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Looking Backward 8.6.2015

25 Years Ago

August 2, 1990


The City of Ava was host on July 26 to the district meeting of South Central Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers.  Ava alder­men Oren Alcorn, Herman Davis and Delmar Guthery were present and participated in the group dis­cussion concerning regional and local solid waste management.

Students enrolling in Drury College classes at Ava this fall may choose from classes, which will be taught by Dr. Max Decker, of Ava.

Local driver, Bill Frye, captured the mid-season Late Model Point Championship at Monett, July 15.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Fleetwood, Route 2, Ava, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 12, with a reception at the Ava Community Center.  Bill Fleetwood and Ellen Bloomer were married Aug. 9, 1910 at Ava by Judge Bill Fletcher.

If you have seen pale green to light blue egg clusters on the un­derside of walnut tree leaves, the walnut caterpillar probably is pay­ing your tree a little visit.  They usually show up about July 15, but they are a little early this year.

Marine Pfc. Stephen P. Laughlin, whose wife, Samantha, is the daughter of Tom and Tammy Conrad of Theodosia, has been promoted to his present rank while serving at Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va. A 1988 graduate of Gainesville High School, he joined the Marine Corps in April 1989.

Trooper Curtis M. Haden, for­merly of Ava, was assigned to Zone 2, which covers Texas County and northern Howell County. Trooper Haden now resides in Houston with his wife, Tracy, and newborn son, Timothy.

Elsie Miller was honored on her 87th birthday with a party Saturday evening at her home.


50 Years Ago

July 29, 1965


A new river access development is under construction on Bryant Creek, about 14 miles east of Ava on property owned by the Missouri Conservation Commission.  The 250-acre tract, known as the Rippee Access Area, is being developed by the commission for use by the hunting and fishing public.  A unique 29-foot bridge has been completed across Bryant Creek for access to a large campsite area.  The bridge – the only one of its kind in this area – was built with wire baskets joined together and filled with rock, with a four-inch layer of concrete over the top, providing a structure that will with­stand pressures of the stream during high water.

Dr. Michael Gentry, son of Dr. and Mrs. Marvin Gentry of Ava, began a two-year assignment with the United States Air Force Mon­day, July 26, at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.  Dr. Gentry, a graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of Mis­souri in Columbia, recently com­pleted his one-year internship at the University of Iowa medical center, Iowa City, Iowa.  His new assign­ment with the Air Force will be in Air Space Medicine.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ridenour of 2214 North Lewis, Springfield, formerly of Ava, announce the birth of a son at 7:07 Friday even­ing, July 23, at Burge Hospital. The Ridenours also have a daughter, Denise.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Chancellor John W. Schwada of the University of Missouri has announced appointments in the faculty and staff affecting the Columbia cam­pus of the University, which he has approved.  Included is the appoint­ment of Gary L. Kester, Ava, Mo., part-time assistant instructor in Spanish, effective Sept. 1.

Sgt. And Mrs. Arvel Ball and daughter, Judy, have returned to Ava to visit with Mrs. Ball’s par­ents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivy Rippee, and other relatives, after concluding a vacation tour through 13 western states.

Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Herd and daughter, Becky, who have been occupying property at 500 NW 3rd Street, moved Friday, to a newly remodeled home on NE Sixth Avenue.

WAGNER –– Virgil and Mary Swearengin observed their 19th wedding anniversary, July 19. They have  three daughters and two sons, Diane Brooks of Fordland, Kay, Sue, Eddie and Gary, of the home.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Allen of Ava announce the birth of a daughter at 11:25 Thursday morn­ing, July 22 at Burge Hospital in Springfield. The baby Janet Lynn, weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces at the time of her birth. She has two brothers, Ronald, age 7, and Richard who is two years old.



75 Years Ago

August 1, 1940


  1. W. Duer, farmer living a mile and a half east of Ava, is 89 years old, but he is still active and a good gardener. This week he brought in to the editor an onion measuring five and an eighth inches in diam­eter and weighing a pound and six ounces.

A six and a half pound baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowles at their home here this morning. The father is the typeset­ting machine operator on the Herald staff, and is the son of W. N. Bowles, rural mail carrier. The mother is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Felda Davis.

A challenge to Ava croquet players was received by the Herald this week from J.W. Pettit of the Lake Crystal community. Mr. Pettit handed this paper the following statement:  “Lost – Warren Stufflebeem, C.O. Daves and Glenn Story lost the Ava croquet champi­onship at Crystal Lake to J.W. Pettit and E.D. Case. Anyone wishing to return it to Ava may come and get it –– if you can.”

Sam Morris of Del Rio, Texas, whose “Voice of Temperance” broadcasts have been heard twice each night for the past five winters over the Mexican border radio sta­tions, will speak at the Methodist Church here tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock.  Mr. Morris is national field speaker for the Anti-Saloon League, a nationally used speaker for the Women’s Christian Tem­perance Union and associate editor of the “The National Voice.”

AVALON THEATRE ––  “Cowboys from Texas,” Saturday only.  The three Mesquiteers put on a Texas Western and they really know how to do it. Robert Living­ston, Raymond Hatton and Duncan Renaldo head the cast.

