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  25 Years Ago

December 29, 1988


Ava got its first measurable freezing precipitation of the season Tuesday, but the snow and ice did not catch road crews off guard.

Sheriff-elect Roldan Turner announced this week that Bill Roberts, Ava will assume the posi­tion of chief deputy when Turner becomes sheriff of Douglas County on Jan. 1.  Roberts, 42, is a native of Taney County and attended Bradleyville High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Graham (Debbie Williams) announce the birth of a daughter, born at 12:58 p.m. Dec. 17 at St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield.

New officers of Ava Masonic Lodge were installed in ceremonies at the Ava Temple Dec. 20.  They are Miles Alexander, junior war­den; Sam Gassman, tyler; Vernon Frey, master; Randy Ross, senior warden; Robert Woods, treasurer; Allen Howe, senior deacon; Robert Cantrell, junior deacon; Ken Smith, secretary; Clair Kerns, chaplain; Carl Goss, marshall; Perry Posey and Dean Nash, stewards.

OCIE –– On Nov. 23, Dene Hughes and his two sons tore down and moved the late Noah Blanken­ship blacksmith shop building, which had been built in the early 30s. Mr. Blankenship was a skilled smith. His daughter, Willow, in­herited her parents’ home and has sold to C.H. Myers and sons.

Air Force Airman 1st Class John Roberson, son of Wesley and Penny Roberson of Route 2, Ava, has arrived for duty at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Roberson is an airlift aircraft maintenance specialist with the 834th Aircraft Generation Squadron. He is a 1988 graduate of Ava High School.

FOX CREEK –– Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dobbs had Christmas dinner in the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Don Dobbs and family.


50 Years Ago

December 26, 1963


The land on which the Spalding plant will be built cost the AIDC about $2400 in 1945 and we would say that an outlay of this sum to obtain a new factory is an exceed­ingly good trade for the commu­nity.

Colder weather and snow-covered roads greeted Ozarkers this week.  It appears that there will be enough snow remaining on the ground Dec. 25 to make a “white Christmas.”

Miss Reta Steele of Springfield and Miss Ann Hayes of Bunker, left Ava Saturday to begin Christ­mas vacation at their homes after they concluded their off-campus practicing teaching at Ava High School.  They had worked in Ava High School for eight weeks, Miss Hayes teaching Spanish with Mrs. Dean Blankenship and Miss Steele teaching in the commerce depart­ment with Mrs. Wilborn Dewhirst.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cunningham announce the birth of a son on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.

A conscientious objector wants all the privileges of citizenship, with none of its responsibilities.

Lt. Jim Gaston, who is based at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., is spending Christmas holiday in Ava with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Gaston.

FOIL and CLARK –– Wedding bells rang Saturday for Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Clayton. Miss Rosia Turner and Wilbert Clayton were married Saturday.

Winding up the Missouri Uni­versity season, Coach Dan Devine, in his sports news bulletin to Alumni, said “For the fifth straight year, Missouri football claimed a spot among the nation’s top twenty teams in 1963. The Tigers squad tied with Southern California and Penn State for 16th place in the final U.P.I. poll –– off its 7-3 record.”

There is no such thing as win­ning second prize in a war.

Douglas and Ozark counties are not eligible for Farmers Home Ad­ministration three percent drought emergency loans.

EVANS –– Fate Upshaw butch­ered Saturday.  Mr. and Mrs. Edwards of Mtn. Grove helped them.

Well, it looks like we will be having a white Christmas this year.

BAKERSFIELD –– Mr. and Mrs. Henry Newberry are the proud parents of a new baby girl.

Avalon Theatre – Dec. 24-25-26 Lassie’s Great Adventure.  Friday – The Mummy, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux. Shuddery, shock thriller.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Alderman entertained members of the Ava Pitch Club Wednesday, Dec. 18, when the group met for the club’s annual Christmas meeting.  At­tending were the following mem­bers: Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Maloney, Mr. and Mrs. Cloine Pettit, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan House, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Glendenning. Mr. and Mrs. Cummins attended as guests.


75 Years Ago

December 29, 1938


A disastrous fire at the Y Store, twenty miles south of Ava on Highway 5, resulted from a Christmas tree in the home of Clarence Hicks, owner of the prop­erty, on Wednesday evening, Dec. 22. The Hicks home and the Y Store were completely destroyed. Mr. Hicks was in St. Louis after a load of merchandise.

Loss of the greater part of more than $4,000 worth of machinery and tools was suffered by Earl “Doc” Sallee, machinist and welder, in a fire in his shop Friday afternoon.  The shop is located in a frame building back of the Ava Deluxe Service Station, owned by J. R. Spurlock. Mr. Sallee carried no insurance.

The Herald has completed fifty-two years of continuous publication in Ava, and this week the paper starts on its fifty-third year.

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Brown announce the birth of a son, born December 22. The little one has been named Kenneth Roy. The mother was Miss Juanita Swearengin of Ongo before her marriage.

The Rev. E.L. Bristow is the new pastor of the First Baptist Church here, having been recently elected to the place. He comes here from Rogersville, where he has been pastor for the past four years.

Governor Lloyd C. Stark char­acterized as “a disgrace to the law enforcement agencies of Missouri” the dismissal of Prosecuting Attor­ney W.W. Graves of Kansas City of a charge of assault with attempt to kill against Charles Gargotta, notorious Kansas City gangster.  Gargotta was charged with the at­tempted murder of Sheriff Thomas Bash of Jackson County on August 12, 1933.  “All this results from the combination of crime and politics.”

