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25 Years Ago

September 19, 1991


There were a few anxious moments last Thursday afternoon when wiring at the Douglas County courthouse caught fire.  At about 5 p.m. when most officers were closed or closing, a wiring connection on the east side of the courthouse began to smoke and eventually caught fire.  Presiding commissioner J.G. Heinlein said the exterior wiring was repaired and no major damage was done.

Ava R-I voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Merle Forrest to fill the vacancy on the board created by the resignation of Dr. Jerry Jumper. Forest, an Ava business-man and father of two children who attend Ava schools, will be sworn in at the next regular meeting.

Ashley Renee Lakey is pleased to announce the arrival of her new brother, Justin Ray.  Justin was born at 3:18 a.m., Sept. 13, at Mercy Hospital.

Officers and members of the board of directors of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Assn. were introduced to Saturday night’s crowd at the Show & Celebration.  They are President Wayne Jones, Secretary-Treasurer Don Freeman, and board members Roy Brown, Larry Kilroy, Dwight Sutherland, Mylo Brown, Ervin Johnson, Daryl Caswell, Rondo Prock, and Vice President Bill Roark.

South Central Ozark Council of Governments which was located at 608 Porter Wagoner Boulevard, in West Plains, since 1967, moved its offices this summer to Cabool.

Leigh Lakey, of Ava, has won second place in a national contest sponsored by the American Dairy Association and the Nabisco Company.  Miss Lakey is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lakey, of Ava.


50 Years Ago

 September 15, 1966


Another record year was chalked up by the National Fox Trot Horse Breed Association during their 8th annual show and celebration here last week.

The Ava High School Football Bears opened their 1966 season Friday night with a 19-13 South Central Association victory over the visiting Salem Tigers. The Bears displayed a strong running attack with Halfbacks Gary Dougherty and Jim Holmes, along with Fullback Wayne Grigg grinding out 293 yards. Dougherty scored all of Ava’s touchdowns on runs of 5-65 yards.  Quarterback Rick Monger plunged for one extra point.

Two Ava Boy Scouts were credited with rescuing Mrs. Carla Rae McSwain of Mansfield in a swimming incident at Vera Cruz last June 7.  According to Mrs. McSwain’s report, she was in difficulty in deep water when Randy and Reggie Victor, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Don Victor of Ava, came to her aid.

Lawrence Smith of Squires has been elected chairman of the U.S. Constitution Committee, and will be a speaker at the National Con-stitution Day Convention at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel, Chicago.

Ava men were awarded jewels and membership pins for years of service in the Douglas IOOF Lodge.  Those receiving jewels are:  W.H. Mitchell, 50 years; John Baumgardner, 50 years; C.B. Jones, 40 years; Arvel Davis, 30 years; John Bragg, 30-year pin; M.J. Inman, 40-year pin; and E.C. Bunch, 50 years.

Songwriters Mildred and Ross Burk, of Springfield, former residents of Ava, have been notified that their song, “Old Tige,” has been released in England, their first single in that country.  The record, with “Distant Drums” on the flip side, was number one in South Africa for several weeks earlier in the summer.

OAK FOREST –– Mr. and Mrs. James Hinote and daughters and Vickie Towe visited Mrs. Eva Hinote and Stanley Sunday.

ARNO –– Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pratt visited Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. George Guthery.

An Army unit that took part in the Philippine Insurrection of 1899-1903 has again arrived in the Far East for combat service. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment landed this week.  Private First Class Jerry R. Hadeen, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hadeen, Route 3, Ava, was scheduled to accompany the unit as a tank driver in Troop M of the regiment’s 3d Reconnaissance Squadron.  Pvt. Hadeen entered on active duty in Nov. 1965.

White River Electric Co-op now serves about 9,500 consumers over 2,744 miles of line located in five counties.

Ladies night will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ava Country Club.


75 Years Ago

September 18, 1941


With the opening of freshman week activities Monday, Sept. 15, the University of Missouri began its 102nd year.  Because of the national emergency, university officials expected a decided decrease in enrollment this fall.  However, present expectations are for an enrollment of between 5200 and 5300. Enrollment for the first semester a year ago was 5566.

Secretary of State Cordell Hull has received an apology from the Japanese ambassador, Kichiesburo Nomura, who took Mr. Hull’s hat by mistake.

The cans of vegetables which the Army eats would make a pile nearly 9,000 miles high, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Chanute Field, Ill., Sept. 12 1941 –– Orders which send Private First Class Edwin D. Judd to his home station, 1st Observation Squadron, Air Corps, Ft. Riley, Kansas, were issued here today. Judd is the son of B. Judd of Ava. He was graduated from the airplane mechanics course. Chanute Field branch, Air Corps Technical School, September 12, 1941.

“My wife is an angel in three ways,” a man asserted.   “In what ways,” asked his companion.  “First, she’s always up in the air.  Second, she’s always harping.  And third, she’s never got an earthly thing to wear.”

Missouri legislature passed a bill to provide wooden legs for needy persons lacking them, but it made no appropriation. It seemingly expected the state to buy wooden legs with wooden money.

