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Looking Backward 5.26.2016

25 Years Ago

May 23, 1991

The Ava community has moved a step closer to seeing a new post office facility become reality.  The Postal Service is soliciting proposals for a facility to be constructed on their lot at the corner of West Washington Avenue and N.W. 4th Street, just west of the Ava public square.

Pablo’s Mexican / American Restaurant will open today on the north side of the Ava public square.

Two special “Courageous” awards were presented to Ava High School seniors this year at the annual Senior Assembly held on Wednesday, May 15.  Rex Sawyer, assistant high school principal, pre­sented a special award to Brian Thornsberry, who has battled mus­cular dystrophy to obtain his high school diploma, and Jerry Burnett, who refused to let a kidney ailment get him down.  Burnett received a kidney transplant during his senior year and was still able to graduate with his class.  Thornsberry was given a standing ovation by his classmates when he received his diploma at commencement exer­cises on Sunday.

Ava High School sophomore Virgil Everett participated in the state golf meet at Columbia last week after qualifying in the district meet at Willard.

Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, of Springfield, formerly of Ava cele-brated their 70th wedding anniver-sary at their home on May 22.  John Williams and Gertie Barnes were married on May 22, 1921, at Mt. Tabor Church. They are the parents of three children.

Two students from this area have been named to the Dean’s List at Central Missouri State Univer-sity, Warrensburg. On the Dean’s List for the spring semester are Rose McMurtrey, Dora, and Roger Lee Evans, Squires.

50 Years Ago

 May 19, 1966

Graduation exercises for 132 members of the senior class at Ava High School will get underway Sunday evening.

Graduation exercises for the 127 members of the eighth grade class at Ava Junior High School will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Douglas L. Hays, Doctor of Chiropractic, will open an office in the G.E. Dye building adjoining the Ava Drug company at 9 a.m. Saturday.  A former resident of Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Hays received his doctorate degree from Palmer College in Davenport in October, 1965.

Ava High School students who attended the May 7 session of the Second Seventh District Youth Advisory Council at Southwest Missouri State College are Janice Uhlmann and Bob House.

Miss Connie Prock, accompanied by Harold Reed of the Ava High School science department, and her mother, Mrs. Rondo Prock, recently returned from a six-day all-expense paid trip to the International Science Fair in Dallas, Texas, May 11-14, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Miss Prock received a rainbow-ribboned silver medal with gold Science clubs of America emblem for herself and a finalist certificate to be present to the school for the display case.

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus L. Hartley, former Douglas County residents, have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  The wedding in 1916 at which Inez Rogers and Rufus Hartley recited vows, was a home wedding in Ava, Mo.

WASOLA –– Delphia Hicks has moved in the Grandpa Ricks’ house as she sold the farm to Bob Snelson, who has moved.

WAGNER – Birthday greetings to Patricia Pogue May 15; Clarence Fulmer May 16; Louie Swearengin and Mrs. Charles Tella May 19.

Members of the Ava Order of Rainbow Girls held installation of officers Saturday night, May 7, at the Masonic Lodge.  Sherry Sims was installed as Worthy Advisor.

FORT LEE, Va. –– Pvt. Russell W. Loftin, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burrel Loftin, Ava, completed a shoe repair course at the Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Va., May 11.   The 1964 Ava High School graduate worked for Ava Produce before entering the Army.

Pvt. B.R. Frye, a member of Platoon 245 at the Marine Recruit Training Headquarters in San Diego, Calif., received the individual high expert marksman-ship medal upon graduation from recruit training.  Pvt. Frye fired the highest score in his platoon at the rifle range and was selected as his platoon’s outstanding shooter.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lirley of Route 3, Ava, announce the birth of a daughter, Mitzi Joyelle Elizabeth, at 9:40 a.m. Friday, May 13, at the Mansfield Hospital.  She has a sister, Cindy Lee, 2½ and a brother, Lesley Alan, 5.

75 Years Ago

May 22, 1941

Preparations have been practically completed for the 29th annual May singing to be held all day Sunday at the Ava City Park.  A business committee composed of Orville Haskins, Ramey Smith and Roy Dean reported collection Wednesday of $26 to defray expenses of the singing.  The day’s program will start at 10 o’clock in the morning with devotional services. Singing will start at 10:30 and continue all day.

United States defense savings stamps of 25¢ denomination are proving most popular with patrons of the Ava Post Office.

Ava will hear its first public band concert of the summer season at 8 o’clock tonight on the square.  In case the weather does not permit an open air concert tonight, it will be held tomorrow night, it was announced by Roy Tharp, band director.

A drama entitled “I Made My Son a Criminal” will presented Sunday night at 8 o’clock at the First Baptist church here by the Anti-Saloon League of Missouri.  The drama is described as a tragedy of the liquor traffic.  Local persons in the cast are the Rev. C. M. Kennaugh, C.W. Parker, Rev. V.L. Stanley, J.H. Sell, Ruth Pauline Evans, Ross Power, Albert McKinney, Mr. Robertson, W.I. Barker, Louis Holman, J.V. Pitts, Ray Nall, J.W. Reese, Arthur Hodges, Mrs. Jesse Garrett, Mrs. Pearl Elliott, Mrs. Paul Clauser, Mrs. Felda Davis, Mrs. Clifford Reynolds and Mrs. Elmer Haskins.

