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Looking Backward 4.21.2016

  25 Years Ago

April 18, 1991


Ava High’s Bill Brusselback took top honors in the Alpha Rho Tau Art Festival held at Gainesville recently.  Brusselback captured 21 points in the art show, which featured work by some 500-area high school art students.

Roy’s Store, Dora, will host a national “You Can Canoe Day” next Wednesday afternoon, April 24, at the North Fork Recreation Area on North Fork River.  More than 20 different models will be available to test paddle for anyone interested in trying out a canoe.

Ava High School senior Joe Harper set a new Ava High School record in the high jump here on April 8, breaking a mark he had tied a year ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Robert­son, Ava, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary April 27, with a reception at the Community Center in Ava.

On Saturday, the home of Mrs. Mable St. John was the setting for a baby shower given in honor of Mrs. Christy Dooms of Ava.

Mark and Delene Allen of Hinesville, Ga., are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Miranda Kaye, on March 31.

On Sunday, Katherine Burkdoll celebrated her fourth birthday with a party in her home.

WASOLA –– Ella Mitchell and Theta Nokes visited Thursday with Ruby and Herman Brown.  Ella and Theta also visited with Lena and Roy Brown.

RED BUD VILLAGE –– Shorty Robertson had a big domino game at his place Friday.  His guests were Lawrence Thompson, Merle Prock, Frank Snelson, Frank Voliva and Voyne Clinkingbeard.

ALMARTHA –– Erma Lee Welton and Bonnie Reid of Ava called on Edith and Bob Johnson Monday afternoon.


50 Years Ago

 April 14, 1966


Manufacturing of a new-type underground irrigation and ferti­lizing system has gone into pro­duction here in the newly-organized Ava Manufacturing Company located one block west of the northwest corner of the square.  The firm, owned and operated by Lawrence Plaster of Ava, is the only one of its type, and is supply­ing companies and individuals in over 35 states plus Brazil and Rhodesia, South Africa.

Mrs. Charles McCallister entertained Tuesday evening, April 5, at the Ava Country Club with a party in honor of her daughter, Sarah, who was celebrating her ninth birthday.

Mansfield Women’s Bowling Association champions crowned after their recent tournament at the Mansfield Bowl included three Ava women.  Daisy Shull and Lucille Collins were declared champions in doubles and Mrs. Wanda Haynes was the champion in singles.

Bart Monger, who is attending Peru State College, Peru, Nebr., returned to the college Monday after spending his Easter holiday vacation in Ava with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Jay Monger and fam­ily.

Mrs. Buddy Norman entertained Friday night in her home at 811 NE 2nd Avenue with a slumber party in honor of daughter, Gayle Sheree, who celebrated her ninth birthday April 7.  Refreshments were served to the following guests: Brenda Huffman, Becky Prince, Toni Ann Jenkins, Bonnie King, Pam Evans, Barbara Crutcher, Mary Susan Moore, Terry Garrett, Sarah McCallister and Trudy Monger.

The Chapel Choir at The School of the Ozarks returned Monday from a concert tour in several cities in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Members of the choir in­clude Verla Cole, Norwood; Mary Kay Harnden and Ruby Mackey, both of Ava.

March 28 was declared “Fern Davis Day” by Progressive Secu­rity Life Insurance Company at its statewide sales meeting, when Mrs. Davis was honored as the Company’s outstanding producer for March, with contract sales of $300,000.  In 45 days, Mrs. Davis produced one million dollars in sales.

A family reunion and 77th birth­day dinner was held at Thornfield Saturday, April 8, to honor Amos Lawson.

The dandelion is one more thing which, given an inch, will take a yard.

CHAMPION –– Duane Henson, Delmar Dooms and Charlie Smith, who have employment in Iowa, spent the weekend here with rela­tives. They returned to Iowa Sun­day evening.

RED BANK –– Mr. and Mrs. Mackey Hathcock are remodeling the house they recently purchased from Harry Stafford near Good­hope, the former Orville Hale prop­erty.


75 Years Ago

April 17, 1941


Three hundred school children including the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and six grades, enjoyed an Easter egg hunt Friday afternoon on the school playground where they found more than a thousand candy eggs distributed by members of the Ava Lions Club and boys of the vocational agriculture department.  Young live rabbits were given to pupils of the first three grades who reported finding the most eggs.  Kenneth Turner received a rabbit for reporting the most eggs among the first graders, Donnie Victor received one for second grade, and Jimmie Campbell receive one for the third graders.

Rain measuring almost four inches fell in Ava this week, putting an end to a dry spell that was beginning to be felt severely on farms.  Beaver Creek at Rome was reported to have risen to the highest level ever recorded.  Little Beaver Creek also rose to a record high.

Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Chaffee, who live three miles east of town, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday wit all seven of their children present.

President Roosevelt, in a press conference, said that although the U.S. re-armament program is being greatly accelerated, he is still not satisfied with rate of production.

Saturday evening Miss Betty McClendon, daughter of Mrs. Lena McClendon, became the bride of Harlan House, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ovle House, in an 8 o’clock ceremony in the home of the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. H.S. Wilson.  Mrs. R. Jenkins was the bride’s only attendant and Andrew Bean was the groom’s best man.

