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Looking Backward 9.26.2013

25 Years Ago

September 22, 1988


State Representative Mervin Case, R-Ava, has been asked to appear before the State Milk Board in Jefferson City on Oct. 6 to address complaints concerning practices by the board.  Case said he believes the purpose of milk inspectors should be to make the dairymen better producers and not to kick them off production.

Richard Chilton – known around Ava as just plain “Richard” or the “UPS man” has been a familiar individual in this area for some 20 years.  But he is soon to be transferring to another route which will not include Ava.

A Douglas County man was apparently saved from drowning while swimming at Pontiac Boat Dock in Ozark County over the weekend.  Daniel Ivicsics, was rescued by his step-daughter, Alice Tidwell, 13, Ivicsics was in about 10 feet of water and was unable to get out, when Tidwell pushed him over to the safety ropes.

Classes resumed on Tuesday, Aug. 30 for the fall semester at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo.  Caroline Brazeal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brazeal, Squires, and Donna Mork, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Mork, Squires, are enrolled as freshmen students there.

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Mooney would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann Marie, to Matthew R. Leonard of Glendale, Ariz.

Leah, Rachel, and Jessica Givans, all of Ava, participated in the talent contest held in conjunction with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Festival held in Mansfield Sept. 16-18.  Rachel took first place with a banjo solo, and all three girls teamed up as an instrumental group and took first place in that division also.

BLACK OAK –– Sunday dinner guests with Mr. and Mrs. Norman Alcorn were Mr. and Mrs. Terry Hoogendoorn and children Derek and Tenisha.

50 Years Ago

September 19, 1963


Officials of the Fifth Annual Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breeders Association Show and Celebration, scheduled to be held at the fairgrounds in Ava this Friday and Saturday, stated that early this week practically all public housing facilities for visitors had been reserved.

The Ava Bears opening their bid for South Central Association honors in the 1963 gridiron season with a convincing 31-0 victory over Salem last Friday night, will meet the Thayer Bobcats tomorrow (Friday) night for their first home start.

Offices and warehouse of the Ava Oil Company have been moved to the Adams building, two blocks north of the square, it was announced this week by owner J.G. Heinlein.  The building was formerly occupied by the Marvin Barnes Co.

C.J. McCurry, general manager of the A & M Telephone Company, with headquarters in Springifled, visited Ava over the weekend and reported that a total of 107 new rural connections had been completed and are now in service in the Ava area since last February.  An additional 100 service connections are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

The tragic death of the architect in charge of the new Ava High School building will probably delay use of the building several days.  The architect, Gene Englehardt, of Jefferson City, died Monday in a Jefferson City hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident late last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Dye of Route 5, Ava, who were observing their 58th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 10, were pleasantly surprised when Mr. and Mrs. Dean Davis and children Charles, Dannie, Bobbie and Cindy Mae, also of Route 5 arrived at the couple’s home with a wedding cake and remained to help the honorees celebrate the special occasion.

ADR-2 and Mrs. James W. Jenkins (Sharon Sue Cantrell) of Millington, Tenn., announce the birth of a son at 12:08 Saturday morning, Aug. 31 in the U.S. Naval Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.  The baby weighed 8 pounds, 12 ¼ ounces at the time of his birth, and has been named James Gregory.

In 1948, 15 men of this area organized the Fox Trotting Association and incorporated.  The Fox Trotting Association owns $1000 in shares in the factory building. The factory is our industry. The Fox Trotting Association is ours. It was started right here at Ava. We believe it deserves the support of every individual in this community.  [By C. H. Hibbard, secretary, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Assn.]

Gary Kester, who vacationed in Ava last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Kester and daughter, Marilyn, left Monday morning enroute to Jackson, Miss., where he has started his senior year in Millsap College, as a library science major. Kester has been elected president of Eta Sigma Phi, a national honorary fraternity for outstanding Latin and Greek students.


75 Years Ago

September 22, 1938


More exhibits and better quality exhibits characterized the 1938 Douglas County Fair at the city park the last three days of last week.

Sam Exline, for the past two years employed in the Mearle Jarman Barber Shop, this week purchased a half interest in the shop owned by Russel Robertson, on the south side of the square.

The enrollment of the Ava school continues to grow. The enrollment in the high school has reached 450, and more students are yet to enroll.

Redecoration of the lobby of the New Wilson Theater the past week ahs improved the appearance of the building.  The work was done by a former decorator with Warner Brothers Studio and was completed Saturday.

Since it has been found by eastern pickle and condiment manufacturers that Missouri-grown horseradish is equal to, if not superior to, horseradish roots imported from Europe, there is growing opportunity for horseradish production in this state by those who have suitable soil.

Roy Ridenour, youngest son of Mrs. L. Ridenour, will return to Ava late this week after spending eighteen days in the Springfield Baptist Hospital where he has been convalescing following an appendix operation.

Lieut. And Mrs. David Crockett arrived in Ava last Thursday evening after spending several days visiting in Steele. The Crocketts were guests in the home of Mrs. Crockett’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Bean. Lieut. Crocckett returned to Bagnell Saturday morning but Mrs. Crockett remained in Ava for a weeks visit.

R.J. Gray and two sons, Robert and Ted, left early last week for Iberia where the Gray family will make their home. Mrs. Gray and son, Ronald, remained in Ava but will join Mr. Gray and the boys a little later.