  1. TABOR –– Audie Jenkins and Mrs. Martha Jennings were married on Thursday of last week by the Rev. Willis Turner.

SPRINGCREEK – Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Sellers announce the birth of a daughter on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Wm. Bowles and his two daughters, Miss Lila and Mrs. George Thompson, moved Monday from the Allen Adams property on Marvin Street into an apartment in the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Barnes.

James and Howard Curry left Monday after spending the summer in Ava with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Curry.  James returned to Columbia where he will reenter the University of Missouri and Howard went to Kansas City to continue his work in Kansas City Western Dental College.

Thomas Overby has been employed at the C.E. Davis grocery and market. He started to work Wednesday.  Mr. Overby is a son of the Rev. and Mrs. James M. Overby.

Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pitts entertained the members of their dinner-bridge club in their home on Jefferson Street.  Those present: Mr. and Mrs. Ross Brown of Jasper, Mr. and Mrs. Garbee Wageman, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Joslyn, Mr. and Mrs. John Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Hobbs, and Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Gritzmaker.


100 Years Ago

September 21, 1916


The first dirt was moved Monday morning toward starting the erection of the new $15,000 high school building for the Ava High School. The work was divided into three separate con-tracts: the erection of the building, plumbing and heating, and electric wiring.  The contract calls for a three-story building, or two stories and a basement, made of a standard red, smooth faced brick trimmed with stone or concrete.  According to estimates made by members of the board there will be about $1,000 left when the building is completed, for seating and various other necessary equipment, providing the heating, plumbing and wiring don’t cost over $3,500.

Moore’s Sliding Dam at Eureka Springs, Ark., which has been under construction during the past two years and which will be two feet higher than the Powersite Dam above Forsyth, will be completed within the next few days.

County Treasurer Chas. H. Coble received a check for $928.67 last Monday, which amount is Douglas County’s share of State aid for roads.

BASHER ITEMS – Roy Parker and Miss Gertie Barton were quietly married last Thursday.

People think there is a law in Missouri against killing buzzards. There is no law to this effect, and has not been for years. Buzzards are a menace to livestock produc-tion and therefore should be killed and burned.  “Shoot the Buzzards.”

Missouri Farm Boy Is World Champion –– Probably there were a few loyal Missourians who until Sept. 9 had some doubt as to whether Bob Simpson, University of Missouri athlete was the best hurdler in the world, but after his performance in the national ama-teur championships at Newark, N.J. the question was settled.  Bob, who until two years ago was an un-known country boy from Bosworth, Mo., won his race with distance to spare, beating the best athletes of the United States, and that means the best in the world.

County Supt. Moorhouse return-ed Saturday from the west end of the county where he has visited 28 schools in the last two weeks, in his Ford.

Mr. and Mrs. Flem Reynolds have returned to Ava to live. Flem says he has tried Seymour and Springfield since he left Ava, and neither place suits him as well as Ava.

There seems to be a strong demand for hogs, which are bringing high prices. They range from $6 to $7 per cwt.

Pawpaw gathering is the order of the day.

DENLOW –– Mr. James Pen-nington and family have moved back to their property in Denlow and their son Casper will run the farm.


125 Years Ago

September 24, 1891


President Harrison today issued his proclamation opening the new lands in Indian Territory [Oklaho-ma] for settlement.

Russia is preparing to compete with America in exporting kerosene oil.

The Kansas City baseball club is trying to get into the American Association next season.

Photographs of Grant and Lincoln taken in 1841 have been unearthed in the Treasury Depart-ment.

The tests of the new 6-inch rifle gun manufactured at the Washing-ton Navy yard were highly satis-factory.

Jay Gould is said to have authorized an expenditure of $1,000,000 for a Missouri Pacific display at the world’s fair.

Miss Polly Ervett, age 72 and owner of several farms near Greensburg, Pa., married Lewis Ratter, age 19, one of her farm hands.

Nearly 50 Indians on the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indian reservations have died during the past week while indulging in ghost dances.

Mansfield, Mo., has an addition to its business by the establishment of the Mansfield Poultry Yards. The new company proposes to buy from the merchants of Douglas and Wright counties poultry and eggs, which they will ship in carload lots to Kansas and southern markets.

On Friday, the 18th, Ex-Sheriff J.M. Lyon located and recaptured James Wright, the prisoner that escaped from Sheriff Klineline at Mansfield, about a month ago.  Lyons holds the prisoner at Rome and will await the arrival of the Tennessee officers with a requisi-tion for Wright and $300 reward for his capture.

Women feel where men think.  Yes, and that is what makes the man prematurely bald.

Somehow the devil never ceases to be far away when men trade horses.

It is sometimes quite as mali-cious to tell the truth as it is to tell as lie.

Faith never stand around with its hands in its pockets.

The Salvation Army has been in existence just 13 years.

A silken Roman Catholic prayer book has been woven at Lyons, France, the composition of which took three years. The prayers are not printed on the silk but woven. Five hundred copies were “struck-off” the book and are bought for wedding presents by rich people.

Wedding Rings for Men –– An invariable custom prevailing among Creole women is to insist that at the ceremony the bridegroom shall receive a plain gold wedding ring, which he is obliged never to put from the third finger of the left hand until death parts them twain.

J.H.J. Bell has taken the contract to erect the new business house for H.M. Miller on the west side of the square, and commenced work on the building this week.