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Looking Backward 10.3.2013

  25 Years Ago

September 29, 1988


The Ava Bears were stunned when Liberty took the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown here last Friday night, but the Bears got the last hurrah when junior Gabe Gehrke split the uprights for a game-winning field goal with the time expired. The 17-14 win boasts the Bears to 2-0 in the south Cen­tral Association and 3-1 overall.

The new Kiwanis Club of Ava was officially organized Thursday, Sept. 15, at an evening meeting at the Ava Community Center. Some 20 men and women of the commu­nity were in attendance.

Mrs. Lula Spurlock, in Ava, will celebrate her 102nd birthday Oct. 8.

William D. Goss, son of Carl W. and Mary L. Goss of Route 1, Ava, has been officially accepted into the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets as a new member of the class of 1992 during the annual acceptance parade.

Marla G. Everett, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dorn Everett of Rt. 5, Ava, has been named to the Dean’s list for the summer semester at The School of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Mo.

Mr. and Mrs. Felda Medlock will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Oct. 8.

Transano is Master Angler with Three Bass – JEFFERSON CITY – Master Anglers are those who catch fish that exceed minimum limits or weights for a species, but that aren’t records.  Bass: (largemouth) Dr. Ed Transano, Ava, 8:12 and 8:00 and a white bass, 3:11.

Curtis Gentry, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gentry, of West Plains, recently returned from a 60-day tour of the Soviet Union where he was a member of the On-Site In­spection Agency with the U.S. Army Missile Command.

SQUIRES –– Mae Frye has a new great-grandson Jacob Allen.

50 Years Ago

September 26, 1963


Tentative plans for expansion of industrial development in Ava were discussed at some length here Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of members of the Ava Industrial De­velopment Corporation board of directors; E.I. Parker, president of the Spalding Sporting Goods Com­pany; Claude Carr, president; Ralph Thompson, vice president of Rawlings Sporting Goods Co.; and F.A Henry, superintendent of Rawlings’ Newburg plant and gen­eral manager of outside plants. The proposed expansion would provide for a completely new and separate building for the operations of the Spalding Company in Ava.  The Rawlings firm would continue to operate in the present AIDC-owned building, comprising approximately 90,000 square feet of floor space, with the possibility of employment of additional personnel once the two plants are separated as is pro­posed. The proposed completely new 50,000 square feet of floor space for the Spalding Company would be located on the AIDC in­dustrial tract north and east of the present Rawlings building, with an entrance to old Highway 5 to the east.  Under the tentative plans, the proposed new structure would be financed totally by revenue bonds, which would have to be approved by a vote of the citizens of Ava.

Don Victor, who began his retail business experience with Carps Department Store in Ava 11 years ago, has returned to his hometown to take over management of the store.

Horsemen from nine states were in Ava Friday and Saturday to attend the fifth annual Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breeders Asso­ciation Show and Celebration.  There were 150 registered horses shown in 23 classes with 32 towns represented.

A grand stealing charge filed in magistrate court Sept 13 against Jack Page has brought notice that there are two Jack Pages.  The charge is against a 20-year-old man called Jackie Page, and not against the 60-year-old Jack Page of the Brushyknob community, officers said.

Members of the Ava Study Club opened fall activities Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, with a picnic dinner meeting held at the suburban home of Mrs. Don Newton east of Ava.  Members attending were Mrs. Vernon Ray, Mrs. Don Knierim, Mrs. Herman Davis, Mrs. Lawrence Haynes, Mrs. Jack Norris, Mrs. Ray Parsley, Mrs. Richard Dye and Miss Geraldine Hailey, a new member of the club.

Charles E. Spurlock has been promoted by the Missouri Conser­vation Commission from Squires towerman to forest assistant in Douglas County, effective Oct. 1.

The man with the little dark cloud hanging over his head con­tinuously said that he had carried a buckeye in his pocket for months to ward off the evil spell, but it wore a hole in his pocket and he lost all of his silver.  “Get a rabbit’s foot,” a superstitious heckler advised.  He had tried that, too, he said, and a hound dog nearly chewed his leg off.


75 Years Ago

September 29, 1938


Thirty divorces were granted during the September term of Douglas County Circuit Court, according to records in the office of Circuit Clerk Noel Sutherland.

Ava and Douglas County sportsmen were divided in their opinions as to the effect of the recent ruling of the Missouri Con­servation Commission closing the season on turkey and deer in the state for this year.

Several reports have come to county agent’s office during the past few days of cases of sleeping sickness in horse.

Il Duce, the most arrogant Napoleon of all time, says that Italy, today, is an unconquerable nation and that it is the blind and crass stupidity of other nations that is defeating them.

On this momentous Monday, nervous, expectant, we find it hard to keep away from the radio.  And in a long drawn tirade of abuse, self-justification and inconsisten­cies, we hear a hoarse, strained and highly emotional voice pronounces – amid frantic cheers from thousands of misled people – what may be the death knell of millions of men, women and children.  For Hitler has spoken. And thousands of wildly cheering voices rise, and die away and rise again. And in that tumultuous uproar one hears the roar of guns, the crash of bombs, the groans of dying men, the wails of weeping women and the frantic screams of frightened children–for such is war.

Mansfield’s water tower will be raised 25 feet to give more water pressure to residences in the more highly elevated areas of the city.

From the Lebanon Rustic-Republican –– Harold Eslinger, of the Washington neighborhood, comes through with another “pat on the back” for the tortoise. Recently Eslinger was walking along the road near his home when he no­ticed a large hawk fluttering by the side of the road.  He went over to investigate who had the hawk in tow. He discovered one of the hawk’s toes was imprisoned in the shell of the tortoise, which refused to open.

For our girl of today – I’m afraid the hoopskirt is out.  If she went back to those old fashions she would want to keep in character, and the inadvertent up-tilt of a hoopskirt (the size of a small tent), in the face of the boyfriend, just doesn’t fit into the picture.

RIPPEE –– Mr. and Mrs. Bill Woolman announce the birth of a son on Friday, Sept. 23.

The first autumn colors are showing in the trees, heralding the approach of October with its tradi­tional blue skies and flaming hues.

Give the so-called “wicked” plenty of rope and they will build their own scaffold.

ROCKBRIDGE –– Tom Gunter and Miss Luella Clark of Girdner were married last Saturday at the C. H. Parker home.

GOODHOPE – An eight-pound son was born to Mrs. Lawrence Epps Sunday, Sept. 25.  The little one has been named Larry Dale.

The worst body odor is P.O.  The worst body odor comes from P.O. –– perspiration odor under the arms. Take 1 minute to use Yodora – new amazing deodorant cream that works directly on underarm excretions. Made without lard, Yodora is utterly different from stiff, grainy pastes.


100 Years Ago

October 9, 1913


Last Saturday closed perhaps the most successful Fair and Stock Show ever held in Douglas County.

The Ava Electric Light Co. was organized last week and has been incorporated for $6,000.00. The board of directors are as follows: J.W. Pettit, L.H. Pettit, J.H. Hawkins, Sallie J. Adams, Vernie Wilson and H.S. Wilson.  They expect to have the plant in opera­tion and the lights in the city by Dec. 1st.

E.C. Gardner of Remington Arms and UMC Cartridge Co. gave a shooting demonstration two days of the Fair last week. His work clearly demonstrated the good shooting that can be done with skill, good firearms and good ammuni­tion. Those who failed to see this missed a real treat.

The Herald Banquet –– We were very well pleased at our “first” trial to perform such a stunt.  If you, correspondents, did not enjoy the Herald Banquet last Saturday, it was your own fault – it was here for you.  If we give a banquet   next year, we expect every correspond­ent on our list to be present.

GIRDNER –– We wish to thank the Herald force truly for the regal way they banqueted the correspon­dents on Saturday. Those pencil shovers who were absent from the feast surely missed a grand treat. We thank the editor and his hospi­table wife and all associates.

TARBUTTON –– Harry Baker and family have moved to the little house on the hill above Bob Wyants and Harry is busy every day in Bill Morgan’s blacksmith shop.

Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Turner who live on “Quality Hill” are the proud parents of a fine baby boy, which arrived last Thursday.

Only a trial will convince the Coffee drinker that Pilgram Coffee is the best coffee on the market for the price of 20¢ pound.  If coffee does not agree with you try a pack­age of Postum, 15 and 25¢. Cocoa 10 and 25¢.  Or try our tea.  Ava Grocer Co., Phone 56.

Many Citizens To Contribute To Income Tax –– Estimate Is That 425,000 Persons Will Be Affected Under Provisions of New Measure. WASHINGTON –– According to estimates completed by the treasury experts, 425,000 American citizens must keep such accurate account of their incomes this year that they will be able to report to the income tax collector next spring exactly how much they owe the govern­ment under the new income tax law.  All who get $3,000 or over must report their incomes.


125 Years Ago

October 11, 1888


Heating stoves have gone up this week.

The rain yesterday came in good time for those sowing wheat.

J.K. Bulgar is courting at Gainesville this week. Mrs. Bulgar accompanied him.

County Clerk Curnutt is having his house painted this week. W.W. Birch is doing the job.

And, again do we remind our readers that we will take wood on subscription. Our woodpile is at bedrock and winter coming.

The game of baseball last Satur­day between the Little Giants and the John Henrys of Little Beaver resulted in overwhelming defeat of the latter club. The game was called at the end of the eighth inning, the score standing 75 to 6 in favor of the Little Giants.

Irvin King has opened up a meat market next door to Dr. Harper’s office south side of square.

The festival last Saturday night was well attended and a financial success, the total receipts of the evening amounting to $28.75.  An album was voted to Miss Leota Curnutt, as the best girl present; Miss Belle Stubbs received a cake as the prettiest girl in the hall; and Judge Hailey, after a hotly contested fight with Parson Dunaway, carried off the cake as the ugliest man in town.

Cross Hollow School Report – number of teachers in school, 1; number of scholars enrolled, 85; number of days attendance of all pupils, 960; average number of pupils attending each day, 48; teacher’s wages per month, $30.  Very respectfully, G.M. Siler, teacher.

Memphis, the gateway to the south and southeast, having with­drawn quarantine restrictions im­posed as restrictions against yellow fever at remote southern points, there is now no obstruction to travel via this route.

According to the Saturday Evening Gazette, of Boston, the house in which John Adams was born is still standing. It is a simple, unpretentious, wooden building, standing by the roadside, not far from the Quincy Adams station. It still belongs to the Adams family.

The Mikado of Japan has almost finished his new palace, which has taken six years for its construction. There are 400 rooms in the build­ing, and the dining hall will seat 127 guests. The furniture of the State Department came from Ger­many. Not the least interesting object in the palace is an American piano.

The troops of the Ameer of Afghanistan have defeated the forces of Ishak Khan, the latest pretender.

Two men living in Warren, Mo., drank tincture of aconite by mistake for liquor and died in two hours.

At a wake at Racine, Wis., three persons drank embalming fluid by mistake for beer. One will die.

The Washington monument is to be opened to the public and the elevator to the top of the shaft will be set in operation again.

The newest oddity in brooches is a kitten of dead black enamel touched with white spots and hav­ing eyes of rose diamonds.

Some democratic papers are denying the statement that the Mills Bill proposes to remove all federal burdens from the retail liquor busi­ness and make saloon keeping free throughout the land so far as the general government is concerned.