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Looking Backward 3.24.2016

25 Years Ago

March 21, 1991


The Ava Lions Club schedules various fundraising activities throughout the year. But the next fundraiser should also be a “fun” raiser.  The Lions will be having their first annual amateur fishing tournament on Saturday, April 6.  Check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Buck Creek Public Access Boat Dock.

A surprise 75th birthday party for Bessie Cox of Ava was held in the rural home of Rick and Linda Myers, niece of Mrs. Cox, on March 10.

Troy and Jeanie Tredway of Ava are proud to announce the birth of their son, Michael Anthony, on Feb. 19. He weighed 9 lbs., 4 ozs., at birth and was 21 inches long.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael T. Stenzel, a 1988 graduate of Ava High School, has been promoted to his present rank while serving aboard the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge, home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.

The Ava High School Baseball Bears opened their season at home Monday afternoon and jumped all over the Mtn. Home Bombers early in the game.  Sophomore Dustin Johnson belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to give the Bears a 9-0 lead, but the Bombers came back in the final three innings with 14 runs to take the win.

Michelle Allen, daughter of Mrs. Carol N. Allen, Ava, is among the 1,000 Harding University students who will perform in the 18th annual Spring Sing March 28-30.   Allen, a sophomore majoring in general education, will be in the number entitled, “To Bee Or Not To Be,” with performers in honey bee costume, representing Ko Jo Kai and Sub T-16 social clubs.

Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Turner of Thornfield celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on Feb. 3.


50 Years Ago

 March 17, 1966


After experiencing several years of registering motor vehicles with annual stickers, the Department of Motor Vehicle Registration will, beginning in July fall back in line with most other states and begin issuing a new license plate every year.  Missouri’s new plates will have white letters on a dark green background, and will be issued beginning Jan. 1.

Miss Marilyn Wade, a resident of Republic, has been approved to fill the position as area home economist, it was announce this week by Marcus Holman, area extension director.

Jim Thomas, an Ava High School junior, was named recently to the All-SCA basketball team, it was announced.  Thomas is the only team member from Ava making the first team.  Receiving honorable mention from Ava were Jim Reid, Rick Crumley and Randy Barnes.

A Douglas County student presently attending Southwest Missouri State College is among those having drawings and prints featured in the Lincoln University Arts Center Art Exhibit held in Jefferson City, March 1-15.  Estella Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Smith, Route 5, Ava, is represented by one of her works chosen for exhibition by Rodney Frew and George Rose, art department faculty members at Southwest Missouri State.

Three families established new homes in Ava during the weekend when moves were made by two local families and upon arrival of a new family moving here from Kansas City. The moves started Thursday morning when Mr. and Mrs. Gene Davis and son, Lyle Wayne, established residence in their new home located in west Ava just south of the home of Mr. Davis’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Davis.   When Mr. and Mrs. Davis vacated the property on 1314 NE 5th Street, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Cagle and children moved to the property.  The Cagles made the move from the Wallace Williams property atop Sunrise Hill in west Ava.  The moves were concluded Saturday when Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lindley and four children, who had been residing in Raytown, moved to the William’s home.  Mr. Lindley, production Control Manager at the local plant of A.G. Spalding and Bros., Inc., has been in Ava eight weeks but was in Raytown to move his family to the new home.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Humbyrd (Ora and Neal) will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary on Sunday, March 20 with an open house at the MFA Hall in Ava.  The couple were married March 14, 1909.

Tom Williams, GMT3, of the U.S. Navy, who arrived in Mansfield Sunday to begin a one-month leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams.  Williams completed a tour of duty aboard the USS Oriskany in Viet Nam during the late winter and has been based aboard ship in San Diego, Calif., since returning to the United States.


75 Years Ago

March 20, 1941


The Roy Store and post office was robbed Wednesday night and the robbers escaped with an automobile belonging to Larkin Barnes, storekeeper and Roy postmaster.  The robbers evidently had entered the store by removing the glass from the front door and slipping the bolt by which the door was locked.  They found $29.72 in stamp money taken from the post office, and the cash register and its contents, about $20, taken from the store.   The Roy post office was robbed three years ago in March.

Hershel Hobbs, formerly cashier of the Bank of Hammond, began work Monday morning as vice president of the Citizens Bank of Ava.  Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs came to Ava during the weekend and are temporarily located in the home of Mrs. Hobbs’ parents, the V. A. Dobyns residence on Jefferson Street.  They plan to move later when they secure a house.

A murder charge against Elzie (Tarzan) Ridenour was dismissed by Prosecuting Attorney Willis H. Mitchell Friday in the court of Justice of the Peace R. A. McJimsey.  He was charged in the death of William P. (Bill) Hawkins who died in the veterans hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after being found alone and suffering with pneumonia in a room he had recently vacated over the Brown Derby Café.  The day before he was found ill Hawkins had been in a fight with Ridenour.

The Ava Bears closed their 1940-41 basketball season with 19 victories and 8 defeats, it is disclosed in a summary this week by Coach W.E. Lunsford.  Among the highlights of the past season was winning their own invitation tournament with four victories with the net total of four points. This is the fourth year of Ava’s invitation tournament and the Bears have won the last three years and the first year won the consolation favors.

Lloyd Franklin Sisco of Sweden and Louis Turner of Rome will go to Jefferson Barracks Thursday next week for induction into the U.S. Army as replacements from the Douglas County draft board, it is announced by W.I Barker, draft board clerk.

