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25 Years Ago

April 11, 1991


It’s official. Douglas County Commission will ask voters to ap­prove another one-half cent county sales tax at a special election on June 4.

Jim Greene, president of the Citizens Bank of Ava, was elected president of the Ava R-I Board of Education at the reorganizational meeting of the board Monday night.

Southside Billiards, formerly the Ava Pool Hall, is moving to 816 South Jefferson, just south of the Red Dragon Restaurant.  Owner B.D. Baker says the pool hall has been operated in the same location just south of the Ava Square for some 49 years, and during that time was considered primarily a men’s club.  But the newly remodeled, upgraded recreational facility will have entertainment for the entire family, including video games and reconditioned Brunswick tables.

Mary Mooney, a sophomore at Rockhurst College, was elected the service officer of Rockhurst Organization of Collegiate Women for the 1991-92 school year.

Rick and Debbie (Coonce) Ritter are proud to announce the birth of their son, born March 19 at Mercy Hospital in Mansfield. He weighed 6 lbs., 6 ozs., at birth and was given the name of Matthew William.

Concerned citizens in the com­munity are gathering on April 22 to initiate a program to help combat hunger in our area.  The organizing meeting for the Heart of the Hills Food Harvest will be April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Hutch’s Country Inn.

FOIL & CLARK – The birthday party for Antha Evans Saturday was well attended.

Mrs. Shirley Piland called on Minnie Terry Sunday afternoon.


50 Years Ago

 April 7, 1966


Construction is expected to get under way immediately on the newly-leased site of the Ava Post Office which will be located in the Lethco building one block south of the square at 302 South Jefferson.  The building is expected to be ready for occupancy by the post office in September. Remodeling of the structure is estimated to cost $26,800.

A contract totaling $70,100 was awarded last Thursday night to the Harmon Construction Company for a six-room addition to the Ava El­ementary building, it was an­nounced this week by Supt. O.T. Tallent.

Dale Willis, a resident of Route Z, Ava, has opened a new radio TV and small appliance repair shop in Seymour.

Connie Prock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rondo Prock of Ava, was a grand prizewinner in the chemis­try division last Saturday in the South Central Association Science Fair competition at Houston.  Miss Prock received a medal and a $25 Savings Bond on her project, “Chemical Evolution by Chroma­tographic Techniques.”

David M. Knight, 22, of Springfield, and a former resident of Ava, was reported killed in action in Viet Nam last Wednesday as the result of metal fragments from a mine explosion.  The Knight family lived in Ava about a year.  Mr. Knight was manager of the Ellis Bros. Grocery which has since become Williams Super Market, and Mrs. Knight was employed in the store.  Knight, a sergeant, was stationed in the Ben Cat area of Viet Nam, just north Saigon.

Mr. and Mrs. Oll Driskell will observe their 55th wedding anniver­sary with an open house at the MFA Hall here on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Stillings (Linda Posey) were honored at a wedding shower Friday night March 16 at Goodhope Union Church. The shower was given by Mrs. Jimmie Posey, Mrs. Ezra Mitchell and Mrs. Albert Jenkins.

The Oldtimers basketball team emerged as champions of the Ava Independent League, after defeat­ing Rawlings, 69-45 Monday evening at the high school gym.  The Oldtimers finished their season with a 17-3 league record. The team is composed of Ray Parsley, Lawrence Plaster, Dr. John Crutcher, Buddy Norman, Lyle Clinkingbeard, Max Murphy and Don Sallee.  Plans are being for­mulated to have league play again next year.

WAGNER –– Birthdays to be observed here include Beverly Sue Swearengin, April 10, and Herbert Sagerser, April 12.

EVANS –– Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dobbs have purchased property in Mtn. Grove and will be leaving the farm soon.  They went to this place when first married and have lived there since that time.


75 Years Ago

April 10, 1941


Work started Monday on the erection of eight new lamp posts around the inside of the square here with a ninth post to be erected in the bandstand in the center of the square.  The new lights are ex­pected to be in operation next week.

Whether or not Douglas County is to have an agricultural extension agent this year probably will be definitely decided at a meeting to be held here on April 24.  Douglas County is now without the services of an extension agent, due to failure to finance the expense of the office.

C.V. Clinkingbeard has been appointed coroner for Douglas County, to fill the vacancy left by Andrew Forbis who was elected to the office at the November, 1940 election.  Forbis resigned the office to accept a funeral director position at Billings, Missouri.

Someone says –– so aptly –– “Never has there been a time when so many people knew so little about so much.”

Dutch Boy Pure White Lead Paint – It’s New!  In gallon cans, $3.30 per gal.; In 5 gallon cans – $3.20 per gal.; Quart cans, 90¢.  Ava Lumber Co.

Fred Ellison has sold his farm, seven miles west of Ava on High­way 14, to Murl Boyd of Wasola.  Boyd will take charge in about two weeks.  Mr. Ellison plans to move to the Tavner Hailey farm southeast of Seymour for a temporary home, but later plans to take charge of his father’s farm near Granada.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowles and son, Jerry, entertained a family group at dinner Thursday evening in honor of the birthday anniversary of Mrs. Bowles’ mother, Mr. G. Felda Davis.

Pete Silvey has purchased the filling station on Highway 5 just across the highway from the Reed-Harlin Wholesale Co. The station will be run by Virgil Hartley.

The name chosen for the new beauty shop, recently opened by Miss Ellorree Burdett, will be “The Beauty Nook.”

