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Looking Backward 8.18.2016

  25 Years Ago

August 15, 1991

A 22-year-old Ava man who attempted to run from officers late Saturday night came to an abrupt halt when the pickup he was driving went out of control and hit a tree along old Highway 5 north of Ava.  The man was running from Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Inman when he lost control of the 1988 Ford pickup he was driving, ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.  He escaped with no apparent injuries.

William Goss, Ava, graduated July 23 from the U.S. Army’s Air Assault Course at Ft. McCoy, Wisc.  After 10 strenuous days of training, Goss had to complete a test at the end of each of the three phases as well as a 12-mile road in three hours in order to qualify to wear the Air Assault Badge.

CRESTVIEW HEALTHCARE –– Glen Simpson brought us special music on Friday, and he had a full house turn out for the event. We thank Glen for taking the time to entertain the residents they enjoyed his music so much.

RED BANK –– Last Thursday, Janet Heier, Leona Mackey, Kathleen Loyd, Grace Jeske, Bessie Hall, Judy Haden, and Karla Roller enjoyed attending the craft show at Shadow Rock Park, and later eating lunch at Rockaway Beach and shopping and sightseeing.

SPC Etta M. (Davis) Mecke, formerly of Ava has been activated from the Army Reserves to active duty in Saudi Arabia.  She has been deployed to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and arrived there July 28 for a year tour.

Craig Jones, Ava, placed first in the 4-stroke sport class in four events at the Texas County Rodeo at Houston, Mo., on Aug. 7.  Jones won pole bending, barrel race, catalog race and the speed race.

50 Years Ago

 August 11, 1966

Dedication ceremonies have been scheduled to open the new Highway 5 bridge across White River at Calico Rock, Ark., on Friday at 1 p.m.  The 813-foot-long structure will replace a ferry which has shuttled traffic back and forth across the river for years. Cost of the bridge was approximately $428,000.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. – (AHT NC) –– Army Private George M. Hetherington, 18, whose guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Flattem, former residents of Ava, now of Monett, completed eight weeks of advanced infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Aug. 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hart, 1506 E. Whiteside, Springfield, announce the birth of a daughter Wednesday, July 29, in St. John’s Hospital.

Ladies Golf Pairings –– Aug. 17 Championship Flight – Vivian Curry, Alma Spurlock, Lavon Smith; Aileene Barnes, Carleen Crain, Lee Dennis, Bobby Cooper.  A-Flight – Norma Pettit, Doris Prince, Jean Barnes, Mae Ruth Silvey; Kay Russell, Dorothy Maloney, Betty House, Pauline Knisell.   B-Flight – Doris Bacorn, Erma Alderman, Betty Haught; Genieve Norman, Marjorie Pitts, Martha Shollenberger; Delores Lethco, Daisy Shull, Geraldine Gray.  C-Flight – Charlotte Cooper, Suzanne Phillips, Sandra Turley; Katherine Jackson, Catherine Ray, Betty Howe, Delcia Heriford.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Linder, owners of the associate Otasco Store here, have just returned from Tulsa where they attended the company’s annual fall meeting and merchandise show, July 31-Aug. 1. Attending the event with the Linders were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cook, Otasco dealers from Cabool.

ARNO –– Mr. and Mrs. Herman Whitaker of Brown Branch spent Sunday in the daughter’s home, Mr. and Mrs. Doyne Chance. Saturday evening Mrs. Joseph Sirna visited Mr. and Mrs. Chance.

WASOLA –– Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cudworth and Myra of Ava, Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Hicks, Gainesville and Delphia Hicks were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hicks.  Also Marion Inman of Ava.

Joan Warden Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Warden of Ava, has completed requirements for the Master of Science in Social Work degree in the University’s School of Social Work experiment-tal program in Kansas City, and was honored Aug. 10 at a special recognition ceremony.

Classes for the 1966-67 term at the Ava R-I Public Schools will begin on Monday, Aug. 29, it was announced this week by O.T. Tallent, superintendent of schools.

The county convention where farmer-chosen delegates will elect a farmer to fill a vacancy on the Douglas County Agricultural Sta-bilization and Conservation (ASC) committee will be held Aug. 27, at 10 a.m., at the Douglas County ASC Office in Ava, according to A. H. Huff, Jr., chairman, ASC County Committee.

75 Years Ago

August 14, 1941

Rumors that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had met somewhere on the Atlantic with Prime Minister Winston Churchill of England were confirmed this morning in a radio broadcast from London by Major Clement Atlee, lord privy seal and spokesman for the prime minister during the latter’s recent absence.  Both Roosevelt and Churchill have been mysteriously absent from their respective seats of government the past week.  Atlee said the president of the United States and the prime minister of England had met at sea, examined problems arising from the war, and concurred in a joint declaration.

A new modern rural school building will be dedicated with appropriate ceremony Sunday in the Black Jack district near Blanche.  The new building is built of stone and concrete, has two rooms and a full basement.

Eight Douglas County citizens have been named on committees to advise and assist in the operation of the rehabilitation program of the United States Department of agriculture. The members appointed are: Leroy Swearengin, farmer and merchant; Garbes Wagemann, manager Ava Farmers Exchange; Allen M. Rankin, farmer; Mrs. Hazel Chasteen, housewife; Jack Wood, farmer and merchant; Mrs. May Kellogg, housewife; Paul Clauser, field man for Carnation Company; J.E. Curry, editor Douglas County Herald.

