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Looking Backward 5.12.2016

  25 Years Ago

May 9, 1991


Tremors from an earthquake that measured 4.6 on the Richter scale in southeastern Missouri last Friday night were felt in the Ava area, as well. The quake, which occurred at 8:20 p.m. lasted only a few seconds, and was centered about 10 miles west of New Madrid in southeast Missouri.

Crestview Healthcare, Ava, an­nounces the addition of a full-time physical therapist to its professional staff.  Quirino Baguio is a 1981 graduate of Cebu, Philippines.  Gaguio joined Crestview on May 1.

June Gooden, 16, Ava, was recently named Youth Volunteer of the Year at the 10th annual South­western Bell Telephone Volunteer awards luncheon held at Highland Springs Country Club, Springfield.

Citizens Bank of Ava has been awarded its four-star rating. This prestigious award identifies this institution as one of the strongest, credit-worthy banks in the United States.

Recipients of the 1991 Tracy Murphy Memorial Scholarships were announced at the National Honor Society Banquet Monday night. Two scholarships of $500 each were presented to Kara Beth Norman and Renee Alvarez.

On March 31, Justin Van Dyne invited several of his friends to help celebrate his birthday after school.  The party started at Pizza Hut, then Justin’s mother took them to the Nazarene church where they all played basketball.  Those attending the party and staying overnight with Justin were Josh Thompson, Kennon Ellison and Zach Johnson.

Three retiring Ava Elementary staff members, with a total of 107 years in public education, were honored at an after-school dinner on their behalf.  They are teacher Thelma Chisam, 20 years; Ele­mentary Principal Lena Pierce, 50 years; and teacher Imogene Ewing, 37 years.


50 Years Ago

 May 5, 1966


Four area cities are considering daylight saving time with three of them requesting that West Plains make a final decision. Communities considering the change include Willow Springs, Thayer, Alton and Mountain View.

The annual meeting of stock­holders of the Ava Industrial De­velopment Corporation has been called for Friday evening, May 6, to be held at the American Legion building, starting at 7:30. Purpose of the meeting is to elect four members of the board of directors. Members whose terms expire are Ramey Smith, Cecil Harley, E.H. Cooper and Fred O. Lethco.  Hold­over members are Ovle House, Earnie Uhlmann, J.E. Curry, J.G. Heinlein, Herman Davis, Everett Hesterlee and C.E. Gaulding.

The Mansfield Mirror, published weekly by Mr. and Mrs. Chester Krause since January 1957k has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Barbe, owners and publishers of the Tri-County News, a Mountain Grove weekly.

Conceit is an odd disease; it makes everybody sick but the one who has it.

Members of the family of J.M. Richards met at the home of Mrs. Lois Richards at Rome Sunday with a basket dinner in honor of the 98th birthday of Mr. Richards.

Max Decker, Ava High School Principal, has been elected presi­dent of the South Central Associa­tion for the 1966-67 school year. Clyde Bell, elementary principal is serving as secretary of the organi­zation.

Trained jet engine mechanics are Air Force M-Sgt. Elwood A. Woolman, Ava, and A3C Raymond Yarnell, El Dorado Springs. Woolman reports to Fairchild AFB, Wash., for duty, Yarnell will report to England AFB, La.

RED BANK –– Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bricker and children moved to the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Ace McCullough on Highway NN.

WAGNER – Birthday greetings to Glen Sagerser and Eva Swearengin on May 5.

CHAMPION –– Clifford Wrin­kles was a lucky hunter last week when he bagged a big gobbler on his turkey hunt.  Two big coyotes about ran him out of the woods when they came to his turkey call.

U.S. ARMY, VIET NAM, –– Army Pvt. Dewey Freeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Freeman, Bushyknob, Mo. was assigned to the 501st Engineer Detachment in Viet Nam, April 7.

Bill’s Super Market –– 2 18-oz. boxes of Swan’s Down cake mix, 63¢;  Snow-Crush Flour, 25 lb. bag, $1.39;  Guy’s Potato Chips, 19¢; 4 3-oz. boxes of Jell-O, all flavors, 29¢; fresh homemade pure pork sausage, 29¢ lb; Greene County orange drink, ½ gal., 19¢.

WASOLA –– Lilliam Clayton is helping June Stewart since the arri­val of their son, Daniel, Saturday night.


75 Years Ago

May 8, 1941


Ava High School’s tennis teams won second place in the annual Altitude League tennis tournament held Wednesday at Rogersville. The teams, coached by Principal E.R. Norman, won first in boys’ doubles and mixed doubles and second in girls’ singles and girls doubles. Students who played in the tournament were Eugene Clinkingbeard, Paul Barker, Wanda Elliott, Doris Sutherland and Glenna Dell Cooper.

Miss Donna McKinney will represent Ava High School at the National Music Contest which is being held in Topeka, Kansas, this weekend when she will play in the piano solo division.

Members of the General Baptist Church in a business meeting Tuesday night approved a proposal to construct a parsonage. The par­sonage will be built just across the street east from the church, next to the O. A. Atteberry home, on a lot donated by J. W. Reese.

Final activities of the Ava High School graduating Class of 1941 began Tuesday morning when the seniors declared their annual “sneak day” and left for an all day picnic at Browns Cave east of Ava. 105 seniors and three chaperons, Miss Una Ellison, Ray Nall and Ross Brown, made the trip in three school buses. During the day they swam, explored the cave and enjoyed a picnic lunch.

