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Looking Backward 11.25.2014

25 Years Ago

November 23, 1989


Ava High School Senior Melissa Christian was crowned 1989 Miss Merry Christmas at the Anchor Club pageant held last Thursday night in the high school gymnasium. Miss Christian, the daughter of Mrs. Sally Ellis, of Ava, represented Key Club in the pageant.

Ten Ava High School vocal music students auditioned for the SCA select choir last week, and eight were chosen to perform with the choir. Those earning places in the select choir included Bobbie Thomas, Jacinda Harley, Christy Calhoun, Renee Sudbury, Herman Blau, Kendall Call, David Davidson, and Steve Ellison.

Esther Gooden celebrated her 89th birthday Oct. 18, with her son, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gooden and daughters. They took her for dinner to the Highway House. She had her favorite trout dinner, and a birthday cake served to by her granddaughters Ruthie, Junie, Lucy and Crystal.

NORWOOD –– Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tharp celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Nov. 10. They were married Nov. 10, 1927.

ARNO –– Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gentry have sold their farm and moved to town.

BRUSHYKNOB –– Happy anniversary was sung to Jerry and Jo Morton, who celebrated 29 years of marriage.

Guess we will be losing another of our ministers from Rainbow Ridge since Rev. and Mrs. Allen Ledbetter have sold their house here.

Have you ever been “shot down” while you were talking on the telephone? It can actually happen, says Bob Sterling, GTE North manager in the Ava area. Careless hunters who fire their weapons near telephone facilities in rural areas can literally destroy your telephone line and kill your important conversations, Sterling points out.


50 Years Ago

November 19, 1964


Miss Jan Hart, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hart of Ava, and a senior at Ava High School, was crowned Homecoming Queen Friday night preceding the football game between the Bears and Buffalo. Miss Hart was crowned by last year’s queen, Sherry Garrison.

The Ava Bears closed their football season with a homecoming victory over the Buffalo Bisons, 40-30. Gary Daugherty, small but speedy, scored on runs of 40, 10, and five yards. Delano Stewart scored a five-yard touchdown run, and Lonnie Swofford had a 60-yard dash to the end zone. Paul Dooms kicked four conversion points.

Richards Bros. Market reopened today in new quarters, a half block north of the square on Jefferson. The business has been closed for about a year following a fire on Dec. 1, 1963, which destroyed Richards Bros. market located on the north side of the square.

The Osborn Naugle drive-in located at the south city limits on Highway 5 was broken into on Friday night and only fifty cents was missing from a cash register and two gallons of chili. On Monday night the Maples Café on north Jefferson Street, owned and operated by Norman Baker was entered through a back door that had been pried open. Missing was approximately $30 in change from the cash register, two cartons of cigarettes, two cartons of chewing gum, 10 pounds of hamburger meat and 10 pounds of corned beef.

A high reading of 78º was recorded on Sunday.

Mrs. O. W. Naugle of Ava announces the engagement of her daughter, Kathleen Stierlen, to Robert Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Potter of Squires.

One deer hunting accident was reported in the county this week by Conservation Agent Bob Cook. Injured was Elmer Turner of Cabool who received a bullet wound in both legs while hunting in the extreme northeast corner of Douglas County with a companion, Lee Barnett, 37, of Mtn. Grove.

Regional officers for the Future Homemakers of America organization were installed Saturday at the Ava High School gymnasium during a meeting attended by over 500 girls from 15 area schools. Officers are Sandra Pluramer, Sue Yarber, Cynthia Littlepage, Wanda Swofford, Elaine Beacon, Mariel Wuertly, Idella McHan, Sandy Merrill, Annette Tetrick, Donna Tidwell, Mary Alkison, Sandra Harden, Phyllis Wood, Gale Branstetter, Mary Lou Troutman and Deloris Reed.

Miss Janet Hampton was hostess to a bridal shower Friday night for Miss Rita Suggs at the home of her mother, Mrs. Josephine Suggs of Route 3, Ava.


75 Years Ago

November 23, 1939


Sheriff Lincoln M. Barnes returned to Ava Sunday from a trip into Kansas and Oklahoma after locating the owner of five stolen white faced cattle, taken from the Skelley Stock farm at Dawson, Oklahoma. The cattle were on the farm of Mrs. Eugene Poe, near Roy, ten miles southwest of Ava, where they had been since left there last February along with a lot of their stolen merchandise. The cattle and other merchandise were hauled to the Poe farm in a stolen pickup, belonging to the City of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The cache of stolen goods at the Poe farm was discovered by Sheriff Barnes early in September, on information furnished by neighbors who became suspicious that something was wrong there, too many things were being unloaded “at the wrong time of day,” neighbors told the sheriff.

A big parade, headed by State Highway Patrolmen and led by the Ava High School band, will usher Santa Claus in person, into Ava at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday morning, Dec. 6. Santa Claus is coming to greet all the boys and girls of Douglas and adjoining counties, and to receive their letters listing Christmas presents they are expecting from Santa.

