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Looking Backward 12.19.2013

  25 Years Ago

December 15, 1988


On Oct. 19, 1944, Norman Rippee, Ava, was shot down over Italy, during World War II, and for the next seven months would be held as a prisoner of war in a sec­tion of northern Germany which is now a part of Poland. Recently Rippee was awarded his POW Medal by the Ava Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Carl Peak, Ava, participated Dec. 4 in the White Rock Marathon in Dallas, Tex., finishing in the front half of the 3,210 runners. Peak finished the race in three hours, 39 minutes, and 27 seconds, which is almost exactly the goal he had set for himself prior to the race.

Navy Fireman Recruit Derald A. Wright, son of Roger A. and Linda S. Wright of Rt. 1, Thornfield, has completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego.

Ann Mooney and Matthew Leonard were united in marriage at a candlelight mass on Saturday, Nov. 26 in St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

Effie Hicks observed her 96th birthday on Nov. 30.

MT. TABOR –– Mr. and Mrs. Terry Guennrich of California are the new owners of the Rube Cox place.

The Head Start children sang for the Senior Citizens Monday. Each child received a treat from Santa as they left the center.

Norma Duckworth, Edna Davis and Opal Pool met Wednesday morning, Dec. 8, for their early Christmas annual get-together and gift exchange.

RED BUD VILLAGE – Helping Lillian Klineline celebrate her 89th birthday Saturday evening were Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Maloney and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Klineline and April, Mr. and Mrs. Jr. Kester and Mildred Robertson.


50 Years Ago

December 12, 1963


A. G. Spalding Bros. Sporting Goods Company bids will be re­ceived for construction of the 50,000 square-foot factory building to be located on the Ava Industrial Development tract in northwest Ava.

Municipal Judge Hobart Gentry, accompanied by Luther Hunt, en­countered a bobcat while on a quail hunt Tuesday of last week.  Judge Gentry shot and killed the big cat after his bird dog had cornered it in what appeared to be an empty lard can where the beast had taken ref­uge and was standing off advances by the bird dog.  After that the dog refused to be interested in further bird hunting, Judge Gentry said, and the two men returned empty handed in so far as bird hunting was concerned.

The ice storm, which struck a wide area of the Midwest, includ­ing Ava, Tuesday night and Wednesday may not have been the worst in history, but “it’s the worst we’ve had during the 10 years the city has owned the electric distri­bution system,” commented Bob Durham, electric department superintendent, early last night. Electric wires were down, tele­phone lines were down, and many city homes were without heat.

Elmon Ousley, 51-year-old national “Teacher of the Year” was in Ava last week, combining speaking engagements at area schools with a visit with relatives in the vicinity. Ousley was born in Washington state but his parents are former residents of Douglas County. His mother, Ida Ousley, attended high school in Ava.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry Posey and sons, Roger and David, were in Springfield Saturday afternoon and remained to be evening dinner guests in the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Myers and children, Carole, Stevie and Gaye Ann.

James Lathrop, gritty little center on the AHS football team started walking with the aid of crutches last week, after being told that a bone was broken in one leg. The fracture apparently occurred in the West Plains game, but James played in the following three games before the break was discovered.

No sense and nonsense cause most accidents.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Mahan (Dora Jo Lethco) of Ava announce the birth of a son at 12:06 o’clock Friday afternoon, Dec. 6, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The baby weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces at the time of his birth. He has been named David Edward.

STAR –– Miss Twila Freeman visited Saturday afternoon with Miss Geneva Keeton.

Murray’s, south side of Ava square –– Hi-Fis, Stereos, TVs, and Radios, and Gifts.

MURRAY –– We are now en­joying our new phones.  They are greatly appreciated.

BASHER –– Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sherman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Dec. 7.

HESTERLEE’S, Ava, Mo. –– Men’s socks, 2 pair $1.00;  Towels, size 20×40, 3 for $1.00; Ladies’ house dresses, $2.19; Ladies’ nylon hose, 2 pair 97¢; Towel set, $1.00.


75 Years Ago

December 15, 1938


Some sixty Christmas baskets will probably be distributed to families in Douglas County through cooperative efforts of the Ava Lions Club, American Legion, churches and school.

Santa Claus will make a Christ­mas visit to Ava!  There will be a parade in which all school students will be asked to march.  It is being suggested that rural school districts carry banners identifying them­selves.  Santa Claus will be present as usual to distribute the gifts to the children and others assembled. No word has yet been received from the Jolly Old Fellow as to how he will make the trip here, but it is likely he will come on the Frisco train at 2 p.m.

Fire Department Organized Here –– Election of a fire chief and other officers and adoption of a constitu­tion and by-laws was effected Friday night in a meeting of pro­spective firemen at the courthouse.  O.M. Swick was elected chief of the department, Bill Guthrie was named assistant chief and Peck Jenkins was elected secretary and treasurer.

A schedule for the treatment of horses on farms in the west end of Douglas County for bots is announced this week by County Agent A.T. Goodding.

Anna Hahn, accused of mur­dering several and convicted of killing an old man for his money, has paid the price.  And, no one can say it was not just.  But oh, the pity of it! A picture before me shows Anna Hahn as a beautiful woman. Beautiful and young, with a face intellectual, even kindly; dragged to the chair, screaming, moaning and pleading, “Oh, do not do this to me. Can nobody help me!”  And, it is too, a great pity that one who knew so well how to kill, did not know how to die.

One woman has this to say of a husband:  “He is the one who stands by you through the troubles you wouldn’t have had if you hadn’t married him….”

ARNO –– Mrs. Eva Hartley and sons, Murrel and Floyd, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gentry spent Sun­day with Mrs. Leota Gentry and family.

