25 Years Ago
October 26, 1989
Welton Gravel and Limestone is in operation this week despite a major fire last Wednesday that completely destroyed the large metal building that housed the operation about four miles southeast of Ava. The fire is believed to have started around 5:30 p.m., no more than 15 minutes after the last employee left for the evening. Owner Hubert Welton said this week that he estimates his loss to be somewhere in the $250,000 to $300,000 range.
The Highway Patrol has a new trooper in this area. Trooper Kathy McNair, better known in this area as the former Kathy Frazier, was recently assigned to the Douglas and Ozark County area by Troop G, Missouri State Highway Patrol. A native of the Noble community in Ozark County, Kathy taught math at Ava Junior High School from 1983-86.
Bill Morley considered an opportunity to see a World Series game a once in a lifetime experience. But as it turned out, the game he did not see was an unforgettable one. You guessed it. Morley was in Candlestick Park Oct. 17, when the earthquake rocked the city of San Francisco.
Shawna Marie VanCamp became the bride of Jimmy Lynn Mills on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Ava General Baptist Church with the Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating.
Scott and Gayle Huffman are proud to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Wayne, born Oct. 6 at Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, Calif.
- TABOR –– We want to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Corbett Brown on their 74th wedding anniversary, which is Sunday, Oct. 29.
Charlie Brown, Gainesville, has been appointed prosecuting attorney of Ozark County, effective Nov. 1. Brown will replace Richard Martin who resigned from the prosecutor’s office and from the Missouri Bar Association Oct. 2.
50 Years Ago
October 22, 1964
Preparations for construction of the $500,000 nursing home to be built here by Assembly Homes, Inc. an affiliate of Assembly of God Churches, is at a standstill awaiting the arrival of Rev. Merrill J. Surls, president of the corporation, to choose a site for the home, and furnish bonds in the amount of 470,000 to be sold by local citizens.
An estimated crowd of over 300 attended services at the South Range Ranch on Oct. 16, conducted by Elder Bartion Kilgore of the Levites. Dr. Kilgore, residing minister opened the meeting and presided. Visiting speakers were Rev. William Eden, Rev. and Mrs. Lawrence Boyles, Rev. Dale Boyles, Rev. Larry Newton and Rev. Kermit Bass.
Woodrow Gray suffered a heart attack at Salem on Oct. 12 and is hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Springfield. He is improving, but must remain in the hospital for another four weeks.
Mrs. Henderson Gentry of Ava recently completed an advanced dealers training course with Stanley Home Products held in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Luna and granddaughter, Deborah Rogers, entertained several guests in their home at 515 NE 5th Street during the weekend.
The Ava Bears suffered their third straight defeat last Friday night when the Houston Tigers downed them, 14-7, at Houston.
WAGNER –– Heavy frost hit in some places two weeks ago and killed a lot of the strong vegetation while in other places tomatoes and even touch-me-nots are still green and blooming.
ROY –– Mrs. Jewell Mackey and children are moving to Ava. She recently sold her farm to a cousin of Jack Richards of Nevada.
Phyllis and Ricky Martin, the 8-year-old twin children of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Martin of Route 5, Ava, were honored with a surprise birthday party on Sunday, Oct. 18, at their country home. Traditional birthday refreshments were served to the honorees and their guests, Vicky Stewart, Donna Vinson, Sandra Hancock, Sammy and Danny Fossett, Marsha and Billy Strong, Linda Thurman and Shila and Randy Hancock.
The Sage of Hilo Ridge Says –– Dear Editor: The session at the country store Saturday night wasn’t quite up to our usual high standards on account of Ed Doolittle was absent. Ed has been in poor health now fer a couple weeks. First off, he came down with a virus the morning his old lady started the annual Spring-cleaning. He got over this ailment about the same day his old lady finished up the job, and when she took to painting the kitchen and front porch, Ed had a small relapse and is now suffering from indigestion, which is liable to keep up fer the duration of the painting. Yours truly, Uncle Ben
75 Years Ago
October 27, 1939
A hot check artist with a particular taste for Bibles visited Ava Saturday evening and in making the rounds of the square left $44.76 in bad checks. That afternoon he inspected Bibles at the Norman-Gentry Drug Store and at Ferguson’s Drug store, and that night purchased Bibles at both places, paying for them with spurious checks written on the Citizens Bank. At Ferguson’s, Roy Adams, clerk, showed the man their Bibles. After supper the man returned and made his purchase from Lyle (Fuzz) Ross, taking a $1.75 Bible he had previously picked out and giving a check for $2.50. Out of the change from his check he bought a flashlight. “I never cash a check for anyone I don’t know,” Fuzz said, “but I thought since he was buying a Bible his check surely would be good.”
The formal opening of the new Clinkingbeard Funeral Home here is being held tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. The Douglas County Herald joins with other firms in congratulating the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home on its modern building and up-to-date services made possible through the new home.
ARNO –– Miss Beulah Gentry entertained a group of friends Friday evening in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gentry in honor of Murrel Hartley’s birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Harts and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Staley and daughter, Dorothy, Juanita, Nancy, Lou and Melvin Gentry, Robert Evans, Floyd Hartley, the honoree and hostess.
Thrasher’s Theatre –– Naughty But Nice, starring Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell, Gale Page, Helen Broderick, Allen Jenkins, Zasu Pitts and Nate Jitterbug Champ. This is a picture with 12 big stars. It is a battle of the charm champs when red headed oomph meets dark haired dynamite. Evening shows start at 7:30; every night family night, 52¢.
