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Looking Backward 11.14.2013

  25 Years Ago

November 10, 1988


Democrat Rolla Swofford unseated Western District Commissioner Kenneth Adams in the Douglas County general election on Tuesday. Records are now being checked to determine if – and when Douglas County voters have ever elected a Democratic county commissioner.

Local football honors were handed out by members of the Ava High School football squad this week, to wrap up the 1988 season. Senior Eric Sallee was selected as Ava’s Outstanding Back for the 1988 season.

Airman Christopher McFarland, son of Elza G. and Ronda S. McFarland of Route 5, Ava, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Lansdown will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Daniel Rees of Ava spent his summer school break aboard the USS sMount Vernon, a dock landing ship homeported in Long Beach, Calif. The four-week tour of duty is part of his Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he is a sophomore.

MT. TABOR –– Holly Stillings spent Thursday night with Joy Singleton.

BROWN BRANCH –– The 90th birthday of Maude Floyd was Oct. 31.

DRURY –– Another walnut season is almost history.  Uhlmanns have hulled around 130,000 pounds to date, and that is a small amount compared to some.

RED BUD VILLAGE –– Will and Clara Havens had company last week, Nellie Norman, Ruth and Sam Evans, and Ann Dowell.

50 Years Ago

November 7, 1963


In a ceremony Oct. 18, before the Ava Bears walloped the Houston Tigers, 35-19, in an SCA football contest, Miss Sherry Garrison was crowned as homecoming queen.  Roger McFarlin presented Miss Diana Stott, an attendant to the queen.  Miss Patty Pitts, an attendant to the queen, was presented by her escort, Stephen Norman, No. 81, fullback. Miss Garrison was also crowned as the 1963-64 FFA barnwarming queen on Oct. 24.  Miss Garrison is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vasal Garrison of Route 3, Ava.

There were 200 entries in the Lions Club Halloween parade held on the square last Thursday night.

Lloyd Sivils recently completed construction of another modern home on his acreage in the Sunrise Hill residential district west of Ava, and the property has been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ray.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Watson entertained at their home on Third Avenue Sunday, Nov. 3 when Mrs. Watson hostessed her annual birthday dinner to honor her firneds, Mrs. Fred Burk (Dorothy Staley) of Springfield, and Mrs. Gene Davis (Hazel Myers) of Ava, who would each observe a birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Mrs. Gladys Stewart and Mrs. Ramey Smith entertained with a stork shower Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, as a special honor to Mrs. Lyle Dickison and Mrs. Bob Durham.

If you just remember that figures don’t lie, it’s a lot easier to stick to a diet.

BRYANT –– Mack Miller was taken to the hospital in Mansfield last Tuesday with flu and pneumonia. He returned to his home Sunday.

ROMANCE –– Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill.  The occupants of Mountain Lodge have done just that. The house was on top of a hill, but since the back yard was scraped down into the front yard the house really sets on top of a mountain.

The first degree murder trial of Mrs. Grace Deyo in the poison death of her husband in July, 1960, has been set for Nov. 18 in the Christian County Circuit Court in Ozark.

Bobby Joe Miller, 33, an Ava barber who lives at Wasola, was injured in a two-car automobile collision Sunday afternoon and is now a patient in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.  Miller, one of three passengers in a car driven by a Springfield man, was going to Kansas City to take the state barber’s examination when the mishap occurred at about 3 p.m. on Highway 675, 17 miles south of Sedalia at Cole Camp junction. Miller suffered head lacerations and a fractured left knee cap.

ROY –– Most everyone around has a new phone now.

We Want Your Sale –– Chancy Sherman and Buster Singleton, General Auctioneers, get dates at Herald office, call MU3-4648 or MU3-4739.


75 Years Ago

November 10, 1938


Citizens of Ava expressed overwhelming approval of two bond issues for city improvements in a special election held Tuesday, general election day. Ava citizens cast 322 to 64 votes for a sewer system.

For the first time since 1933, a month has gone by without a single county prisoner in jail here and Sheriff Lincoln Barnes has had no board bill to present to the county court.

William Schlosser and Fred Spurlock, who Sunday afternoon took a bird dog out for a little pre-season training, found more than a covey of quail. The “pointed” a litter of dogs which had gone wild, and made their home in a cave in a small bluff near the Spurlock farm south of Ava.

Andrew Forbis of Clever has accepted a position with the Clinkingbeard Undertaking Company, as assistant to C.V. Clinkingbeard, undertaker. He succeeds Tan Edmonds who resigned the position recently and went to California.

We are informed that neither Mussolini nor Hitler like the speeches made by our president about armaments and aggressor nations.  Fair enough.  We haven’t gone into rhapsodies over their speeches either.

Rev. and Mrs. C. J. Garrett drove to Olathe, Kansas, Monday, to visit their children. Rev. Garrett is pastor of the Nazarene Highway Church here.

Russell Coday left Saturday for his home in Mansfield after spending a few months in Ava. While here Mr. Coday was employed in Beano’s Café.

Two interesting assembly programs are being presented at the school this week. This morning three Swiss yodelers entertained the student body and Friday morning the assembly hour will be devoted to the observance of Armistice Day.

This season your accessories make your outfit…  Hats shift into high at a low 98¢ & up, saucy styles, turbans, brims, popular shades; No. 1 tip for Christmas: handkerchiefs monogrammed with name or initials. Pure linen. 39¢.  Polly Prim, The Modern Shop.

