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Looking Backward 12.24.2015

25 Years Ago

December 20, 1990


Some two dozen FBI agents called off their search last Friday for the body of a Kansas City woman believed to be buried on an Ozark County farm near Thorn­field.   Acting on information offered by a prison inmate, FBI agents served a search warrant on the 120 acre farm owned by con­victed drug dealer George Bruton last week and spent several days coming the area for signs of a grave.  The FBI may return to the property and continue their search next month after the federal gov­ernment officially seizes the land, which was forfeited in Bruton’s recent drug trial verdict.

An Ava woman escaped injury last Thursday afternoon when the milk truck she was driving went out of control and ran down a steep embankment on Dogwood Hill, about 10 miles west of Ava.

The Golden Age Sunday school class at the Ava General Baptist Church met Saturday, at the High­way House Café for Christmas din­ner.    Attending were Clifford and Esther Dye; Ralph and Rilla Gentry, Norman and Ruby Alcorn, Tom Cunningham, Lois Johnson, Ersel Clinkingbeard, Georgia Norman, Bea Luallen, Ola Staley, Bonnie Reid, Beulah Gentry, and guests Oren and Donna Alcorn.

COUNTY LINE –– Edna Davis, Alta Shanks, Joan Rackley and Veda Bushong went to Silver Dollar City Sunday.  We had a lot of fun.

Charles E. Spurlock, Squires, has been elected to membership in the American Angus Association.

SQUIRES –– As usual Colene and Jim Irby have the most beauti­ful yard around here.  A huge star done in lights is off by itself with a large trimmed and lighted tree and colored lights around the house.  It is a lot of hard work, but I am sure many are enjoying their efforts.  Thank you neighbors, for the treat.


50 Years Ago

 December 16, 1965


Many Ava business houses will be open until 8 p.m. nightly until Christmas, beginning Monday night to accommodate late shoppers.

The Ava High School Bears, under the new leadership of Coach Dale Russell, ended a 32-game losing streak Friday night at the expense of the Hillcrest Hornets of Springfield, 52-46.  Big Jim Thomas led the scoring attack with 29 points.

THE SNOOP – Editor’s Lament We give up.  If we print jokes, peo­ple say we’re silly; if we don’t our readers say we’re dull.  If we print original matter, they say we lack variety; if we “lift” articles from other publications, they say we’re too lazy to write.  If we stay on the job in the office, we ought to be out hustling news.  If we’re out hus­tling news, we’re not attending to business or answering the phone. If we publish a pinup, the women complain; if we don’t the men complain.  If we misspell a name, the persona and his regiment of friends complain. If we spell 99,999 names right, no one com­ments. Like as not, someone will say we stole this item from another publication.  They’re right. We did –– Elizabethtown (Ky.) News.

Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Huffman of 309 SE 3rd Avenue are the par­ents of a son born Thursday, Dec. 2. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces at the time of his birth and has been named Scott Wayne.

Sgt. Larry G. Coonce, son of Mrs. Willie Bushong of Squires, is stationed with the 168th Corps of Engineers Battalion in Viet Nam.

A birthday supper was given Sunday evening in honor of Woodrow and Clarence Gray in the home of their mother, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Newton of 312 South Jefferson. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Gray, Zora and Julia, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gray, Phyllis, Beverly and Gary, Anna Bark and Rolla Swofford.

Enlisting in the Air Force Delayed Enlistment Plan are Albert L. Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jenkins of Route 1, and Jerry Lee Silvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Silvey of Ava.

New Eastern Star officers in­stalled were: Mrs. Louise Mackey, worthy matron; Gorman Dye, Jr., worthy patron; Mrs. Mona Decker, associate matron; Frank Givans, associate patron; Mrs. Blanch Givans, secretary; Mrs. Pauline Krider, treasurer. Mrs. Inez Jenkins, conductress; Mrs. Jesse Powell, associate conductress; Mrs. Ellen Dye, chaplain; Mrs. Daisy Shull, marshall; Miss Alma Lou Dixon, organist, Miss Mary Martha Hutchison, Adah.

Mrs. Harlan House attended the annual Christmas party given by Alpha Delta Pi sorority of South­west Missouri State College Mon­day night, Dec. 13 at the sorority house, 615 South Nation, in Springfield.  Special guests at the party included mothers of the sorority members and Mrs. House attended with her daughter, Miss Heather House.


75 Years Ago

December 19, 1940


Fire of unknown origin broke out in the prescription department of the Norman-Gentry Drug Com-pany store early Friday morning doing an estimated $6,000 damage to stock and building.  The blaze was discovered by Gene Johnson, a truck driver for a Springfield bakery, about 3 o’clock Friday morning, and he turned in the alarm to the telephone operator. The blaze had kept mostly to the prescription department destroying a large quantity of high priced drugs and medicines.  Heat evidently was intense all through the building.

Everett Lee of Mountain Grove is the new proprietor of the bowling alleys formerly operated by Joe Bacorn, located north of the north­east corner of the square. He took possession last week. The place will be known as Red’s Bowling Alleys.

Members of the Douglas County Post of the American Legion in their regular meeting Tuesday night elected officers and named team captains for a membership drive. New officers were elected as fol­lows: Commander, Earnie Privett; vice commander, Oscar Gentry; junior vice commander, W.A. Spurrer; adjutant, O.A. Atteberry; finance officer, Boone Norman; chaplain, Lester Eslick; sergeant-at-arms, W. A. Peters; historian, Arthur Lundine.  It is said there are 240 ex-service men in the county.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Hampton who live east of Ava have recently purchased the Safeway Café from Mrs. Howard Heimeyer and are now operating the business.  Mr. Hampton bought the café three weeks ago but only last weekend Mrs. Hampton took possession of the business.  The Hamptons plan to remain on their farm and will drive to work each day. Mr. Hampton is also employed in the city.

