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Looking Backward 7.25.2013

  25 Years Ago

July 21, 1988


Douglas County Sheriff Leonard Sanders announced this week the appointment of Gary Koop as the county’s chief deputy. Koop replaces Alva Thurman, who is retiring.

Drivers who were issued citations for illegal parking along the road leading to the Douglas County Fairgrounds last Saturday will not be asked those fines.  Mayor Bud Norman said the fines are being forgiven in “keeping with the spirit of the Douglas County Fair”.

Mrs. Sybil Gheer, who announced her retirement from the Ava Public Schools at the close of the 1987-88 term after 30 years in the profession, was presented a plaque by the school board last Thursday.  Mrs. Gheer, who retired as a fourth-grade teacher, said 19 ½ of her 21 years at Ava were spent in the same classroom.

Kelly Huffman took first place in the 7000 to 10,000 class of the farm tractor pull at the Douglas County Fair.

Rory Boeddeker placed 2nd in the 10,000 lbs. and up class in the farm tractor pull at the Douglas County Fair.

Kassie Elaine McFarlin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McFarlin, celebrated her 1st birthday.

Daniel Rees, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Rees, Ava, and a member of the University of Missouri-Columbia Navy-Marine Dorps ROTC, recently completed a midshipman summer cruise aboard the USS Mont Vernon (LSD-39) in Long Beach, Calif.

BLACK OAK –– Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tollison have a new baby boy, Michael Lee, Jr.  Their other boys are Jeff and David.

50 Years Ago

July 18, 1963


A large debt retired 10 years early, a big cash balance on hand, and a 249 percent increase in the value of the plant is the result of 10 years of operation of the electric distribution system by the City of Ava.  Operation of the system during these past 10 years has been a huge success––both financially and from a service standpoint.

The resignation of Edwin R. Upchurch as principal of Ava High School makes the third man in three years to leave the job here.  Upchurch, has accepted the position of principal of the high school at Moberly, a city of 13,000 in north central Missouri.

Four Ava people were honored at a recent dinner held for directors and employees of the Ava Farmers Exchange and their families.  Each was awarded pins by Manager Dick Arndt.  Receiving awards were:  Mrs. Burl Krider, 25-year service pin (has worked for the Ava firm 30 years); Otto Nelson, 20-year pin (23 years service); John L. Smith, 10-year pin (14 years service); and John Solomon, 10-year pin (15 years service).

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Appling of Route 3 will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, July 21, with open house at their country home on Highway 76, six miles southwest of Ava.

Gary Leroy Kester, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ketser of Ava, was named to the Dean’s list of honor students for the second semester of 1962063, at Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss., according to an announcement received by the Herald.

President Kennedy will be at Heber Springs, Ark., on Sept 25   to dedicate Greers Ferry Dam.

The Community Recreation Association formed several years ago to purchase 110 acres of land which is well suited for a park with centralized facilities, has accepted the help of Lloyd Weast, a civil engineer who owns the Ava Motel, and a proposed plan to include every type of recreation facility which might be desired here sill be drawn up.  Apparent consensus of members is that when and if the city is ready for land improvement and facility construction title to the property will be turned over to the city without cost.

City employees of the water, street and sewer departments were granted a raise of $8.50 per month by the City.  Part-time hourly employees were granted a raise from $1.00 per hour to $1.15.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jenkins have announced the marriage of their daughter, Joann, to Terry Dye, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dye.

Naval Airman and Mrs. Calvin Henley (Karen Sanders), announce the birth of a son, Sunday, June 30, at the U.S. Naval Base Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Aerial photographs are being used to check inventories of coal stock piles at TVA plants.

BROWN BRANCH –– Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whitaker have bought the place owned by the late Frank Adams, moving there the first week in July.


75 Years Ago

July 21, 1938


Decision was made at a meeting of officials and members of the Ava Methodist Church Monday night to proceed at once with plans to enlarge and remodel the church building.  A new feature planned for the building is a large stained glass window to be installed as a memorial to Mr. Lz Banta. The window will be located on the front side of the church.

Douglas County Jersey breeders carried away the lion’s share of honors in the Cabool Parish Show Wednesday. With a total of thirty-seven purebred Jerseys entered, Douglas County breeders took every first in the bull class and a majority of the ribbons in the cow and heifer entries.  John Fawcett, manager of Carnation Company here, who has been building up one of the finest herds of Jerseys in this section of the state led in the winning with the junior, senior and grand championship awards in the bull classes.

The Almartha School opened Monday morning, July 18, for the fall term. The teachers in charge of the school are Howard Wade and Clinton Beach.  Both boys live in the Almartha district.

The Brown Derby Café defeated the Norman-Gentry Drug Store 15 to 4 in a game between Ava’s only two ladies softball teams.

A hoarding tendency of small merchants is blamed by sales tax officials for shortage of mill tokens throughout the state.

Observations From Life – We are inclined to give too much importance to the frets and worries of the daily round.  Why is some trivial annoyance considered worth quarreling about with those we love? Why spend hours of uncomfortable misery in public, when we might have been enjoying ourselves with friendly people?  Why allow the fact that we spilled grease on the floor at breakfast make us awkward and clumsy all the rest of the day?  It’s all a part of what we call human nature. But it causes unnecessary hurt and stress.