Ray Daugherty, lawyer of Ozark and Springfield, has located in Ava and opened offices in the Herald building, over the post office.  Mr. Daugherty has practiced law for ten years.

Mr. and Mrs. Denzil Barnes left Sunday for Spencer, Arkansas, where they will operate a general merchandise store which they have recently purchased. The store is located at the Norfork dam site.

GIRDNER –– A shower was given Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Durham in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Prock who were recently married.

President Roosevelt, notified of voluntary French collaboration with Germany, issued a statement “it is inconceivable’ the French people would collaborate with a power seeking “utter destruction of liberty, freedom and popular institutions everywhere.”  At the same time the president ordered 13 French ships in U.S. ports taken into protective custody – including the “Normandie.”

Murley Grabeel and J.R. Spurlock were in Springfield Sunday and brought Mr. Grabeel’s 10-year-old daughter, Louanna Mae, to Ava where she will continue her period of convalescing after being a patient in the Springfield Baptist Hospital for the past 20 days.  Louanna Mae is recovering from an appendectomy which she underwent early in May.

EAST FAIRVIEW –– News has been received from Virgil Proctor of Marsing, Idaho.  All of the boys who left with him are working in the beet fields.

100 Years Ago

May 25, 1916

Gainesville voted $7,000 bonds last week for a new high school building.

One of the worst if not the worst, hail storms that was ever known to that part of the country swept through the southeastern part of Missouri last week according to the Caruthersville Republican.  Trees were stripped bare of their foliage, cotton fields destroyed, and corn was stripped of its leaves.

An elegant surprise birthday dinner was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klineline last Sunday.  Uncle Henry spent the forenoon, as usual, at Sunday School and Church, and arrived home at dinner-time completely surprised to find a host of his friends gathered in gala attire to greet him.  The event was in honor of Uncle Henry’s 73rd birthday. 74 guests were present to enjoy the occasion.

COWSKIN ITEMS –– Hobart and Ethel Silvey are attending summer school at Ava.

DRURY ITEMS –– Mrs. Lock Alsup and children started for Montana, last Monday, to join her husband, who has been in Montana for some time.

VANZANT ITEMS –– The blacksmith is back on duty this week after spending a week at Denlow.

LEGAL NOTICE – On this 12th day of May you are hereby, Mr. Bever H. Bonfoey, notified to send my papers back, as you did not send me any money.  Daniel F. Brunner, Brown Branch, Mo.  Witness: W.H. Metcalf, and Joseph Selridge.

Frank Spurlock is owner of a new Ford car.

  1. C. Garrison of Arden is the owner of a new Overland automobile.

A concrete bridge is under construction this week on Jefferson Street in front of the Ozark Hotel.

Frank Waters and Clyde Norman left Monday for Kansas City to buy an up-to-date soda fountain to be installed in the Norman-Gentry Drug Store.

C.P. Snodgrass of Rome came to town Saturday and sold his team leaving himself and family here with a buggy but no team.

Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Curnutt and daughters Misses Esther, Lela, Myrtle and Helen motored to Springfield Tuesday returning in the afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Warren are parents of a new boy who made his arrival last Thursday night.

125 Years Ago

May 28, 1891

The Dalton Gang Captured –– Oklahoma City, May 26 –– The Dalton gang of desperadoes, who robbed the Santa Fe passenger train two weeks ago have been captured at last after a chase of many days.  They were surrounded on the Sac and Fox reservations, 60 miles east of Oklahoma City. They were barricaded in a cave. The deputy United States marshals laid siege and kept it up until the Daltons had killed their bloodhounds and the situation was becoming desperate.  A detachment of the fifth Calvary was then procured and after a 12-hour fight the gang surrendered.  One of the Daltons was killed and one soldier wounded.

Two of the thieves who stole a herd of horses from the Osage Indians have been captured and are in jail at Winfield, Kansas. They are only about 16 years old.

A Kansas City woman is suing a doctor for heavy damages alleging that he gave her a prescription for Indian Hemp in teaspoonful doses, which medicine made her drunk and caused her to act in an indecorous manner, much to her shame.

In consequence of the refusal of the French government to grant the request of the executors of the will of the late Prince Napoleon, the Italian government has ordered the tomb in the Church of La-Supergo, in which the prince’s body lies, to be closed.

An army of caterpillars about 8 miles from Mankato, Minn., delayed all trains of the Milwaukee road. Millions of the caterpillars came out on the track to sun themselves and were ground into grease. They infested the locality for two weeks, destroying many fruit trees.

The Marshfield Standard heretofore published by Frederick King has suspended.

Ava’s Blacksmith beat the record one-day last week.  Bob Wilson, the village smith, toed and fitted ten pairs of No. 4 horseshoes in one hour and 15 minutes.  As this beats the record. it is necessary to say by way of explanation that Bob has recently introduced in his shop some new machinery which was used on the work, and also that during the one hour and 15 minutes, Bob consumed one pint of Dr. R.N. Lee’s best liquor.