The Ava High School basketball team will open its Altitude League season on the local court tonight in a game with the Norwood five.

Mrs. Nettie Jane Ragers, who is making her home with her sister, Mrs. Julie Walker of Ava, cele­brated her 80th birthday Sunday. She enjoyed a birthday dinner and many presents.

BAKERSFIELD –– Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hutchison announce the birth of a daughter Monday, Dec. 16, at the home of Mrs. Hutchison’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert McCoy.

Henry D. Little, 49 and Liowellyn Little, 25, father and son, were captured by troopers of the state highway patrol at Moun­tain Grove Wednesday morning after an automobile chase in which one of the fugitives snapped his gun twice at the officers. The gun, however, failed to go off.  Trooper Earl Harkley, in Ava later in the day, related that the two were first flushed by Trooper Ted Taylor at Cabool at 3 o’clock. The pair went toward Mountain Grove and there Barkley and Trooper Jack Pritchard gave chase. The capture was made at 4 o’clock.


100 Years Ago

December 23, 1915


Congress took time to renew the war tax before adjourning for the holidays.  Every Republican voted against it and every Democrat voted for it.  So it is easy to see who is responsible for this unjust law.

The presidential campaign of 1916 will have more tariffs in it than preparedness even if the presi­dent is trying to make national de­fense the prominent factor in the politics of the country.

Heavy mail is a noticeable fact throughout the country. This is a condition each year previous to and during holidays but this year is far ahead of previous ones. Uncle Sam does lots of business even the for­eign mails are very much lighter.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Smith of Grove, Oklahoma, are spending a few days visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Silvey west of town.

P.J. Shindler brought a load of wheat to Ava last week from down in Ozark County, a distance of 23 miles.  While here he said you fel­lows here in Ava believe in build­ing good roads, if you will help us take that road on down into Ozark County we will all come to Ava to do our trading.

Gladys Loftin, student in the Ava High School, left this week to spend Christmas with her parents near Igo, Ozark County.

  1. I. Paull, auctioneer and schoolteacher, from broken Arrow, Oklahoma is in Ava this week with the intention of locating here. Mr. Paull picked up a Herald while vis­iting with his mother in Cherryvale, Kansas, and was favorable im­pressed with the paper, and decided immediately that he would like to see this Ozark county and possibly make Douglas County his future Home. If he succeeds in finding a home, Mr. Paull will move his mother and family here from Cherryvale, Kansas.
  2. L. Comer returned to his home near Brown Branch last Sat­urday after an absence of three years. Mr. Comer has been in New Mexico.

J.A.G. Reynolds & Mrs. J. M. Adams received the steel to be used in the new building on the west side of the square this week.

LAKEY CHAT –– Mr. Oliver Clinkingbeard is having a new ad­dition built to his barn.  Guss Johnson is doing the work.

STONY POINT SCRATCHINGS –Gusta Burke is building a cow barn for Henry Burke.

BASHER – Winchester Wallace and wife and two babies accompanied Miss Zola Hays home Saturday week and remained over till Sunday evening.

John Lewis has moved his store from Bryant back to his residence near Basher.


125 Years Ago

December 25, 1890


Deputy Collector C. D. Alexan­der and Deputy Marshal J.H. Thompson have returned from a raid on moonshiners along the line between Alabama and Florida.  Each man is suffering from wounds received in a fight with moonshin­ers Saturday night, in Holmes County, Fla.  One hundred and twenty-five shots were fired with revolvers and rifles. They found on Monday a small still five miles from Dothan, which was destroyed.  At Boniface the officers were quartered at the only hotel in the place.  About 11 o’clock they were called out. As they stepped outside the moonshiners opened fire on them.  It is estimated that a hundred and twenty-five shots were ex­changed. It is reported that several of the moonshiners were wounded but all escaped.

PIXA RIDGE AGENCY, S.D. Dec. 17 –– Sitting Bull, the wily old rascal who has kept the entire Sioux “nation” in a state of unrest ever since the Custer massacre, has gone to the happy hunting grounds. He was killed in a fight between his followers and the Indian police. The military authorities ascertained that the troublesome old medicine man was about to join the openly hostile Indians in the Bad Lands.

Arguments were made yesterday in the United States court before Judges Caldwell and Foster, in the Rock Island foreclosure case.  This action is brought to prevent the foreclosure of a mortgage for about $25 million against the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska railway, un­der which name the Rock Island lines west of the Missouri River are known.

The famous Anderson case has at last been determined.  Henry Anderson was tried at the recent term of the Circuit Court at Leba­non and acquitted by the jury. The Anderson murder was committed in Wright County nearly six years ago and has cost the State of Missouri more than $15,000 and the persons suspicioned of being concerned in the killing have all been acquitted.

A big mineral strike has been made on the farm of George Tunnull, one and one-half miles southeast of Mansfield, Mo.  At  depth of 126 feet, the miners opened up a splendid deposit of as yet unknown extent, pure lead ore with traces of silver.  Mansfield is all agog over the rich find.

On Wednesday night the 17th, the storehouse and stock of goods, of William Coats, of Cass Town­ship, was destroyed by fire, the Cold Springs post office outfit which was kept by Mr. Coats, at the store, was totally consumed.  Mr. Coats loses about $800 by the fire and had no insurance.  The fact that a keg of gunpowder stowed in the building prevented a large portion of the goods from being saved.

Mrs. Henry Miller, Jr., who recently ran away with Oscar Reed, has repented and returned to this county a more sorrowful, if not better, woman.