According to County superin-tendent Claude H. Hibbard, there will be 106 schools operating in the county this year including the two high school districts, Ava and Brushyknob.

A large group of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Haden Sunday at noon with well filled baskets to surprise Mrs. Haden with an old fashioned birthday dinner.

Dr. Merritt L. Gentry, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Gentry of Ava has been appointed head of the Maternal and Child Hygiene Department of the State Board of Health, it was announced early this week.

Sunday afternoon at a 2 o’clock formal wedding ceremony in the Trinity Methodist church of Mountain Grove, Miss Dorothy Jean Young, daughter of Mrs. Frances Young of Mountain Grove, became the bride of Mr. Ruskin Curry Norman, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Norman of Ava.

Jesse Garrett and Lester M. (Busto) Eslick take the prize of the week for a five-and-a-half-pound bass they were displaying in Ava Sunday.  Did we say the prize of the week? So far, as we have been able to learn they deserve the prize of the year.

The George Bryant family of Dora has moved to the Mint Springs school district.

EAST VANZANT –– Everett Stillwell has sold his sawmill that he had on the A.B. Coble place to a Mr. Clinton of Twin Bridges.

100 Years Ago

August 17, 1916

  1. J. Harrison of Chadwick, Christian County, is here and will open up a general line of dry goods and shoes in the old J.T. Singleton building on the south side of the square this week. The store will be known as “The Cash Store.”

A monster rattlesnake measure-ing over five feet in length, and owning 18 rattles was killed Sunday afternoon near Chadwick by a party of Springfield fishermen. The reptile was as thick as a man’s arm. The party heard it in the brush, surrounded it and killed it with clubs.

Geo. Morgan, Everett Fletcher, Orville Humbyrd, and Billie Simmons left Ava Saturday afternoon in Mr. Morgan’s Ford enroute to the Barnum and Bailey Circus at Springfield, and were about two miles out of Mansfield when the car turned turtle over the approach to a small bridge some-thing like six feet high.  The accident occurred at the foot of a long hill, just as the car was turning the corner. This is one of the most dangerous places along the entire route. Orville Humbyrd was driving and evidently going too fast for the sharp curve.

Camp will be held at Mt. Zion, four miles north of Ava on the K.C.O. & S. Railroad.  Rev. Jno T. Hatfield of Charlottesville, Ind. and Rev. Jerry Clevinger of Royville, Mo., with local workers, will have charge.  Bro. Hatfield is widely known as the “Hoosier” Evangelist.

Melvin Matthews was captured near Smallett and arrested by Sheriff Edwin Wallace of Nodaway County last week.  Charged with forging a $40 check, he was first located several days ago by a detective.

The new well in the courthouse yard has been completed at a depth of about 60 feet with something like 30 feet of water.

Holestine & Burdett have sold six car loads of wire since last fall.  Does it pay to advertise?

Cole Coffeen left Monday for Nevada where he will spend a few days with his mother.

HEST –– Our mail carrier is making schedule time with his new car.

Mineral Men from Tulsa, Okla., have been in the neighborhood leasing land. They expect to have their prospect drills here within a short time.

125 Years Ago

August 20, 1891

Guatemala proposes to spend $120,000 for a world’s fair exhibit.

Mexico’s first linen mill has been opened near the City of Mexico.

Revenue officers have seized $7,000 worth of opium in Shasta, Calif., and broke up nine Chinese factories.

A sheriff’s posse has arrested seven of the “Red Bones” gang at Lock, Moore & Co.’s logging camp in Louisiana.

Plans are being prepared for steel whaleback steamers on the Mississippi River.

A young farmer named Edwards while plowing on his farm near San Antonio, Texas, unearthed $17,000 in gold doubloons.

There is an effort being made by the Springfield Mining Bureau to secure an exhibit of the mineral resources of the country surround-ing Springfield, Mo.  L. O. Hailey, of Ava has been appointed receiving agent for the Mining Bureau to receive and forward Douglas County’s exhibit.

Constable Miller of Walls township arrested Jno. Barnett of Ozark County on Saturday, and turned him over to Sheriff Klineline. Barnett is wanted in Springfield by the U.S. Court on a charge of passing counterfeit money.

On Friday, John Cape and James Arnold of Rome Township, were arrested on a charge of holding an old Swede named Stanpfle, who lives about six miles east of Ava.  The robbery occurred at Mr. Stanpfle’s house on Thursday night. Stanpfle had collected about 10 dollars during the day on a debt due him from a neighbor, and had it safely secreted in his house, late in the evening his place was visited by two men one of who presented a pistol at Stanpfle’s head and made him throw up his hands, while the other thief went in the house and forced Mrs. Stanpfle to give up the money.  After the robbers secured the cash they quickly disappeared.

Dr. J.H. Murray has completed his new drugstore on the south side of the square, and has a nicely arranged establishment including a neat office room.  He has secured the J. H. Payan property, located in the south part of town, as a residence at which place he can be found by any who need a physician’s services after business hours.

A traveler who recently visited Alabama says that near a place called Six Mile Creek he came across a field of two or three acres which is over a subterranean lake.  The soil is only three or four feet thick, and you can take a sharp pole and drive it through to the water below.  In one place a well has been dug to the water, and they say a hundred-foot line failed to reach the bottom.  The water is clear and as cold as that of an ordinary spring but there seems to be no current.

We could all be great men if we could be measured by the great things we intend to do tomorrow.