The annual senior play which will be given by members of the senior class of Ava High School will be presented at the school auditorium Thursday evening, April 10.  The name of the play is “Sis Perkins,” by Wilbur Braum, and is a three-act comedy.  The case includes Nadine Evans, Betty Norman, Rhufus Allen, Veryl Case, Lucille Haskins, Howard Alderson, Wade Hartley, Maine Kester and Fern Bench.

WEST LIBERTY –– Grandon Downs and Chester Eastland started to Ava Saturday night in a car belonging to Glen Witchey. Before they got to Ava the car caught fire and was destroyed.

  1. TABOR –– Miss Viola Jenkins and Everett Bricker were married Sunday. That night a group of friends and merrymakers gathered at the home of the bride’s father with dynamite, guns and the usual paraphernalia and enjoyed an old-fashioned charivari.


100 Years Ago

March 23, 1916


Acting as a committee to secure plans and estimates to submit at a future mass meeting of the citizens of the Ava High School district, the board of education, through Supt. G.H. Boehm and Horace M. Curnutt, secretary of the board, who were in Springfield last week and conferred with architects concerning the size and estimates of the cost of a modern building, received last Tuesday plans and blue prints from two different sources in Springfield. The building would be modern and one that would also meet requirements for future years and estimated to cost approximately $13,000.

The Marshfield High School district unanimously voted $11,500 bonds on Tuesday of last week, for the purpose of erecting a new high school building. The vote was 165 to 0 in favor of the bonds, with only a few more than half of the vote of the district poled.  The old high school building at Marshfield was destroyed by fire only a short time ago, and it is the intention to have the new building in readiness for the opening of school next fall.

On the night of March 16, robbers broke into the store of H.A. Thomas at Brown Branch and took all cash and checks in both the post office and store.  No arrests have been reported.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Miller were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Croslin at their suburban home.

Albert Luna is erecting a new porch to his residence on Quality Hill, which will add greatly to the appearance of the home.

Meals 24 cents.  Beds 25 cents. First door south of Herald building.  Give us a trial.  Mrs. J. I. Singleton

C.P. Anderson has installed a moving picture machine outfit at Granada. The first show was given last Thursday night, and was well attended.

Mrs. Acquilla Clark has charge of the restaurant west of the square.

ROY NEWS –– R.O. Richards has built an extra fine yard fence and is now making a new garden. Mr. Richards and sons have also graded about 120 yards of road in front of their home.

FOX CREEK NEWS –– Born to Mr. and Mrs. Art Robertson, on the 10th, a nine-pound girl.

The total expenditure for the alcoholic liquors in the United States for the past seven years is estimated at $16,105,271,079.  The consumption of liquor is decreasing. Statistics recently compiled show that our drink bill was $285,717,772 less in 1915 than in 1914.


125 Years Ago

March 27, 1891


The prisoners in custody of Sheriff Klineline have evidently got friends on the outside. On Tuesday, the second day of court, one of the sheriff’s deputies found a fine steel burglar’s saw which had been secreted on the porch of the sheriff’s residence where the prisoners are kept. A day or two previous Sheriff Klineline discovered a small chisel on the premises evidently left there for the use of the prisoners.  Assisting prisoners to escape is a serious crime and every effort should be made to discover and punish the parties attempting the crime.

WASHINGTON –– Another of the most conspicuous figures of the Civil War has passed away.  The death of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, noted ex-Confederate leader, at his home in this city, leaves General Beauregard as the only living full general of the Confederate Army.

Kansas City “sales ladies” are delighted with the new Missouri law that provides that merchants must provide them with stools and permit them to sit down when not employed in their duties.

The report that John W. Young, son of Brigham Young, had made a contract for building 1,500 miles of railroad in Mexico taking in payment 2¼-million acres of land, on which he will locate a Mormon colony, is confirmed.

A lone highwayman with a barley sack over his head and a Winchester rifle in his hands, held up a stagecoach near Redding, and relieved it of two express packages, which, however, contained little of value.  The two passengers on the coach were not disturbed.

Harry Gilbert quarreled with a Negro at Hartman, Ark., while playing cards, and got a gun to kill the colored man and brother.  Gilbert’s son stepped between the two to prevent bloodshed, Gilbert ordered the youth to stand aside, and when he refused shot him dead.  Gilbert fled.

Mrs. Quigley, sister of Arthur Day, hanged at Welland, Ontario, Dec. 18 last for murder in pushing his wife over a precipice at Niagara Falls, died at Rochester, NY.  She testified against her brother.  On her deathbed, she confessed that she had helped him to push his wife over the precipice.

MISSOURI NOTES – Hannibal thinks she uses almost enough beer bottles and whiskey tumblers to support a glass factory.

In the graduating class of the Neosho public schools the girls outnumber the boys five to one, and there are just six members in the whole class.

Ava has long needed a first class drugstore, and the enterprising firm of Will Johnston & Co. have supplied the demand and invite you to call and examine their new stock.

I have established a shoe shop on the north side of the square where I am prepared to do all kinds of work in my line, with neatness and dispatch. Shop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.  J.D. Hendrix.

Last Monday morning, Syra Odle, who lives about four miles from Mansfield, went to his wood pile for the purpose of getting kindling to start a fire, when he was met by a bold robber, who unceremoniously demanded his money.  Odle was inclined to argue the question until his attention was called to the robber’s Confederates, two in number, and he reconsidered the matter and “shelled out” his pocket change amounting to about $25.  The robbers escaped.