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Looking Backward 10.6.2016

25 Years Ago

October 3, 1991


Steve Hall and Craig Jones participated in the annual Ozark ATV Rodeo and came home with several trophies. Hall won first, second and third place trophies. Jones rode in two classes and won five first place and three second place trophies.

The Ava High School Bears boosted their season record to 4-0 last Friday night with a 21-17 win over Willow Springs.  The win moved Ava to 3-0 in SCA play, and represented win No. 100 at Ava High for Coach Larry Silvey.

Airman Brian C. Jumper has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.  The airman is a 1987 graduate of Ava High School

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sellers, Ava, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 13, with a reception in the fellowship hall of Ava First Baptist Church. Carrie Osburn and Raymond Sellers were married Oct. 10, 1931, in Hartville, Mo.

All members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol are now equipped with a new tool to more safely subdue persons resisting arrest.  Pepper Mace, whose main substance is cayenne pepper and a non-flammable propellant, has been supplied to all troopers and will be used at the officer’s discretion, according to Col. C.E. Fisher, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

MOUND – Cami Garret of Ava, spent Friday night and Saturday with Kayla and Kelse Bray.

Demolition derby action returns Saturday night when the Douglas County Fair Board sponsors an Imperial Demolition Derby at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This is a “winner take all” derby, with the total entry fees going to the prize fund.


50 Years Ago

 September 29, 1966


Newly-elected members of the Agricultural Stabilization and Con-servation county committee are; A.H. Huff, Jr., member and past chairman; Glenn L. King, vice chairman; and Charles E. Davis, chairman.

Doyn Upton, 40, a native of Ozark County, and a resident of Ava, has been named manager of Williams Supermarket following the promotion of Manager Larry Johnson, who is working out of the home office in Seymour.

Harold Dye, area supervisor for General Telephone Co., of Missouri, says new signs will be installed on telephone lines in the district in an effort to reduce the damage which has plagued the telephone company in recent months from persons shooting at birds on the lines.  Mr. Dye said the signs will be installed on lines where cables cross the highways.

Mr. and Mrs. Burrel Loftin of Route 5, Ava, announce the birth of a 6 pound, 1-ounce son, Timothy Farren, at 10:26 p.m. Sept. 5 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. They have five other sons and five daughters.

Poets sing of autumn leaves. The rest of us rake them. . .

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Heriford, Jr., announce the birth of a daughter at 11 o’clock Monday night, Sept. 19, at Burge Hospital in Springfield. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces at the time of her birth and she has been named Iris Delene.

Rev. Carl Willis, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, was honored with a birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17 by members of the church.

If you sit back and watch the world go by –– it will…

Gary Kester, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Kester of 307 NE 5th Avenue, has returned to the University of Missouri in Columbia to continue work towards a master’s degree in Spanish on a teaching assistantship. Kester returned to Ava Aug. 28 from Madrid, Spain, where he had spent eight weeks at the University of Madrid.

RED BANK –– Larry Scribner spent the weekend with Jerry Garrison and attended Sunday School at Red Bank.

THEODOSIA –– Capt. Jarrett Robertson, who returned Sept. 7 from Viet Nam, is spending a 30-day leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Robertson.

ALMARTHA –– Mr. and Mrs. Joe Murphy went to Lebanon Sunday to meet their son, Swain and family to spend the day as it was Joe’s birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Alderman entertained at their home in Ava Thursday night, Sept. 22, when they were host and hostess at a regular meeting of the Ava Pitch Club. Three guests, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Klineline and Olen Deckard, attended with the following members, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan House, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Parsley, Mr. and Mrs. Cloine Pettit, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Maloney and Mrs. Burnam Cummins.


75 Years Ago

October 2, 1941


Wednesday was the first day of National Newspaper Week, which is being observed all over the country October 1 to 8.  It was back in the 15th Century that an invention was created that made possible the newspaper of today. It was the invention of printing, called the most important and most perilous discovery in the annals of history.

Douglas County farm people are well underway in their drive for 500 members in the Douglas County Agricultural Extension Association which is being set up to sponsor county agent work in the county.  The purpose is to help get a county agent back in the county and to help people understand the county agent program better.

Indications that there would be no aid from the National Youth Administration or from the Works Projects Administration for lunch programs in rural schools this year were received this week by Claude H. Hibbard, county school superin-tendent.

A play will be given at the General Baptist Church Wednesday evening, Oct. 8, by the ladies aid society of the church.  Title of the play is “Grandmother Quilt” and it is directed by Mrs. E.R. Norman. There are eight characters in the cast.  The money will be applied to the building fund for the church parsonage.

Cleo Cooper of Kansas City arrived in Ava Sunday and is visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Cooper and family.

The Ava School Board members and their wives and the members of the Ava faculty held their first meeting last Thursday evening in the high school building.  It has been customary for the past several years to have a picnic for the first meeting.  This year a picnic was planned but because of bad weather the group met in the school building and had a picnic supper. Afterwards the group went to the Avalon Theatre at the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Pettit, and saw the movie, “Reaching for the Sun.”

