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Looking Backward 3.12.2015

  25 Years Ago

March 8, 1990


Dirt work has begun at the show grounds of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association north of Ava as the association makes preparation to begin construction of three new barns. If all goes well, the association expects to have the 150 new stalls ready for use in time for the futurity Show which will be held in June.

Junior Danny Schnieder and senior Dee Dee Gray received first-team nods in the all-SCA balloting conducted Tuesday night. Other Bears receiving recognition by the coaches of the South Central Association include Mike Roberts, second team; and Joe Harper, honorable mention.

Students in the area got an unexpected day off from classes last Thursday after a snowstorm slipped in on forecasters and dumped from 2 to 5 inches of snow on the area.

The Ava PTA elected new officers at the regular March meeting, held in the new cafeteria Tuesday night. Officers elected for the coming year include Becky Klineline, president; Veronica Sterling, vice president; Doreen Sillivan, secretary; Toni Ann McGill, treasurer; Joe Corum, parliamentarian; and Keith and Charlotte Moore, historian.

The Ava High School Bears played Rogersville four hard quarters of basketball last Thursday night, but Rogersville’s size and quickness proved to be too much for the Bears.

SQUIRES –– Fern and Odie Kresse, Joyce and Albert Erickson and Ruth and Kelmor Ross all went to Branson Saturday night. They ate lunch and took in one of the country shows.

Clark Lambert will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 11. Lambert has preached some 50 years in Douglas County, and until about five years ago pastored Evansdale Church.


50 Years Ago

March 4, 1965


Sale of the Ava Hardware Company on March 1 by owner .L. Yeoman to West Plains Hardware Company transferred ownership of the oldest mercantile establishment in Ava. The Ava Hardware Company was established in 1919 by C.E. Yeoman. Clifford Reynolds and E.L. Yeoman became partners in 1920. Reynolds sold his interest to the Yeomans in 1946, when he moved to Boulder, Colo. E.L. Yeoman became sole owner of the firm upon the death of his father in 1953. The West Plains firm also operates stores in West Plains, Mountain View, Thayer, Willow Springs and Springfield.

Officials of the Ava Country Club, Inc., have fulfilled the first and apparently the prime requirement in acquiring a loan of $82,000 for construction of the country club and recreational area west of the city, according to Cleo Cooper, president of the organization. A total of 113 members had been signed up at press time, and more persons are to be contacted, Mr. Cooper said.

Thearl Jordan of the Foil community in Ozark County reported this week that he killed what was believed to be a rabid fox in the living room of his home Monday. Mr. Jordan said the animal was discovered when his wife heard an unusual noise on the front porch, and found the fox fighting with a dog. He said the dog was not barking or fighting back. “I opened the door to shoot the fox, my gun mis-fired and it darted around my legs and ran into the living room,” Jordan said. “My wife grabbed our little dog and went into a bedroom until I could get my gun to fire,” he added. Jordan said he shot the fox while it was standing on a table in the living room snapping at a flower.

Mr. and Mrs. Neal Davis of Route 1, Ava, will observe their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The couple was married on March 7, 1915 and have spent the majority of their 50 years on farms in the Ava vicinity.

Jerry Sellers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sellers of Route 4, Ava, has been named district sales manager for the Galesburg, Ill., area by MFA Insurance companies.

The Douglas County Extension Council was reorganized at the annual meeting Tuesday held in the Circuit Court Room. Twelve elected council members and four appointed members were named according to state law. Officers and council members are: Fred Lethco, Sr., chairman; Carl Joslin, Vice chair; Lula Kellogg, secretary; Wanda King, treasurer. Members of the council are Bill Plummer, Marlin Reese, Pat Davis, Willie Freeman, Hershell Letsinger, Glenn Harnden, Mrs. Juanita Hall, Harry Stafford, Tom Alsup, Jeral Kuykendall, Harvey Moore, and Leon Hunt.


75 Years Ago

March 7, 1940


Mrs. E.E. Lawson this week disclosed that she received an anonymous check on January 14 for $100, a month before four other mysterious checks amounting to $450 were received here. Mrs. Lawson, whose husband operates a filling station here and formerly was in the produce business, thought at first the check might have been from her brother, F.C. Gray of Sims, Illinois. She wrote to the Bank of Union, at Union, Missouri, on which the cashier’s check was drawn, and asked for a description of the person who purchased the check. The bank described him as being about 55 years old, five and a half feet tall, and having gray hair.

A general merchandise store opens Saturday in the brick building off the southwest corner of the square formerly occupied by the A.D. Roper Store. The new store is owned and operated by Fred Lethco, who was in business at Merritt seven years before selling his business there to Shelby Floyd in January. Mr. and Mrs. Lethco and three children, Carleen, Martha Jo and Fred, Jr., will have living quarters in the back of the store.

Afton Scott was arrested Saturday at his home at Ann on a charge of felonious assault on Lynn Parker, a neighbor. The arrest was made by Deputy Sheriff L.M. Eslick, who said Scott admitted shooting five shots at Parker to scare him following a dispute over Parker’s stock getting in Scott’s pasture.

