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Looking Backward 12.12.2013

  25 Years Ago

December 8, 1988


The Ava High School Bears won three in a row at the start of the 1988-89 basketball season and last Saturday night became cham­pions of the Forsyth tournament. Members of the proud team are: Casey Haynes, Dean Guill, Brad Jumper, Gary Shelton, Brad Pellham, Mike Dixon Cody French, Mike Roberts, Scott Sallee, John Akers, David Potts, Kendall Call, Danny Schneider and Halle Adams. The Bears are coached by Terry Ewing.

Miss Merry Christmas Leigh Ann Fleetwood and Master Merry Christmas Zachary Johnson reigned over the Ava Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.

A surprise birthday celebration “88 – Ain’t That Great” was held Sunday, Dec. 4 at5 the Goodhope General Baptist Church in honor of Ezra Mitchell.

Hershel Pahl, Ava, has donated a copy of his recently published book, “Point Option,” to the Douglas County Library.

Girdner Church took first place in the church category of float competition. The float was entitled “Heaven’s Gift Store – No charge, Jesus Paid It All.”

Ava High School FFA members who attended the National FFA Convention are Danny Lee, Junie Gooden, Ruthie Gooden, Tonya Stonerock, Cliff Stonerock, Brian Adams, Kale Adam, Reggie Bray, and Advisor John Wallace.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Young will celebrate their 50th wedding anni­versary Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Ava Community Center.  Sam Young and Chlo Price were married at Mtn. Home, Ark., on Dec. 21, 1938 by the Rev. Lyman T. Barger.

Preparations are just about com­pleted for the conversion to the sophisticated new telephone system that will soon be serving Ava area telephone customers.  This new system is one of the most advanced computer-controlled devices ever designed for handling local and long distance calls.


50 Years Ago

December 5, 1963


A free movie and a turkey grab will be holiday events in Ava Sat­urday as merchants continue their program of entertainment during the holiday season.  The movie, free to persons of all ages, will be shown at the Avalon Theatre and will start at 10:30 a.m.  At 2:00 p.m., 10 live turkeys, weighing from 20 to 25 pounds each, will be released from the top of a building on the square and they will then belong to the 10 persons catching them.

Two Douglas County men pleaded guilty to charges of making “moonshine” liquor when arraigned Tuesday before Federal Judge John Oliver in Springfield. The two men, Robert Lee Collins, 68, and Vernie Charles Cooper, 62, of the Vanzant community, admitted possession of an unregistered still and possession of mash fit for distillation.   Judge Oliver’s records revealed that Cooper had been in court on a sim­ilar offense in 1933, and com­mented “he has slipped.”

Loss of merchandise and build­ings was estimated at $85,000 as the result of a disastrous fire Sun­day night, which destroyed two Ava business firms, Richards Bros. Grocery and Davis Army Surplus, at the northwest corner of the square.  Davis Army Surplus, owned and operated by Dale Davis, has rented the old skating rink, one block north of the northeast corner of the square, and will resume sales operations some time next week.  Heron Smith, manager of Richards Bros., said that plans are being made to reopen the store but that nothing definite has yet been arranged.

Avalon Theatre –– Giant, with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean. The excitement and adventure of today’s west! Warner Color, 7:45 p.m.

An 8-pound son, Jeffery Lee, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry G. Pool (Nola Beavens) Nov. 16, at the Mansfield Hospital.

ALMARTHA –– Mr. and Mrs. Joe Murphy and Carrie Murphy spent Thanksgiving Day at Fort Leonard Wood with Arthur Ray Murphy.

Miss Ruth Ann Huffman, daughter of Mrs. Etcyl Huffman of Ava, became the bride of Leonard A. Swearengin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erven Swearengin of Route 2, Fordland, Saturday evening, Nov. 16.

WASOLA –– Billie Havens of the School of the Ozarks, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Clayton and daughter of Springfield visited Rev. and Mrs. Will Havens.

Socialized medicine in its prac­tical working out would mean a maximum of socialism and a minimum of medicine.

BROWN BRANCH –– At 7:30 Sunday morning, Dec. 1, the home of Orville Siler burned. Over the years since Mr. and Mrs. Siler moved onto his paternal grand­mother’s place Orville has im­proved the house site making an attractive setting to a new little house.  Erma beautified it outside with flowers and inside with taste­ful arrangements of furniture and accessories.


75 Years Ago

December 8, 1938


Dark town strutters will perform tonight when two dozen members of the Ava Lions Club will don shiny black complexions for the presentation of a minstrel show in the school auditorium, the proceeds of which will go to the purchasing of Christmas baskets.  Lions in black face will be Louis Brown, Ben Callaway, C.V. Clinkingbeard, Dr. J.H. Coffman, Burnam Cummins, J.E. Curry, Russell Ferguson, L.D. Gaulding, Dr. M.C. Gentry, Rudy Kester, Harry Martin, E.B. Norman, Oscar Sanders, Rev. Jewell M. Smoot, Noel Sutherland, O.M. Swick, D.W. Tillman, H.H. Platt, John Fawcett, C.O. Daves, A.T. Goodding, Henry Shipman, Floyd Curnutt, E.R. Norman, Claud Hibbard and C.W. Parker.

It is not so much what a man gets in terms of money wages, but what he gets in terms of life and living.

Maynard Brasher has purchased lumber for a two-room frame house he plans to build in the north part of town.

EAST DOGWOOD –– Work on the interior of the church building is progressing rapidly.  Two of the sidewalks have been sealed and work in now being done on the other walls. Another working is called for today.

MT. TABOR –– Mrs. John Cox is the happy owner of a new beau­tiful new range.

