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Looking Backward 12.5.2013

25 Years Ago

December 1, 1988


Two households were left homeless when fire destroyed a duplex in north Ava Tuesday morning. The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. and quickly engulfed the entire upper portion of the two-story duplex where Charlotte Murray lived with two children. The lower floor, occupied by Anita Dodd, librarian at the Douglas County Public Library, was also completely ruined. It was thought the fire might have started around a flue.

Senior forward Brad Pellham hit six of nine shots from three-point range Monday to propel the Ava High School Bears into the semifinals of the Forsyth Tournament.

Will and Clara Havens were married Dec. 2, 1933, in Howell County, and on Friday will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary at their apartment at Red Bud Village in Ava. They plan to “keep on keeping on” and wish God’s blessing.

Lester and Carla (Todd) Platt are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Rachel Danielle, Nov. 15 at Cox South in Springfield. Rachel weighed 6 lbs., 4 oz., and was 19 inches long.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jenkins celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house held in their honor at their home west of Ava Saturday, Nov. 26.

RED BANK –– Birthday offerings were given by Mrs. Willene Adams and Mr. Lorie Maggard.

SOUDER –– Our recent rains filled our rain gauge to 6 ½ inches.  Ponds and lakes are overflowing.  South of us the hail piled up in heaps.

Wes and Amy Barnum wish to announce the birth of their son, Kyle Louis, born Nov. 7 at 4:11 a.m. at Freeman Hospital in Joplin.


50 Years Ago

November 28, 1963


This is the time for Americans to give thanks . . . the annual period when millions of Americans concentrate their thoughts on giving thanks for the abundance of life which we enjoy to such a higher degree than any other people on earth.  At this Thanksgiving period, however, our festive observances cannot help but be tempered in the face of the tragic Nov. 22 assassination of the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

Meat and liquor did not mix well in a meeting at 5:15 Tuesday evening, one block north of the square on City Route 5-14.  In a bout between the two, the meat came out the best.  In the process, the building occupied by Charley Ousley’s Cigar & Tobacco Store was practically demolished.  It came about when a large refriger­ated truck parked, headed north and downhill, at the west side of Richards Bros. grocery store. The driver left the truck in gear, and took an order of meat into the gro­cery store.  When he returned it was gone.  The truck apparently slipped out of gear, rolled into the rear of a pickup and started shoving it.  The unoccupied pick-up turned quickly to the right and conven­iently headed into the alley unharmed.  But the truck turned slowly to the left, went across the highway as it traveled a block and crashed at an angle into Ousley’s store, located on the corner.  The truck sheared the front from the building, tore loose a portion of the roof and emerged from the north side of the structure.  Mrs. Charles Ousley, alone in the store at the time, was unharmed.   One of her first statements “We’ve never advertised this as a drive-in store!”  Oddly, though a store-length counter was overturned, it was believed that not a single bottle of liquor was broken.

Spalding will finance its own building.  The building will be exactly as planned under the original proposal.  At a meeting of the board of directors of the AIDC, Monday, the board went on record as approving the new proposal, which will require passing title to the factory site to Spalding.

Experience reveals that the man who spends most of his time flaring up doesn’t shine very long.

Kenneth E. Munson of Wasola, Mo., has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Elmer Beard, of Ava High School, attended a Driver Education Workshop on Nov. 21 at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield.

Ground was broken for the new Methodist Church at Theodosia in Ozark County on Sunday.

Douglas County’s prosecuting attorney was locked up one day recently. Mrs. Gladys Stewart came from her home to the courthouse to get some papers for use in a trial the next day. She walked into the courthouse and went to her third-floor office. But, when she started to leave, she found that everyone in the building had left and the last one out had locked the door . . . and she did not have her front door key. . . . Her telephone was busy for several minutes while she sought help.


75 Years Ago

December 1, 1938


Tom R. Moore of Ozark, mayor of that city and prominent southwest Missouri attorney well- known in Ava and Douglas County for his law practice here, is the Ozarks’ newest author.  A local store has received copies of “Mysterious Tales and Legends of the Ozarks,” written by Mr. Moore and published by Dorrance and Company of Philadelphia.

The Val-U-Merc. Co., next door to the post office, this week is adding a full line of meats to the grocery stock already handled.

Carroll Massey, formerly employed by the Quality Bakery here, returned to Ava this week and has again taken charge of the local bakery, this time as proprietor.

Fire of unknown origin early Friday morning destroyed the New Wilson theater, on the east side of the square, the building and all theater equipment being consumed in the blaze.  The building is owned by the heirs of the late Henry Wilson.  There is $2,800 insurance on it.

Out of a group of ten tubercular suspects taken to the state sanato­rium at Mt. Vernon Wednesday for examination, two cases of tuber­culosis were definitely diagnosed and recommended for immediate hospitalization.

It is quite within the range of possibilities we are informed, that the liquor law shall again be repealed and again we will have “prohibition.”    How best to handle the liquor situation nobody knows.  For liquor, like the poor, we will always have with us.

SMACKOUT –– Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson moved to their new home in this community Friday of last week.

MT. TABOR –– Claud Phipps has bought the Celia Turner place in this community and Blake Haden and family will occupy the place the coming year.

SPRINGCREEK – Mr. and Mrs. Russell Davis announce the arrival of a ten-pound boy at their home Sunday, November 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Lev Lewis moved into their new home they recently purchased from Charles Kellogg.

Mr. and Mrs. Voyne Hartley announce the arrival of an eight-pound son Saturday. He has been named Ronald Leon.

