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Looking Backward 3.7.2013

  25 Years Ago

March 3, 1988


Equipment and materials by the trailer truck load are being un­loaded at the Lethco building next to the Ava Post Office, as Ava’s newest industry prepares to being production. OK Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of leather belts, wallets, and accessory items, is relocating in Ava and plans to employ up to 20 to 25 workers within a few months.  OK manu­gacturing is owned by Douglas County native Jack Mackey, and his son, Charles Mackey, is general manager of the company.

President Ronald Reagan has announced his intention to nomi­nate Robert Pettit, Ava native, to be associate deputy secretary of trans­portation.  Pettit, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pettit, Ava, is a 1970 graduate of Ava High School.

Former members of Company “C” 606th, Tank Destroyer Battalion, a World War II Army unit, are holding their annual reunion this week in Branson.  Arthur V. Hicks, retired disabled veteran, Ava, was first sergeant of the unit and is the coordinator of this reunion.

Julie Clinkingbeard celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 4.

It all started with a fire in the Mark Twain State Park near here which burned about five acres. The day after the fire was put out, Rick Johnson, park superintendent, investigated the cause. At first he was puzzled. He found a deer and a coyote dead close together.  He investigated more and found some feathers and smaller bones under and around the two dead animals. Then, as he poked with the handle of a rake, an arc of electricity sparked in a bush and he discovered a dangling high-tension electric line. Electric company workers repaired the broken highline, but the confirmed toll was two electrocuted deer, two coyotes and a buzzard…and Johnson, who could have been yet another victim, retained a healthy respect for the power of electricity.


50 Years Ago

February 28, 1963


The establishment of one new business firm, and changes in two others, all three in related types of activity, were announced here this week. Establishing the Ava Plumbing & Electrical Company, which will open for business Monday, are Lorel Barnes and Lawrence Thompson. The new plumbing and electrical firm is being established in a building located three blocks north of the square across the highway from the Sinclair Station. It is the former location of the Rackley Grocery.  The owners are former employees of the Marvin Barnes Co., Thompson working there for the last five or six years, and Lorel Barnes working for the past 11 years. The Marvin Barnes Company, which was formed in April 1960, moved to the new location after the building three blocks north of the square was vacated by Larkin Barnes Supply Co.

An Ava High School student, Benton Stephens, was named to the second team of the all-conference squad, and two boys, James Fleetwood and Lonnie Reid, were given honorable mention when coaches of the South Central Association met at Cabool Sunday.

Williard Pueppke, a county officer for the past six years, will assume the office of Douglas County Collector on Monday, March 4.  Pueppke will succeed Teddy Sallee, who did not seek re-election to the office last fall.

A birthday dinner was enjoyed Feb. 23 in the Elmer Kilburn home, honoring Mr. Kilburn’s father, Walther Kilburn of Ava, who was celebrating his 81st birthday anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Thompson (Norma Alcorn) announce the birth of a daughter on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Mansfield Hospital. The little Miss weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, at the time of her birth and has been named Brenda Jean.

Miss June Burk has been crowned Alpha Sigma Sweetheart for the coming year, an honor which is bestowed annually upon an outstanding member of the Beta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Sorority of SMS College.

Every community should have a spirit of loyalty and pride on the part of those citizens who consider it their home.  Unfortunately, some communities do not recognize this civic obligation.  We are fortunate! Our community has a sense of loyalty that is unusual.

In the U.S., the farmer’s work day averages 10.6 hours.

ARNO –– Mrs. Ora Poyrer moved from our community on Wednesday. Those helping her move to Ava where she bought a home in the west part of Ava were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Lakey, Howard Haynes, Floyd Hartley and Clyde Ellison.

ROMANCE –– Happy birthday to Tilda Pare and Dalton Hesterlee.

BLACK OAK –– Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Case, Marsha and Becky moved into their new home Friday.


75 Years Ago

March 4, 1938


Sheriff Lincoln M. Barnes left Tuesday afternoon for Yuma, Arizona, to get Ross Patrick of Wasola, livestock dealer and former manager of the community auction held here each Tuesday, to return him here to face a charge of cheating and defrauding.  Patrick is charged with having purchased ten head of cattle from Palmer Gilliland and selling them without having paid for them.  Patrick was associated with G.R. Prock, auctioneer, in the weekly community auctions held here each Tuesday.

The office of the county extension agent is now located in the basement of the new courthouse, in a room originally designed for the county surveyor.

Licenses for the sale of beer and whiskey must be purchased for a full year is the opinion of Roy McKittrick, attorney general for Missouri, who expressed that opinion in a communication to Willis H. Mitchell, prosecuting attorney for Douglas County.

One cannot read the newspapers today without knowing that hatred and bitterness runs riot in the land, kept stirred to the boiling point by repetition, and just how good that is for us, we cannot say. We are all aware that tremendous forces are at death grips for the mastery of men and that some of our countries are running rivers of blood from slaughtered men and women, and at home there is confusion and strife. We have always had these divisions, we probably always will.  How to keep out of war, how to live serene and level eyed with our fellowman is a question that civilization has not yet answered for us.  Or, has it answered it too well?