Elmo Cunningham, of Ava, Route 2, and Miss Mayme Burgin, of Ava, were married Monday morning by Justice of the Peace J.E. Reeves at the courthouse. The young couple was attended by the bride’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Bill Burgin. The wedding ceremony was performed on the 21st wedding anniversary of the bride’s parents, who also were married in Ava.

BLACK OAK –– Christine Mallonee entered school Tuesday morning.

ARNO –– Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Haynes had a well drilled at their home last week.

GOODHOPE –– The people of this community are rejoicing over the nice rains and cool weather we are having.  Farmers are now beginning to plow again for their fall wheat sowing.

Howard Curry, older son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Curry, left Sunday for Kansas City where he will attend school this year. Mr. Curry, who has spent the past two years in the Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, will be a student in the Kansas City Western Dental College this winter.  The Currys’ other son, James, has been enrolled in Drury College in Springfield for the past two weeks.


100 Years Ago

October 2, 1913


Shippers in Argentine Republic, South America, are making arrangements with New York commision merchants to ship several cargoes of meat to the United States in case the present Democratic tariff bill goes into effect and the duty on farm products is removed.

Fifty good sane and safe men in the lower house and twenty-five men of the same character in the Senate is what Missouri needs. There is no use under the sun in sending a lot of loons up to Jefferson City every two years to make idiotic laws for the people.  Look at the statutes of Missouri and at the General Assembly records and will find idiocy galore and the people pay for both the music and the dancing.  Give Missouri reform in her legislative body. God knows the State needs it.  Put men into office who you know are absolutely honest and square. No other class of men are worth a snap of your finger in public life.

Thousands of ties have been bought at the Ava yards and shipped to the market. There are millions yet in hauling distance of this place. Of course, the more that is paid for ties the more ties we get – the more money it brings to the country, and the better it is for us all.  Let the good work go on. Let competition continue and the ties roll in.

ROCKBRIDGE –– Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gaulding of Knotting Hill have been visiting with their daughter, Mrs. Frank Mankin.

Parrot Brown, the blacksmith at Rockbridge made a business trip to Mtn. Grove Tuesday, returning Thursday.  While there he took in the show.

BANNER BREEZES –– Mr. O.C. Stearns whose 83rd birthday anniversary occurred on August 24, has been enjoying a visit from his sisters, Mrs. Hester Briggs, who is 75 years old, and Mrs. Lucy Mitchell, who is 71 years old.

Roscoe Spurlock is the proud possessor of a new John Deere buggy recently purchased of the Dyer Hardware Co.

Wrinkles Removed by the Eye Specialist.  Not by rubbing – we remove them by properly fitting the eye with glasses.  This week we will not charge you for looking into your eyes. Dr. C.I. Daniels, Carter Hotel.

Wm. M. Barnes is having gravel and rock hauled for a new concrete building on the lot where his livery barn burned recently. The building will be 40×90 with a 20-foot concrete shed. The building will be practically fireproof.

Light frost at Geo. McFarlins and Hiram Davis. None on the ridge yet.


125 Years Ago

October 4, 1888


The cold wave of the last few days has created quite a demand for wood.

The citizens of Ava and vicinity will give a festival at the courthouse Saturday night for the benefit of Rev. E.J. Dunaway. Rev. Dunaway has labored long and earnestly for the cause of religion in our city, and now let the citizens turn out and show that his services have been appreciated.

Tom Davis brought into our office yesterday a stalk of corn grown on his farm on Whites Creek which measures 9 feet and 3 inches from the ground to the ear. Mr. Davis is the tallest man in Douglas County, but if he has much corn like the sample he will have to get a step ladder to gather it.

Miller and King brought in their new drill last week and have finished a well for A.P. Miller, and are now at work for Andy Pennington.

On Sunday, the 30th inst., John W. Spurlock married Miss Lucy Duran, both of this county.

Capt. W.W. Headlee, who will represent this district for the next two years in the State Senate, spoke to a small audience at the courthouse, yesterday.

Mrs. Rachel Stillwaggon, of  Flushing Long Island, has just celebrated her 103rd birthday. She is in good health and expects to live many years yet.

Fifty locomotives will be shipped to South America by the Baldwin Locomotive works of Philadelphia for use on railroads in the Argentine Republic.

British Columbia Indians are coming over to Washington Territory to help gather the hop crop. The advance fleet of canoes contained about 300 men, women and children. The crop is extraordinarily large.

Take a small quantity of a two percent carbolic acid solution and sprinkle sheets, coverlet, pillow and bolster on both sides, the edges of bed curtains, and wall next to the bed.  The face and neck may also be slightly wetted with the solution. Not a single gnat or mosquito will come near.

In order to give all an opportunity to attend the National Exposition at Kansas, which is now complete in every department and in full running order, the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad Company announces the following very low rates for tickets purchased Tuesday, October 9th, 1888, which will be good for return passage until and including Saturday, October 13:  from Mansfield to Kansas City and return, $4.35; from Norwood, $4.45; from Mt. Grove, $4.50; from Cedar Gap, $4.25.

A Mule’s Consistency –– A rich man had a piece of land upon which a poor mule was grazing. “I shall harness you” said the man to the mule, “and make you plow this land to grow melons on of which I am very fond, while the stalks will supply you with food.”  To which the mule replied: “If I consent to toil on your plan you will have all the melons and I will be worse off than I am now, inasmuch as I will have to eat dry stalks instead of fresh green grass. I’ll not do it sir.”  “How unreasonable you are” remonstrated the land owner, “your father never had any food but thistles, and yet, worked sixteen hours a day without grumbling.”  “Alas! That is true,” retorted the mule, “but you know, my father was an ass.”