25 Years Ago
March 28, 1991
Norwood Producers Auction Yards, Inc., a shareholder corporation owned by farmers and ranchers of the area, will hold its grand opening sale at 10 a.m. next Friday, April 5. Located on the north side of Highway 60 just off Route C in Norwood, the auction service will hold beef and dairy cattle sales every Friday.
Gwen Burress, an over-the-road driver for J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., recently received a Five-Year Safe Driving Award.
Alpha Nelson entertained for her grandson, Tim Chainey, who had this month returned from the Persian Gulf.
Members of the Ava High School graduating class of 1971 will hold a 20-year-reunion on May 11.
Reagan Ashley Chamberlain celebrated her third birthday Sunday afternoon, March 17 in the home of her Aunt Debbie and Uncle Bill Willis. Her party featured a Cinderella-doll cake made especially by her grandma, Mary Beason.
THEODOSIA –– We had quite a wind storm with a lot of thunder, lightning and rain Thursday night along with marble-sized hail. We are glad there was no damage. Milo and Dee Brown of the Moody community were not so lucky. The tornado struck their home, blowing the roof off.
HAMMOND –– The storm we had last Friday washed out some of our roads, but spring definitely has arrived.
FOIL & CLARK – Mrs. Shirley Piland called on her mother, Mrs. Lizzie Carter Sunday afternoon.
NORWOOD –– Jim and Cherri Lambert of Norwood are proud parents of a baby boy, Dalton James. Congratulations to them.
LONGRUN –– BeEtta visited Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Wolf. Those visiting Mr. and Mrs. Merl Silvey were Ruby Bonner, Ellen Beb, Joan Wilson, Jean Herd and Wanda Silvey.
50 Years Ago
March 24, 1966
Increases in money orders, insurance registry certified mail and C.O.D. rates will become effective Saturday, March 26, Postmaster Bob Ellis announced today.
A modern-day work horse – a seaplane named “The Beaver” –– owned by the U.S. Forest Service is scheduled to be moved to the Cedar Point Board Dock on Lake Taneycomo about March 30, it was announced this week by Charles Howe, Ava district ranger. “The Beaver” will be used in fire suppression primarily on the Ava, Cassville and Willow Springs Ranger Districts of the Mark Twain National Forest, with services being rendered to the Branson and West Plains Fire Protection District as requested.
Grand opening of Ava’s newest retail business – The Lucky Dollar Store – located on the southeast corner of the square in the former Herald Building, is being held Wednesday through Saturday of this week.
Miss Peggy Litwiller was honored Sunday afternoon at a wedding shower given by her aunts, Mr. J.C. Pickens of Ava and Mrs. James Brown of Hopedale, Ill. Refreshments were served to Mrs. Lawrence Thompson, Mrs. John Reed, Mrs. Pickens, Mrs. Leo Litwiller, mother of the bride-elect, Mary Litwiller, Joyce Litwiller, Miss Vanessa Davis, Mrs. Buster Singleton, Mrs. Dennis Chaffee, Jeanetta Johnson, Miss Gail Dennis, Mrs. Jimmy Posey, and Miss Myrna Pickens.
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Plaster entertained with a fish fry Tuesday evening at their home, 505 E. Washington. A platter of Northern Pike, served at the evening dinner, was provided by the host, who recently concluded a fishing trip in the Lake of the Woods area in Canada.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kilburn entertained with a birthday dinner in their home at Smallett Sunday, to honor their twin sons, Ronnie and Donnie, who were celebrating their 15th birthdays. Guests attending the all day party were Steve and Reggie Sherman, Jim and Danny Salmon, Danny Ray Johnson, Lowell Johnson and Dale Byrd.
Seaman Gene Garrison, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Garrison of 201 NW 14th Ave., Ava, is serving aboard the destroyer USS Halsey Powell, a training ship for Naval Reservists, homeported in Long Beach, Calif.
ARNO –– Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Creech spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. John Harnden. They also visited Mrs. Norman Hart.
McCLURG–Rickey Engelhardt is back in school after a week’s illness.
FAIRVIEW–George Heatherton and Terry Flattem spent the weekend with Terry’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Flattem. Terry attends SMS College and George Heatherton has been at West Point and is entering the Army.
75 Years Ago
March 27, 1941
Dr. Rudolf Bennitt, professor of zoology in the University of Missouri, visited Saturday afternoon with Alfred Uhlmann at Buckhart and made plans for transporting Mr. Uhlmann’s taxidermy collection to the wildlife museum on the university campus at Columbia. Mr. Uhlmann is giving his collection to the university for display in the museum. It numbers about 50 specimens, including more than 30 species of birds and small animals.
A 1941 Dodge sedan stolen Tuesday night last week from Larkin Barnes, storekeeper and post master at Roy, was found abandoned on a by-road just outside the city limits at Harrison, Arkansas, Saturday night. The Harrison police department notified local officers that the car had been found.
Eight number one ratings were won by the Ava High School music department at the Ozark music festival held Friday in Willow Springs.
BRUSHYKNOB –– The temperance talk by Mrs. Garrett of Ava was well-attended Sunday night. Mrs. Nora Morgan was elected president of the temperance club of this community.
Miss Zela Wilkerson and Miss Colleen Armantrout and three Ava high school students, Betty Norman, Darlene Sumners and Doris Sutherland were in Rogersville Saturday and attended the Altitude League speech contest. The three students entered the contest and received the following ratings: Miss Norman, humorous reading, excellent; Miss Sumners, poetry reading, superior; Miss Sutherland, declamation, superior.
