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Looking Backward 10.17.2013

25 Years Ago

October 13, 1988


When Sally Parker left the Douglas County Health Department last Friday afternoon a bit of the unit’s history left as well.  Mrs. Parker, a licensed practical nurse with the county unit since 1975 announced her retirement and worked her final day at the center on Friday.

Mrs. Lula Spurlock celebrated her 102nd birthday on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Marine Sgt. Scott W. Huffman, son of Dorsey B. and Doyne L. Huffman of Rte. 1, Ava, Mo., has been meritoriously promoted to his present rank while serving with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Huffman received the accelerated promotion in recog­nition of outstanding performance duty proficiency and demonstrated professional abilities.

The Ava High School Bears staged an impressive second-half rally at Cabool Friday and downed the Bulldogs 13-6 in South Central Association action.

A special birthday party was given for Clarence Blakey on his 62nd birthday.

SKYLINE –– Congratulations to Van and Trisha Menzies. They have a new baby boy.

RED BANK –– Chilly weather hit us last week, and made a fire feel very good to us. Monday was better with the temperatures in the 70s.

OAK FOREST –– A surprise birthday dinner Sunday, Oct. 9, was given for Thelma Hill, 81, of Dora.

Vote for Rolla Swofford, Demo­cratic candidate for Western Dis­trict Commissioner.

Dance to the music of “Wild Country”, Saturday night, 8 p.m. to midnight.  Bill & Bonnie’s Happy Hour Lounge, 4 blocks south of the Ava square.

50 Years Ago

October 10, 1963


Arvel Davis has been elected chairman of the Douglas County ASC committee.

A fundraising dinner, with another scenic section of Douglas County as an attraction, will be served Sunday, Oct. 13, in the old store building at Topaz, in the east­ern part of the county.  The beauty of the Topaz hills is not to be sur­passed during autumn’s flaming revue.

Here in the fox trotting horse capitol of the nation the boys say “Turn ‘em on” and that’s what the Bears of Ava High School did Fri­day night as they knocked a very fine Cabool High School team out of the undefeated ranks 19-7.

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Posey and children, Phyllis and Dennis, entertained with a birthday dinner Sunday noon at their home south­west of Ava when they honored Mrs. Posey’s brother, Larry Adams, who was to observe his 17th birth­day on Tuesday Oct. 8.

L.W. Ellis from Washington state has purchased the Billy McGill home near Smallett, south of Ava.  The transaction was han­dled by R. Leonard Realtors of Springfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. Ritter an­nounce the birth of a son Sept. 24 at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. The baby weighed a 6 pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Rickey Richard.

Formerly . . . Hodges Station and Grocery, opens under new management, 5 ½ blocks North of Square, near Junctions Hwy. 14 and old 5.   Please come in and see us.  Neil and Jean McFarlin.

Annual sales of the Ava Farmers Exchange during the past year totaled $1,043,883.44, it was received by an auditor’s report made last Friday and Saturday night.

BAKERSFIELD – Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lambert and little daughter, Janice Marie, were Saturday night and Sunday visitors of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferley Lambert and Donna.

ROMANCE –– (by Mrs. T.J. Moorhouse) –– The hunting story by Mrs. Edna Rogers brought back farm memories of 1937. The grass­hoppers would eat the green beans before they were big enough to cook. Things sure looked desperate. The Klinelines raised guineas and one of them said that there was no use using poison bran for grass­hoppers if people would keep guin­eas.  So T.J. went to Earnie Privett’s Produce and he had seven guineas.  He bought them out and those guineas were turned loose among the grasshoppers. They went to work immediately. They laid eggs and hatched more guineas. Soon the place was full of guineas. At blackberry time, they would follow to the blackberry patch and catch hoppers while we gathered the berries that were left. Soon the hoppers were extinguished.  To this day I have a lot of respect for the little old speckled guinea.  They kept us from plain starving to death.

Landscaping, it pays to consult an expert.  Let us help you select the right plants for the right places. Ava Nursery and Garden Center, Roy Waters, Landscape Architect, Graduate of National Landscape Institute.


75 Years Ago

October 13, 1938


Acting upon the petition of more than 125 citizens of Douglas County, mostly farmers, the county court here has ordered a vote on the question of licensing all dogs in the county. The question will be sub­mitted to the voters in the coming November election on November 8.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Huff were honored Sunday with a surprise dinner in honor of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.  W.A. Huff and Miss Martha Ann Burchell were married near Ava October 7, 1888, and have lived in this com­munity since that time.

Mrs. Wanda Clinkingbeard is confined to her home in the south part of town suffering from an attack of scarlet fever. The Clinkingbeard family is quaran­tined in the family home.

Sam Whitehead, 82 years old, his daughter, Mrs. Tenna Cook, and her daughter, Miss L. May Cook, arrived in Ava Wednesday noon looking for a place to rest after a four weeks journey on foot from Drexel, south of Kansas City on the Kansas state line. On the trip they pulled and pushed a small wagon containing what food, clothing, bedding and other effects they had. And, on top of the duffel rode Clara Irene, their toy shepherd dog. Asked if their mode of travel wasn’t slow and laborsome, Mrs. Cook unhesitatingly replied, “Yes, but it’s honest.”  They went to the city park to stay overnight.

RIPPEE – Mr. and Mrs. Marion Fleetwood moved Monday from a farm near Ava to his father’s farm in this community.

