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Looking Backward 10.24.2013

  25 Years Ago

October 20, 1988


Friday night is Homecoming at Ava Hgih School’s Bear Stadium, and one of three high school sen­iors will be crowned Homecoming Queen during the halftime festivi­ties. Queen candidates are Susan Ridenour, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ridenour, Richelle Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roberts, and Melissa Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Davis. The Bears will be playing Houston in the game.

Squires Postmaster Fred Spurlock was recently recognized by the U.S. Postal Service with double honors. Spurlock, who has 46 years of service credited to him by the Poster Service, has also accumulated over 3500 hours of unused sick leave.  For this achievement he will be receiving a commemorative ring.

Vicki Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas of Rt. 3, Ava, and a 1987 graduate of Ava High School was selected as one of the 1988 Homecoming queen candidates on the School of the Ozarks Campus in Point Lookout, Mo.

Some 450 to 500 people attended the Topaz Fall Festival last Sunday afternoon and enjoyed an afternoon of visiting and a barbecued chicken dinner.  The Topaz Fall Festival is scheduled each fall on the third Sunday of October, and is held at the old Topaz store.

BRUSHYKNOB –– The only news this week is that we have a pastor now at Brushyknob, James Orick. We invite everyone to come out and meet him.

RED BUD VILLAGE –– Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Maloney and Lillian Klineline went to Springfield Sunday to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill McGehee, who were having a birthday party for their daughter, Kellie.  Mr. and Mrs. Russell Klineline, Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Klineline spent last week in Canada, sightseeing.

50 Years Ago

October 17, 1963


A 50,000 square foot building will be the new factory for A.G. Spalding Bros. of Chicope, Mass., manufacturers of sporting goods.  Approximately six acres of land for the building will be transferred by the Ava Industrial Corporation to the City of Ava and the City will own the building.  It will be leased to Spalding and rental fees will retire the revenue bonds over a 20-year period.

A new milestone in the history of the Citizens Bank of Ava was reached Sept. 30.  Total resources of the bank went over the $5 million mark for the first time in over 50 years of operation here.

Homecoming queen candidates are: Sherry Garrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vasal Garrison of Route 3, Ava; Patty Pitts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pitts, Ava, and Diana Stott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stott, Ava.

A rash of thefts has broken out in Ava and four juvenile boys have been apprehended by officers in connection with part of the cases.  Three local automobiles were stolen last week, two of them by the same pair of 14- and 15-year-old boys, and the third by a couple of 13- and 14-year-old youths. Sheriff Don Souder and Deputy Chancy Sherman said that two boys skipped school Wednesday of last week and took a 1960 Ford owned by Buster Singleton, from the Ava Sales Company parking lot. Monday night Darrell Vinson parked his 1956 Ford near the Ava High School building while he watched football practice, and it was stolen by two juveniles. Vinson started searching for his car, observed it on City Route 5 in south Ava and gave chase. The boys spun around a corner in southeast Ava, lost control and knocked down a tree in the yard of the C.W. Duffer home. The boys fled from the scene on foot but were arrested by officers the next day.

Hot and dry!  Oct. 7 – high 91, low 50;  Oct. 8 – high 88, low 50; Oct. 9 – high 83, low 55; Oct. 20 – high 93, low 55.

Ava’s unique Flaming Fall Revue endeavor, with no commercialism, no tie-in gimmicks and no strings attached – will get underway next Sunday for an eight-day stand.  The third-annual Glade Top Trail guided tour has been carried out by local citizens with just one thought in mind:  “to share the unparalleled beauty of this wonderful hill country when the thousands upon thousands of native trees bring forth their brilliance of flaming fall colors.”   Thousands of invitations have been sent far and near.

ALMARTHA –– Mr. and Mrs. Gary Walker of Nashville, Tenn., visited Russell Walkers Saturday.

Gossip can take an inch of fact and stretch it into a mile of scandal.