Dr. and Mrs. Fred Schudy and two children and Mrs. J.E. Curry left Tuesday morning for New York City. When the group reaches the city the Schudys plan to establish their home where they will live several months while Dr. Schudy is attending Columbia University. Mrs. Curry will remain in the city for a month and will be a guest in the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Birchett.
The Rev. and Mrs. James M. Overby, C.W. Parker, Mrs. Boone Norman, Mrs. Lloyd Reynolds and Mrs. Glennie Kyle attended a two-day undenominational church convention in Springfield Wednesday and Thursday last week.
SPRINGCREEK –– Rena Huffman and son, Ed, visited Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Frye.
Cinita Davis was an all day guest Saturday of Mrs. Lansdown.
- TABOR –– Mrs. Bessie Cox, Mrs. Mavie Jenkins, Mrs. Fannie Brown and Mrs. Edith Gunnels visited Orbrey Hayden Monday afternoon.
VANZANT –– Loren Luallen of the Mt. Ararat community and Miss Oma Freeman of Vanzant were married Saturday, March 15. Loren hauls milk for the Kraft Cheese Co. of Mtn. Grove and has also recently purchased the Ed Hines farm in the Mt. Ararat vicinity.
100 Years Ago
March 30, 1916
A tornado of small proportion touched the earth in the vicinity of Ava last Saturday morning at about two or three o’clock. The stock barn on the M. King farm just north west of the city limits was completely wrecked killing one cow and badly injuring another. The porch roof in front of the bakery on the north side of the square was lifted from its anchorage and carried over the building and dropped in the alley 90 feet away. The coping on N.J. Johnson’s residence was torn off and carried some distance from the house. Tom Clinkingbeard, who lives just west of town, probably realized more fully than anyone else the near approach to a cyclone when it lifted the roof from his house and left the family gazing into the blackened heavens above, without shelter from the rain. The roof and one side of James Carricks large barn just west of town were torn off and carried a short distance but without damage to his stock.
A.P. Miller and T.L. Plummer have sold their interest in the Mansfield end of the Mansfield and Ava telephone system to Mrs. Wee of Mansfield, Present manager of the Mansfield exchange, and have bought her interest in the Ava exchange.
Marriage Licenses –– Sam Hankins, Brushy Knob, and Sarah Hitchcock, Girdner; Virgil Norris, Thornfield, and Mary Johnson, Toledo; Joseph Trent, Thornfield and Rosa Nevils, Thornfield; Rufus Hartley, Ava, and Inez Rogers, Ava; Ivy Hutchison, Cold Springs, and Pearl Baker, Brushy Knob; W. M. Nowland, Roy, and Opal Harrington, Goodhope; John E. Proctor, Denlow and Pernie David, Drury; J.C. Gray, Squires, and Ruth Lierley, Squires.
Births –– Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hartley, Monday, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Robt., Murray, Monday, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Tenpenny, Monday, a son; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jenkins, Friday, a daughter.
Champ Clark says Wilson “has the world by the tail.” Well, he is welcome to that end. All we want is a Republican at the head of the Nation.
Mrs. Nathaniel Wilson and children, Arthur, Esther, and George, of the east end of the county are visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Daves.
E.T. Brown, principal of the Gainesville High School and Miss Madge Harlin, only daughter of John Harlin, collector of Ozark county and cashier of the Bank of Gainesville, were married last week in Gainesville.
125 Years Ago
April 2, 1891
Few people in the older settled parts of the country have little or no idea what a scarce article young ladies are up in the Dakotas, said a traveling man in Chicago, as he watched the fair ones tripping along the street in front of his hotel office windows. Why, any one of these shop girls, working here for a few dollars a week, can go up into that country and have the choice of all the men there. An attractive young lady in that part of the country is something to pause and gaze at, and she does not stay single long for the want of proposals.
TEXAS –– Since the capture of Bill Huggins and most of the members of his gang February 5, and the killing of Aleck Davis and the capture of Bill Poe, officers have secured information that shows Huggins connection with at least four murders that have heretofore remained a mystery. Evidence is now accumulating that will undoubtedly prove that Huggins, who is well-known as an outlaw, committed all these murders, and three others have been partially developed besides those against him. Huggins is only 22 years old and all of the members of his gang are young men.
CHICAGO –– Dr. William D. Gentry, claims to be the possessor of a microbe of a la Grippe, the first ever captured or even heard of. The little wriggler is imprisoned on the glass sides of Dr. Gentry’s big microscope and was carefully inspected by many a scientific eye.
Sheriff Klineline and deputy left for Jefferson City on Wednesday morning with William Sprague the convicted murderer.
The foundation for the new Herald office is being built this week and Contractor B. F. Tallman expects to have the building completed about the 1st of May.
The Grand Jury made an examination of the building rented by the county for a jail and reported it unsafe and insecure as a place for the confinement of prisoners.
The trial of the case of State of Missouri vs Sprague on a charge of murder in the first degree was concluded Monday evening, and on Tuesday morning, the Jury brought in a verdict of murder in the 2nd degree and assessed the punishment at 99 years in the penitentiary.
The case of State of Missouri vs John T. Miller, charged with the murder of Art Estlick was heard on Thursday of last week, and resulted in the acquittal of the defendant.
Calaway Rogers of Washington Township, presented the Herald with a very fine specimen of a turnip beet measuring 27½ inches around and weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces. Mr. Rogers is one of Douglas County’s most progressive farmers. And, if anyone can beat him in the beet line let him produce the necessary evidence at this office.
A proposition for a new schoolhouse for Ava will be voted on at the school meeting next Tuesday. No one can deny that it is to the advantage of every voter in the district, that we have a schoolhouse sufficiently large to accommodate the rapidly increasing numbers of the Ava Normal.
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