DOGWOOD –– People around Dogwood had rather unusual entertainment Sunday. After circling round and round, sometimes very low, plane N20202 made a forced landing just north of Dogwood Store so we had the opportunity of examining the big bird at close range. After refueling, the flyer took off for Springfield.

SMACKOUT –– Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burks and son, Junior, attended a surprise dinner for Lute Burks, Sunday, the occasion being his seventh birthday.

SWEDEN –– Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Welton and Mrs. T.L. Evans called at the Otis Welton home Saturday evening.

BLACK OAK –– The Black Oak Schoolhouse is being remodeled and painted this week. Our school begins August 1. Mrs. Cybil Johnson will teach the higher grades and Mrs. Dee Jenkins the lower grades.

ROBERTSON –– Lola, small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Audie Jenkins, is suffering from the bite of a poison tick. She is under the care of Dr. Ferguson.


100 Years Ago

July 31, 1913


The making of good roads is a nation wide problem, yet the most affective work is done by organization of local communities.  Primarily, the road issue is in the hands of the farmers, and the real farmer out in the field, and his wife in the kitchen, are the very people who are not being reached as they should be and must be.  This brings the problem to the door of the country school.  The country school should do it’s part in instituting a good roads sentiment among the children and people of it’s community.

Some of the Boone Township settlers sent a petition to the county seat requesting a chance to vote on prohibiting sheep, goats, and hogs from running loose.

The dry weather in this country the past few days has damaged the corn crop to considerable extent.  Rain must come at once if it is to do the corn crop any good.

Agnes Humbyrd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Humbyrd of this city, had the misfortune to get her arm broke one day last week. She was visiting a friend in Mansfield when the accident occurred. She is getting along nicely.

John D. Furguson of Goodhope is among a list who were granted diplomas this summer to practice medicine in this state. We did not learn whether he will locate in Douglas County or not.

Mrs. H.M. Curnutt and two daughters, Lela and Helen, went up to Mtn. Grove Wednesday for a few days visit with relatives and friends.

TARBUTTON NEWS –– Last Saturday night at the home of Squire Rogers, occurred the marriage of Mrs. Arzilla Hitchcock to Mr. Flora. The aged groom is the father of Mrs. Carrie Baker, with whom he has made his home since the death of his wife last winter at Vanzant.

Dop Hall is back again from Springfield and says there is plenty of work there, but two men for every job.

Ralph Raddick is ill at his mother’s with malarial fever.

Ben Heard had the misfortune to lose a good cow last Wednesday. She was injured by falling off a bluff.

Again Ava picnickers were seen upon Larissa soil Sunday.

Homer Matney is up and around after a siege with typhoid fever.

STONY POINT –– Arthur McLean and wife are the proud parents of an 11 lb. baby girl, which made its debut Saturday night, 16th.


125 Years Ago

August 2, 1888


A company of Russian gentle­men have got a pointer on the remains of Noah’s ark and are go­ing to set out to find them.

A Rochester lawyer signed a petition to abolish capital punish­ment, and the very next day, pled with a jury to hang a man for mur­der.

The purse, which the priests of the Diocese of New York will present to Archbishop Corrigan on the occasion of the celebration of his silver jubilee, will amount to $20,000.

The Queen of Sweden is undergoing peculiar treatment to restore her nerves to a normal condition.  Her doctors have ordered her to rise early, make her own bed, and dust and sweep the room.  She has to take a walk in the garden before breakfast, work among the flowers afterward, and lead an active outdoor existence all day long. Already the queen has been benefited by this curious cure, “the chambermaid treatment”, as it is called.

Don’t forget that the Grand Republican Rally will be held at Ava, August 18th.

The Little Giants (Ava) went to Mt. Grove last Saturday, as previously arranged, to play the baseball club.  The boys were met at the train by the club, headed by the Mt. Grove cornet band, and escorted to the hotel, where they partook of a bounteous breakfast to which it is needless to say, they did full justice.  The game was called at 2 o’clock, and after the first inning the Mountain boys saw that they had no “soft snap” and settled down to play ball.  At the end of the 4th inning the mountaineers were eight ahead, the score standing 19 to 11, but in the fifth inning the Little Giants made 8 tallies and white washed the mountaineers, bringing the score up even. After the first half of the seventh inning the game was called on account of rain, the score being 21 to 22 in favor of Mt. Grove.  The boys were well pleased with the manner in which they were entertained, and gave three rousing cheers and a “tiger” for the Mountain boys.  The Little Giants were accompanied by: Mrs. Henry Miller, Mrs. Andy Miller, Miss Belle Reynolds, John F. Miller, A.C. Kice, Mat J. O’Grady, John A. Spurlock, Oscar Morehouse and Ye Editor.

The Republican Club in Buchanan Township has 24 members.

An old settlers’ reunion will be held at Squire’s Store on Spring Creek on the 25th.

Good rain Sunday and light showers today.

Sarah Hammond was found guilty of the charge of assault upon Julia Morgan and fined %4 in Squire Casad’s Court Monday.  Being unable to pay the fine she was taken to Gainesville to board a while.