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Looking Backward 1.7.2016

25 Years Ago

January 3, 1991


After a couple of pleasant, sunny days early last week, another round of snow moved into the area early Thursday morning, leaving an accumulation of about three inches on top of the still-present ice from the previous storm.

Senate Bill 530 soon will affect the way Missourians store, process, haul and dispose of waste tires. Effective Jan. 1, the law bans whole waste tires from disposal in landfills and requires permits for waste tire haulers and storage sites.

Another recycling day will be held in Ava this Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the recyclables will be collected as a new location this month. Beginning this Satur­day, recyclables will be dropped off at the parking lot south of Kane’s Mini Mart on North Jefferson Street, across the street from the Ava High School.

Visiting for the Christmas holi­days with Eva Jernigan were her niece, Helen Chezem and her hus­band, Ron.

RED BANK –– A birthday party was held Monday, Dec. 31, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Davis in honor of their great-grandson, David Paul Robertson. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Glen Dale Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Jenkins and Kimberly, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Loyd, the honoree and the hosts.

Family members at the home of Norman and Ruby Alcorn for a turkey and ham Christmas Day dinner were Oren and Donna Alcorn, Malissa and Mica, Billy Hesterlee, Anna and Bill Hughes of Seymour, Paul Alcorn, Janette and David Young, Helen and Terry Hoogendoorn, Derrick and Tenisha.

AR Craig Ridenour was home for four days before returning to the USS Theodore Roosevelt at Nor­folk, Va., which left for the Persian Gulf Dec. 28.


50 Years Ago

December 30, 1965


Ava has been on the move during the past year with several pro­jects being completed or near completion, many business houses modernized and remodeled, and construction completed on several private residences. The largest project, dollar-wise, is nearing completion, and an opening date should be set early this year. The Ava Community Nursing Home, constructed on a five-acre site south of the city overlooking new High­way 5 is estimated to cost $520,000. In the final states of construction is Ava’s new $82,000 country club located on 80 acres west of the city. A $77,000 addi­tion to the Ava Elementary School was completed prior to the opening of the 1965-66 school term. Ava’s three local industries have experi­enced growth during the past year, and production remains high during the winter months.

The Ava High School Bears lost an overtime thriller to Marshfield, 59-58, last Tuesday night. Again the Bears came out strong the second half after trailing 28-17 to knot the score 54 all. Ava’s Big Jim Thomas led all scoring with 34 points. Scoring: Thomas 34, Crumley 4, Barnes 9, Dougherty 5, Monger 2, Reid 4.

Mrs. Elmer Kilburn of Smallett entertained with a quilting party at her country home Thursday, Dec. 16, when a group of ladies met to do the quilting on two “Friendship quilts” that friends had made for two of Mrs. Kilburn’s daughters, Mrs. Verlin Hall and Mrs. Howard Haynes, who recently became brides. A covered dish dinner was served at noon to the following ladies, Mesdames Rae Goodnight, Austin Osburn, Roy Surguine, Blake Haden, Ira Day, Mike Atwood, Church Haden, Homer Haden, Ernest Osburn, Lou Felton and Edd Phipps.

Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Dinwiddie of Mesquite, Texas, recently pur­chased 80 acres on new Highway 5 north of Ava from Mr. and Mrs. August Heafer of Casey, Iowa.

Friends and neighbors gathered in the home of Mrs. Tilda Phipps, who is living in the home of a son, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Phipps, and showered her with birthday cards and handkerchiefs on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Mrs. Phipps, or Grandma Phipps, as she is known, was cele­brating her 90th birthday.

A family get-together, high­lighted by a holiday dinner and a gift exchange was held on Christ­mas Day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claud Gaulding, 1015 North Jefferson. Meeting to observe the special holiday were the Gaulding’s five daughters and their families: Mr. and Mrs. George Rose and son, Randy of Kansas City, also their son-in-law and daughter, Sgt. And Mrs. John Scherzinger of Olathe, Kan.; Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Wallace and sons, Jerry and John, of Ham­mond; and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Owens and daughter, Cheryl, Mr. and Mrs. Gorman Dye, Jr., and children, Jeff and Susie, and Mr. and Mrs. Max Decker and daugh­ter, Becky, all of Ava.


75 Years Ago

January 2, 1941


Circuit Court To Meet January 13 –– When circuit court convenes in Ava, Jan. 13, one case expected to be on the criminal docket will be the first degree murder case in which Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Swearengin and Mr. and Mrs. Ros­coe Swearengin are defendants, charged with poisoning McDonald Swearengin, 69, father of the two men.

Attendance in Ava High School today again was about normal following an epidemic of influenza, which struck before the Christmas vacation. Superintendent C.W. Parker said there were about sixty absent from high school Monday when school resumed after the vacation, as compared to 175 absent the last day before vacation.

Douglas County had two new officials with the starting of the new year Wednesday. They were Sheriff Don Souder and Surveyor Fred Livingston, who took their oath of office and received their commissions from County Clerk Ramey Smith Wednesday morning.

The Air Corps is being greatly increased in size and an urgent call is being made for voluntary enlist­ments for training as pilots and as mechanical and technical person­nel. The War Department in Washington, D.C., is announcing the letting of new contracts each week for the construction of air fields, airplanes and all other equipment and material necessary for the operation of the largest and most modern air force in the world.