EAST DOGWOOD –– Work continues on the sidewalls of the church interior and last Thursday a permanent speaker’s platform was constructed across the east end of the building.  More volunteer workers are needed.

It’s out of season, but true.  About six weeks ago Everett Davis who lives six miles east of Buffalo, killed a big Copperhead snake. He was fixing to load a hog in a crate and under the crate was the snake.  Two days later Mrs. Davis, who was in the farmyard looking after some chickens, walked up to a corn crib and spied another big Copper­head lying on a window sill made in the concrete foundation. Mr. Davis ran to the house for a re­volver and shot at it but failed to kill it.  Friday, he came in from the field with a load of corn and what did he see but that big Copperhead snake lying in the same place sun­ning. This time he took no chances. He got his shotgun and blew it to pieces as well as the screen that covered the window.


100 Years Ago

December 25, 1913


It is reported that there has been several hundred gallons of “booze” shipped to Ava in the past week or so.  We grant it a special duty of our city officers to see that it is not exhibited in public places or used to desecrate our city and homes. It is against the law to drink in public places or appear in public places in a drunken condition.

Last Sunday morning the water was turned into the reservoir at Lake Crystal. By midnight a large volume of water was going over the wheel and one hour later the ma­chinery was put in motion. It was found there is ample power and some water to spare and by the time the Herald reaches its readers this week the new power plant in all probability will be furnishing electric lights in Ava.

There is hardly a week passes but some southern member rises in Congress to tell of the rights of the states and to describe the functions of state government and the manner of attempted invasion by the National Congress.  But now, Mr. Volstead, ranking Republican member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and a resident of Minnesota, attacks the proposal of President Wilson that Congress shall enact a law for the election of candidates in primaries, and bases his objection upon the rights of the states.

Los Angeles, Calif., reports 30,000 people out of employment. In Seattle, Wash., 50,000 men are said to be out of work.

194 mills have been shut down, throwing 15,000 men out of work; others have reduced their force and still others have cut wages. The heads of this industry blame the tariff.

Open window schools are now being advocated. The coming gen­eration may learn that their great-grandfathers who had to attend school in unchinked log houses, were not so ill treated after all.

Oh! Do not wait until I am dead for endearing words to say, but rather bless my life instead with your kind words today.  How bright this old world would be if all man­kind adhered strictly to these rules. How much more sunshine would be shed, how many light hearts would be made –– smiles, and bright faces.

It becomes our duty to criticize ruffians, rogues and public officials who fail to do their duty or to pre­serve peace and decency.  Men who have no respect for them-selves, who will get drunk and get out on the streets night or day, and use language which would shame the wild beasts, had ought to be put in lock up.  Officials who permit such conduct on public places and streets had ought to be “recalled” and that in haste.

Mayor and Mrs. H.S. Wilson gave a dining at their home on Washington Ave. Sunday with the following guests, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Reynolds, Misses Bessie Johnson, Myrtle Curnutt and Lena Wilson; Messrs. Marshall Campbell of Springfield, Lloyd Reynolds, and Vernie Wilson.

Only live fish swim up stream. Only live merchants advertise.


125 Years Ago

December 20, 1888


The hack line to Arno discontin­ued until Spring.

Christian County is making an effort to organize a fair association.

School closes next Friday and then the boys will pick their rabbit crop.

Herald’s circulation increased by seventy in two weeks.  Thanks to our friends, and we want to keep it going at just that rate.

Miss Hester and Miss Lizie Elmore of Clifty, nieces of Capt. And Mrs. Pennington, of our city, are visiting the Captain and family this week.

Bruton Marler, our city barber, has moved his shop to the building formerly occupied by the Herald Office.

How Doctors Do Differ – Some time ago, the wife of Mr. Joseph Rush, of Douglas County, having been in delicate health for some time and becoming alarmed, the family physician was called and after consultation with three or four other physicians of the surrounding country, all pronounced the lady suffering from ovarian tumor. Not satisfied, the anxious husband sent to Ava for Dr. Harper, who, on examination of the patient, the doctor suggested that in his opinion that good care assisted with gentle tonic, and in time the patient would be relieved of the aforesaid tumor without the necessity of surgical operation.  Results are –– mother and tumor are both doing well since Sunday last, and if no bad luck in future, the tumor will vote in time, being a fine seven-pound boy.

Oh! Ho! What a delightful rest.  They are likely to give us about our Bald Knobbers.  White Caps are making it interesting enough for Ohio, Indiana and other localities. Bro. Fisher of the Deshler O. Flag seems to intimate in strong terms that Ohio’s White Caps are only imitations. But, the Associate Press dispatches talk very different. They make them make believe sure.

What will be done with the Negro question is now asked both North and South.  Will the new administration place Negroes in control of the South?   Will the control of that section be continued in the hands of the bourbon element of the South?   To the average Southerner, the exercise to any po­litical right or social privilege by the blacks is a nightmare of dis­tressful proportions.  To us of the North, his jaundiced views are not only devoid in reason, but reach the extreme border land of the ridicu­lous.    We can only conclude that the peculiar views entertained by the Southern people relative to the blacks as related to social and po­litical privileges, is a deep seated, constitutional prejudice, a disease if you will, which no argument can cure and for which there is no rem­edy, except that of long experience and contact with actual conditions.

Kansas City is becoming a hot­bed for youthful thieves. They roam at random and commit what­ever devilry there is in sight.

A dispatch from New York states that it is reported that a com­bination of all the Edison electric light interests is being arranged for with a capital of $12,000,000. Edison light stock has been steadily rising on the stock exchange and has reached 170.