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Looking Backward 11.21.2013

  25 Years Ago

November 17, 1988


“Pay Taxes Here” says the sign at the Ava Police Station.  City taxes may only be paid at the Police Station, which is a switch from previous years when taxes were paid at City Hall. Clerks Karen Lakey and Betty Kennedy will assist customers.

Everyone stood at attention Friday as R. L. Turner, commander of the Ava VFW, and Dorsey Huffman, commander of the Douglas County American Legion, placed the MIA-POW flag on the staff at the Veteran Memorial in the Ava Cemetery.

Irma Evans spent the past week in Chicago, Ill., visiting her daughter, Betty Sue Evans. She visited many places of interest, and also attended a play at Wilbur Wright College Theatre, where Betty Sue was performing.

Ava senior Eric Sallee has been named to the all-SCA first team defensive squad as a defensive back in post-season balloting by coaches of the South Central Association.   Senior Susan Ridenour and junior, Michelle Allen, were given all-conference honorable mention by SCA coaches at the end of the 1988 volleyball campaign.

Mrs. Ethel Cantwell celebrated her 90th birthday Nov. 9 with a dinner at Hutch’s Country Inn and her daughter, Bonnie Reid and Zelma Daniel were at the dinner.

Mrs. Susie Nelson celebrated her 103rd birthday Sunday at her home with family members.

FAIRVIEW –– Joe and Rick Weter and J.R. Garrison went deer hunting Saturday. Rick got an 8-point buck, and J.R. got a 6-point buck, but Joe will have to try again.  He didn’t get his yet.

50 Years Ago

November 14, 1963


The Ava High School Bears ended their 1963 football season with two victories to compile the second best record in the 16-year history of the gridiron sport here. The Bears won eight, lost one and tied one.

The third annual reunion of members of World War I Battery C, 343rd Field Artillery, 80th Divi­sion, was held Monday, Veteran’s Day, at the American Legion Memorial Hall in Ava. Twenty-seven surviving members of the battery were present, with total attendance at about 70.  The battery was formed of men from Douglas, Ozark, Texas and Madison coun­ties.  Battery C veterans attending were: W.A. Mahan, Ava; B.H. Moffis, Ava; John Edwards, Springfield; W.S. Cobb, Mtn. Grove; M.A. Sievert, Nottinghill; Carl H. Hatfield, Ava; Guy B. Beason, Mtn. Grove; J.D. Scott, Lecomo, Mo.; Utah Scott, Licking, Mo; J.P. Massey, Mtn. Grove; M.O. Orr, Willow Springs; A.A. Hays, Ava; Ralph Holt, Licking; Claude Miller, Ava; Virgil Wiles, Bakersfield, Mo.; Earnie Privett, Ava; Barney Privett, Ava; George W. McCann, Owensville; W.F. Givans, Ava; Jas. T. Parker, Mtn. Grove; Enoch Davis, Ava; W.H. Hutcheson, Huntington Beach, Calif.; George M. Akin, Concord, Mich.; Harry M. Brixey, Ava; Arthur D. Frye, Ava; Robert A. Cunningham, Ava; Charlie Cox, Seymour.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Stephens (Vergia Holman) announce the birth of a son, Tony Allen, at Mansfield Hospital Sunday, Nov. 3. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces.

In the bowling leagues at Mansfield, Ava bowlers are again showing up well.  Four Ava women have been named “Star of the Week,” Bobby Cooper 187, Delcia Heriford 180, Ailene Barnes 174, and Leatta Murray 192.  Delcia Heriford, with a 503 series is one of two women making the 500 Club.

WASOLA –– Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Miller bought back the farm they had and have moved back home.

It doesn’t seem possible to forget so much –– until you try to help your youngsters with their schoolwork.

Lt. Jim Gaston of Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., arrived in Ava Saturday morning and visited here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Gaston.

Lawrence Tate, who until late October was a foreman at Rawlings Manufacturing plant in Ava, began work Monday, Nov. 4, as a fore­man in the material cutting depart­ment of Des Moines Glove Manu­facturing Co. in Des Moines, Iowa.  Mrs. Tate, and her sons, Larry and Jerry, who are students at Ava High School, will maintain residence at 913 NE 6th Avenue in Ava until the close of the school year and will join Mr. Tate in Des Moines in the spring.

