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Looking Backward 10.13.2016

25 Years Ago

October 10, 1991


Three days of live musical entertainment, a four-day exhibit-tion of handmade arts and crafts, an art show, and the traditional chicken barbecue are on tap in Ava this weekend as the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 32nd annual Glade Top Trail Festival.

Robert Holt and Alvie Dooms, both of Ava, are among the fifteen master folk artists from across Missouri chosen by a statewide panel of experts to participate in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program for 1991-1992.  Initiated in 1984, this program actively conserves Missouri’s rich heritage by encouraging the transmission of folk arts in their community settings.

Seven-year-old Tabitha McFar-lin was top rider in the St. Jude Bike-A-Thon held last Saturday, and was the winner of a bright new bicycle.  Tabitha rode 15 miles and collected $214 for the children’s research hospital.

Ola Staley who was celebrating her 87th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 8 was honored with a 4:30 p.m. dinner at the Village Inn Restau-rant.

S/Sgt. Harry Sevin is serving at an air base in Saudi Arabia and is in charge of the telecommuni-cations site and five men who work at the center.

Owen Theatre, Seymour, Mo. now showing “What About Bob” starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss.

The Ava Business Women’s Club met Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Highway House Café for a menu dinner and business meeting.  Attending were Mary Beason, Beulah Gentry, Lilly Linder, Mabel Mitchell, Bonnie Reid, Bonita Stafford, Evelyn Sell, Maurine Calvin, Lou Emma Lawson, Trellis Dewhirst, and the guest, Karen Beason.


50 Years Ago

 October 6, 1966


Dale Haden of Ava has been named assistant manager of Carps Department Store in Ava following the resignation of the former assistant manager, Rodney Alms, who has received his call for military service.

The undefeated Ava High School Bears recorded their fourth consecutive victory of the season last Friday night by defeating the Cabool Bulldogs, 26-13, at Cabool, and holding the top slot in the South Central Association Confer-ence.

Leonard Thompson of Oklahoma City was the first person to check a deer killed with a bow and arrow following opening of the archery deer season Saturday.  Thompson killed the 95-pound animal in the Romance area in Douglas County.  A former resident of Douglas County, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Thompson, Route 4, Ava.

Glenn Peebles, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Peebles of the Goodhope community killed a coyote about 100 yards from his home Tuesday, Sept 26, after dogs had chased the animal under a rock ledge. The county pays a $15 bounty on coyotes.

Pvt. Richard Flattem, USMC, was injured during his last week of “boot camp.”  He was operated on last Thursday to repair a fractured jaw. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Flattem, Route 3.

GREAT LAKES –– Seaman Recruit Larry J. Burnett, 17, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Burnett of Ava, has been graduated from nine weeks of Navy basic training at the Naval Training Center here.

ROMANCE –– Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Loftis and girls spent the weekend with Roy Pare.  The girls helped their Grandpa haul winter wood.

Oscar Cunningham, local missionary of the American Sunday School Union, will be attending the District Observance of the 350th Anniversary of the American Sunday School Union in Spring-field, Mo., Oct. 7 to 9.

Army Specialist Sixth Class Doyle D. Piland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Piland, Squires, received the Association of the U.S. Army honor graduate award at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Sept 16.

WAGNER –– Mr. and Mrs. Erven Swearengin are proud to announce the birth of twins, Saturday, Sept. 17, 1968.  They were named Frisky and Trixie. The mother is Red II, a Guernsey, and the father is Bosco, a Hereford. Latest report Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith have adopted the twins.

FIELDSTONE –– Mr. and Mrs. Ross Shannon were Friday diner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Penner, Mr. and Mrs. Swearengin were afternoon callers.

BREEDEN –– Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Lakey are moving on the Orville Pruiett place, known as the Cline place.


75 Years Ago

October 9, 1941


Steps were taken at the regular meeting of the city council Tuesday night to regulate traffic and parking within the city limits, with the adoption of an ordinance that also prescribes speed limits.  Hereafter, according to the provisions of the ordinance, a speed limit of twenty miles per hour must be observed on the public square and for one block each way from the square on all streets.

Mrs. Rose Henley of Almartha was in Ava Saturday with an oddity fruit from a Japonica, grown in her yard. The Japonica or Japan quince is a cultivated shrub that grows about head high.  Mrs. Henley says she never knew of one in this country that ever bore fruit. The shrub in her yard is more than 19 years old, and this is the first time it has ever borne fruit.

Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Herrell announce the birth of a nine-pound girl, Peggy Lee, born Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Nearer and nearer the Hitler forces draw to Moscow.  How much of it will he be able to destroy?

Mr. and Mrs. Norris Johnson announce the birth of a nine-pound son, Jerry Norris, Wednesday evening, October 1, at their country home just west of town. Mrs. Johnson before her marriage was Miss Mary Elliott.

ROBERTSON –– Eliza Ludwig and children, Bertha, Sallie Lou, Opal Lee, Neva Jane, and Marie Wheeler, Raymond Johnson and Harry Hart were guests Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carmickle.

