masonic Lodge Tuesday at his home in Rainbow Ridge when he received his 50-year Masonic pin.

Varsity cheerleaders at Ava High School this fall are Lee Oliver, Tracy Graham, Jeanie Horn, Jana Stafford, Wendy Burke, Kelly Adkisson, Niki Childress and Tawnya Sherman.

Doris Morrison, kindergarten instructor with the Ava R-1 School District, has been elected to the Kindergarten Advisory Council (KAC) steering committee.

FOX CREEK – Raymond and Gertrude Dobbs had Sunday dinner in the Don Dobbs home. The occasion was in honor of Carla’s birthday.


50 Years Ago

October 25, 1962


One thousand, two hundred and forty-one cars drove over the Glade Top Trail, with an estimated 4500 people viewing the outstanding scenery during the Flaming Fall Revue.

Congressman Durward Hall told a countywide rally at Ava Tuesday night that the grave international crisis further emphasizes the need to return to sound and basic views in the conduct of domestic policy.

The first railroad car of drought feed for Douglas County has arrived in Mansfield, according to Ralph Gentry, office manager of the ASCS office here.  The county became eligible for drought relief feed after it was designated as a drought disaster county by the State Disaster Committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Landon Gardner of Springfield, have chosen the name Tracy Ann for their daughter, who was born Wednesday, Oct. 10 at St. John’s Hospital.

Tom Williams, seaman apprentice USN, left Springfield by plane Tuesday afternoon enroute to Great Lakes, Ill., where he will begin a new assignment at the U.S. Naval Base, Seaman Williams arrived in Ava Oct. 7 after completing basic training at the San Diego, Calif., Naval Base and he spent his leave visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Williams of Smallett.

Faith is a fine thing, but we need more in our hearts and less behind the steering wheel.

Pfc. Benny Pool arrived home last week after receiving his discharge from two years duty with the U.S. Army. Pool served with Co. C 24th Transportation Infantry.

Miss Karen Lindsay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lindsay of Rolla, Mo., and Jerry Sellers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sellers, of Smallett, were married Oct. 5.

The yard of Mrs. Edna Shull received honorable mention for October “Yard of the Month” along with four other yards.

New wall phones, save steps, save space!  Low-cost step saver – a telephone in your kitchen!  So convenient, and you have a choice of ten lovely colors to blend with your color scheme.  Handset is cradled at the side, so it doesn’t get knocked off.  “Whisper-quiet” dial catches ceiling light, so it’s easy to see.  And, with all its extra convenience, the cost is only pennies per day!  A&M Telephone Company.  Why not do it now?

MT. TABOR –– Mr. and Mrs. Homer Duckworth moved to Ava a few days ago after purchasing property in north Ava. Visiting in the Duckworth home over the weekend were his nephew, Leroy Duckworth and Glen Holdeman, both U.S. Soldiers stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

ALMARTHA – Russell Walker has purchased a new tractor.

EVANS –– The McBrides are drilling a well this week.

WAGNER –– Happy birthday to Beverly McQuisten Oct. 3; Kyle Pogue Oct. 4; Roger Cornelison Oct. 9; Gary Swearengin Oct. 10; Phillip Hargis Oct. 16; Howard Griffin Oct. 17; Lynne Hargis and Ester Cornelison Oct. 18.


75 Years Ago

October 28, 1937


A. A. Coble and Tom Freeman of Dora were in the Herald office Wednesday to see about some printing, and as is natural, since the frost is in the air and the hunting seasons are about to open, they were questioned about turkeys.  It being the day before deer season opened, the talk finally got around to deer hunting, and both Mr. Coble and Mr. Freeman drew from their own experiences to relate hunting stories.  Mr. Coble, who is an early settler of the county, and who, in the vernacular of the city “feller”, is a native, went back to the days of the cap and ball gun for his story. Mr. Freeman, in his story, armed with a pump gun, sallied forth in search of deer, and as he topped a hill he saw a deer on the opposite knoll. He fired, wounding the animal, which, instead of running in any other direction, ran down hill directly toward Mr. Freeman. With the deer coming down hill Mr. Freeman shot as fast as he could pump shells into the firing chamber of his gun, but every shot went over the mark. The closer the deer got, the worse Mr. Freeman shook, and as the deer got almost to him he threw down the gun, picked up a rock and knocked the animal in the head.

Man Is Stabbed Three Times Friday Night –– A knifing occurred about 10:30 o’clock Friday night in the street between the Norman-Gentry Drug Store and the Brown Derby Café.

A new feature has been added to the program of the annual school carnival to be held in the school building tomorrow evening.  It is a hog-calling contest, to be directed by Miss Una Ellison and Howard Pettit.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Guthrie announce the birth of a daughter, Peggy Sue, Friday evening, Oct. 22, at the family home in the south part of town.

The Rev. F.L. Spindler has returned to the Ozarks and has his temporary headquarters in Ava.  He is here in the interest of the Sunday school work in which the Rev. J.S. Wallace has been engaged for many years under the American Sunday School Union.

Two students received injuries last week as a result of accidents that occurred during school hours. Orville Nall suffered a broken arm Wednesday afternoon when he fell in the gymnasium.  Nall had gone to the gym to practice basketball and had started to his locker for his shoes. He was running and his feet slipped. He fell and broke his forearm. He was able to return to school Friday.  Thursday during the noon play hour Bobby Lee Castle was hit by a bicycle ridden by Conway Stewart and suffered painful injuries to his face.

Most peculiar was the lone pelican that stayed all night in the Alga Justice barn, a mile and a half south of town. Mr. Justice said it looked like the biggest pelican he had ever seen, and estimated that he measured seven feet from wing-tip to wing-tip. He was pure white with gray fading into black on his wings.  Mr. Justice went up to the bird to examine him.  The pelican allowed the man to inspect his wings and other parts of his body without protest. There was no sign of injury.  The next morning, after being released from the barn, the bird took to the air, circled the house several times and flew away.


100 Years Ago

November 7, 1912


Associated Press dispatches from all parts of the United States say that Woodrow Wilson has carried nearly every state in the Union.

Indications are that the Single-Tax Amendments to the Constitu­tion of Missouri are defeated by a big majority.

As we go to press today at 2:30 o’clock news was received that Sherman Mankin accidently shot and killed himself while climbing from his buggy at the Levi Dickerson place eight miles east of Ava.  He and Bid Reynolds and Mr. Chambers went over there to a sawmill this morning.  Emmett Mankin and others immediately left for the scene. The city of Ava is in mourning, and are very anxious to learn more of the particulars. Mr. Mankin was manager of the Pero Lumber Co. at this place.

At a box supper at the schoolhouse near Smallett last Saturday night, Emmett Yeoman received several severe cuts about the face while attempting to maintain peace and order at the gathering.  Some of the boys were drinking, and were creating a disturbance in the backend of the room, and they were invited to be quiet.  Some left and were taken outside.  Lenzy Bunyard, who was intoxicated, saw that there was a little excitement inside and entered the door with his knife opened, commenced cutting, striking Yeoman several times, the most severe of which almost completely cut off his nose.  Bunyard also struck Aus Turner a couple of blows, cutting him on the head and face, and it is said that he cut Paul Watterson a deep gash on the neck.  Bunyard did not escape without receiving a blow on the head from a rock thrown by Aus Turner. The wounds of Yeoman were dressed by Drs. Norman and Burdett, and Dr. Gentry cared for Turner. Mr. Yeoman is still in a serious condition, but the latest reports say that he is believed to be out of danger. Yeoman teaches at the school.  Bunyard has skipped, and there has been no arrests.

Incomplete returns of last Tuesday’s election show that the Republican ticket has been elected in Douglas County.

The effect of “bad whiskey” has been noticed too frequently in this section, and some of our noble ladies as well as a few gentlemen, are going to endeavor to suppress the evil.

CREAM – We are paying 28 ½ cents, bring us your cream.  T & B, the big wholesale and retail bright yellow front store, north side square, Ava.


125 Years Ago

November 4, 1887


The joyous season for fox-hunting is again upon us, says Bill Nye, in The New York World. Fox-hunting combines the danger and the wild, tumultuous joy of the skating-rink, the toboggan slide, the mush-and-milk social and the straw ride.

A physician, who has been investigating the typhoid fever prevalent in Brunswick, says that the disease is due to overcrowding in the district and the lack of cleanliness of the people. The water supply of the infected district is pronounced poor and the sewerage system inadequate. There are about twenty cases of the fever in Brunswick.

All the turnpikes in the state of Connecticut but one have been purchased by the authorities and converted into free public highways.

A factory owner in Brooklyn claims to have sold six million pounds of licorice last year to a tobacco firm.

Isn’t it strange that a rooster should crow, and a crow should hawk, and a hawk should fly, and a fly should flee!

A Connecticut woman has invented a bustle, which she says has “never been worn before.”  And, we hope it never will be.

A New Method with the Sick – “Doctor, do you think I shall recover?”   “I don’t think, I know it.”  Pulling a paper out of his pocket the doctor hands it to the patient.  “Here are the statistics relative to your case. You see that one man out of every hundred is cured.”   “So?” asks the sick man nearly frightened to death at the announcement.  “So! You’re the hundredth I’ve treated, the other ninety-nine I lost.”

It is rumored that Ava is to have a billiard hall.

The post office department has instructed postmasters to exclude from the mail all mail matter bearing an advertisement on the envelope and this applies to first, second, third and fourth class mail matters, including letter.

GIRDNER NEWS –– J. A. McDaniel is recovering slowly from lung fever.   …   C.J. Osgood had his house raised last Saturday.   …   H.M. Conklin’s house is being pushed forward under the management of H.C. Crooks.

It is estimated that during the cranberry season $100,000 will be paid out to pickers in southern Plymouth and Barnstable counties, Massachusetts.

In some parts of Australia the Scottish thistle, which has been hitherto regarded as a great nuisance, is being used for ensilage.  One farmer, who had two acres of land completely overrun with thistles had them cut down and stacked in a green state with earth on top to serve as a weight. The result was a quantity of silage, which cattle consumed with avidity.  Dairy farmers are advised to ensile them for their cows.