ROCKBRIDGE –– Everett Byerly is moving to the Noah Reynolds place this week.
CROSS ROADS –– The Jolly Junior Club enjoyed a “backwards” in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Joslin last Friday night. The girls each wore their dresses backwards and the boys wore their shirts backwards and their trousers wrong side out.
Miss Marjorie Reynolds, Miss Lola Adams, Miss Lee Ella Upshaw and Miss Maxine Swearengin, all members of the Ava High School home economics department spent from Monday until Wednesday lasts week in Kansas City and attended the American Royal Livestock show and vocational day, which was Tuesday. The girls were accompanied by Mrs. O.C. Reynolds and Mrs. J.E. Curry.
100 Years Ago
November 5, 1914
Hate and war must go hand in hand. You couldn’t go out and shoot your neighbor to death unless you first hated him. This is just what nations in Europe have done. We read now how the Germans have despised the English in the past and how the French have for 44 years longed for revenge on the Germans. How Belgium hated the Kaiser with the hatred of fear, and of mutual antagonisms between Teutca and Serb.
Because of the war Canada is already in need of drugs and chemicals. Scarcity of olive oil has led to the use of American cottonseed oil as a substitute.
Hobos cared for next winter at the municipal lodging house in St. Louis will wear pajamas, if the plans of Director of Public Welfare Tokace are successful. The pajamas will not be fancy, but will be serviceable. The purpose of the pajamas equipment is to provide the lodgers with covering during the night, while their clothing is being sterilized. The cots used are of steel, and no bed clothing is furnished.
Coach Votaw with his pack of Wolves and E. Yeoman, special adviser, opened the basketball season by a rush upon Hartvilles basket men Thursday, Oct. 27. Owing to railroad accidents, which have occurred lately, the trip over was anticipated with some fear. All fear was dispelled, however, when Earl Southerland promised that if a wheel should roll off, he would walk and hold up one corner of the car.
Japan has undertaken to reforest the bare hills of Korea, and in the last few years has planted 12,460,280 trees in that country.
After the second baby arrives, women seldom change the style of doing up her hair.
COLD SPRINGS –– The heavy rain of last week did considerable damage to the bottom farms.
BRYANT ITEMS –– The Oak Grove and Rockhouse schools met at Oak Grove Friday afternoon for a match spelling, and after three hours of hard spelling there were three of the Oak Grove pupils standing and none from Rockhouse.
DOGWOOD ITEMS –– Our community was greatly stirred by the finding of a wagon and harness on Oct. 28 by Mr. A.M. Ellison a few rods from the Rockbridge Road. Mr. Ellison at once notified J.I. Martin and T.E. Hale, Justice, and an investigation showed that the wagon contained a trunk with some clothing, books, pictures and papers. The contents of the trunk had been scattered about. There were two feather beds, some pillows, several nice quilts, a sack partly filled with flour, and an ax was hidden in a tree trunk. The wagon has undoubtedly been there several weeks as the bedding was badly damaged by the rains.
125 Years Ago
October 31, 1889
It is generally understood in Washington that President Harrison will recommend a considerable reduction of the internal revenue taxes. There are many Democrats, particularly in the South, who will endorse such a proposition.
Two heavy frosts have fallen in Douglas County this week. Farmers can now gather their corn without danger of its heating when cribbed.
- W. Thomas and family returned to Douglas County from St. Louis last week and expect to remain here permanently. Mr. Thomas says Douglas County is good enough for him.
Four hundred and seventy-eight doctors of medicine have been graduated from the Boston University of which number nearly one half are women.
Our political, social and moral status is so carefully embalmed and preserved from day to day by the printer, engraver and photographer, that the last quarter of the nineteenth century will transmit absolutely complete records of its complex life to after generations.
Harold P. Brown, the electric expert, says, “the resistance of the human body is 2,500 ohms.” A slim young man who has had great experience in swinging fat women at Sunday school picnics offers to lay dollars to doughnuts with Mr. Brown that it is nearer 40,000.
There are altogether too many people who go through life perfectly oblivious of the talents they possess. We were put on this earth for a purpose and are responsible in proportion to our opportunities, advantages and circumstances. To whom little is given little is expected, but to him who has many talents much more is expected.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. –– Information was brought here today by a courier from Hamilton, Lincoln County, that about midnight Friday night a mob surrounded the Lincoln County jail, forced an entrance after a short resistance by the authorities, took two of the prisoners, Green McCoy and Milton Haley, and hung them in a tree a short distance away. Haley and McCoy were natives of Kentucky and connected with the great Hatfield-McCoy feud of that state. McCoy was engaged in a shooting scrape with Paris Brumfield about a year ago, and about a month ago he, in company with Haley, ambushed and attempted to murder Brumfield and his wife. Both victims were badly wounded. Mrs. Brumfield being shot in the breast and her husband in the leg. For a time it was thought the woman would die, but she finally recovered. McCoy and Haley escaped to Kentucky, but not until they had made two more attempts at assassination in the county, in one of which a man named Adions was wounded.
The Taney County Times man thinks Ava, Douglas County, a “lively” town. He was there a day and reports that “on that day there were four men sentenced to the penitentiary, a horse race, a foot race and a wedding.”
An English writer seems to think that conversation is a living art no more. Society mobs have killed it. The Babel of voices, the mere power of lungs, are responsible for the decay of conversation. There are no more brilliant listeners, however, many talkers. Talk is cheap, as they say, but conversation is dear.