Remaining assets of the Bank of Ava, in liquidation since its failure in 1929, were sold at the courthouse door here Tuesday afternoon for a total of $1086.50. Richard Johnson, special deputy finance commissioner, in charge of the bank, conducted the sale. Notes, overdrafts and cash items totaling $129,818.24 were sold to V. H. Fricke, St. Louis lawyer for $881.00.  A diamond ring went to Gus Wampler, Campbell, Mo., for $41. A twenty-acre tract of land in Sec 11, Twp. 25, Rng. 15, Douglas County, was sold to N.C. Hix, Abernathy, Texas, for $45.00. Lots 14, 15, 16 and 17, Central subdivision, City of Ava, went to Ranse Gaston of Ava for $27.50, and a tract of 160 acres, near Goodhope, Douglas County was purchased by Joe Shipman of Ozark, for $92.00.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hart announce the arrival of an eight-pound daughter. The little Miss arrived November 18 and has been named Lela Rae.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Kester are moving this week to an apartment in the W.F. Morris home. Mr. and Mrs. Kester have been living in the home of Mr. Kester’s mother, Mrs. Lilly Kester, in the property just north of the Ozark Hotel.

Sunday a number of friends and relatives went from the Loftin Church after services to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Strong and daughter, Lottie, to help “Uncle Henry” celebrate his 70th birthday.

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.


100 Years Ago

December 3, 1914


The American Red Cross is sending surgeons, nurses, medical supplies, food, clothing and money by the shipload to Europe to relieve the frightful distress caused by the white plague in our own county. This year again offers opportunity to everyone in every community to do his share of work or to make contributions, be it only one cent, to further the movement to conquer the greatest enemy of man –– tuberculosis. In Missouri, where 4878 people died from it in the year 1913, and where 25,000 are now suffering from this disease the campaign is being conducted under the general management of the Missouri Association for the Relief and Control of Tuberculosis.

A shooting affray occurred at Arden last Friday night. The participants were Claude Lakey, Sidney Hatfield and Chas. Anderson. Lakey shot Anderson once in the left breast just above the nipple and once in the left shoulder blade. It is thought that neither shot entered the cavity of the body but glanced and are only flesh wounds. Dr. Gentry was called to dress the wounds and he pronounced them serious but probably not fatal. Anderson was married about a year ago. It is the outcome of an old grudge, and took place at a box supper. There was a little bad whiskey in the deal. Lakey and Hatfield returned from Oklahoma the day before. They were arraigned before Squire Norris Saturday and gave bond for trial this Thursday. Hatfield was implicated as an accessary to the crime.

Lest We Forget –– Your home newspaper heralded to the world your birth. It told of your entry to school. Mentioned your birthday party when you were sweet sixteen. Applaud your graduation from high school, started you to college, and when you returned mentioned the first job you secured. Told of your marriage to the sweetest girl in town and also mentioned the advent or event, of your firstborn. Told of the visit of pa and ma, sympathized with you in your sorrow, laughed with you in your joy, and when you die it will do its best to get you through the pearly gates at only $1 per year.

The New England Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving evening which was the formal opening of the Ozark Hotel has gone down in history as a decided success. Covers were laid for fifty guests of the representative people of Ava who showed their appreciation of a strictly modern hotel by their cordial support on this occasion. After dinner a musical program was carried out, Misses Grace Grasham and Bessie Inman rendered beautiful selections on the piano…

Simon Spurlock of Squires was in Ava the first of this week looking after some business. He made our office a very pleasant call and had his subscription to the Herald set up a notch.


125 Years Ago

November 28, 1889


Guinness Sons, the famous London brewers have given 1 million for dwellings for London’s poor and $300,000 for similar purposes in Dublin.

There is a building boom at Cape Girardeau.

Bald Knobbers and timber wolves are getting scarcer now in Missouri every year.

Missouri gets $15,000 this year from the federal government for arms and accouterments for her militia.

If you marry our cousin in Missouri now you will very likely celebrate your first wedding anniversary at Jefferson City.

A strange animal is roaming around in Carter County, which, from the description, is supposed to be a kangaroo that has escaped from some circus.

The Mayor of Moberly has issued a proclamation that hereafter all storekeepers keeping their places of business open on Sunday will be prosecuted.

James McGahan was tried at Potosi for the third time for the violation of the local option law on the 4th. This time the jury found him guilty and fined him $500. Before the temperance people had an opportunity to rejoice a new trial was granted because the justice had omitted to swear the jury.

With this issue we enlarge the Herald to an 8-column folio.

Horse racing is the order of the day in this vicinity.

For a nice lunch try some pickle pig’s feet at Curnutt Bro’s

Dr. M. H. Osborne has moved from Roy to Arno, where he intends to locate.

Marion Lumkins has moved his barber shop to over Miller Bro’s store.

Jasper Ottwell has moved into the city. He occupies the new building owned by Squire Bowdry.

Work on the new G.A.R. Hall and Herald office is progressing very slowly on account of bad weather.

The darkest hour in the history of man is when he sits down to study how to get a fortune without honestly earning it.

Married –– At the residence of the bride’s father by Judge B.M. Burchell, Mr. William Huffman to Miss Susie Miller. We wish them a life of sunshine and prosperity.

Small jeweled daggers worn in the hair and at the throat have long been favorite ornaments with women, but this winter they are wearing bigger ones stuck boldly in the belt.

A company interested in the propagation of the buffalo has secured a large tract of land in Utah, where a herd of bison will soon be domiciled.

Nothing can be happier and more peaceful than the life at Sandringham, and whether alone or entertaining their friends, the Prince and Princess of Wales are an ideal host and hostess. They do not, as a rule, appear at breakfast; but shortly after eleven o’clock they come down and spend the rest of the day with their guests.