Thomas Hart Benton is again making headlines.  His contract as instructor in the Kansas City Art Institute will not be renewed according to a broadcast report, and he is kept busy defending his pecu­liar conception of art as portrayed in his mural paintings, against the indignation and disgust of the peo­ple of the state who consider his caricatures crude, revolting, un­truthful and unfair.

Quite the most amazing thing about Hitler is his apparent belief that any sane person on earth would believe a word he says.

Leonard Russell Row, son of Arthur Row of Ava, has success­fully completed the second stage of his government flight program at the Springfield Teachers College. Row successfully put his training plane through maneuvers necessary to pass tests completing the Class B part of the government’s Civilian Pilot Training Program.

TWO SECRET MARRIAGES ARE ANNOUNCED HERE –– Miss Mary Elliott, daughter of Mrs. Pearl Elliott, of Ava, and Norris Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson, also of Ava were married Saturday, January 4, in Hartville.  The marriage has been kept a secret until this past week­end.   Miss Maude Spurlock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Spurlock of Squires, and Clifford Robertson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Robertson, of Ava were married Wednesday, April 16, in Ozark.  They were attended by the bride’s sister, Miss Ethel Spurlock.

Leonard Owens of Ava has pur­chased the Western Auto Store at Mansfield from S.R. Wallen and Son and took charge of the business Monday.


100 Years Ago

May 11, 1916


Perhaps the most successful term in the history of the Ava High School closes this week.  Myrtle Curnutt wins in Declamatory Con­test, and Walter Mitchell wins Debate.

Road overseer Banks, has just completed a concrete bridge across Prairie Creek, on the Mansfield road this side of the Ava Cemetery.

The secondhand store has moved into the Dr. Murray building on the south side of the square.

Do You Know That – Today is always the best day to clean up?  … Fresh air, food, and rest – these three combat tuberculosis.  …  The U.S. Public Health Service has re­duced typhoid fever 60 percent in some communities. …  Overeating, constipation, lack of exercise, foul air, eyestrain, may produce head­ache.  …  Polluted drinking water causes many deaths.  …  An effi­cient health officer is a good com­munity investment?   …   Bad teeth handicap children.   …   Insuffi­cient sleep endangers health.

Why This Neglect?  A number of our teachers are wondering why the County’s rural graduates are not to have graduation exercises at Ava this spring.  Much disappointment is exhibited by various graduates who have been planning to go to Ava, and are now not able to real­ize the dreams of the past few months. Have the rural schools fallen so far behind this year that they are not worthy of recognition at the County Seat? We hope not, and we ask “why this neglect.”     Submitted by a teacher.

Bob Simpson is a world cham­pion track star. Recently he equaled the world’s record for the 120-yard high hurdle race at the Penn Relay Games at Philadelphia, a wonderful performance, considering that the race was run on a grass tract instead of a cinder one.  Simpson is a jun­ior in the university of Missouri at Columbia.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hitchcock entertained Revs. J.R. Edwards and L. L. Arnold at dinner Sunday at their pleasant suburban home.

Albert Gaulding passed through Ava Monday on his return to Okla­homa after visiting relatives in Ozark County.

Albert Harnden attended the Creamery Assn. at Willow Springs last week.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Martin on Friday of last week.

The new engine for the KCO&S Railroad arrived Sunday, and the road is again giving satisfactory passenger service.


125 Years Ago

May 14, 1891


GUTHRIE, O.T. May 13 – The southbound passenger train, on the Santa Fe Road, was held up on Sat­urday night by five masked men.  The gang is supposed to have been the notorious Dalton boys who have been seen in this neighbor­hood recently.  They boarded the train at Wharton and detached the engine and express car and then proceeded two miles south and robbed the express car of all the money in it. It is believed the amount stolen is not very large.

There are many indications that the grippe will be followed by many cases of cerebral spinal meningitis, which is sometimes called “spotted fever.”

The Russian authorities have suddenly suspended the expulsion of Jews from Moscow.

A large meteor exploded near Victoria, Texas, Thursday night causing great excitement. A freight train was stopped for a moment by the concussion.

A school meeting was held at this place on Saturday for the pur­pose of selecting a site for a new schoolhouse.  The legal voters at­tending the meeting were unable to agree on any of the proposed new localities for the schoolhouse. The failure to select a site is a misfor­tune as the present site is not well located for school purposes.

J.M. Officer who was charged with the burglary of Sam Turner’s store, was tried at the recent term of the Howell Co. Circuit Court, a verdict of guilty and a sentence of 14 years in the penitentiary was assessed against him.  Burglars had better leave Douglas County out of their working district if they wish to avoid detection and punishment.

The vacant lots on Prospect Row owned by M.C. Reynolds and Geo. W. Osborn are bing improved by a new fence.

  1. Henson of Boone Township was in Ava Monday looking after the rental of his saloon property on the SE corner of the square.

When a woman wants to drive anything out of the house she “shoos” it.  A man boots it.

No man knows how desperate a woman can look until he has seen her undertake to ride a bicycle.

A man is satisfied to drop into the first saloon to spend ten cents, but a woman will make it through every store in town.

It has been found that an electric current will sour milk.

A good waterproof cement can be made, it is said, from equal parts of red and white lead worked into a stiff paste with boiling linseed oil.

It would hardly be proper to say that the murderer who is hanged is treated with great cord-iality.

There are many farmers who do not have faith in the possibility of better roads. They have never known any better, nor did their fathers and grandfathers.  The na­tional roads are maintained entirely by the national treasury. There are 25,000 miles of these. The victual or cross roads are maintained chiefly at the cost of the common­ers, but under a national admin­istration.