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Looking Backward 7.17.2014

25 Years Ago

July 13, 1989


The 1989 Douglas County Fair got underway Wednesday evening with television personality Sammy B Good appearing on the new stage next to the general exhibits building.

Clarence V. Clinkingbeard, pioneer Ava businessman, funeral director and civic leader for more than 60 years, died at about 1 p.m. last Thursday afternoon, July 6, at St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, following a sudden illness.

Jackie Batcheller, a science major at Southwest Missouri State University, has completed two years at SMSU with a perfect grade point average.

Pearl Ross reported an usual happening last week when Shirley Rogers, an Oats bus driver of Vanzant, arrived at her home. When the two ladies were to leave with the bus, they heard cries of a kitten. After searching for the kitten, it was found under the hood of the bus. It had made a safe trip, but was given a more safe ride back to Vanzant.

Dr. C.E. Harlan, was at the Tri-County Fair in Mountain Grove on July 5 showing cattle. Dr. Harlan placed first with a 2-year old shorthorn cow, first with a heifer calf born after Jan. 1, 1989 and had the senior champion cow.

MT. TABOR –– We have been having typical July weather with the temperatures hitting up around 95 and 97 degrees every day.

Ideas are funny little things, they won’t work unless you do.

DOGWOOD –– Lee and Fay Allen met their son and wife, at the Lake of the Ozarks area on Saturday where the ladies shopped while the fellows golfed. They spent the night and Sunday with them, attending a music show on Saturday evening. All this was a gift to Lee and Faye for their “special days”.


50 Years Ago

July 9, 1964


A new general purpose building will be constructed at the Ava fairgrounds and it is planned to have it ready for the annual Douglas County Fair, it was announced yesterday by J.G. Heinlein, president of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Fair Board, and Mayor Fred Lethco, Sr.

Military troops –– 19,000 strong –– will be on maneuvers in Douglas and 10 other area counties Oct. 29 to Nov. 13, according to Army officers who were in Ava Monday making advance preparations for the mock war. The maneuvers have been designated as Joint Test and Evaluation Exercise Goldfire 1, a mock warfare operation to demonstrate the effectiveness of tactical air support for ground troops.

Not only theft charges, but a charge of possession of over the limit of fish could be filed against persons who raided a brood pond at the Crystal Lake Fisheries. During the night of June 29 or July 1 approximately 15,000 rainbow trout between five and seven inches long, were stolen from the hatchery, Glenn Emerson reported to officers.

Two “kidnapped” children were returned to their home in Springfield Tuesday afternoon by local officers. Trooper Joe Hart said that an 8-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy walked into the R. W. Zenker farm home near the Douglas Wright county line on Highway 5 at about 1 p.m. Tuesday and told the story that they had been kidnapped and had escaped. A check by officers showed that the children had been staying with a man on Bryant Creek, three or four miles southeast of the Bryant Spring, and they had run away from the place. Their mother lives in Springfield. The man also was keeping two other children, ages 1 and 2, officers said. All four children were taken to Springfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Luna and granddaughter, Deborah Rogers, spent the weekend in West Plains.

Three Howell County men entered pleas of guilty in magistrate court here last Thursday in charges of taking and possessing over the limit of frogs. Each of the men was fined $10 and costs. They were Virgil J. Johnson, 53, city marshal of Willow Springs; Benny James Petty, 28, a Methodist minister in Mtn. View; and Edgar Lee Curtiss, 46, Willow Springs department store owner.

Airman David Lambert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Lambert of Brushyknob, Mo., has completed the first phase of his Air Force basic military training at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curtis of Ava announce the birth of a son, Craig Eugene, at 6:10 a.m. June 24, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.

GENTRYVILLE –– Mr. and Mrs. Chester Riley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Griffin and family and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bradley and family visited last Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hicks.


75 Years Ago

July 13, 1939


A possible strong contender for dairy cow honors at the annual Douglas County Fair to be held here September 14,15, 16 was brought into Ava this week by John Fawcett, Carnation Company manager. The cow, purchased by J. E. Curry, is a four-year-old Jersey from the herd of Percy Smith of Joplin and has won three first places and a junior championship in southwest Missouri parish shows and also has won other prizes.

An inch and a half of rain fell in Ava Saturday afternoon in the short space of a couple of hours. The rain, aided by wind, laid corn low and damaged tomato vines. It flooded creeks, and Prairie Creek was said by one observer to have been the highest he had ever seen it.

Fly sprays, property prepared and used, will help greatly, especially in the case of dairy herds where fly annoyance is bound to materially reduce the milk flow. Fly sprays may serve as repellents keeping the flies off the cattle or they may kill the flies outright. To prepare such a spray at home, one may use two gallons of coal oil and one pound of flake naphthalene, one pint of creosote may be used. If sprayed lightly over the legs and bodies of cows at milking time it will keep away the flies. This type of spray will not continue to keep flies off of animals for a long time after it is applied, but it is cheap and works very well.

