25 Years Ago
August 9, 1990
The race for the GOP nomination for state representative of the 146th District came down to a battle between two Ava residents Tuesday night, and incumbent Mervin Case held off challenger Mary Lou Sallee for a margin of victory. Case won the election in Wright and Ozark counties with an overall margin of 162 votes, according to unofficial tallies.
Ava High School will have a new high school principal when school opens Aug. 22. Robert Rathburn, Clay Center, Kansas, was in Ava last Friday and signed a contract to be Ava’s high school principal for the coming term.
The Ava Swim Team hosted a conference swim meet at the Ava Municipal Pool last Saturday and came away with the championship trophy. Ava garnered 444 points to lead the pack.
The family of the late Norman Hart has established a scholarship fund for agriculture students who wish to further their training in the field of agriculture.
RED BANK –– Mr. and Mrs. Glen Dale Robertson and David visited Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Shorty Robertson in Ava.
Ralph Gentry and Audie Posey celebrated their birthday Friday, Aug. 3 in the Posey home. The annual event is shared between the couples with cake, ice cream, and coffee served in the afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Armour, Oldfield, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 18. They have lived in western Douglas County since 1944. Mrs. Armour is a native of Douglas County. Mr. Armour was born and reared in Oklahoma. They have spent their married life farming and operating a country store.
Robert and Bertha Mae Uhlmann will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 12, at their home south of Drury. Robert Uhlmann and Bertha Mae Coats were married Aug. 11, 1940.
50 Years Ago
August 5, 1965
An Ava father and his son became nominees for members of the Boy Scout Honor Society, “The Order of the Arrow” in a tapping out ceremony at Camp Arrowhead. Harry Williams, local scoutmaster, and son, Jim, were chosen by the executive committee at Camp Arrowhead and by the local scout unit respectively, by secret ballot. Mr. Williams and Jim will return to Camp Arrowhead Sept. 10-12 for the series of tests of their dedication to the principles of the Order. If the tests are passed, they will be accepted into the Order in colorful ceremony.
Five Ava Girl Scouts will be among 123 Girl Scouts from the 23-county area of Dogwood Trails Girls Scout Council attending established camp at Camp Arrowhead at Marshfield, Aug. 6-20. They are Vona Jane Moore, Lyn Shollenberger, Vanessa Jean Davis, Lou Ann Hendrix and Michelle Moore.
GRAND OPENING –– Jim Irby Tire Co. Jim Irby says take advantage of these special during our fair month grand opening. Prices cut on all tires in stock.
Martin Kellogg, Star Route, Ava, has been appointed to the Douglas-Ozark Area Farmers Home Administration Committee. Mr. Kellogg, who is a dairy farmer, succeeds Carl Joslin of Ava, whose three-year term expired June 30. He will serve with Frank Aid of Ava, chairman, and Lyle Murphy of Romance, committeeman.
Max Linder, owner of the associate OTASCO Store in Ava, returned here early last week from Tulsa, Okla., where he attended the company’s fall meeting and merchandise show held July 25 and 26.
ARNO –– Larry Chance was in Springfield last week and enrolled in college for another term.
Commencement exercises for the summer graduating class at Southwest Missouri State College will be Thursday evening, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. in the stadium. Candidates for degrees include the following from Douglas County: Cinita Davis Brown, Ava, elementary education major, Bachelor of Science in Education degree; Betty Jean Comer, Ava, business major, Bachelor of Science in Education degree; Gladys Spurlock Hutchison, Ava, elementary education major, Bachelor of Science in Education degree; and Anita Jo Sharp, Ava, art major, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
PLEASANT HOME –– Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Akers are the proud parents of a baby boy born Friday, in a Springfield hospital. He will answer to the name of Kelley Joe.
Jalanna Kay Fleetwood celebrated her second birthday Friday, July 30 at an afternoon party given by her mother at the family home 239 NW 7th Street. Present to help celebrate the special occasion were Mickey, Timmy and Jimmy Sallee, Keith, Lynn and Jane Brown, Nancy and Jamie Hale, Risa Victor, Junior and Jeffrey Fleetwood, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Fleetwood and Mrs. Clyde Fleetwood.
75 Years Ago
August 8, 1940
Nazi Germans have been continuing their assaults on the British Isles the past week. Britain started intensified air fighting Sunday as English raiders brought back word of Nazi concentrations of troops and equipment just across the English Channel.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brown of Rockbridge announce the birth of a daughter, Patricia Ann, Friday, August 1, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson, two miles west of Ava. Miss Brown will be remembered in Ava as Miss Pearl Christian.
Verlin Mallonee and Andy Powers were arrested Tuesday by City Marshal Howard Heimeyer and charged with fighting on the street. They were arraigned before J.E. Reeves, city police judge and pleaded guilty. They were assessed fines of $10 and costs each.
Tex Stigall, employed with the show at the Ozark Exposition at Mansfield last week, and Claude Wynn, of Mansfield, are in jail here this week facing charges of obtaining a marriage license under false affidavit. The two men came to the office of the circuit clerk and recorder here Friday and made an application for a marriage license for Stigall and Ethel Border, of Mansfield. The deputy who took the application asked if the prospective bride was present and the answer was no. Both men, the deputy said, signed statements that the girl was 21 years old, and the licensed was issued. That afternoon the girl’s father, Vernie Border, came to Ava from Mansfield and made an affidavit for a warrant. The two men were arrested. The girl’s father said she was 15 years old.
