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Looking Backward 11.7.2013

  25 Years Ago

November 3, 1988


Open house was held at the Ava Head Start Center on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Head Start program moved this past August into a newly reno­vated building on N.W. 10th Street that was formerly Ava Fitness Center.  The building is owned by Jean Barnes.

The Ava Retail Merchants hon­ored the Growers Market vendors Saturday morning on their final market day of the season. A lovely cake was presented to Greg Thorsen.  Thorsen said this was a very good season for the Growers Market despite the early drought. Overall participation was up this year, he said.

Mr. and Mrs. Corbett Brown observed their 73rd wedding anni­versary Sunday afternoon with a reception at Crestview Healthcare in Ava, where the Browns are resi­dents.

Mrs. Susie Nelson, of Ava, will celebrate her 103rd birthday on Nov. 12. Born in 1885, Mrs. Nel­son still maintains her own home in east Ava.

First Sgt. Glenn D. Peebles was one of over 2,000 soldiers from the 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash., who assisted in extinguish­ing brutal blazes that plagued almost one million acres of land in the greater Yellowstone Park area.

Candie Cunningham was given a birthday party to celebrate her 9th birthday Friday, Oct. 28. The party was held at Candie’s home, given by her mother, Irene Cornelison.

The mixed quartet from First Southern Baptist Church enter­tained on the Ava Square Oct. 15.  Members of the mixed quartet are Cindy Heath, Sara Bradley, Bill Heath and Jim Bradley.

HIGHLONESOME –– Those going to Colorado to elk hunt were Short and Loretta Stevens, John and Linda Phillips, Xey and Jessie Case, Larry and Mike Phillips, and Rex and Shirley Halcomb and their miniature Doberman dog, Cuddles Marie.

50 Years Ago

October 31, 1963


Over 100 guests here for the Oct. 20 Community Open House toured facilities in Ava, and one stop was the Rawlings Sporting Goods Manufacturing Company factory.  Visitors were taken on a tour of the plant, and a special ex­hibit of products, which are made here, was on display.

Two of the largest fines ever assessed in the Douglas County Magistrate Court were levied Mon­day against two men who entered pleas of guilty to charges of posses­sion of deer during the closed season.

The Lutheran Church will begin holding services at Ava Sunday, Nov. 10 in the basement of the American Legion building.  Robert Myers, pastor of the Lutheran Church in Branson, will be the preacher.

The Evans Propane Gas Co. has been sold to an out-of-town firm which will operate here as the Palmer Propane Gas Co., Inc. Owners of the firm since 1953 were Curtis Evans and his son, Billie Joe.  The two Evans men will con­tinue in business here. Curtis will continue operation of a well drilling unit, and Billie Joe will operate a plumbing business and sell well pumps.

A farm home owned by Mr. and Mrs. Etcyl Painter of Ava was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. The house was located west of Dogwood just off Route T. Painter, junior high building supervisor in the Ava schools, said that the fire probably started from an electrical short, either in a refrigerator or the wiring of the home.

A workday for the new Bible youth camp at Vera Cruz was called by Missionary Oscar Cunningham for the purpose of running the cement floor in the dining room and to clean the grounds.

Larry W. Owens, U.S. Navy, left Ava Wednesday morn­ing, Oct. 23, enroute to San Fran­cisco, Calif. Where he was to report for a new assignment at Treasure Island Naval Base.

Drive-In Theatre – “HUD” with Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas. Wild, rebellious Texas cattleman. Great!

When tackle Tommy Halford ended the first half at West Plains Friday night with a 31-yard field goal he was given a standing ova­tion by local fans. It was the first time a field goal had ever been kicked by an Ava player.

A large coyote or wolf was killed at about 10 o’clock Friday morning by Boyd Barnum of Route 3, Ava. The animal was one of the largest of its kind observed in this area. The predator weighed 34 pounds, and brought a bounty for Barnum of $15 from the county clerk’s office. Barnum was in a field near his home, on Beaver Creek above Tigris, when he heard neighbors’ dogs running the animal.


75 Years Ago

November 3, 1938


Providence Anderson, Civil War veteran living in the Blanche com­munity, Wednesday could look back on 100 years of life, for “Uncle Prov,” as he is known to all his friends, on that day was 100 years old.  Surprisingly erect and hearty for all his age, “Uncle Prov” still is active. He lives with his son, Tom, who will be 67 years old next June, and the two of them “bach” in a house they built themselves a couple of miles from the Blanche Post Office.

Two Douglas County officials, who are candidates for re-election, are sporting new articles of wearing apparel this week as a result of identical accidents the first of the week.  Prosecuting Attorney Willis H. Mitchell and Noel Sutherland, who is circuit clerk and ex-officio recorder tell the story on them­selves. The prosecutor went to Drury Monday night with other candidates for a Republican speaking.  He sat down on a bench, started to move over to make room for someone else and tore the seat of his pants. Harry Shannon, store­keeper there, went across the street to his store, and got Mr. Mitchell a new pair of brown pants so that he could appear before the voters without embarrassment. Shortly afterward, Circuit Clerk Noel Suth­erland sat down on the same nail in the same bench and tore his pants in the same place. When the candi­dates were called forward to be introduced to the voters present, Mr. Sutherland declined to appear before the crowd, but instead rose in this place in the audience where could better hide the offending tear from public gaze, acknowledged the introduction and hastily sat back down. Tuesday he got a brand new pair of blue denim overalls.

