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Looking Backward 11.6.2014

25 Years Ago

November 2, 1989


The Ava-Mtn. Grove football game last Friday night was all that fans had thought it would be –– and a whole lot more. However, the Bears lost to the Panthers in the 5th overtime.

Members of Ava City Council and Douglas County Commission gathered in front of the Courthouse Monday morning for an informal dedication of the new flagpole recently erected on the courthouse lawn.

Airman Andrew R. Geeser has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Geeser is the son of Ronald E. and Susan K. Geeser of Rt. 2, Ava. The airman is a 1989 graduate of Ava High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Alcorn (Ruby Hodge) will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sun­day, Nov. 5 with a reception at the Ava General Baptist Church. Norman and Ruby were married Nov. 4, 1939, in Ava.

Earl and Mildred Watson left Ava Oct. 12 to visit relatives in California.

Danny Johnson, assistant man­ager at Ava’s Wal-Mart Store for some 15 years, announced his retirement recently.

More than 120 persons stopped by the Douglas County Sheriff’s office last Friday afternoon for an open house event, hosted by Sheriff Roldan Turner and his staff.

FOIL & CLARK – Mrs. Norman Rippee received word from her niece in San Leandro, Calif., that all are well since the earthquake.

OCIE –– Donald Welch was home over the weekend with his family. Donald was in California last week when the earthquake hit northern California. He was sleep­ing in the cab of his truck. He said it sounded just like a big truck has passed.

STAR –– Mr. and Mrs. Elga Vinson visited with Robert and Joyce McFarlin Monday afternoon.


50 Years Ago

October 29, 1964


An Ava pharmacist has been charged by Prosecuting Attorney Gladys Stewart with grand stealing in con­nection with the theft of several hundred dollars worth of merchan­dise from two Springfield drug stores and a local pharmacy. The local theft, which occurred at Norman Rexall Drug, alleges the theft of medicines, cameras, camera accessories, film and several other miscellaneous items. The charges also include merchandise from Cotter’s Pharmacy, Inc., and Evans Drug Store in Springfield, where the pharmacist was previously employed. The stolen merchandise was discovered on Friday, Oct. 9, by Bob Turton, owner of the Rexall Drug, when he went to the pharmacist’s house, as asked, to check the furnace.

Mel Ellis, president of the Bank of Seymour the past two and a half years has sold his bank stock to R. B. Stephens of Vermillion, S. D., Mr. Ellis plans to retire, it is under­stood, and will be succeeded as president of the bank by Mr. Stephens.

A blowing rain and hailstorm hit Ava about 7:30 Tuesday evening hurling golf-ball size hailstones for about 10 minutes in the downtown area. No damage was reported from the storm.

Six FFA members from Ava High School and their advisor were featured on the “High Noon” tele­vision program with Loyd Evans Monday in Springfield. They also appeared on the “Man with the Mike” program. Those attending were Jose Duran, president; Doug­las Evans, vice-president; Larry Wrinkles, treasurer; Terry Dye, secretary; Jim Hicks, reporter; Junior Sagerser, sentinel; and Wayne Powell, advisor.

A two-day celebration will be held Nov. 2-3 at Gastineau’s Ser­vice Station, four blocks north of the square here, in observance of being appointed distributor for Skelly products and Goodyear tires.

Dale Evans (Mrs. Roy Rogers) is one of the best know leaders in “Mothers for Moral America.” She has a large family of adopted chil­dren and is the author of “Angel Without Wings.”

Mrs. Joe Pitts entertained in her home at 313 N. Jefferson Thursday evening, Oct. 22, when she host­essed a regular meeting of the Ava Fortnightly club.

  1. S. Air Force Academy, Colo. –– Cadet James E. Pueppke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Pueppke, Ava, Mo., is a member of the new U.S. Air Force Academy freshman class that recently joined the cadet wing upon completion of basic cadet training.   Cadet Pueppke is a member of the class of ’68. His four years of study at the Academy will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree and a regular Air Force commission as a second lieutenant.

For Strong Leadership Elect …. Stuart Symington for United States Senator; Lyndon B. Johnson for President; Warren E. Hearnes for Governor …. Vote Democratic.

GENTRYVILLE –– Mr. and Mrs. Bill Riley spent Sunday after­noon with Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Findley and David.


75 Years Ago

November 2, 1939


Possibly the most striking phe­nomenon in the western hemi­sphere during the last century was the westward expansion of the American people. Fertile river bot­tom lands drew thousands of set­tlers into Missouri. One hundred and twenty wagons a week for nine consecutive weeks in 1819 through St. Charles and up the famous Book Lick Trail, bringing settlers into the fertile central Missouri valley. The land office, which was opened at Franklin, in Howard County, on Nov. 1, 1818, one hun­dred and twenty-one years ago this week, disposed of more than half a million acres of land during the year.

Mrs. Elisa Irwin, who lives east of Ava, has a treasured heirloom in the form of a diary for the year 1865 kept by her father, Jesse Cox, who was a soldier in the Union forces during the Civil War and who died last May at his home at Denlow. Early in the spring of 1865, according to the diary, Mr. Cox was in Arkansas. He mentions swimming swamps, marching through canebrakes and camping on a bald hill with no wood. On April 21 at Little Rock he saw a man hung. At Little Rock he did picket duty and horse guard. He was in camp later at Camden, Arkansas, and mentions making scouting trips from there.

Mrs. W. A. Peters started working Monday as deputy to the County Collector Harry Martin, taking the place of Lloyd Reynolds, who has taken a job as bookkeeper in the local plant of the Carnation Company. Mr. Reynolds is taking the place of Boyd Forsling in the Carnation Company office here.

Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Glomset left Sunday for their home in Oklahoma after spending a week in Ava. While here Dr. Glomset and Dr. Marvin Gentry conducted a tonsil clinic in the Gentry office. During the week the two doctors performed one major operation and twenty-eight tonsillectomies. During their stay in Ava, the Glomsets were houseguests in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Gentry.

West Plains to Celebrate 100th Anniversary –– The Merchants Association furthered plans for a 100th Anniversary of the founding of West Plains celebration and a welcome to Santa Claus to be held Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.

A 1934 Chevrolet automobile acted as its own fire alarm about 1 o’clock Friday morning when J.F. Baumgardner of the Hunter com­munity was awakened by the con­tinuous blowing of a car horn and found his car on fire in the garage. If it had not been for the blowing of the horn, Mr. Baumgardner said the whole car and garage would have gone up in flames.

A Hallowe’en masquerade and covered dish supper was held Tuesday night at the home of Mr. E.B. Norman by the Ava Home­makers Club. Costume prizes were won by Mrs. Joe Steelman, Cathe­rine Reynolds, Mrs. Frank Givans and Clifford Reynolds.


100 Years Ago

November 12, 1914


LONDON –– The shipping of worn-out horses to the slaughter houses in Holland and Belgium, which created a scandal, has been stopped, perhaps permanently, by the war. To prevent its revival, a commercial company has been formed with the approval and assistance of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the purpose of con­verting worthless horses into salable products.

Thousands of letters and cards postmarked “Army Base Post Office” and bearing a circular mark in red, which means approved by censor, are now being received daily. The promptness of the deliv­ery is in striking contrast to the slow moving of commercial mail and a tribute to the completeness and efficiency of the British army equipment.

A Belgian soldier speaking of the operations at the front, makes especial mention of the useful work being done by the Belgian dogs. He says they not only are used in searching for the wounded, but that they play an important role in drag­ging cars on which are mounted quick-fixers.

Miss Maud Norris and Frank Waters were guests of Miss Gladys Snyder last Sunday.

Mrs. Vandewater is spending the week with her mother, Mrs. W. H. Stewart on Cowskin.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Morgan are the happy parents of a baby girl, their first born.

Word has reached here of the birth of a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Will Jones of Ongo, Mo. Mrs. Jones was formerly Mary Singleton of Brushy Knob and well-known here. The little one has been named Zelma.

DRURY ITEMS –– A bad acci­dent happened the other day. Mr. Bert Alsup’s team ran away with him, threw him out of the buggy and he is badly hurt. He is no better this morning.

Dr. Morgan has moved to Drury this week.

On Wednesday of last week a jolly crowd took advantage of the beautiful moonlight night to enjoy a possum hunt. Mr. Howard Hitch­cock acting as chaperone, the search being made in the vicinity of Hunter Drive, and the victims numbered two.

J.T. Johnson of six miles south of Ava lost his barn and all its contents last Friday night by fire, supposed to have been the work of incendiary. The fire was started a few minutes before 10 o’clock and in a very short time the barn and all inside was reduced to ashes. Blood hounds were sent for, and Mr. Black of Pierce City arrived Satur­day at 1 p.m. but owing to a rain, which fell Saturday morning, no trail of the guilty party could be found.


125 Years Ago

November 7, 1889


The entire county will be sub-divided into new road districts at this term of county court, under the provisions of the new road law.

Miss Hester Elmore is very sick with typhoid fever at the residence of E.D. Pennington.

Walls Township is to have a new Missionary Baptist Church. It will be erected about one mile south of Olive Springs.

Col. W. B. Watts is in attend­ance at the West Plains circuit court this week, where he is engaged in the prosecution of A.H. Livingston, charged with murder in the first degree.

Milliard Inee passed through town the latter part of last week on his way to Wright County. The county authorities are taking a great risk in allowing him to run at large.

The Democrats of Iowa are making the question of prohibition their principal object of attack. A victory for them would be a reverse for the cause of prohibition, and might lead to its repeal. The parti­san Prohibitionists, however, true to their old record of cussedness, have a ticket in the field, so as to assist the Democracy in its attack upon the cause, which they pretend to champion.

The last act in the admission of the two Dakotas as states in the union was completed this afternoon by the president signing the proc­lamation required by the laws for the admission of the two states. The article on prohibition submit­ted separately in each state was adopted in both. This is the first instance in the history of the na­tional government of twin states. North and South Dakota entered the union at the same moment.

SAN CARLOS, Ariz. –– While Sheriff Reynolds of Globe City was escorting eight Indian prisoners on the Florence Road to Yuma to serve sentences of from seven years to life in the penitentiary this morning, the Indians overpowered the guard, killed the sheriff and his deputy, seriously wounding the driver and made their escape. The trouble they may create in Arizona will probably be very serious.

A young lady at Willow Springs recently cowhided a married man who proposed to her to elope with him, and after being arrested and filing a bond, cowhided the justice for trying to shield the man she cowhided for insulting her. She’s a jewel.

The jury in the Anderson murder case at Lebanon was unable to agree and was discharged Thursday, the 31st, and the case postponed to the first Monday in January.

Most people think rattlesnakes are entirely useless upon the earth, but the story told the Athens Ban­ner will set aside such a belief. There are places in South Georgia where men extract oil from the rattlesnakes and use it to cure rheumatism. These persons give a Negro $1 to point out a rattlesnake to them and then they kill it in a peculiar manner. They place a forked stick over the snake’s head, then put a cord around it and stran­gle the snake. This is done to keep the snake from biting itself. The body of the reptile is then strung up and the oil extracted from it. It sells at $2 per ounce, and this industry is a very profitable one. The snakes in that section are very large, averaging five feet in length and one rattler gives up a great deal of oil.