Bill Exline became the first member of a mythical “Hall of Fame” last Friday night when he held the Tom Thumbs hitless and led the Herald Building to a 2-to-0 victory in an Ava Softball League game. This was only Exline’s second start of the year, coming in from his second base position to fill the mound for the Herald’s regular pitcher Lz Hutchison. Hutchison pitched the Herald Building into the League lead Monday night, defeating the Mechanics 5-to-2.

Margaret Morgan, daughter of Mrs. Nora Morgan, and Norman Baker were married Wednesday evening July 12. The ceremony was read by Judge Wm. Fletcher at his home in Ava. Mrs. Baker is a graduate of the Ava High School and taught last year in the Robertson school. Mr. Baker is employed at the Spurlock Service Station.

A picnic at Jackson’s Mill Wednesday evening honored the birthday anniversary of Mrs. J. D. McClure. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. McClure and sons, James, Bill and David; Mr. and Mrs. Jolin Fawcett and daughters, Susan and Patsy; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Curry and son, James; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Royce and daughters, Sallye Anne and Sammye Lee; and Mr. and Mrs. David Joslyn and daughters, Carolyn and Betty.

ROCKBRIDGE – School began at Lower Brixey Monday with Ralph Mackey as teacher.


100 Years Ago

July 23, 1914


The Bank of Pine Bluff located at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, closed its doors July 3. This bank was an old institution. Financial difficulties are given as the cause. Just another indicator that the promised wave has not yet landed.

When Congress adjourns we want to remind each Democratic member to bring all their belongings home with them, because they will not get to go back again.

A visit last Sunday to Mt. Zion five miles north of Ava, convinced us of the excellent work being done at that place. The Sunday School had an attendance of 68, and the contributions were sufficient to maintain a good school. The school was held in their new building, and the nice, agreeable and orderly manner in which everything was conducted impressed us very much. It was indeed a very interesting school and we enjoyed it. Everybody in that neighborhood should attend this school and assist in the excellent work. They may not be “your kind” but if they are doing a good work, you ought to help them.

Old Mother Netticoat wanted a petticoat, and went down to a store. But when she got there the girl said with a stare, They are not wearing them things anymore.

The fly repeller used at the Kansas station is made as follows: Two cakes of laundry soap dissolved in warm water, add 1 ½ pounds dissolved resin, ½ pint of fish oil and enough water to make 3 gallons. When ready to use, add ½ pint of kerosene and apply to the cow with a spray pump or a brush. About ½ pint to each cow should be used at each application. It is generally used about three times each week and helps wonderfully at milking times when files are at their worst.

PANSY ITEMS –– Man Hodges had the misfortune to get his barn burned Saturday. The fire was caused by his little daughter who was burning corn stalks near the barn.

Silver Shade annual camp meeting will begin at Silver Shade eight miles south of Ava on the old camp ground Thursday evening July 30th and continue ten days. Sinners are invited to come to the meeting, listen to the preaching and obey the Lord. It will surely do you good. Plenty of wood and water near by. Bring your bedding with you.

DRURY ITEMS – Mr. and Mrs. Sorrels were visitors of I. M. Johnson Wednesday.


125 Years Ago

July 18, 1889


A man by the name of Combs, who was arrested in Taney County a few days ago, under charge of being concerned in the murder of Sheriff Branson and Detective Funk, in Kirbyville, has given away a plot, formed between the Miles and Combs boys for the murder of the Sheriff and Fun at the Kirbyville celebration. Combs is a relative of the man in jail at Forsyth for the murder of Detective Dennis a few days before the double murder.

J. M. Curnutt, County Clerk, and Wm. M. Miller, County Treasurer, have completed their settlement of the county school fund and find $3,675.39 in the treasury for the coming year. The capitol school fund of Douglas County amounts to $13,689.75 and the total number of school children 5,380, an increase over the enumeration of last year of about 300 pupils.

OZARK, Mo., July 12 –– The most sensational report received here since Wiley Matthews, the condemned Bald Knobber who should have been hanged when the Walkers and his brother were executed here, made his escape and the outlaw killed two men who had attempted to capture him. The killing was done about thirty miles south of Kirbyville, in Boone County, Arkansas, and it is positively known here that Matthews had been seen a short time ago in Arkansas near where he is said to have committed his latest crime.

The blackberry crop seems somewhat numerous. They are being sold on our streets in large or small quantities at 5 cents per gallon.

Since there’s talk of local option being busted, our County Clerk has put in something looking like a bar counter in his office, but we suppose he intended it to lay the records on.

Miller Bros. have moved into their new store building, and are daily receiving new goods. In a short time they will have the finest store in the city, as their new building is a dandy.

The total number of animals in the zoological gardens in London is stated in the annual report to be 2,290. The annual income of this society is over $100,000. They lost nearly 1,000 animals last year, but the additions by purchase and gifts were 1,121.

The president has granted a respite till August 9 in the cases of Jackson Spaniard, Joseph Martin and Elsie Jayne, convicted in the United States Court of the Western District of Arkansas of murder in the Indian Territory and sentenced to be hanged July 17.