PLEASANT GREEN –– Friends and neighbors met at the home of Mrs. Rose Davis for a quilting in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Brazeal on Wednesday of last week. Two quilts were completed.

The excitement of a coon and dogfight will usher in the new year for those living in the vicinity of Branson.

Charley Ousley is improving slowly from a serious illness, which attacked him early last weekend. Local physicians diagnosed his illness as rheumatic fever. Mr. and Mrs. Ousley and their son, Wayne, occupy an apartment in the Clarence Spurlock home.

The annual Reynolds family Christmas Eve party was held this year in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Reynolds and daughter, Louise, Saturday evening. After the gifts were distributed and opened, dinner was served to the group: Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Upchurch and Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Reynolds, Jr., of Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Reynolds and daughter, Catherine, Mr. and Mrs. Oden Reynolds and daughter, Marjorie, and Mrs. Leota Reynolds Johnson.

SPRINGCREEK – Mr. and Mrs. Russell Davis and small son, Gary Lee, spent the weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Robertson.


100 Years Ago

January 8, 1914


Several new students enrolled in our school on January 5: Hester Barker, Zola Hays, Vera Brandon, Mazie Sutton, Claud Parks, John Roy, and Arthur McDaniel enrolled in the Normal Department. Claud Parks and Arthur McDaniel are also taking some high school work.

K.V. Loba, M.J. Marcuson and M.C. VanNatta of Chicago, repre­senting the Missouri Arkansas Development Co., were in Ava last Monday. They were on their way home from Gainesville and other southern points where they have been working up a railroad deal running from Cedar Gap on the Frisco, to Cotter, Ark.  An electric line is proposed and they expect to get the current from the large pro­posed dam on White River, near Cotter. They expect to go to work in about 60 or 90 days, and will build and equip a first class road.

Many patrons of the K.C.O.&S. Ry. will be glad to learn that Jno. W. Byng has been made general manager of the road and that the management will be wholly in his hands.  Since the was first placed in the hands of a receiver by Mr. Quigley, the road has been running down and the service at times has been very poor.  However, the new management will be a better time for the road, and better service for the people and city of Ava. The bridges are being repaired and put on a concrete foundation and some changes being made.

It is reported that a wave of prosperity is coming to the country. It can’t come any too soon to suit us – we are ready.

The State Savings Bank of Putnam, Conn. was closed Dec. 29, by the Bank Commissioners. Their deposits amounted to $2,771,000.  The entire trouble is due to shrink­age of the bond market.

The railroads operating in every part of the U. S. are suffering from the present depression. The fear of receivership and some of the roads are even now on the verge of bankruptcy, by reason of the slump in revenues and inability to get money.

Geo. T. Butcher of Hickory County and Sherman Brown of Ava are having a little building built on the Geo. Wilson lots, south of the post office, preparing to launch in the newspaper business. The paper will be strictly Demo­cratic. This will make two straight Democratic papers for Douglas County, T.E. Glass being publisher of the Enterprise, which is also Democratic. Here’s wishing you well, brother, but we doubt if you ever can convert enough citizens of Douglas County to Democracy to create much of a stir. As a matter of fact, if the present administration doesn’t change its policy to some extent, they will hardly black the board in Douglas County at the next election.


125 Years Ago

January 3, 1889


From the Christian County Republican – Some time last Friday night, near 12 o’clock, some un­known parties took out brick in the south wall of the jail and went in and unlocked cell doors, giving all the prisoners a chance to escape, of which John and Wiley Mathews, Bald Knobbers condemned to death, availed themselves; also, the five train thieves who were waiting trial for breaking into and robbing cars at Billings, this county.  It ap­pears that the work was done by friends of the Bald Knobbers.

As we go to press, we learn that John Mathews, one of the escaped Knobbers, has been captured.

Thanks to the many friends of the Herald for their earnest support and financial encouragements through which our list keeps growing daily.

We shall be forced to ventilate a cow matter if a certain party keeps on making false, braggadocio state­ment concerning our connection with the case.  Forbearance will cease to be a virtue some time. We are on to your little game of mis­stating facts and then howl perse­cution, and then attempt to pose as a martyr.

Peter Campbell, of Brooklyn, New York, has at last demonstrated the feasibility of an airship.  On Saturday, a trial trip was made on Coney Island with his novel ship in which it was shown that he could turn it at will in any course he de­sired, run up in the air as high as desired, return to the ground, and rise it again at will.

Mr. Conklin of Girdner attended the dance at the Courthouse Tuesday eve.

Cobb’s Blacksmith and Wagon Shop, Elias Cobb, Proprietor, Ava, Mo.  All work promptly done at bottom prices. Shop west of the Singleton House.

All the nine White Caps indicted in Crawford County, Ind., are well known men and several of them are quite prominent. Their arrest has caused intense excitement. The intention is to prosecute these men to the extent of the law.

Says the New York World: “It is announced that the corporation which has cornered baseball in this country has decreed that hereafter the highest salary paid to a player shall be $2,500 per annum.  This will reduce the aristocratic profes­sional baseball player to the level of lawyers and doctors and jour­nalists.”

A desperate gang of illicit dis­tillers, who have long been a terror to their neighbors have been cap­tured by United States officers in Wyoming County, West Virginia. Two of the gang recently “Held up” a deputy marshal, took from him his pistol and papers, and would have killed him had not a friend interceded. They told the deputy to get out of the country and tell the United States judge that they were making and selling liquor and that they defied judge, marshal and all the United States officers who attempt to arrest them.

A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives to divide California into two states.