Miss Edna Haase, county nurse stationed in Douglas County by the state Health Department and the Red Cross, arrived in Ava this week and established headquarters in the office of School Superintendent C.H. Hibbard in the courthouse.

“Honky-Tonks”… that small minority of “dives” scattered among the overwhelming majority of clean, decently-operated retail beer outlets in Missouri, must Clean Up or Close Up. The use of a legal beer license as a cloak for flagrant law violations and anti-social practices must stop! Missouri Brewers’ Association and Beer Distributors’ Committee, St. Louis.

Marvin Barnes, Doyle Walker and Clarence Call, three students in Ava High School’s vocational agriculture department and their supervisors, J.A. McKinney and Ross Brown, were in Cabool Tuesday evening and attended an oratorical meet held for vocational agriculture boys.

Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock Miss Angelene Elliott, daughter of Mrs. Pearl Elliott, became the bride of Walter Kellogg, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Kellogg. The couple were attended by Miss Geneva Deckard and Clifford Robertson.

Wallace Hartley left Sunday for Great Lakes, Illinois, to continue his service in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. and Mrs. A. C. Pennington announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Gweneth Maxine, to Ross G. Brown, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Brown, Sr., of Columbia.


100 Years Ago

March 18, 1915


Curry Gets Free Seed Corn for Douglas County –– With the aid of some of the members from south Missouri counties, I have secured an appropriation to buy 750 bush­els of good seed corn for the farm­ers of Douglas County to be dis­tributed free of charge to those who do not feel able to buy their seed corn. I will make arrangements for the immediate shipment of the corn and will tell you through the papers next week how to get what you need of it. Your friend, I.T. Curry.

A petition addressed to the rulers of the warring European nations signed by 250,000 school children of forty-five of the United States was presented to Secretary Bryan by twelve little girls of the Washington public schools. It asked for an immediate armistice to lay the troubles of each nation before The Hague tribunal for settlement. The petition with all the names attached measured nearly three miles in length.

During the winter months it is generally found difficult to provide such food as is necessary for the dairy cow to keep up the regular flow of milk. At this season of the year feed is generally scarce –– the proper kind for the dairy cow –– and that which we have on hand is often of an inferior quality. For this reason it is very important for the farmer to try to provide an abundance of different feeds to make up for this dry or inferior feed. It is impossible for the dairyman to obtain good results during the season when cattle are not pastured.

Austin Bluebmer has moved to the Cladwell farm near Girdner.

SILVERTON CHAT –– Mr. and Mrs. J. Plumb are the proud parents of a new boy born Thurs. All are doing nicely.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Neal Prock, a boy. Mother and baby are getting along nicely.

Walter Hall has his new dwelling almost ready for occupancy.

Bruce Prock moved to his newly purchased property Monday.

One of Ava’s young ladies applied for a position with a local concern. The proprietor told her if she would learn bookkeeping, shorthand and typewriting so she could handle his office work he could give her a job. This is only one of many such instances. The Douglas County Commercial College is fitting others to do the work. Why not you?


125 Years Ago

March 13, 1890


Fair warning has been given to all saloon keepers of the town ordinance prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors without license, and they can expect its rigid enforcement.

There were several little rackets on our streets Sunday brought on by an overdose of tanglefoot, and the marshall was not there.

Wesley and Frank Reese have filed two damage suits in circuit court against prosecuting attorney W.B. Watts amounting to $13,000 for malicious prosecution.

Bud Payne has returned from Fayetteville, Ark. but got mixed into a whiskey selling case and was convicted of selling whiskey without license and sentenced to 1400 days in the county jail. He served seven months of the term and then his sentence was commuted by the Governor and he was released. It seems to be dangerous to sell whiskey in Arkansas without complying with the law, and quite a contrast to the way in which the liquor laws are enforced in Douglas County.

Gold has been discovered in a gravel bank near Sioux Falls, S.D.

A faith cure hospital conducted by colored people has been discovered at Baltimore.

The wholesale grocers have formed a combination to guarantee the sale of sugar at a profit.

Al Kendall, a Nevada, Mo., saloonkeeper, was seriously stabbed by R.C. Kirkpatrick, a merchant.

There is a rumor at Leavenworth that the Rock Island Arsenal will be located at Fort Leavenworth.

Mark Twain and his associates have been enjoined from producing the play Prince and Pauper by playwright Edward Housay, who alleges breach of contract.

  1. LOUIS, Mar. 4 –– Definite information has been received here that the military headquarters of the department of the Missouri will be removed from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to St. Louis about May 1.

Ava has a billiard hall on the south east corner of the square.

Circuit Clerk Martin is having a coat of paint put on his new barn.

Wm. M. Miller has purchased the Robert N. Lee farm near Ava.

Collector Wilson has sold his residence property to John A. Spurlock and has purchased a building lot from A.P. Miller and will erect another dwelling house this summer.

The attempt to locate the new courthouse in Taney County is the cause of a good deal of trouble.

Marriage licenses have been issued from the recorders office since our last issue, as follows: Thomas E. Hayes to Minnie Bumgardner; E. Kirkman to Mollie Sympson; M.W.G. Meritt to Elizabeth Hampton; W.C. Reece to E.F. Barnes; Jesse J. Huffman to Netta A. Haden.