One of the new projects that students of Ava High School will undertake this year is the publica­tion of a school paper.

Definite plans are also being made for the publication of a 1938-39 school annual. This will be the first publication of an annual since 1934.

The Quality Bakery here, owned and operated for the past seven years by Lee Lachmund, was sold this week to Heyward Taber and will be known as the Home Bakery. Mr. Lachmund retained his café, operated in connection with the bakery, and will continue in that business under its established name of “Quality Café.”

Indian Summer has outlasted the month of October and has contin­ued into November, the mildness of the temperature being exceeded only by the extreme lack of mois­ture. Eleven October days saw the mercury in the thermometer rise to 80 degrees or above, as high as 87 degrees being reached, recorded Oct. 5.

A stork shower honoring Mrs. Cecil Davis was given Wednesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Maloney.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Melton of Merritt announce the birth of a 13-pound son, Robert Dee, on October 29.


100 Years Ago

November 13, 1913


The opening game of the bas­ketball season was played at the Opera House last Saturday night, Ava vs Mtn. Grove. The game was clean and interesting from start to finish, although the home team led the score by a big margin. The game was interesting because both teams were held down to the rules and not allowed to get too rough.  Ava team members were V.A. Dobyns and Elmer Curry, forwards; Lloyd Reynolds, center; Quincy Norman, John Robertson, guards. The time was called with a score of 27 to 6 in favor of Ava.

What is credit?  And, why ex­tend?  Originally the extension of credit was based upon a genuine belief or absolute conviction that the confidence reposed in the buyer would be redeemed at the time agreed upon, while in these uncer­tain days it is simply a hope.

On the first of January next, every citizen of this country, whether residing at home or abroad, even though not a citizen, must prepare to pay upon his net income a tax of 1 percent, with certain exemptions.  This tax will be due on that date for five-sixths of the calendar year 1913 and thenceforth, will be due for each full calendar year.

LARISSA –– The storm of last week should be a warning to those who either have no shelter or very little, for their cattle.  It is a shame for our cows to have to stand and shiver their lives almost out like some have to. Beside it is poor management.

Herman Givans, of two miles north of Ava, returned home last week after an absence of three or four months.  He has been traveling with the Barnum and Bailey Circus and as the show has gone into win­ter headquarters in North Carolina he returned home to visit home­folks.

In Chicago, a universal transfer system on the elevated railroads went into effect Nov. 3, by which it is possible to ride 119 miles for five cents.

It is reported that October 1913 was the coldest October since 1889. Lairerei the “goose bone” prophets all predict a mild winter.

The courthouse is being wired for lights from the Ava Electric Light Co.

Hartley and Holt have moved their barbershop to the G.B. Wilson property on the northeast corner of the square.

BASHER ITEMS –– The tele­phone co’s. of this community are repairing their lines. Basher Co. lines are about all down and so is the Rockhouse lines, you cannot get in or out of Basher on the phone.


125 Years Ago

November 15, 1888


Grand Old Missouri may yet be numbered among the doubtful States.

Maj. Payne received a telegram yesterday stating that the Supreme Court of the State had confirmed the decision of the lower court in the case of Wm. Walker, one of the Bald Knobbers sentenced to death at the February term of court.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 –– Dispatches from Dakota indicate that the people of that Territory are greatly pleased with the Republican success achieved in the campaign just closed. The election of Harri­son to the presidency is doubly significant to Dakota. It means not only that a Republican administra­tion will admit the northwestern Territories, which the Democrats have thus far kept out of the Union, but it means, also, that President Harrison’s policy concerning Dakota will be in accord with the expressed will of the people, as set forth in their memorial to the Forty-Ninth Congress, praying for admission.

The Prince of Wales recently visited Professor Pasteur and wit­nessed a number of operations for the prevention of hydrophobia.

The interior of Africa is still harassed by kidnapers and slave dealers. It is estimated that 30,000 persons yearly are stolen from their homes. Until within a few years a lively export trade has been carried on, but since that has ceased the kidnapped Negroes must find a market in their own continent. Large numbers are brought by Arabs and set to work on the large plantations they have started for 300 miles on the Congo River.  If the Congo region is to be devoted to this style of civilization, it might as well have been left in barbarism. The products of this region under unpaid labor will enter into compe­tition with those of the paid labor of our southern states.

J.A. McDaniel had a flue built this week.

Born –– On Friday, Nov. 9, to the wife of T.B. Marler, a girl.

Born –– To the wife of J.W. Paul of Walls Township, an eight-pound boy.

From the reports coming in, the population of Douglas County is increasing rapidly.

The Republicans of Buchanan and Campbell townships had a jol­lification last Saturday evening. Every man present went home bareheaded, their hats being used as fuel in a Harrison bonfire.

Safe blowers destroyed W. E. Wagner’s safe in Moberly, Mo., and secured $100 in cash.

The first through express from Paris arrived in Constantinople the other day.

An unknown man committed suicide by jumping into the Niagara River. His body was carried over the falls.

Three delegates from the Mormon colony at Lee’s Creek, Northwest Territory, have gone to Ottawa, Ont., to secure a town site at their colony, which now numbers 125 souls.