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Looking Backward 8.21.2014

25 Years Ago

August 17, 1989


A large crowd gathered at the Ava Community Center last Thursday night to discuss the proposed Natural Streams Act that is being opposed by most landowners in this area.

The Historical Society knows of four World War I veterans living in Douglas County. Sixty-five men left in the first group to go from Douglas County in September 1917. Of that number, two are still living. Walter Mitchell, who now lives in Bowling Green, Mo., and Harry Brixey, who now lives on a farm on Hwy. K.   Guy Lakey and Jess Shelton were drafterd later on. They both live in Ava.

Mr. and Mrs. James Elliott are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashley Leann, on July 31 at 5:17 a.m. at Cox Couth. She weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. She is welcomed home by a brother Shaun, age 10.

Harold Hutchison, his son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Susie Hutchison of Madison, Wisc., were dinner guests Monday evening of Harold’s sister, Erma Evans. The Hutchisons came to Ava Wednesday last week and left this Tuesday.

Kelse Bray, 21-month-old daughter of Eddie and Kathy Bray, was a recent first place winner in a contest sponsored by Planks Photo at Town & Country Supermarket in Ava.

Dave Hamilton, furbearer biologist for the Conservation Department, reports a sighting in Washington County of four black bears at one time, a sow with three cubs.

STAR –– Little Cody McFarlin is walking now. He took his first steps Saturday alone.

Butch Merritt killed two copperheads last night at the old well.


50 Years Ago

August 13, 1964


A Herald reader clipped the following from an Illinois newspaper and sent to us. Perhaps she thought it applied to us at the time . . . and it does. Here is the poem:

“An editor knocked at the Pearly Gates, his face was scarred and cold; he stood before the man of fate for admission to the Fold.

“What have you done, St. Peter asked, to gain admission here? I’ve been an editor, sir, he said, for many and many a year.

“The Pearly Gates swung open, St. Peter touched the bell. Come in, he said, and choose you harp, you’ve had your share of hell.”

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, one of our Solid Citizens (SC) discovered to his dismay a few days ago. This method, however, was totally accidental and decidedly unique. Having arrived home for lunch, SC was led quickly and quietly to the laundry room where the disaster had occurred. It seemed that, unknown to the family, the cat had climbed into the automatic washer when the laundry was dumped in, and he wasn’t noticed until it was too late. How the fur flew! The cat and the clothes were given a hurried burial and the children were none the wiser . . . As the old saying goes, “It’ll all come out in the wash!”

The Ozark County Chamber o Commerce and the Gainesville Lions Club are co-sponsoring a contest in conjunction with other Ozarks organizations to find the most beautiful and talented young lady in the Ozarks to reign as the first “Sweetheart of the Ozarks for 1964.”   Tennessee Ernie will assist in selecting the Sweetheart of the Ozarks. The new queen will be crowned by Bill Bixby, star of CBS-TV’s Sunday night show, “My Favorite Martian.”

Mrs. Cecilia Howard of the Arno community is entertaining an old friend from Ireland, Mrs. Martha Keenan. The two ladies were roommates while working in an aircraft factory in Coventry, England, during World War II.

Artwork by Gene Holman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus E. Holman, Ava, is included in a Southwest Missouri State College art department showing which will continue through Sept 10.

FOIL and CLARK –– Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Frye and children, Mr. and Mrs. Newt Delp and children, and Hercel Delp had dinner Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Lige Degase.

Five men were arrested for fighting in the city at 2:30 on the afternoon of Sunday, July 19, and charges against them made up half of the July docket in the city police court.

Twenty-two members of Douglas County 4-H clubs left at 9:00 Tuesday morning for a four-day camp at Hammond Mill. They joined 4-H groups there from Ozark, Shannon, Oregon and Howell counties.


75 Years Ago

August 17, 1939


Announcement of employment of three new members of Ava High School faculty was made by Superintendent C. W. Parker this week. Miss Colleen Armonstrout of Marion County has been elected to fill the vacancy in the teacher training department, succeeding Ralph Futrell, resigned. Mrs. John Dutton of Springfield will succeed Miss Marlan Klein, resigned, in the vocational home economics department; and O. W. Woods of Springfield has been employed as science teacher, succeeding J.F. Coday.

Two Douglas County constables and two sons of one of them this week were charged with felonious assault on Hobart Barker, Mountain Grove garage owner, who was shot “by mistake” near Gentryville the night of July 23. The constables are Charlie Hicks of Jackson Township and Charlie Homan of Champion Township, Walter Hicks and Jim Hicks, sons of Charlie Hicks, also are named in the charge.