Willis Loring, of Lebanon, Bretney Sims, Vanzant and Misses Faye and Gail Thurman of Girdner spent Sunday sightseeing at Twin Bridges, Siloam tower and Big Springs. In the evening they visited relatives in Mountain Grove.

Some 6,700,000 pounds of pots and pans collected in the aluminum drive are now being processed into fighting planes.

An interested visitor in the Herald office this week has been William Guhman, representative of Missouri Petroleum Products Co. of Clayton, here to supervise the resurfacing of the city streets. While it was so rainy that outside work was impossible, Mr. Guhman occupied his time watching the job presses run, seeing type set up in forms for the job presses, and seeing the intricate mechanism of the Intertype machine setting type. He was learning, he thought, just about enough to enable him to start up a printing plant of his own, but when he saw how much work there was to setting up a sale bill and printing it and how little the shop received for such a job, he decided he’d rather stay with his job of surfacing streets.


100 Years Ago

October 5, 1916


Seventy-nine comrades of Civil War fame attended the Reunion in Ava.  The cool chilly days during the reunion did not keep the old soldiers away.  These brave hearted “old boys” who have gone through the hardships of war care but little about a slight shift in weather conditions.

A decision was rendered by the Supreme Court last Saturday ordering Secretary of State Cornelius Roach to have the proposed Prohibition amendment printed on the regular ballots at the November election.

It was Republican Day at Buckhart yesterday, but it looked more like a 4th of July celebration.  From the early morning hours until in the afternoon people kept coming from every direction.

With excavation completed and the first car load of brick now on the ground, Mankin and Wilson contractors for the new high school building are putting forth 100 percent efficiency in pushing the work as rapidly as possible.  The foundation is being put in this week, while the carpenters are busy every day cutting out timber material.  Home labor is being employed altogether, and it is indeed gratifying to know that home brains and labor will do the entire work, thus keeping the $15,000, with the exception of what will go out of the county for supplies, at home to be used and circulated in our town and county, which otherwise might have been taken away from us.

People came from all parts of the county to Ava Monday to see the circus and were greatly disap-pointed when they got here. Instead of being a circus, it was about the “punkiest” show Ava has had in a long time.

BUCKHART –– Little Clarence Sims who has been very low with the typhoid fever is now getting along nicely.

The Saloon Bar:

A bar to heaven, a door to hell;

Whoever named it, named it well.

A bar to manliness and wealth,

A door to want and broken health.

A bar to honor, pride and fame,

A door to sin and grief and shame.

A bar to hope, a bar to prayer,

A door to darkness and despair.

A bar to honored useful life,

A door to senseless brawling strife.

A bar to all that is true and brave,

A door to every drunkard’s grave.

A bar to joy that home imparts,

A door to tears and aching hearts.

A bar to heaven, a door to hell,

Whoever named it, named it well.


125 Years Ago

October 8, 1891


Whisky will be weighed instead of measured hereafter by the Internal Revenue Bureau.

Captain Hansen, the famous Yokohama pirate and generally hard character, has sailed for the Bering Sea to make another raid on the seal beds.

Charles V. McGraw is in jail at Louisville on the charge of bigamy.  So far four wives have turned up who have never been divorced from him.

Prominent government officials say that the uprising in Guatemala is of little importance, and that the government is fully able to take care of itself.

On Friday, a lodge of the Order of Knights of Reciprocity was organized in the G.A.R. Hall at Ava, with 22 charter members.  Order of the Knights of Reciprocity originated in Kansas and is rapidly spreading eastward.

Henry Miller, Jr., has purchased a lot on the north side of town and will erect a new dwelling house during the fall.

Jake Lord and Sam Whittaker of Clay township were arrested on Saturday on a charge of horse stealing, on a warrant issued from Ozark County. The arrest was made at Whittaker’s residence on Dry Creek. The theft of the horse in question was committed last week at a meeting in Ozark County, and was the property of Geo. McMahan of that county, the property has not yet been recovered.

The Carthage Grand Opera House costing $33,000 was opened to the public by the Katie Putnam Comedy Company. The seating capacity is 1,000 and every seat was taken. The arrangements of the house are perfect, and Carthage now has one of the handsomest structure to attract theatre goers in Southwest Missouri.

The Mississippi is lower than it has been for years.

Fire broke out last night in the Ramsey Building at Springfield, and destroyed $15,000 worth of property; insurance, $4,000.

Guatemala and San Salvador are once more preparing for war.

A kind word will go father and strike harder than a cannon ball.

Riley Smart has died from the effects of being stung in forty-two places by yellow jackets.

The Power of Many –– In Africa when an army of ants moves for food the still forest becomes alive with the tamping of the elephant, the flight of the antelope or of the gazelle, of the leopard, of snakes, all the living world, in the same direction where the other animals are fleeing away.

Trying to drown a sorrow in drink is almost as wise as cutting off a sore finger to make it stop hurting.

From the Chicago Times:  The national emblem of Russia should be a turkey gobbler.

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 – A daughter was born this morning to Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland.