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Looking Backward 11.13.2014

  25 Years Ago

November 9, 1989


Ava Pounds Willow Springs 40-13 in Season Finale –– The Ava High School Bears jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead and defeated Willow Springs 40-13 in the final game of the season for both teams at Willow Springs last Friday night.

Some 100 former Civilian Conservation Corps workers, their wives, friends and guests attended the 55-year reunion of CCC Co. 1733 in Ava last Wednesday. Lawrence Hinkebein, Glen Wallen, Winnie Southern and Hurse (Smitty) Smith who made the move from Calico Rock to Pond Fork on Nov. 1, 1934, were present for the reunion. Company 1733 ended its tenure in the spring of 1942, marking approximately 10 years of existence.

The City of Ava just completed the purchase of the old DX station on North Jefferson Street and will use the property as a second fire station.

Enjoying a fish fry and covered dish picnic lunch at the home of Clell and Violet Nash of Ponce de Leon, Friday, were her cousins from Ava, who furnished the fish and each family a favorite food. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. James Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Doran, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Doran, Mrs. Maxine Lathrom, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Huff.

Former Ava High School quarterback Scott Silvey started his first game last Saturday for Central Methodist College.

Brian and Denise Degase, Squires, would like to announce the birth of their son, Ransome Scot. He joins a sister Courtney, 2 ½ and a brother, Ryan 1 ½.

Mrs. Susie Nelson, Ava, will celebrate her 104th birthday Sunday Nov. 12, at Crestview Healthcare here. Mrs. Nelson lived alone and kept her own house until about two months ago when it became necessary for her to move to Crestview.


50 Years Ago

November 5, 1964


Three Ava High seniors will reign over homecoming activities Friday night, Nov. 13, at the football game between the Ava Bears and the Buffalo Bisons. Queen candidates are Carol Denney, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Denney of Wasola; Jan Hart, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hart, Ava; and Rozella Lathrop, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lathrop of Ava. The queen and maids will be escorted by members of the football squad. The Ava High School Band under the direction of King Shollenberger will provide music for the coronation and will perform at halftime.

A building program has been set in motion by the Northside Church of God in Ava, according to pastor, Ernie Acuff.

The fall dinner meeting of the White River Valley Historical Society was held in Fellowship Hall at the School of the Ozarks, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker was James Curry, attorney from Ava.

Andrew Moritz, Sr., senior citizen of Douglas County, celebrated his 103rd birthday Nov. 1 at the home of his son, Mr. and Mrs. George Moritz of Drury.

Announcing . . . Maples Café is open under new management. Open Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Sundays. Norman and Margaret Baker.

Miss Dee Wood’s pupils in piano and voice were presented in a recital at the Ava High School on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23. First year gold pin awards were given to Pamela Evans, Stephen Tallent, Robert Jones and Linda Hilderbrand. Second year pins were given to Jerri Farris, Deborah Farris and Mrs. Ora T. Tallent.

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Rowe of Ava observed their 62nd wedding anniversary Sunday, Oct. 23, at the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Miller and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evans of Seymour have chosen the name of Terry Lee, for their son, born Oct. 27. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces. Mrs. Mary Cornett of Ava is maternal grandmother.

FIELDSTONE –– Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Penner and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Shannon drove to Willow Springs Sunday afternoon to visit Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Barnes and Mrs. Ellen Penner.

STAR –– Donnie Davis acci­dently broke his ankle Thursday night while playing games at the annual FFA Barnwarming at the Ava High School gym. He was taken to St. John’s Hospital and is improving.

Wanda Tatino, of Ava, recently returned from a cruise aboard the air-conditioned S.S. Bahama Star to near Nassau from Miami, with the ship docking at Bay Street in quaint Nassau.

ONGO –– Dewey Nelson and Mildred Hodges were married Saturday night.


75 Years Ago

November 9, 1939


Rev. Lloyd Harmen, minister at Joplin, speaking at a meeting of local Red Cross roll call workers and chapter committeemen Thursday night last week gave assurance to those present that the American Red Cross would locate a nurse in Douglas County if this county demonstrates its desire for a nurse to the extent of enrolling 500 members in the Red Cross roll call which starts Saturday.

James E. Martin, a trapper, and John A. Pritchart, hunter with the U.S. biological Survey, arrived in Douglas County Monday and started a three-month period of wolf trapping in the territory between North Fork and Fox Creek in the east part of the county. Farmers of the territory have made up a fund to pay the expense of the trapper for three months, and may keep him longer than that if it is necessary.

Ray and Earnest Havens of near Vanzant were in Ava Monday exhibiting a wolf pelt. The animal was killed by Ray Havens, when it chased goats on the Havens farm to within a short distance of the farm home about two weeks ago. It weighed thirty-five pounds, Ray said.

Mrs. Elizabeth D. Schuman has been selected as poet laureate of the Ozarks for the 1939-40 in a poetry contest conducted by radio station KWTO. The title of her winning poem is “Ozark Peace.”   Another Douglas Countian, Luna Newton, who lives west of Ava, won the poet laureate title two years ago.

Harold Platt has sold the Cobblestone filling station business east of the square to Vester Keeter. Mr. Keeter took possession of his new business last week. The filling station property belongs to A.A. Adams.

Formal announcement of the engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Wanda Burdett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Burdett of near Ava, to Harry Williams of West Plains was made one night last week at a dessert bridge party at the home of Mrs. Orphus Goodwin in West Plains.

The march to the penitentiary continues. Many of those who lately held high place in the politi­cal machine that ran Kansas City and largely dominated Missouri, have been sentenced to serve terms in prison. This Kansas City ma­chine stole elections; this machine murdered honest men who dared to try to cast an honest ballot; this machine was partner to criminals who murdered peace officers in the discharge of their duty; this ma­chine made Kansas City a haven of refuge for criminals; this machine controlled police and took tribute from dens of gambling and dens of vice and let them run it; they paid the machine a part of their evil gains.

  1. P. Edwards of Rockbridge, with his wife, celebrated his 92nd birthday. A former sawmill worker, farmer and banker, Mr. Edwards has been retired for the past ten years. He draws a Civil War pension, and is one of only about 3,300 remaining Civil War veterans now drawing pensions.


100 Years Ago

November 19, 1914


Three western states joined the “dry” column last Tuesday making the total sixteen –– Oregon, Arizona and Colorado were the ones to vote statewide prohibition.

Woman suffrage won in Montana and was defeated in six other states in which voters passed upon the matter. Neb., Ohio, N. Dakota, Nevada and Mo defeated the amendment.

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Cox have rented their farm and gone back to Brawley, Calif.

Joan Green surprised her friends by becoming Mrs. Shockley. The happy couple will make their home with her foster father, W. M. Green for the present.

Jim Coffman is doing some excellent work on the roads with the new grader. We now have a fine graded road all the way to Norwood.

Geo. Hutchison has purchased his old home again from the Musick Bros. Joe and wife have moved to Frank England’s farm at Omo.

Lester Sutherland who has been in western Kansas the past summer is home again.

Last Saturday night as Bert Alsup and John Proctor were returning from Norwood their team became frightened near the blacksmith shop and became unmanageable. Both men were thrown out. John’s back and one leg were hurt. Bert’s jaw was broken and his face badly mashed. Dr. Vannoy is in attendance. Dr. Calhoun came last Thursday and took out come teeth and straightened the others. He is still in a very critical condition.

A.P. Miller started excavating this week for the foundation for a new brick building which he contemplates putting up in the near future, on the west side of the square.

COWSKIN ITEMS –– Quincy Norman is able to be up again, after a lingering spell of Typhoid fever.

  1. ZION ITEMS –– School “kept” under the trees in the yard last week while the building was being plastered. Preparations are being made to install the heating plant in the school building soon.

BLANCHE ITEMS –– Mr. and Mrs. Noel Hicks are proud parents of a new baby girl.

Ozark Hotel Opening and New England six o’clock dinner, Phone 21 for plate, Thursday, Nov. 26. Music and social time for every body. Mrs. E. Martin, proprietress.


125 Years Ago

November 14, 1889


  1. D. Painter, merchant of Dogwood, Douglas County, was in the city on Tuesday on business with Probate Court. He reports that all the farmers in his township are busy gathering corn, and the crop this year is the best that has been raised in the township for 15 years. Twelve new families have moved into the neighborhood in the last three months and are building new houses and farm buildings. They have a fine school in progress with an attendance of 80 pupils who under the excellence government of Miss Stevenson as teacher. The patrons of the school intend to have a full six months school taught.

The work in Europe is more thoroughly done than in America, it is made to last ages, while it is two-thirds made by hand. The reverse is the case in America. Old designs are kept before the people in Europe.

A single sheet of paper six feet wide and 7 ½ miles in length has been made at the Watertown, N.Y. Paper Works. It weighed 2207 pounds and was made and rolled entirely without a single break.

VERA CRUZ ITEMS –– Mr. Jackson who lives on Mr. Decker’s farm has moved his family to the Boston Mountain.

HETH ITEMS –– Born, to the wife of G. F. Harris, a big boy. … Two new houses are being built in this neighborhood, and a new Baptist Church in progress of erection on south side of township.

The Indiana husband who walked away from home twenty years ago and returned the other day to find his wife re-married, and to raise a row about it should be given a lift out of the country on the toe of a boot. A wife may let her husband roam around for five or ten years without asking any questions, but if left much longer than that she has a legal right to look out for herself.

Certain prominent Prohibitionists have organized a syndicate and purchased 300,000 acres of land in Tennessee. If they propose to establish a colony, which shall gradually absorb all the members of their party, the movement will easily secure general sympathy and encouragement.

It is estimated that there are six thousand conversions to Christianity per day now going on. And, there is plenty of material yet left to work on.

Austria is a country where one’s food needs to be tested in order to avoid adulteration. At the laboratory in Vienna, where food is analyzed for nothing, a loaf of bread was found to consist largely of the pulverized barks of trees, sawdust and chaff; ground pepper was found to be mixed with wood ashes; cinnamon was colored with ochre, and so-called “nutritious coffee” consisted entirely of roast acorns and chicory.

DAYTON, New Mex., Nov. 8 –The depth of snow is now twenty-six inches, and in many places is drifted to seven feet. The prospects are that next summer will show a country covered with dead bodies of animals. The storm continued nine days.