OAK FOREST –– Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Kelly and boys and Kenny Goodman visited Sunday afternoon in Springfield with Donnie Kelly who is attending SMS.


75 Years Ago

November 17, 1938


Following the lead taken by their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lathe, skaters known profession­ally as “Natalie and Howard,” who a few years ago established a farm home in Howell County, another family of acrobats also have decided to make the Ozarks their home. They are the Jimmy O’Neill family of St. Louis, who purchased 80 acres in Peace Valley, 14 miles northeast of West Plains.

The Ava High School paper, “The Student Broadcaster,” will be published tomorrow for the first time.

Wayne Latham, 18-year-old son of Ed Latham, living two miles southeast of Evans, had the unusual experience of being attacked by a pack of five dogs Monday, according to this father, carpenter employed in Ava.  The youth, with his dog, was leading a horse and carrying a .22 rifle through some timber on the Latham farm when the dogs, apparently nondescript curs, attacked him.  When the dogs started after him, Wayne dropped the halter by which he was leading the horse and climbed a white oak tree. The dogs then went for the horse, which was bitten about the legs.  Wayne shot and killed three of the dogs from his perch in the tree and wounded a fourth. His own dog killed a fifth attacker.

Mrs. Ben Callaway entertained a few guests Monday afternoon in compliment to her son, Mac, who was celebrating his fourth birthday anniversary. During the afternoon the children played games. Refreshments were served to Carolyn and Betty Joslyn, Myrtle Ann Forsling, James Coday, Garry Meeker and the honoree.

Surely no one can say that the woman hasn’t courage who wears on her head a tip-tilted, screwy, leaning tower affair (by some wry twist of the imagination called a hat, but) which looks like nothing so much as a miniature Dutch windmill gone wrong, knowing that it looks like – and, what business is it of yours, old thing. That takes courage.

Mr. Hitler is obviously one of those optimistic souls who believe the world owes him anything that his greed and his savage instincts cry out for.

Last Sunday more than fifty members of the Burnes family met near Buckhart at the home of Mrs. Lillie Reid, that being the home of the oldest member of the clan, hon­oring Dr. G.W. Burnes who will be 86-years old on Thanksgiving Day.

ROBERTSON –– Abner Lans­down and Eileen Plumb of Squires were quietly married Saturday afternoon.

DOGWOOD –– Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mackey and small son of Rome spent Sunday with Mrs. Mackey’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Philpott. They were accompa­nied home by Mrs. Mackey’s sister, Miss Clad Philpott, who will spend a week in the Mackey home.

PLEASANT GREEN –– Basil Allen has a very bad swollen face. He was hit with a glancing shot while hunting.

Stanley Brooks Stores, meat loaf, pork & beef, lb. 15¢; dry salt meat, full grease, lb. 10¢; pure pork sausage, lb. 15¢; sliced bacon, lb. 25¢; longhorn cheese, lb. 17¢.


100 Years Ago

November 27, 1913


The greatest feast day in Amer­ica should be one of rejoicing and thanksgiving by all the people. This is the time when the whole nation gives thanks for the blessings of the year.

In many ways Thanksgiving is one of our most delightful events. It comes at a time when the rigors of winter are not yet at hand. Two, three and sometimes four genera­tions meet around the festive and hospitable table of the old home­stead, and thus fraternal ties are strengthened and filial piety encouraged.

Mr. Everett of the Inland Type Foundry was with us one day last week. The Herald is figuring with him on a folding machine for our office. We have always tried to keep pace with the progress of the country.

Mr. and Mrs. Melville White, who are going to run a bakery in our city, have moved into the prop­erty formerly occupied by Fred Dyer and family.

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Quigley are the proud and happy parents of a baby girl weighing eight and one-half pounds, born November 21. The name Margaret Ava, in honor of the grandmothers, has been bestowed on her.

