Skip to content

Looking Backward 1.10.2013

  25 Years Ago

January 7, 1988


The year 1988 is a major election year with at least four elections to be held on the local level.  At the same time, national attention focuses on the presidential and congressional races.

Harold Howerton of Ava, announces that he has purchased Green Light Automotive, and has combined Harold’s Oil Company with the Green Light auto parts store.   The business is located at 1106 North Jefferson Street.

SMSU Honor Roll announced for Fall, and students from this area whose names appeared on the Dean’s List include: Jacqueline Batcheller, Gaylon Keith Calhoun, Judith Davidson, Lynn Dickison, Sonya Humbyrd, Betty Jones, Vicky Owens, Penny Roberson, Jeanette Schmacht, and Mae Ruth Silvey, all of Ava, and Eric Modell, Squires.

The new home of Pat and Jack Hutchison, west of Ava, has been the scene of several get-togethers during the holiday season with relatives and friends.

LITTLE CREEK –– We were most fortunate to escape the recent bad weather. We had no lines or timber iced, but between here and the Y Store the ice was very evident.

RED BANK –– Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Dale Robertson on the birth of their first child, David Paul, who was born Thursday, Dec. 31, at Cox South in Springfield.

ARNO –– Mr. and Mrs. Glen Harnden had Christmas dinner in their daughter’s home, Mr. and Mrs. David Davidson and son and daughter of Ava.

HIGHLONESOME –– I read and heard about our good buddy, Doc. Gentry retiring. Now there is a good doctor and man. Doc always had a good sense of humor.  Here’s wishing you a very enjoyable retirement, Doc. Now maybe you won’t be too busy to go fishing.


50 Years Ago

January 3, 1963


Robert L. Sample, M.D., opened offices in the Ovle House building on the north side of the square Monday morning. Remodeling work on the building is still underway and when completed it will be termed the Ava Medical Clinic.  Dr. Sample, age 37, comes to Ava from Mansfield where he has practiced since July 1. He and his wife and three children, Mike, 12; Joylynn, 2 ½, and Mark, 1 ½, will continue to make their home in Mansfield until their property is disposed of.

Someone suggested that “Casualty Corner” be applied as a name to the northeast corner of the square after four cars were involved in mishaps there in two days this week. It occurred when a 1957 Chevrolet coach, driven west by Preston Lee Frye, 23, of Route 5, Ava, stopped for the stop sign, and was struck in the rear by a 1955 Plymouth sedan driven west by Wilbur Theodore Phillips, 50 of Squires.  The Phillips car also struck another vehicle, 1962 Chevrolet sedan, also traveling west, driven by Mrs. Buby (Gilley) Buchanan, 46, of Ava.

At 4:30 Tuesday afternoon a car driven by Jesse Cannifax, 65, Ava, jumped the curb and ran across the sidewalk to strike the front of the Norman Rexall Drug.  The impact knocked about a 1×3 foot hole in the brick front but did not break the plate glass window.  Cannifax, who purchased the car only a week ago, said that he started to back from the curb when the gear jumped from reverse into low and went into the building.

Neil Stillings, owner and operator of the Stillings Garage on south Jefferson Street since July 1957, has terminated his garage operations to accept employment with R.P. Stephens Construction Co., highway building contractor.

The nine-room Krider apartment building in northwest Ava, corner of Nola and Gordon Streets, was heavily damaged by fire at about 8:30 Friday evening.

ROMANCE –– Cap Nance went to Marshfield and spent the day in the Ralph Butts home.

BLACK OAK FLAT – Airman 3-C Dennis Cunningham is spending his Christmas leave with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Cunningham. Dennis is stationed at Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Max Valentine, Mrs. Jimmie Valentine and Mrs. Paul Evans entertained with a birthday party Saturday afternoon, Dec. 22, at the Valentine home, southeast of Ava, when they complimented Master Monty Max Valentine and little Miss Laraine Fay Evans.

Clifford Pender, partner in the Campbell & Pender Auto Sales Company here the past several years has sold his interests in the firm to his partner, Andy Campbell.  The firm name has been changed and will continue at the same location on north Jefferson Street under Campbell Auto Sales.  The firm has the local agency for Rambler automobiles.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Silvey of Ava announce the birth of a son at Boone County Hospital, Harrison, Ark., on Wednesday morning, Dec. 26. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces at birth and has been named Steven Van.


75 Years Ago

January 6, 1938


The Missouri Legislature re­pealed the state poll tax law and this repeal was approved March 31, 1937. The repeal became effective September 6, 1937.  However, an­other law, not repealed by the leg­islature permits cities to assess poll tax. The city of Ava assesses a poll tax of $2.

It has been decided that every newly married couple should start housekeeping with the Herald, so the publishers have decided to make a present of a year’s sub­scription to the paper to every cou­ple that gets married here in 1938 and starts housekeeping any place in Douglas County.

Lawyers of five counties will be brought together in Ava Monday evening at a banquet for members of the thirty-first judicial district bar association.  Counties included in the district are Douglas, Taney, Ozark, Stone and Christian.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Garton announce the birth of a daughter, Shirley Ruth, Thursday December 30. The little lady weighed 8 ½ pounds.

GIRDNER – Mr. and Mrs. Efton Cudbirth announce the birth of a baby daughter.

CROSS ROADS –– Misses Lucille and Eda Harnden and Glenn Harnden attended a party at the Hurbert Huffman home near Pansy on New Years eve.

Lieutenant and Mrs. Wm. Martin left Sunday morning for their home in Pensacola, Fla., after spending ten days in Ava with Mr. Martin’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Martin.

“Old Northrup House” being razed this week.  Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Sallee have local carpenters at work this week on their property two blocks south of the public square. The property has been called the “Northrup house” for many years. The Sallees plan to raze the old building and erect two small renting houses on the back of the lot and at a later date will build another modern house on the fron lot where the house now stands.