SPRINGCREEK – Mr. and Mrs. Glen Frye announce the arrival of an eight-pound girl Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Martin Kellogg, an employee of Carnation Company in Seymour, is spending this week with his par­ents, Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Kellog.

Farmers in Christian Stone and Taney counties have purchased 75 purchased purebred Jersey sires, 116 purebred beef sires, 150 pure­bred rams and 55 purebred hogs in 1938, according to a report of local farmers made this month.  The in­formation was collected in writing the annual Extension Report for the 1938 Taney County Republican

BRUSHYKNOB –– At a recent meeting of the school board it was decided to have a vacation during the holiday season Monday after Christmas only.

Penny Saving Sale, buy now, save pennies!  Super Suds, 2 for 19¢, the Red Box for washing dishes; Concentrated Super Suds, 2 for 19¢, Blue Box for washing clothes.  Crystal white soap, 6 bars for 25¢; Palmolive, 3 for 21¢; 1 large box oats, 18¢; pork chops, lb., 22¢; beef steak, lb. 18¢ and 22¢; boiling beef, lb. 10¢ and 12¢; all from fresh home killed animals.  C. E. Davis Grocery & Market.

Philco Invents New Farm Radio, operating cost as low as electric sets!  You’ve never seen anything like this new kind of farm radio! Costs as little to run as an all-electric radio . . yet gives you finer performance and better tone.  No more charging batteries, no need for expensive wind chargers.  Sen­sational battery-pack gives a full season of trouble free performance.  Only $24.45.


100 Years Ago

December 18, 1913


Macon, Mo. voted “dry” last week by 36 majority. Besides five saloons, four large beer depots are put out of commission by this deci­sion of the voters. The last saloon license will expire next May.

Abraham Lincoln never said “Hello Central,” never dodged an automobile, never held a strap in a trolley car, never pushed a button for a light, never heard a phono­graph and never posed for a motion picture, and yet, Abraham Lincoln died only 48 years ago.

C. H. Dickensheets with an im­migrant car arrived last Saturday from Oklahoma and has located on a farm he recently purchased near Goodhope.

The old time custom is returning for Christmas carols to be sung on the streets and it will give cheer to many a saddened heart at this joy­ful season.

Rev. Dearing, President of the Oakland City College, of Oakland, Ind., will deliver a sermon at the Baptist Church tonight.

A prominent New York physi­cian says, “If it were not for the thin stockings and thin soled shoes worn by women the doctors would probably be bankrupt.”

VANZANT ITEMS –– Charley Gasperson and Edith Woodruff were married last Sunday. They have our best wishes for a bright and happy future.

PANSY ITEMS –– Trying to keep in the dry has been the order of the day during the past week.

Wm. Allen has sold his farm to Robert Garrison of Goodhope.

IDUMEA – Mr. Henry Rothrock had a big butchering yesterday, he said while the weather was cool, he would just kill his winter meat. He killed ten possums, four rabbits, three flying squirrels and a ground hog. He took Rev. J.B. Hylton over three possums and a small shell for a birthday dinner.

Marion Anderson, who has been our merchant at Cold Springs for seven years, has sold his entire in­terest to Andy Pennington of Denlow, whose boys will take charge of it.


125 Years Ago

December 13, 1888


The Congressional Record is printed ready for binding but re­ported to contain at least 500 errors.  Poor Democrats, we are more and more in favor of compul­sory edu­cation for their benefit if nothing more.

The general comment here upon Cleveland’s message is that it is a display of ill-temper and disap­pointment, and characteristic of his egotistical domineering disposition.   The Senate has settled down to work upon the tariff revision bill, with intent to give it thorough re­consideration and amendment with a view to the perfection of its de­tails.   No mortal can say what the House may or may not do.

This has been rather a busy week for our boys of the Herald office, having moved the entire outfit to more commodious quar­ters, in the second story of the Miller building, in which new quarters we hope to be able to do better justice to our paper and have ample room for a friendly chat with any of our friends and patrons who may favor us with a visit.

Judge Larkins, of Christian County, while going home from church several nights ago was hit on the head with a stone by some unknown party.

Another shooting affray in Ozark County.

Immigration continues to come to South Missouri, some to escape the terrible uncertainties of Kansas, others the cold winds of North Missouri and Iowa.

Larkin Curley, of Richland Township, this county, while out squirrel hunting, one day last week, fell from a tree, which he had climbed in pursuit of a squirrel and received injuries that are likely to prove fatal.

A Yankton special says a verita­ble volcano, vomiting fire, ashes and lava, has asserted itself in Charles, Mix County, within a few miles of Hot Springs, and will dis­charge into the Missouri River near Fort Randall.  People in the vicinity are badly frightened.

The Knobbers still attract the attention of newspaper writers and Mr. Speare, traveling correspondent of the New York Sun, has been in Taney and Christian counties for a week or two, getting the facts as fully as possible and his article will occupy two or more pages of the Sun, with illustrations representing prominent men in the order.

It is often said that the condition of the roads and the quality of the stock is an index to the civilization of a country.

Missionary Walker, describing his bill of fare in Central Africa, says he occasionally has white ants as a delicacy, and like them very much, though it takes some time to get over the feeling of repugnance, which ants at first excite as an arti­cle of diet.

George Francis Train holds that flesh-eating is shortening human life. He has only contempt for peo­ple who dine upon the carcasses of animals and birds. He confines his diet to oatmeal and baked beans, and this, together with abundant fresh air, promises to carry him through 200 years of pleasant exist­ence.

The phonograph shows that a man’s voice has not the same sound to himself that it has to others, thus finally explaining why some people persist in singing.