The best fish story of the week is related by an Ava group while on a boating trip on Bryant Creek Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brooks and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Meeker and children composed the part and were trying a new motorboat. It was not a fishing party and no one was equipped with fishing tackle of any kind. The story goes that while boating, Mrs. Brooks was dangling her fingertips in the water at the side of the boat. She was startled by the sudden splash of a small mouth black bass as the fish came out of the water near her hand, skimmed along her arm and landed in the boat. The fish was estimated to weigh about a pound.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Platt and three sons, Harold, Jr., Gerald and Larry, moved Wednesday to the farm home of Mrs. Platt’s mother, Mrs. Charles Grant Spurlock. Mr. and Mrs. Platt plan to make their home on this farm but Mr. Platt plans to retain his service station in Ava and will drive to his work each day.

Norma Guthery, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Guthery, living two and a half miles west of Ava, got a step ahead of persons who have brought unusual eggs into the Herald office Monday when she brought in an unusual chick. It was a four-footed chick, with only one leg in its normal location. The other three extended from the hind part of one side. Norma said she had got the chick to eating and was going to try to raise it. It hatched in a nest in a flowerbed from an egg from a Rhode Island Red hen.

Use DERBY Gasoline. Regular, gallon, 12 ½ c; Leaded, gallon, 11 ½ c; Kerosene, gallon, 9¢; good motor oil, quart, 10¢. Independent Oil Company, Roy Edmonds, Mgr.

SWEDEN –– Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Welton and son were guests Sunday in the Otis Welton home.

A hillbilly dance doll and Hi Ho Silver, a stick horse with a silver body, are characters now being constructed to be demonstrated and sold for puppet shows throughout the world.


100 Years Ago

August 27, 1914


Nations Facing Meat Famine –– Economic experts of the Federal Government are giving the high cost of living problems thoughtful consideration and are investigating the high prices of meat. The bulk of the nation’s decreased meat supply is in the swine herd.

Every indication points to the election of Tom Brown for Congress at the approaching election. The old soldier, who has been responsible for Russel’s election the past few years, are going to vote the Republican ticket this fall. Many Democrats will also vote for Brown, some on account of post office appointments, and some on account of the Free Trade policy.

Robert Tate of Ozark County, is having the foundation of his new house made this week. He is going to build in the Miller addition in Ava.

Hailey and Spurlock have moved their office into the upstairs rooms of the Herald building. Gentry and Turner are using the building vacated by them as their poultry house.

We just received a letter from Prof. G.H. Boehm announcing the birth of a big baby boy at their home. This is number three and Mr. and Mrs. Boehm will have quite a family when they become residents of our little city.

Mr. Timberlake has on exhibit in his farm display room a pea vine, which measures 18 feet in length. It was grown by Mr. Connery on his place east of town. Who said peas would not grow in dry weather?

The last three drought years has caused weary people to get discouraged and work green fields so that public help has taken the place of principals.

BASHER –– Uncle Nelson Dyer gave his many friends quite a surprise last week by getting married. He married Mrs. Jackson, a widow who formerly lived at Rome in this county. We wish them a happy married life.

COLD SPRINGS – Sam Heard, rural mail carrier of Ava, came down Sunday and took back his wife and children who have been spending the past week here with relatives.


125 Years Ago

August 22, 1889


It cost the King of Italy $100,000 to visit Berlin.

The King of Greece will probably be the only European sovereign who will visit the Paris exhibition.

The Shah of Persia is reported to wear jewels valued at $1,500,000 on his person when he is fully dressed.

The farmers and shepherds in the English moors declare that more grouse are killed annually in England by the telegraph wires than by all the sportsmen.

From every state in the union but two there have been sent to President Harrison photographs of babies named after him, until the collection forms a big pile.

The clothing worn by the Prince of Wales is copied so minutely by his English admirers that Mr. Laboachero asserts that if the Prince were to appear in petticoats the streets of London would soon be filled with men in the same garments.

Martha Cobble of Owensboro, Ky., a colored woman, formerly a slave, has searched forty years for her two sons, who were sold to a New Orleans trader when they were 8 and 10 years of age. Recently, she learned the whereabouts of both and was made happy by a visit from one of them.

The easiest way out of a scrape is not always the best one. A Pennsylvania burglar, being cornered in an ice house, slid down the chute and came to a halt on the useful end of a pitchfork.

The irrepressible sea serpent has bobbed up again. This time at Cape May. The great monster had a square black head and was of immense proportions, with flappers, fins and feelers like a crab’s, and a most ugly sight to behold.

Camping out is capable of much luxury. A large camp at the Adirondacks contains about forty acres. The sleeping apartments are all in separate tents, the drawing room and dining room being in a very pretty log cabin overhanging the lake. In one place is an artistic children’s play house, and in another, a perfectly rolled tennis court, shaded by lofty birches. The stables are near.

Red rain fell recently in the province of Lublin, Russian Poland. The shower lasted for about ten minutes.

The only house built by George Washington at the capital city of the nation is still standing in Washington City. It was originally a three-story brick, but when the street on which it stands was graded two more stories were added, making it a five-story building, which is now used for a hotel.