Between eighty and a hundred gallons of illegal, untaxed wine was confiscated Wednesday night by a squad of officers headed by Sheriff Lincoln M. Barnes and Prosecutor Willis Mitchell.  The wine was found at the home of Albert Web­ster, a mile and a half south of Gentryville. It was in a barn on the Webster place, hidden under some cane hay and corn fodder.  There were two barrels, one estimated at 55 gallon capacity and one esti­mated at 40-gallon capacity, besides a 5-gallon keg. The sheriff and prosecutor were aied in the raid by two deputies, Lester Eslick and Noah Glasco, and by Constable Hamaker of McMurtrey township.

George T. Grudier, for thirty years operator of the Hammond Mill at Hammond, is the new owner of the Ava Milling Com­pany. Grudier purchased the busi­ness last week from R.J. Gray, who has operated the mill for the past three years.

The Farmer’s Café, located in the new Purity Oil Station south of the southwest corner of the square, was purchased Wednesday after­noon by Jesse Ross. The café was formerly owned by C.E. McColm.  Mr. Ross formerly operated the James Café, east of the northeast corner of the square, where he was for eight months. He sold it re­cently to Floyd Viles.


100 Years Ago

January 23, 1913


A New “Hello” Girl –– On last Sunday morning the patrons of the T.L. Plummer Telephone System met with a surprise when they stepped to the phone, rang the bell, put the receiver to their ear and heard a strange voice at the other end of the wire.  Upon investigating they found that the stork had visited the central office and left a brand new girl, of which Mrs. Plummer is the proud mother.  Poor “Dad” has been disturbed ever since, especially because he had to hunt a new pallat for himself these cold nights.

The vote cast last week shows that a majority of the voters voting at the special election favor the adoption of a special road district.  This district includes 64 of the most populous sections of land with a voting strength of over 500, and while the vote was less than was generally expected it shows that the people were not sufficiently informed on the proposition to risk a vote at the time.  Many who voted against the proposition went away convinced that they had made a mistake and will in the future be found with the progressive element.

New York will soon have direct communication with San Francisco by telephone.  Such a line will be completed by the end of the year.  The direct wire will cost nearly $3,000,000, and the toll will be about $18.00 per minute.

At the close of last year we told you what the barnyard hen did, producing surplus eggs to the value of about $35,000.  Now we want you to know the dairy cow has been on the job every day and is “some producer.”   During the year just closed K.C.O. & S. Ry. shipped over its line 235,500 pounds of butter fat. The average price paid for this product during the year was about 27 cents per pound; at these figures this commodity was worth as a surplus product $63,585.00.

President-elect Wilson has “called off” the inaugural ball, which has been long a tradition of Washington Society in connection with the inauguration of presidents.

Marriage Licenses –– Arthur Humbyrd to Ada Burden, both of Thornfield;  A.A. Music of Paola, Kansas to Lula Wilson, Seymour;  Chas. A. Abron to Elsie E. Worth, both of Bryant.

J.T. Clinkingbeard loaded an immigrant car at the K.C.O. & S. station Tuesday. He and his family will reside in Texas in the future at least until he returns to good old Douglas, as they all do.


125 Years Ago

January 12, 1888


Cleveland’s administration will long be remembered among the working masses as a time of scar­city of work and insufficiency of money. Cleveland had hardly taken his seat in the Presidential chair, when there was a general strike from one end to the other of the Union and from ocean to ocean. The party which made such fine promises have done nothing to forward the interests of the farmer or working man, and today, want is deeply felt in the household of many.

Mistakes in newspaper offices are not of infrequent occurrence, and some of the errors made by type are of such character as to make the men who wrote the arti­cles to everlastingly consign print­ers, proof readers, copy cutter, foreman and the entire composing room force to the infernal regions.  Here is one taken from the Storm Lake Pilot, and it is safe to say that if the proof-reader escapes with life after putting the following together, he may consider himself as playing in great luck. The first is a portion of an account of a concert, and the last a partial report of a cattle show.  The sentences appeared as follows:  “The concert given last night by sixteen of Storm Lake’s most beautiful and fascinating young ladies was highly appreciated.  They were elegantly dressed and sang in the most charming manner, winning the applauds of the entire audience who pronounced them – the finest breeds of short-horns in the country.  A few of them are of a rich brown color, but a majority of them are spotted brown and white. Several of them are fine bodied, tight limbed, well developed animals – good milkers and promise to prove good property.

The agricultural Wheel is begin­ning to grow strong in Douglas County.  That a society for the ad­vancement of the agricultural inter­ests of the county is a good thing all can readily see.  We wish it suc­cess and the Herald will aid it in every way as long as it continues to remain free from political schemers.

Mr. Harry Miller organized a Wheel at the Lakey school house on Monday night.

The County Wheel met at the Shiloh schoolhouse last Thursday at 10 o’clock p.m. and held all day and night session.

Samual Strong, of Rippee Creek, killed some fine wild turkeys last week. We wish some friend would leave one at our office.

Yellowstone Kit, the colored quack medicine vender, who did so much for anti-prohibs in the recent campaign at Atlanta, gave a Christmas tree at Columbus, at which over then thousand people were present.  Every child received a present. It was one of the most notable gatherings in the history of the city.

It is admitted by foreign electri­cians that the progress made in the United States in the use of electric­ity is far in advance of that of any other nation.

Claus Speckels, the “ex-sugar king” of the Sandwich Islands, who is now giving his attention to the encouragement of beet-sugar cul­ture in northern California, says that the beet-sugar industry can be established in almost every State in the Union, and that it will give a net profit of from $50 to $75 an acre to the farmers.