ROME – Amos Hicks called on Wesley Huffman Saturday night.

BLACK OAK –– Lawrence Thompson spent the weekend with Leon Vanhouden.

MT. TABOR –– The weather man gave warning of snow coming but we were somewhat unprepared for the change from rain to snow Monday and the extreme cold Monday night with ice on the houses Tuesday morning.

The Ava High School students and faculty members are busy this week completing plans for the publication of the high school paper. The paper’s staff is as follows: editor, Ruby House; business manager, Ross Burke; advertising manager, Marjorie Reynolds; sports reporter, Wilson McClendon; high school reporters, Fred Nelson, Jr., Jean Cline, Haley Rea Silvey, Winifred Uhlmann; Altitude League reporter, Mable Mitchell; typists, Florence Silvey, Albia Hunsaker and Lois Hodges; columnist, Opal Hibbard.

100 Years Ago

November 20, 1913


Life is a funny proposition ––Man comes into this world without his consent and leaves it against his will.  During his stay on earth his time is spent in one continuous round of contraries and misunder­standings by the balance of our species.  In his infancy, he is an angel; in his boyhood, he is a devil; in his manhood, he is everything from a lizard up; if he raises a small check, he is a thief; if he is a poor man, he is a poor manager and has no sense; if he is rich, he is dishon­est, but considered smart; if he is in politics, he is a grafter and a crook; if he is out of politics, he is an un­desirable citizen; if he goes to church, he is a hypocrite; if he stays away from church, he is a sinner and damned; if he donated to the foreign mission, he does it for show; if he doesn’t, he is stingy and tight wad. When he first comes into this world everybody wants to kiss him, before he goes out, they all want to kick him.  If he dies young there was a great future before him; if he lives to a ripe old age, he is simply in the way.  Life is a funny read, but we all live to travel it just the same.

This will be a hard winter for the dairy farmers of Missouri. The price of feed is unusually high, and the price of butterfat is low.  The best Missouri dairymen can hope to do is to pay the feed bill and bring his cows through the winter in good condition.

The enrollment in our high school is 345. At present we are doing three years of regular high school work.

If Congress doesn’t get a move on, they will not adjourn in time to convene again.

Miss Mayme James of Drury, attended the spelling contest in Ava. Miss James ranked third in the contest.

The scarcity of fresh eggs in New York City has caused produce men there to consider getting shipment from Norway, Denmark, Russia and Siberia to relieve the conditions. AT the present time the easterners are compelled to draw on western stock that is in cold storage in order to meet the demand.

Etcyl Norman who has been a student of the Normal for some time, has quit school for a while to assist his father, J.P.M. Norman with the fall farm work on their farm west of Ava.

FLAT ROCK NEWS –– Mr. and Mrs. Priss Baird are the proud parents of a fine baby girl, which arrived Oct. 31.

I. N. Garrison, who was badly hurt during the snow, is able to be out again.


125 Years Ago

November 15, 1888


We have had such bad weather during the past week.

Money to loan on improved farms at reasonable rates.  Call at the Herald office for full information.

Eslick Brothers will furnish you with first class groceries at cash prices and take produce at market rates in exchange.

Professor Mercer reports several new applications for admission to the Douglas County Normal School for the coming term.

The many friends of Horace Curnutt will be glad to learn that he has recovered from his long illness and is now able to be about.

The new store of Miller Bros. is crowded every day. Their new stock of goods and bedrock prices are appreciated by their customers.

J.Q. Thomas was in our city Monday and Tuesday of this week, taking subscriptions for the new Baptist Church in Walls Township.

There is no more fruitful source of disease than vitiated blood. It involves every organ and function of the body, and if not immediately corrected by the use of Ayer’s sarsaparilla sooner or later leads to fatal results. Be warned in time.

The Circuit Clerk has granted the following marriage licenses:  Thos. Glass to Lena J. Humphres; J.D. Strunk to Mary D. Rainey; W. J. Lansdowne to Julia Swearengin; J. Andrews to Mary A. Miller.

L.D. Painter, merchant of Dogwood, this county, was in the city on Tuesday on business with Probate Court.  He reports that all the farmers in his township are busy gathering corn, and the the crop this year is the best that has been raised in that township for 15 years.  Twelve new families have moved into the neighborhood in the last three months and are building new houses and farm buildings; and that they have a fine school in progress, with an attendance of 80 pupils who under the excellent government of Miss Stevenson, as teacher are making fine progress and the patrons of the school intend to have a full six month school taught.

HETH ITEMS –– Born to the wife of G.F. Harris, a big boy.  … Two new houses are being built in this neighborhood, and a new Baptist Church in progress of erection on south side of township.

A correspondent of a London paper suggests that one of the great wants of the time is an international stamp, good in any country, included in the postal union and sold in any of them at the same price.

The title of colonel in Kentucky seems to be applied indiscrimi­nately.  It is given alike to the owner of a distillery, to a con­gressman, to an editor, to a railroad official and to an office holder. One would suppose that in Kentucky the owner of a distillery would rank much higher than the rest of these persons, and require at least the title of general.

FORT WORTH –– Advices from the Pan-Handle country, the Indian Territory and the country still further north are not assuring to cattlemen.  Heavy snow now covers the earth and there is every indication that a severe winter is at hand. Cattle are in good condition to start, but the grass is not what many people think it is.