BROWN BRANCH –– Shorter water supply has started some hauling for washing and stock. Lester Adams and Virgil Adams haul wash water. Lloyd Jennings and Burel Harris are hauling stock water. The Mannons carry drinking water, and drive cows to water once a day. Their spring waters the cows, the other water time waters poultry, sheep and porkers. A few very small washings can be squeezed in now and then.


75 Years Ago

October 20, 1938


As storm clouds, thunder and lightning this week brought moisture to Ava and Douglas County, farmers and business men felt renewed hope for an end to the dry weather that has kept the ground in a state of powdery dryness for the past three or four months.  October has been not only dry but also unusually warm with temperatures around the 80 degree mark and higher.

A county wide temperance rally will be held in Ava Tuesday with P.A. Tate of St. Louis, superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Missouri, to be present for programs in the afternoon and at night.

George Mullins, local represen­tative of the resettlement admini­stration, is displaying an extraordi­nary variety of snake in his office in the basement of the courthouse. The snake has eyelids and ear holes, characteristics that familiar vaieties of snakes fo not have. Other unsnakelike characteristics include a lizard-shaped head and a two-inch horny tip on the tail.  It was found by Russell Davis who is building a filing station near Spring Creek on Highway 5 south of Ava.  A search through a book on biology owned by Mr. Mullins resulted in his classification of the reptile as a glass snake, a kind that is very un­common in North America.  How­ever, Mr. Mullins doesn’t have implicit faith in his own classifica­tion,, and plans to take the snake to Springfield in the near future to show it to Dr. Ralph Voris of the State Teachers College biology staff.

The Croslin Grocery Store was sold Monday and will open soon as one of six Ellis Stores. The new owners are John Ellis who lives at Cabool, Ernest Ellis of Norwood and Bob Ellis of Mountain Grove.  The Croslin grocery has been operated by Mrs. W.A. Croslin and her son, Lawrence Croslin, since the death of W. A. Croslin a year ago.

Two Ozark County men who were unexpected and unwelcome visitors to the Noel Sutherland home here Tuesday evening faced disturbance charges filed in the court of Justice of the Peace J.E. Reaves Wednesday.  Mr. Sutherland was not at home, and the only persons there were Mrs. Sutherland, their two younger children, Doris and Calvin, and a neighbor, Mrs. Guy Rippee and two daughters. They went out the back door when the two men, both inebriated, came in the front door, they said. Mrs. Sutherland went to the home of her father, Ples Cooper, next door, and they watched the house while Doris called officers. Sheriff Lincoln M. Barnes and Deputy Lester Eslick found the two men on the floor, one in the sitting room and one in a bedroom.

EAST DOGWOOD – A surprise birthday dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Latham Sunday in honor of Wayne Latham, Buddy Hatfield and Elizabeth Schumann, who birthdays occurred this week.

CROSS ROADS –– Clyde Hodges has a new porch on the front of his house.   Boone Hodges built a shed on C.E. Moore’s barn last week.


100 Years Ago

October 30, 1913


There is a greater acreage of wheat sown this year than was eve put out in Douglas County before, according to reports from all parts of the country.

One extreme always follows another, now we have an 11-inch snow, which covered the ground, falling Sunday night Oct. 26.  Rain fell in torrents for about twelve hours before it began to snow. Up to the time of the snow, we had had no frost to speak of and the grass and trees were as green and fresh as summer. The beautiful, soft, crystal snow which ladened the foliage of the yet green and fresh forest, created an aspect of exceptional beauty and wonder. It made us think of real old winter, but the leaves in the trees gave it a different hue.

Post Office Inspector G.A. Griffith has been in Ava the latter part of last week and first of this. While in our city he has been keeping an open eye for the liquor shipment over the different mail routes. Last Tuesday at noon, while H. Robertson, who is driver for John Letchworth on the Thornfield route, was preparing his mail, the post office inspector was keeping a sharp lookout. When Robertson was ready to leave town, and just before starting, he laid on a suspicious looking package, the post office inspector “landed” on him, took the package in charge, and told Robertson that a U.S. Marshal would see him later. This ought to be a warning to our star route carriers to leave the carrying of liquor to the other fellow.