  1. TABOR –– We’re sure that the many readers of our good paper join together at the beginning of this new year in wishing Mr. Curry and his staff a very happy and prosperous new year in return for their faithful and efficient service during the year just closing.

FOX CREEK –– The Felda Proctors moved last Friday from the Baskin farm to the Proctor farm on Fox Creek and the Homer Anderson family of Coldspring moved to the Baskin farm.

Glen Harnden accompanied his brother, Ray Harnden and family home Sunday evening and remained in his brother’s home in Springfield until Monday morning when he left for Fort Crook, Nebraska, where he is stationed at U. S. training camp. He had been home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Harnden a week.

The Ava Independents took a defeat in their first competition in the Dairy Belt Basketball League. Norwood won over the Ava squad 40 to 34 Wednesday night at Nor­wood. The score at the half was Norwood 15, Ava 12.   Scoring at Norwood: Wilson McClendon 8, Bill Lawrence 11, forwards; Toby Livingston 8, center; Orville Nall 3, Hurse Smith 2, and Cecil Keller 2, guards: total 34.

C.E. Davis this week purchased the G.R. Mefford place, including half a block in the northeast part of town from Mr. Mefford.


100 Years Ago

January 6, 1916


Henry Huffman, former post master at Basher, for whose arrest a warrant was issued on October 9 by government officials on a com­plaint filed by Post Office Inspector R.A. Ward, was arrested last week at the home of relatives in Fort Scott, Kansas. It will be remem­bered by our readers that Huffman deserted the office at Basher early last October at the appearance of the inspector and that an audit of the books of the office showed the money order funds to be depleted in the sum of $787, and $16 miss­ing from the postal funds.

Perhaps the most important question to come before the County Court at the present term is that of establishing and maintaining a poor farm. The court is considering a plan to stock a farm, and provide sufficient buildings to accommo­date the paupers of the county and employ a competent overseer to superintend and look after the farm to the best interests of the county. At present the county is supporting about 30 persons at an average quarterly cost of approximately $27 each.

Geo. Housley, who runs a livery stable at Norwood was seriously injured one day last week when Con Dickerson of Douglas County shot him in the face with a 38 re­volver. Dickerson and another fel­low were drinking and swearing in the barn, when Housley had or­dered them out. From this trouble started. Housley had backed Dick­erson up against a wall with a pitch fork, when Dickerson shot. The bullet struck Housley in the face and came out back of the ear. Dick­erson filled a $1000 bond for his appearance at the April session of the Wright County Circuit Court at Hartville. It is reported that Hous­ley will recover.

SCHOOL NOTES –– Miss Mil­lie Henderson and Ira Bray entered school this week.

George Hodge has sold his liv­ery business to Henry Merriman and will move to his farm in the near future.

President Wilson has been right nearly half the time, for he has been on both sides of most questions before the American people.

  1. H. Cooper will leave this week for the Federal Soldiers Home where he expects to stay.

For the past three years we have paid 40¢ per hundred pounds for tomatoes delivered at the factory. We expect to pay the same for the pack at the old factory.   The East Ava Canning Co.


125 Years Ago

January 8, 1891


Jesse James’ wild exploits at frontier settlements has been out­done in Chicago, by three stock yards toughs. The Chicago bandits are undoubtedly the same that a fortnight ago coolly robbed the office of the Allerton packing house, within a few feet of hun­dreds of Allerton’s butchers. The feat today was a desperate bank robbery, followed by a break-neck race and running revolver fight with the police for a number of miles on the boulevards. The chase that followed was a most remarka­ble one. With the exchange of many shots, the men were captured.

A luminous crayon has recently been invented to enable lecturers to draw on the blackboard when the room is darkened for the use of the lantern.

A hen in Carlton, Pa., has been laying three eggs per day for two weeks. This is one of the results of the McKinley bill protecting the fruit of the American hen. It has encouraged her to do her best.

Glory! Glory!! Monday morning witnessed the burning of powder and firing of anvils, in honor of the new county and circuit clerks. Robert Wilson had charge of the artillery. The ceremonies concluded without accident.

J.H.E. Osborn has been ap­pointed deputy sheriff. This appointment of Sheriff Klineline went into effect Monday.

Married, Horace M. Curnutt of Ava, and Eva White of Clinton township, at the residence of the groom’s parents, Ava, Friday, the 2nd. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. F.V. Baldwin. They have our best wishes.

The following names were added to the rolls of the normal school: J.A. Hylton, R.P. Harman, I.A. Braller, Sallie Joe Turner, Fiora Hylton, Ida Harman, and Lilly Turner.

County Clerk Malloy has pur­chased the Lyon’s residence and took possession on Monday. He has the finest residence property in Ava.

More than a year ago Peter Renfro killed Mr. Davis, constable at Houston, who was attempting to arrest Renfro for disturbing the peace. He was bound over for murder in the first degree and his trial was to have been held at Springfield. There he, with several others, last winter broke jail, and nothing has been heard of until recently it has been discovered by a few neighbors that he makes his headquarters in a cave very difficult of access and near the home of his family near Summerville, Texas County. Provisions are carried to him. He is armed with a Winches­ter, two good revolvers and a dog companion. He is an expert shot and no one seems to care to attempt his arrest, though $200 reward is offered for him.

Everything has quieted down since Christmas.