ROCKBRIDGE –– The program and pie supper on Thanksgiving night was a decided success.  There were forty-three pies, which sold for 35¢ to $1 each. A cake for the most popular young lady was awarded to Miss Eva Smith and a jar of pickles for the most lovesick couple went to Ralph Mahan and Miss Donna Bushong, and a pair of socks for the man having the dirtiest feet to Dewey Naugle. Total receipts were $42.84.

Howard Pettit and his dance band, the Royal Commanders, played for two holiday dances during the weekend.

Thrilling jewelry gifts for lasting remembrance, why not give what they want most of all, jewelry?  Ladies’ Elgin wristwatches, $16.75 up, men’s Elgin wristwatches, $20 and up.              Harley Bros.

Miss Mary Nancy Berry spent Thanksgiving holidays in Blanche with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Berry. Mary Nancy is spending the winter with her sister, Mrs. Harold Hutchison and Mr. Hutchison while attending Ava high school.


100 Years Ago

December 11, 1913


Peter Marsh who broke jail Sept. 9, 1912, by sawing the bars in his cell, and escaped, was captured by Deputy Sheriff P.R. Spurlock last Friday at Hoxey, Ark., and was brought back and lodged in jail Saturday. Marsh was wanted for horse stealing.

A decision of our court, State v Lenzie Bunyard, for mayhem, was affirmed in the Supreme Court this week, and Sheriff Spurlock received a telegram Tuesday to go and get Lenzie and held him for the Supreme Court Marshal, who would be here Thursday. Bunyard was sentenced to 5 years in the penitentiary at the March term of Circuit Court 1912. The cutting was inflicted on Emmet Yeoman, who was teaching school at Walnut Grove, at an entertainment, which he gave for the school on the night of Nov. 2. The trial was held at the March term of court. Fred Stewart was retained as special prosecutor in the case.

The next individual who gets temporary control of the Mexican capitol will probably be recognized without much squabbling.

The liquor interests are again getting busy. They are fighting a proposed constitutional amendment which would make the United States “dry”.  The “drys” may not win out in this battle, but it will eventually come.

Beware The Cigarette –– It dulls intellect, saps vitality and retards growth.  The habit is easy to acquire, but difficult to overcome. The cigarette is a child of vice and immorality, not of God’s pure air and the sunshine. Its use bars the door of business opportunity and may bring you to an untimely end. Don’t let a companion in duce you to smoke. The really big boy is the boy who says No.

DENLOW ITEMS –– Claude & Jack Pennington are in charge of their father’s store at Cold Springs.  Marion Anderson retiring.

Shave, 5 cents; haircut, 15 cts.; shampoo, 15 cts.; massage 15 cts.; Charley Spurlock, first door west Hailey Hotel.

Two dairy cows, four and five years old, belonging to Bill Wiggins, are paying him a big profit. His net profits for the past 8 months were exactly $199.08.

Winter at last; it catches lots of people with their turnips in the patch.

An opening sale of lots and 5-acre tracts at the Ozark Holiness College site, five miles north of Ava, will be held on the grounds Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Dr. Vannoy delivered a 10-pound girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pennington the 7th. Mother and child are doing nicely and Dr. says he thinks Jack will recover.


125 Years Ago

December 6, 1888


In cleaning out the lower levels of the caves at Dordogne, in France, along with some of the most rudimentary arrow heads yet discovered there were found a great many oyster shells piled in such a manner as to show that the Neanderthal man used the bivalve as a common article of food. The oyster is thus demonstrated to be the oldest domesticated delicacy known to man. The relics are supposed to be over 60,000 years old.

The Presence of Death –– One day during the latter part of the war, Dr. Willis Westmoreland was dressing the wound of a soldier who had been shot in the neck near the carotid artery.  Suddenly the blood vessel gave way and just so quickly the surgeon thrust his finger into the hole to stop the flow.  “Doctor,” said the soldier, “what does that mean?”   “It means death,” said the surgeon calmly.  “How long can I live?” asked the soldier, whose mind was perfectly clear.  “Until I remove my finger,” said Dr. Westmoreland.”  The soldier asked for pen and paper, wrote his will and an affectionate letter to his wife, and when the last thing was done, said quietly: “Let it go.”  The surgeon withdrew his finger, the blood rushed out and soon the man was dead.  The brave fellow was buried in Oakland and ever since Dr. Westmoreland has gone on Memorial Day and placed flowers on the grave.  He carries his tribute of flowers to the grave of one who was calm and brave in the presence of death.

The cowboys of northwestern Texas are becoming very proficient in lassoing bears. Around Fort Davis the “sport” is extremely popular, and last week B.O. McCutcheon, “the champion roper,” after lassoing a black grizzly led the animal quite a distance, when he met two other cowboys. They also roped the bear and then McCutcheon dismounted and killed it.

J.H. Leroy killed four large wolves recently near his place on Bryant.

Fire! Fire! Is the alarm upon our streets as we go to press, which, on investigation, proves to be the residence of John W. Singleton. The stovepipe through the roof for temporary use, and but for the timely arrival of a number of our citizens, would have resulted in something far from temporary – ashes.

Somebody better be careful –– too many tanglefoot hurrahs on our streets.

On December the first, President Diaz entered upon his third term as President of the Mexican Republic.

I hereby certify that I was acquainted with J.K. Bulger while he lived in Ohio, and always knew him to be a staunch Republican, was President of the Blaine and Logan Club and worked hard for the party.    W.H. Mitchell, Mayor, Justice of the Peace and a Republican, too.  We think probably the above will settle one of the 500 lies put in circulation by the boss liar of Douglas County.