CROSS ROADS –– Mr. Givans is remodeling the house on his farm, recently purchased from the Joe Ellison heirs. Mr. and Mrs. Givans plan on moving to the farm this spring.

Due to last year’s drought, the peach crop in Howell and Oregon counties will not be large this year.

Students of East Dogwood School, district number 70, this week have a new school building to move into. The new building was completed Saturday by A.W. Gay, local building contractor.

Mr. and Mrs. Carter Hutchison of near Goodhope are the parents of a baby boy born Monday. The baby weighed seven and a half pounds and was named Bobby Joe.

Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Simmons of Neosho, arrived in Ava Saturday to take possession of the C.W. Thrasher Grocery which they purchased earlier in the week.

Charles Spurlock moved his barbershop Monday from his location in the Peoples Bank building to a section of the building used by the Dan Bushman Shoe Shop, on the south side of the square.

A three-way property exchange has been completed involving three Ava families. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Meeker and family of east Ava have purchased the T.J. Moorhouse property in Ava. Mr. and Mrs. Moorhouse have purchased the Stafford Wallace property one mile northeast of Ava on the Happy Home Road, and Mr. and Mrs. Stafford Wallace and daughter, have purchased the Russell Meeker property.


100 Years Ago

March 13, 1913


The Stock Law which was voted on last Monday in Benton Township was carried by a vote of 163 to 51. The enforcement of this law means that hogs, sheep and goats must be restrained from running at large in Benton. Findley Township, which joins us on the north, is the first township in the county to adopt the stock law – they hold the honor of being the first one in this progressive movement. Benton Township was second.  Which will be the next to follow?

President Wilson’s inaugural address was full of glitting words, bu had no handle by which a practical business man could get a hold of.

The special session of the new Congress will begin on All Fools’ day, April 1st, but the Lord only knows when it will quit.

The Wholesale Liquor people of the U.S. are having a “spell” over the Webb Bill, which prohibits the shipping of liquor into dry states. They declare it unconstitutional and accuse legislators of “playing politics.” If this law is unconstitutional then it is time the Constitution was amended. The fact is, the liquor interests are beginning to “see the handwriting on the wall”, and they are doing everything in their power to avert the Prohibition wave.

Will Evans who lives on Harry Martin’s place just north of town, has the earliest garden we have heard of. He says he has lettuce and onions coming up.  Can you beath that?

Agents Wanted: –– To sell Fibrick neckwear. 100 percent profit, sample 15¢. Write for proposition. Fisher Knitting Co., Utica, N. Y.  We enclose 23¢ to cover expense.  Fisher Knitting Co.

Millinery and General Opening March 15, 1913.  Watch the paper for our millinery opening.  Holestine – Burdett.

Last Saturday was a big day in Ava.  Most every merchant reports a good business, and an increase over previous Saturdays. The Ava Grocer Co., probably is largely responsible for the increase in the crowd. The fact that they gave away a sewing machine as an advertisement brought many to town. Miss Osborn held the lucky number and received the machine.  This same firm gives away a set of dishes next Saturday.


125 Years Ago

March 15, 1888


The chances of life are thus set down: Out of every one thousand men twenty-five of them die annually. One-half those who are born die before they attain the age of seven years. The men able to bear arms form a fourth of the inhabitants of a country. More old men are found in elevated situations than in valleys and plains. The number of inhabitants in a city or country is renewed every thirty years. The proportion between the deaths of women and those of men is one hundred to one hundred and eight. The probable duration of female lives is sixty years, but after that period the calculation is more favorable to them than to men.

Senator Hawley is the most rapid speaker in Congress. He talks so fast that stenographers become discouraged when he rises to speak.

The population of Utah has increased to 190,000.

People who allow water to waste are arrested in Washington.

The condition of the Indians in the far noth of the northwest territory is said to be deplorable. Many are dying of starvation and settlers are being raided for food.

George Fay, an eccentric Englishman, who is said to be worthies astonishing the inhabitants of Mexico by the erection of a nine-story palace at Guanajuato. Each room of his palace is to have telephones, telegraphic instruments and electric lights. Leading from every window will be a broad terrace. The whole structure will be supported by iron columns of immense girth and height. Mr. Fay has been in Paris inspecting the construction of the Babylonic tower which will adorn the center of the grounds.

A six-year old little girl, whose parents are devout Episcopalians, was much overcome by the sudden death of a schoolmate from diphtheria. She was heard talking with her mates about the matter.  All were deeply affected. One of the other girls asked her how she would feel and what she would do if she knew God would call her home to heaven next day?   “Oh!”, said she, “I would have MaMa write and send regrets to-night”.

The courthouse is being painted.  Parson Dunaway has completed two new flues to the courthouse. They greatly improve the appearance of that imposing structure.

Capt. Pennington deserves the commendation of our citizens for the steps he has taken in preparing the courthouse for occupancy by the county officers. It might have remained as it was for the next ten years had he not taken it in hand.

From a point some two miles away we counted ten new buildings in Ava on last Sunday. The City is booming.

Married –– On Sunday, March 11, at the residence of Jesse Jackson by Rev. R.H. Hanson, Ira Coday and Miss Fannie Sears.