Bulletins were mailed this week to all pupils who are thought to be planning to attend or interested in attending Ava High School this coming year, it is announced by Superintendent C.W. Parker. This bulletin is an outline of the various courses being taught in the high school Mr. Parker said.
Committees in charge of the Fourth Annual Douglas County Fair to be held at the city park here September 19, 20 and 21, are proceeding this week with plans to make this an outstanding exposition. The building committee, composed of Fred Livingston and D.W. Tillman, working with the finance committee, composed of J. House and Louis Brown, plans to meet Friday night to make plans for a new building to house the general exhibits, it is announced by Harry Martin, chairman of the fair board of directors.
100 Years Ago
August 19, 1915
President Wilson’s notes and ultimatums to Germany, England and Mexico, don’t seem to be having much weight. We suggest that he send them another note and if it doesn’t have the desired effect, then we might send them another cargo of munitions of war, and then pray again for peace.
If you think there is no immigration to this country right now, you need to make a trip over the KCO&S Ry., to Ava. The passenger traffic is getting to be enormous the past few weeks, and if it continues to grow it will be necessary for the road to put on additional passenger accommodations. Last Monday the train carried 19 passengers, and Skelton the engineer, Baker the fireman and White the conductor, thrown in for good measure.
The East Ava Canning Company wants to buy your tomatoes. When we buy tomatoes we pay the same price to all forty cents per cw.
Leo Frank, who was convicted in Georgia of the murder of Mary Phagan, a 15-year old girl, and then pardoned by Governor Slaton, and his sentenced placed as life imprisonment. Frank was taken from the Georgia prison last Monday night by a mob of 25 men, and hanged and shot.
John Litton is hauling out another silo. Others who have tried the silo, think they are very profitable. Those who bought last year were F.B. Hutchison, Ed Morrow, John Little, John Upshaw Jr., and Dee Bark.
Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Thompson are the parents of another fine boy who discovered America Tuesday morning. Mother and child doing well and with proper care, Josh will pull through.
To Our Correspondents –– We prize the country correspondents as one of the most interesting and valuable features of the newspaper, and we don’t want to see this feature on the wane.
It was a jolly crowd of both old and young that enjoyed a Sunday school picnic at Alwanda on the KCO&S Ry. on the beautiful Bryant River last Tuesday. The picnic was given by the Sunday school of the General Baptist Church to all its members, and the railroad reduced the cost of the trip to actual expenses. There were ninety-four who enjoyed the occasion, and all report a hilarious time.
America is far ahead of ancient Rome in many things, but amazingly behind her in the matter of good roads. Roman armies built good roads wherever they went. The far-famed Appian Way still delights travelers from foreign lands, and commerce of Spain and France still goes over the splendid rock roads built by Caesar and his conquering legions across the Pyrenees. We Missourians should get a move on and catch up with the ancient Romans.
125 Years Ago
August 14, 1890
An unknown plague is killing the hogs in a region about Beatrice, Neb. Numerous farmers are losers.
A military cordon has been established around Lisbon to prevent the entrance of any person coming from a cholera-infected district.
The hunters say that this is going to be a great year in Missouri for quail. They are almost as plenty as candidates for office.
There are still living in Boone County 200 prominent citizens who served in the Confederate Army. They are exerting themselves to establish the Confederate Home of Missouri.
People who are carried away by their own emotions are never reliable. You never know how far they have been carried.
A sparrow at Cookstown, Pa., built a nest in the running gear of a farmer’s wagon and makes a trip to market every week.
The saloonkeepers of St. Petersburg have been warned not to sell liquors in factory operatives on credit or to entice them to drink in any other way.
Carriage wheels are now being made from cold-rolled steel. The spokes are tubular and adjustable. The wheels are so put together that any part can be replaced without taking off the tire.
The schoolhouse is being repaired this week.
Osborn Bros. sold their entire stock of drugs to H.M. Miller, of this place.
On Saturday night of last week, the mill of John Hughes of Mountain Grove, was burned to ground. The loss was about $7,000.
The U.S. Marshal made a ride on the southwestern part of the county and carried away Levi Bozarth and his son. They are charged with making and passing counterfeit silver dollars. W.J. Campbell, Wm. Lyon, George Johnson, and W.E. Riebards went to Springfield last Sunday as witnesses.
Everybody says that Ava is booming. There are all kinds of improvements going on all the time, such as building churches, finishing school houses, and building dwellings. We have church once a week, Sunday school every Sunday, Bible library twice a month, and the Band of Willing Workers, meet once a week.
The big victory, which the Republicans have just won in Oklahoma, shows that Oklahoma knows what it is here for.
Congress can make the lottery company’s purchase of Louisiana useless by wise legislation. It is believed that the measure recently drafted on the suggestions of the Postmaster General and endorsed by the President would do this. At any rate if this bill is not adequate, one that will meet all the requirements can be drawn. Legislation on this question is almost as urgently needed as on the tariff.