Loss of two dozen leghorn chickens from his farm on Highway 5, three miles south of Ava was reported to the sheriff’s office here Tuesday by Robert Hancock.  Taken with the chickens was a quantity of slab wood cut in stove length and some of it split.  The sheriff’s office still is working on two cases of theft reported last week.  Forty young turkeys were taken from a brooder house on the farm of Ed Philpott near Dogwood, and sixty pounds of wool was re­ported taken from the Buchanan farm six miles northeast of Ava.

An election that promises to create considerable interest in Ava will be held here on Tuesday, August 13, at which time the people will be asked to decide the question of licensing pool halls.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kerr are moving this week to their new home on Jefferson Street. The Kerrs have been living with Mrs. Kerr’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Ranse Gaston, while their home has been rebuilt.  The Kerr home has been rebuilt on the same site as their old home. It is a seven-room modern home with many new built-in fea­tures, hardwood floors throughout and especially beautiful interior decoration in wall coverings and paint designs.


100 Years Ago

August 12, 1915


We have been reliably informed that M.C. Reynolds has secured the agency for the “Ford” car for Douglas and Ozark counties, and has a car load of them on the road to Ava.    Uncle Mose foresees good roads throughout this country, and consequently, an opening for successful business in dealing with automobiles.  This is the first busi­ness enterprise our good roads movement has brought to Ava.  We congratulate Mr. Reynolds on his keen foresight, and wish him suc­cess in the new business.

Representative I.T. Curry intro­duced a bill in the last legislature and got it through, changing our September term of Circuit Court to the third Monday.  This change was made to save the county the ex­pense of an extra term.

Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Yeoman celebrated the second anniversary of their wedding last Friday.  At noon dinner was served to Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Kay and Master Clayton, Dewey Kay, and Mrs. Ethel Hartly.

A delicious six o’clock dinner was given at the Curnutt home on Quality Hill last Friday comple-mentary to Roscoe Robertson of Eufaula, Okla. Those who enjoyed the daintily prepared menu were: Misses Esther, Lela and Myrtle Curnutt, Cecil Reynolds, Roscoe Robertson, Elmer Curry, Recorder and Mrs. H.M. Curnutt and little Helen Curnutt.

The first twelve months of fighting between the Russians on one side and the Austrians and Germans on the other is a story of great changes of fortune, both combatants being repeatedly driven back only to show the greatest resiliency in defeat and soon to resume the offensive in a most sur­prising manner.  The end of the year, however, finds the pendulum swinging strongly against the czar … at present he is on the whole in worse plight than in any hour since the war started.

FOX CREEK NEWS –– Mrs. H.C. Livingston and children from Dora visited the past two weeks with her sisters, Mrs. Ida and Mrs. Blain Wilson.

LARISSA NEWS –– Mr. Horace Spurlock sent to take charge of his school at Little Zion, which opened Aug. 9th.

The stockholders of 21 phone lines are fixing the line up.


125 Years Ago

August 7, 1890


TORTURING CHRISTIANS – ATHENS, Aug. 2 –– Martial law has been proclaimed in the Turkish town of Alassona, the Christian inhabitants have been brutally treated. Twenty notables were seized and beaten on the pre­text of compelling them to reveal the names of harborers of brigands.   A gendarme thrust a red-hot bayo­net into the nose of one Nicholas Doukao, who is now reported to be dying from the effects of the brutal treatment he received. Two hun­dred inhabitants of Auselites have been seized and tortured for the purpose of extracting money.

The hot sun caused a barrel of whiskey in front of a liquor store in Syracuse, N.Y., to explode, injuring three people and wrecking the liquor store.

The population of Brooklyn as announced by the census office is 804,377.  In 1880 it was 506,663, making an increase during the last ten years of 41.95 percent.

Three children of Samuel Warrington, a farmer near Laurel, Del., have died within two weeks of black measles, and the father has become a raving maniac in conse­quence.

Greene County is very proud of a new poor house, which has just been erected five miles from Springfield.

Columbia has made an increase of only 604 in her population since 1880. Columbia is a purely intel­lectual town, and that sort of a place never grows as fast as the other kind.

On a farm near Springfield, a spectral rabbit lingers about an old well, into which the dead body of a murdered peddler was thrown many years ago. The animal is bulletproof. No matter how many shots are aimed at it, it maintains its position day after day.

Girls are to be substituted for male waiters at the Southern Hotel, St. Louis. A woman is not as liable to spill gravy over a guest’s shoul­der as a man, and she will bring a hot steak to the table without a ‘tip.”  Altogether, the change is not unlikely to work well.

The larger portion of Douglas County is suffering severely from the effects of the drought and if a general rain does not soon come there will be less than a half crop of corn ruined.  It is reported that the drought extends to all our neigh­boring counties, but that it has been more severe in this county than elsewhere.

Dr. A. Davis, of Buckhart is ex­pecting to locate at Ava, where he will practice his profession, and if be locates here, will open a drug store.

There will be a mustering in of old soldiers at Buckhart on August 14, 1890, and a barbecue at the same place on August 15, 1890. All are invited to attend.

When a man has the reputation of being plain spoken it is a mild way of putting it that he never sees anything good to speak of in others.

The man who does work with his heart will not accomplish much with his hands.