Mrs. Jesse Ross entertained a group of boys at a birthday party Saturday afternoon in compliment to her son, J.D., who was celebrating his tenth birthday anniversary. The five guests met at the Ross café then formed a line at the Avalon Theater for the matinee. After the show they returned to the café and enjoyed a refreshment hour. The boys who enjoyed the party were Sam Wiggins, Calvin Sutherland, Bobby Crain, Carrol Rippee, Jimmy Manis and the honoree.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Leneave and children, Iwana, Howell, Billy and Mrs. Vernon Jackson and daughter, returned to Ava early Monday morning after spending a few days in Paducah, Kentucky, where they had been visiting Mr. Leneave’s mother, Mrs. Wm. Jones, and Mr. Jones.

Leonard Owens returned to Ava Friday night after spending two weeks in Kansas City. While in the city Mr. Owens took a short course of instruction in a school for West­ern Auto Managers and employees. Mr. Owens plans to operate a Western Auto Store in a nearby town as soon as he has completed arrangements concerning the busi­ness.

CROSS ROADS –– Miss Virginia Givans of Springfield and Mrs. Lucille Hart and daughters, Shirley and Betty, spent the weekend in the W.F. Givans home.


100 Years Ago

April 20, 1916


The result of the special school election held in the Ava High School district Tuesday of this week for the purpose of voting $15,000 bonds to build a new high school, marks another step in advance for a prosperous town and county. The proposition was carried by an overwhelming majority of 208 to 22.

K.C.O.&S. Ry. have additional troubles this week with their motive power. Their engine is badly crippled and only able to handle local merchandise business, passengers and baggage in one car.

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Wallace have bought the Hailey Hotel on the northeast corner of the square from Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hereford, and took charge last Tuesday morning.

About one o’clock last Saturday afternoon the farm residence of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Davis near Goodhope together with all its contents was destroyed by flames that originated from a spark from a flue in the shingles.

Late last Saturday afternoon the four room frame house of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brazeal on Beaver, about seven miles west of here, and all contents went up in flames.  Mr. and Mrs. Brazeal were away from home when the fire occurred, there-fore the cause is unknown.

On Tuesday, April 4, the country home of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Pond of Goodhope was destroyed by a fire that originated in the roof of the building, but from an unknown cause.

TOPAZ –– Last Wednesday at the Biggs Post Office, the little two-year old son of O.V. Coble climbed into a buggy where a team was hitched and took the buggy whip and whipped the team and they were trying to break loose when every one ran from the house to the boy.  He was uninjured but the excitement caused Mrs. J.B. Maxey to have a very bad spell of heart failure.

  1. I. Singleton has been appointed City Marshall to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jesse Reeves, until a Marshall is elected at the special city election on May 2.

Marshall Anderson has discontinued his barber shop, and moved onto T.A. Kay’s farm just south of town.

A new boy made his arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Huffman of Hest Sunday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crane of Basher are the parents of a baby girl born Wednesday evening, so Dr. Gentry reports.


125 Years Ago

April 23, 1891


The feverish desire to make gain swiftly made the early settlers of California a nation of gamblers. Every saloon of magnitude had a faro bank attachment or annex. The bar was usually on the street, and, as now in Cheyenne or Denver, the back room, approached through the barroom, was a faro bank, with many poker and roulette tables, and here the whir of the wheel and the click of the ivory chips could be heard every night till Aurora walked the eastern skies. The most famous gambler in my time was “Judge” Jones.

A large cave has been discov­ered on Widow Hollingsworth Homestead on the head of Beaver.  The cave is about 35 ft. wide and about 100 ft. long, containing a bank of onyx about 60 ft. long and about 4 ft. thick exposed to view. Several pieces have been sent to Springfield and St. Louis where it was dressed and polished and said to be very valuable.

The man who loafs this year in Missouri is a loafer from choice. There has never been such a de­mand for farm hands in the history of the State.

Springfield dispatch: Tonight the largest fire this city has had for ten years resulted in the total de­struction of the large three-story building and contents occupied by the Henry Amos Packing Company and the Calhoren Buggy and Im­plement Company. The loss is es­timated to be from $100,000 to $135,000.

The Local Option Law has been declared inoperative in Ozark Co.

The closing out sale of clothing by J. M. Curnutt & Co. is the best opportunity for bargains ever of­fered in Ava.

Clinton Township was visited by a cyclone last week, which did great damage to fencing and blew down several building in the neigh­borhood of Clifty Hall.

John Grohr of St. Joseph was caught by his wife kissing the chambermaid of the Cottage House, which his wife owns. Mrs. Grohr ordered her husband to leave the house. He packed his trunk, sat down on it, and blew out his brains.

A New York restaurant has three customers who eat eggs, shells and all.

When one dose of religion has lasted a man 47 years, it is well to keep an eye on him in business matters.

A good man or a good woman without tact becomes a terror.

First Farmer:  I suppose you heard about the cyclone over here!  Second Farmer:  Yes, we got wind of it.

The late Rev. I.G. Drayton, who died at Summerville, S.C., recently owned the Magnolia gardens on the Ashley River –– an estate that has been called the most beautiful spot in the south. It embraced about 600 acres of land, and contains valuable phosphate leads.

The English nobility are shocked because a grand niece of the Duke of Wellington is obliged to earn her living by selling flowers in a London arcade.