The recent marriage of Miss Ada Hart and Glen Downs came as a surprise to their many friends.  Mrs. Hattie Hart, Signora Peoples and Billy Carmickle attended the old-fashioned chavari at the home. After the newlyweds “treated” the merry-makers, the young people played games.

You have no doubt heard the story about the man who built a boat in the basement of his home and had to tear out the wall in order to get the boat out of the basement. Earnie Privett, however, went them one better on this story. Earnie bought a new truck, and had a fine stake body built on the chassis while the truck stood in his produce house.  Imagine Earnie’s surprise when he found that the body was four inches higher than the top of the door.  In addition to that, there was a small incline at the door, and when he started to back out, the rear of the truck kicked up an inch or two farther. Earnie let the truck stand for a few days, then decided to turn it around. After turning the truck he loaded it with cream, and the springs sagged the necessary four inches to let the truck out the door.  Now all Earnie does is load the truck and drive off to market without any trouble, and without taking out the side of the building.


100 Years Ago

April 13, 1916


A newspaper is in no sense a child of charity.  It earns twice every dollar it receives, and it is second to no enterprise in contrib­uting to the building of a commu­nity.  Its patrons reap far more benefit from its pages than its pub­lishers, and in calling for the sup­port of the community in which it is published, it asks for no more than in all fairness belongs to it, thought generally it receives lees.  ––– Leeton Times

Work was started Tuesday of this week on the new canning fac­tory.  The building will be located just east of the depot and will oc­cupy a space of 38×80 ft. in­cluding the boiler room, with per­haps an additional storage room.  The structure will require approxi­mately 20,000 ft., of lumber and will be built at an estimated cost of $1500.  The factory will employ over 100 persons.

In 1878 the only school in Ava was located where J.A.G. Reynolds residence now stands and was a little single room log cabin, so J.H. Martin tells us.  At that time Ava was only a cross roads trading point with perhaps one or two small stores.  In 1890 the district was bonded and the old Douglas County Normal building erected just south of the Wilson Opera house.  The old Normal building burned in 1893 and the district was again bonded and the present building erected.  The district now employs ten teachers and the building has become so crowded that the State Superintendent has required another building if we expect to maintain a first class school and teachers training class.

The Marshfield High School district will replace their high school building that was recently destroyed by fire, with a $27,500 structure.

A concrete bridge is under con­struction this week on Jefferson Street across Prairie Creek just south of the Ozark Hotel. City sur­veyor, Chas. H. Coble and street commissioner, Jesse Reeves started the work last Tuesday which will be pushed as rapidly as possible until completed.

Henry Huffman now in prison in Fort Scott, Kansas, charged with embezzling postal funds while postmaster at Basher, who was to have been brought to Springfield last week for trial, did not appear owning to the failure of attachés of the court to issue papers soon enough.  The case has been contin­ued and will be tried at the October term.  G. Purd Hays of Ozark has been employed by Huffman to de­fend his case.

DEPEW ITEMS –– Snow, the beautiful snow, but too late for this time of the year.  The old ground hog told the truth this time.


125 Years Ago

April 16, 1891


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. –– The great showman P.T. Barnum passed away last evening in the presence of his grief stricken family.  The wealth of the great showman is estimated to amount to over $5,000,000.

At Bari, Italy, 179 persons are being tried on the charge of be­longing to the Mafia.

Sedalia’s freedmen’s college will be completed this year, and it will be one of the handsomest edu­cation institutions in the West.

A lot has been sold in Carthage for $500 per front foot, and the town has assumed metropolitan airs.

Today is the last day of liberty for the cows of St. Charles. A new ordinance denies them the freedom of the streets.

This was the record of Patrick Brannigan, who died at his home in Hurley, Wis., aged 102 years.  He had 104 descendants and had voted for the twenty presidents since John Quincy Adams.

On an eastbound Erie train there was a baby that made the lives of all its fellow passengers miserable.  It was one of those small, unas­suming babies with weak eyes and freckles, and lungs as powerful as a yacht’s mainsail.

Lewis Davenport, the proprietor of the Ava Saloon, started to Fort Worth Texas last Sunday to sell some land he owns there.  James King accompanied him on the trip.

Levi Lakey, of Lincoln Town­ship, pled guilty to fighting and was fined one dollar and costs.  And, was convicted of carrying a hogs pistol at the same time, before Esq. Leonard. He is now in jail, $31 worth and cost.

Some Real Good Rules –– See your wife as seldom as possible.  If she is warm-hearted and cheerful in temper, or after a day or a week’s absence, she meets you with a smiling face be sure to look coldly upon her and answer her with mon­osyllables.  Never think you have anything to do to make her happy, but that her happiness is to flow from gratifying your caprices, and when she has done all a woman can do, be sure you do not appear grat­ified.  …  If you follow these directions you may be certain of an obedient and heartbroken wife.

The police of Boston are to endeavor to stop the sale of cigars and tobacco on Sunday.

Old people are continually indulging in new wrinkles.

Raffles are like horse races.  The favorites generally win.

Why are candidates the greatest cowards?   Because they run before they are beaten.

The world is full of shoddy and shams, but real merit is always rec­ognized.

  1. W. Clark, of Spring Creek, was in town this week. He will erect a neat and substantial new house on his tract of land west of tow, recently bought of John W. Miller. He said that he was coming here for the benefit of our excellent school.