Mrs. Cecil Harley and Mrs. Larry Miller entertained a number of children Saturday afternoon at a birthday party in compliment to Mrs. Miller’s small daughter, Jean Gay Harrison, who was celebrating her fourth birthday anniversary.  At the close of the afternoon an ice course was served to these children: Annavee Thomas, Wanda Lou Sallee, Wanda Lorane Dilsaver, Mary Ann Exline, LaVonne Privett, Lavern Norman, Sam Wiggins, John Donald and Bobby Joe Victor, and one other guest, Mrs. Ray Dilsaver.

The New Wilson Theatre, last showing tonight “Kentucky Moon­shine”. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 14, 15 – “Starlight Over Texas”  Tex Ritter in a musical western, a regu­lar “sage brush” western with lots of cowboy music. A surprise short feature and chapter 10 of “Flash Gordon.

High school class picnics were held Tuesday afternoon.  The Sen­ior class picnicked at the east Bry­ant bridge, the Junior class at the old Bryant Mill, the Sophomore class at Burleson Spring and the Freshman class at Jackson’s Mill.

MT. TABOR –– Lester Jenkins and Vaytie Sanders bought Percy Wood’s station and store Monday and are now in charge of the busi­ness on top of the Beaver Creek hill on Highway 76 southwest of Ava.

That Adolph Hitler “has an abnormal mind, pathological from adulation” is not news to anyone who has followed his ‘meteoric career’. It is interesting to learn what we can about the real man (super or madman) who has gained such a God-like ascendancy with a scientific and intellectual people.  Who, seemingly, thinks he is –– practically –– God.


100 Years Ago

October 23, 1913


At last the American people have awakened to the fact that President Wilson and his Secretary of State have been too timid and too hesitant in dealing with Mexi­can officials. The fear of war has been stressed too much. Dilly-dallying and procrastination has made an armed conflict almost inevitable.  The nations of the world are now ready to protect their interests in Mexico and our gov­ernment may have to stand aside and see the Monroe Doctrine tram­pled under foot.

The currency question is getting a lot of space in the country week­lies the past few weeks. It seems to be the uppermost topic with the American people just now. We are certainly glad to see the country editors thinking along this line.

The Electric Light Co. met at the Wilson Hardware last Friday after­noon, for the purpose of buying machinery and other supplies for the equipment of the plant.

The life and energy of any City, town or neighborhood, is based upon its public improvements, mainly its public schools and churches.  A few nights ago the Missionary Baptist Church in a business meeting decided to erect a church building somewhere in the north part of town. For this purpose the church has purchased the lots of Simon Spurlock just west of the high school building.

An editor who started about twenty years ago with only fifty-five cents is now worth $100,000.  His accumulation of wealth is owing to his frugality, good habits, strict attention to business, and the fact that an uncle died and left him $99,999.

Why can’t Ava hold an election to select a choice for postmaster.

The friends of Wesley King gave him quite a surprise at home near Bryant on Oct. 19th, it being his 21st birthday.

Geo. Inman has moved his jewelry and notion store from the Pettit building, on north side of square, to his own building just west of Singleton Hotel. Mr. Middendorf will move into the Pettit building with his lunch counter and short order restaurant.

Grover Brooks came back from Ark. Last Saturday. It did not take him long to get all he wanted of Arkansas.

I take pleasure in saying that the loaf of bread I entered at the Fair this year was given first premium. I made it of Pride Flour, and can recommend it to my friends as very fine Bread Flour. Very respectfully, Mrs. Allen Yandell, Ava, Mo.


125 Years Ago

October 25, 1888


Professor Err Morris, of Ohio, passed through town Tuesday, on his way to Grabeel, Ozark Co., where he is to take the position of Principal of the Grabeel Normal School. This school is a new ven­ture at the village of Grabeel in the northwestern part of Ozark Co., about twenty miles south of this place. We wish it success.

We were shown a beet yesterday that beat all the beets we ever saw. It was raised by Mrs. J.K. Reed, on the hill southeast of town. It meas­ured 23 inches in circumference, 18 inches in length and weighed 10 ¾ pounds.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, though by no means well, is in much better condition than she was before her recent serious illness. Her recovery has astonished her physicians.

A considerable part of the Prince of Wales’ expenses has gone to pay for uniforms which he must wear at foreign courts. He has over 80 of them and some cost $600 or $700.

The Cora Potter robe has caused a good deal of interest among women, and the Langtry hat is now on its way to this country from Paris. The “O’Sullivan Dimpfel Horsewhip” is already popular.

A railway train has just been constructed in France for the Emperor of China. It consists of six carriages, three of which are for the Emperor’s own use. They are mag­nificently decorated and each of them contains a throne.  A small table for opium smoking is a bar­barous piece of furniture that stands in front of each throne.

The latest cure for rheumatism, according to a Georgia doctor, is to purchase a Mexican hairless dog and make the animal sleep so that the feet of the sufferer can touch the dog’s body.

The ravenous starfish which have been preying upon the big oyster beds in Narragansett Bay are reported as thick just now as cran­berries in a Cape Cod bog. They have cleared out more oysters this year than ever before.

The largest church in the world is the Basilica of St. Peters in Rome. Its dimensions are as fol­lows: length of interior, 513 feet; breadth of the naves and aisles, 197 ¾ feet; height of the nave, 152 feet; length of the transepts, 440 ½ feet; height from the pavement to the summit of the cross outside, 448 feet.

Financial Statement of Douglas County, Missouri, for the year ending May 1st, 1888.  Valuation of Taxable Property for the Year 1887, valuation of lands on tax book, $504,086; town lots, $8,334; personal, $389,212; merchants statements, $27,506.

Ex-Confederate Col. Watts, at Mt. Zion School House in Walls Township on the 18th inst., denied that he tried to get the nomination on the Democratic ticket for prose­cuting attorney.