Ordinances are now before the Council for a six foot concrete walk on each side of Jefferson Street with a curbing or gutter extending on block north from the square.  They are laying plans for spring work to grade and gravel the square. Electric lights will be aglow in every part of the city before the flowers bloom again, and we will be enjoying many real modern conveniences.

BASHER –– W.D. Smith was up to the post office the other day he informs us he is building a new house on the land he recently bought. Mr. Smith is from Mont Rose Colorado. He is a Republican.

Thos. H. Cornelius and son, Clint, arrived home from Cal. A few days ago well pleased with Douglas County.

J.H. McVay came up to Basher a few days ago and sent in the price for the Douglas County Herald for a year.  Mr. McVay came here recently from Holly Colorado, he is a Republican and an old Soldier and was in Andersonville Prison for quit a while during the war. He is a good talker and likes to talk about his Soldier days experience.


125 Years Ago

November 1, 1888


Vote to redeem Missouri from Bourbon misrule.

H.M. Miller has removed his drug stock to the building lately occupied by Baker’s Store.   Wm. Baker is removing his store from this place to the southeast part of the County, about six miles from Buckhart.

We publish by request this week an article written by Bud Norman, in answer to an article signed “Justice, Sr.” which appeared in our issue of Sept. 27th. If there are any good points in Mr. Norman’s article, we have failed to see them.

Beaver, Mo., Oct. 8th 1888. (From Bud Norman) In your issue of the 27th appears a few squibs from one of the Justice family.  This time it is the old man instead of his younger relative. With the exception of a few old threadbare, sarcastical phrases, the old man talks quite gentlemanly. However, he is “off his box” when he talks about the action of the Company Wheel, and the delegates from the western part of the county.  I have a suspicion that Justice, Sr., is a candidate, and knows very well that if he can’t frighten some of the Wheelers from their posts of duty, where he can perhaps capture their votes. His tail will be buried on the 6th day of November and he will have to embark upon Salt River, for that long and lonesome journey…”

Circuit Clerk Martin received a petition last week, remonstrating against cutting off the townships of Richland and Clinton and giving them to Wright County. The remonstrance is signed by one hundred and seventy-five taxpayers of these townships, and they say they do not want to be cut off.

Grant started on his trip around the world May 17, 1877. He was gone two years and seven months.

Calico, cotton-cloth, named from Calicut, a city of India, was visited by the Portuguese in 1498.  Calico was first introduced into England by the East Indian Company in 1631.

News that the Mikado of Japan has become addicted to alcohol, while the Emperor of China is devoting most of his time to opium-smoking, is not satisfactory. Really, these remote potentates seem to need the services of all-round reformers.

The New England Salt Trust has put the price of common salt from 60 cents to $2.25 per ton, and lump from $2 to $3.75.  Prompt motion by parliament is certain.

Quarantine against cattle from Mexico, except at two points, has been established for Arizona because of Texas fever.

Prairie wolves in northern Montana have recently killed hundreds of sheep and colts, and have even attacked travelers.

R. Senn and Helen Boland, his mistress, have been sentenced to be hanged Dec. 14 at Spartanburg, S.C. for the murder of Mrs. Senn.

Over 700 passengers of the steamship Elbe from Bremen have been held at Hoffman Island quarantine, New York City, because of smallpox on the vessel.

Ten cases of smallpox have been reported at Keswick, Can., and the place has been quarantined.

Dr. Schultze, of Vienna, advises strongly the drinking of beer out of mugs instead of glasses.  Beer deteriorates very quickly under the influence of light and mugs, particularly covered mugs, are much preferable to transparent glasses.