‘Long About Thanksivin’ Time

By S.E. Kiser

Ain’t it splendid to be livin’, ‘long about this time of year,

Just around about Thanksgivin’, with the mornings crisp-and clear;

With the children’s cheeks a-glowin’, with the future lookin’ bright,

And the shops and mills a-goin’ like red blazes, day and night!

Ain’t it bracin’, ain’t it cheerin’, when the colts kick up their heels,

To approach the corncrib, hearin’ turkeys gobblin’ for their meals?

Don’t it make a fellow kinda satisfied with life and glad,

When it’s got so hard to find a thing that’s goin’ to the bad?

Ain’t it fine to feel the nippin’ of the brisk breeze at your nose,

When the old dead leaves go zippin’ down the lanes, in scraggly rows,

When you’ve hay to feed the cattle, when you love your fellow men,

And you’ve money you can rattle in your trousers, now and then!

Ain’t it fine to wake from dreamin’ of the home your boyhood knew

And to find the glad sun beamin’ just the way it used to do,

Long ago, about Thanksgivin’, when you’d energy to spare,

When your Pa and Ma were livin’ and the days were always fair!

VANZANT ITEMS –– Mrs. Alpha Smith, Emma, Ollie and Opal Smith, Iva Dennis, Bessie Brook, Frona Davis, Effie Tooley and Ruth Rodgers were visitors at school last Friday evening.


125 Years Ago

November 22, 1888


During the campaign Mrs. Cleveland decided that the bustle must go. The campaign has closed and Mrs. Cleveland will go while the bustle will stay.  Was it the bustle issue that beat the Demo­crats?

It is stated that when a shipment of silver dollars was received a few days since from the New Orleans mint one of the boxes supposed to contain 2,000 was found to be short some 1,500, bird shot being sub­stituted to make the weight correct.  It was first discovered on arrival at the Treasury when a discrepancy in weight was discovered and exami­nation indicated the seals had been tampered with and the robbery effected while in transit by the Adam’s Express Company. Treas­ury officials do not now know whether the thieves have confined their efforts toward reducing the surplus to this one box or not.

It is entirely safe to say that in the Post Office Department the people have never had so thor­oughly shiftless, incompetent and worthless a set of public servants as they have had for the past year or two. In the interest of true civil service reform both democrats and republicans pray that when the Harrison Administration comes into power the rascals will be turned out.

The Supreme Court has affirmed the judgment against Wm. Walker, one of the Bald Knobbers convicted of the murder of Charles Green and Wm. Edens at the last February term of the Christian County Cir­cuit Court, and fixed the day for his execution December 28.  The names of the Knobbers convicted and now confined in the Ozark Jail are Dave Walker, Wm. Walker, John Mathews and Wiley Mathews.

The Empress of Austria con­templates a voyage in the West Indies, to be followed by a tour through the United States.

Henry D. Harlan, who has re­cently been appointed Chief Justice of Maryland, is only thirty years old and is probably the youngest man in the country to hold such an office.

The Sioux Indians who are now on their way west after making an ineffective visit to Washington have only one man among them who wears a beard. He bears the expressive name of Hairy Chin.

When sleep is broken, what becomes of the pieces?

Richard Jackson, of Dubuque, Iowa, has been the possessor of 235 boils during the last five years.

Mrs. Grundy says there should be a “Society for the Prevention of Middle Aged Women Dressing Like Girls.”

A pint of whisky secures more votes in this country now than the point of the bayonet, though it wasn’t always so.

Rev. C.A. Johnson announces that as a result of much study he has decided, “in just 32 years from now the electricity stored on the earth will come in contact with the heated matter inside and blow the whole world up.”

A curious case of credulity has just come to light.  For three weeks a band of gypsies were encamped near Littletown, and on Wednes­day, Jacob Felker, an old farmer, conferred with them and was told that any money he might hide on his farm would double itself in a night.  To test the matter he placed $10 in deposit and the next morn­ing found, as predicted, $20. This so elated him that he went to the Littletown Bank, drew out $800 and made a like deposit at home, but next morning, to his dismay, the $800 dollars were gone and so were the gypsies.