DENLOW –– Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Brixey and family attended a golden wedding celebration at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Brixey, near Hartville, Sunday. Mr. Brixey is a cousin of Mr. A. C. Brixey.

  1. TABOR –– Rev. Ray Letsinger has again been retained by the Mt. Tabor church as pastor for the coming year.

BRUSHYKNOB –– Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Heard are the proud parents of a new girl, Norma Jean. The baby is reported doing nicely, but Mrs. Heard is still under the care of Dr. Vannoy of Norwood.

Between fifty and sixty relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown near Brixey Sunday to help Mr. Brown celebrate his seventy-sixth birthday.

EAST VANZANT –– School at Coble is getting along fine with Lilburn Cooper as teacher.

Mrs. Landon Gaulding suffered a very painful injury Saturday evening when she fell and hurt her shoulder. The accident occurred at the Dean Gaulding store just before the closing hour.  Mrs. Gaulding had gone to the back of the store and tripped over a box left in the passageway. In falling she hit her right shoulder and attending physicians say the ligaments in the shoulder are badly torn. She is now confined to her home on Webster Avenue.


100 Years Ago

October 12, 1916


The United States Civil Service Commission announces that on Nov. 11 an examination will be held at Mtn. Grove, Mo., as a result of which it is expected to make certification to fill a contemplated vacancy in the position of fourth class postmaster at Coldspring and other vacancies as they may occur at the office.

The first event of its kind in the history of the Public Schools of Douglas County, if not in this section of the Ozarks, was celebra-ted at Lakey District on Saturday, Oct. 7, 1916, the occasion being, “Our First Annual School Fair and Patrons Day.”

One of the best meetings ever held by the Republicans anywhere in the county was held at Girdner last night. The church house was filled to its capacity.

A very quiet wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Grabeel on Tuesday afternoon of this week. The contracting parties were Mr. Harry Klineline and Miss Zella Grabeel.  Rev. S.D. Roberts performed the ceremony.

The country home of Joseph A. Hasser, who lives on Casto about five miles north of here, was destroyed by fire about midnight Monday night of this week. Nothing was saved from the house. The property was insured for $300.

It begins to appear that the single-track mind system will have to be temporarily double-tracked. A few weeks hence, of course, it will be side-tracked.

Mrs. W. F. Reynolds and daughter Ruth were entertained at dinner Wednesday at the home of Mesdames Clara Gentry and Cecil Walker who live on Maple Street.

  1. C. Ellis who recently bought the Frank Spurlock farm on Whites Creek, shipped a bunch of fine calves in from Kansas this week and drove them down to his farm.

The road machinery in this end of the county is at work on the Mt. Zion road this week, and from reports coming to town some mighty good work is being done.

Miss Nellie Fisher who has been confined with typhoid fever is able to be out again.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hartley of Arno are the proud parents of a fine boy, who arrived last Monday night.

On Monday night, a big boy made his arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Taylor who live west of town.

Wm. Neiman has traded his farm just south of town for the R. L. Story residence property in Ava and is preparing to move to town.

Prentice Bushong, ex-county clerk of Ozark County, passed through Ava yesterday enroute to St. Louis to begin his junior year in a medical college.


125 Years Ago

October 15, 1891


President Harrison is recipient of an elephant’s foot from Ceylon.

A scourge of black diphtheria is raging at Fairview, Illinois.

A bank has been organized at Smithton, Mo., with John Hingen, president, and F.L. Wright, cashier.

Orders have been sent to the revenue steamer Rush to return to Bering Sea and keep a lookout for poachers.

The public bath houses in Boston were patronized by 1,018,788 persons the past season. There were 840,086 males and 178,702 females.

Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland have decided to name the baby, Ruth. This was the name of Mrs. Cleveland’s grandmother and has always been especially like by her.

A California ranchman named Wilson who found himself surrounded by flames, was saved by the pluck of a mustang pony, which carried him through the flames to safety.

KANSAS CITY –– One of the last remnants of the court proceedings caused by the James boys was disposed of yesterday in the circuit court of Ray County.  The case of Dick Liddell, charged with murder in the killing of Wood Hite, was dismissed by the prosecuting attorney. The evidence was deemed insufficient to cause conviction.

It costs something to live and a good deal to die, in fact, everything costs. Someone estimates that getting born costs the people of the United States $250,000,000 annually; getting married $300,000,000; getting buried, $75,000,000.  It might be added that getting drunk costs the people of the United States more than $800,000,000 annually, or over one and one half times as much as getting born, married and buried put together, and more than all the bread and meat consumed by the union.

Nine tenths of the unhappy marriages are the result of green humans being allowed to run at large on society pastures without any yoke on them. They marry and have children before they do mustaches.  They are fathers of twins before they are possessors of two pairs of pants, and the little girls they marry are old women before they are 20 years old.  If there was a law against young galoots sparking and marrying before they cut their teeth, we suppose the cusses would make it in some way.  But there ought to be a sentiment against it.

  1. H. Farnsworth Esq., of West Plains, Mo., was in Ava the first of the week looking for a location to practice law.

Molasses making is now in full blast.

LINCOLN Township – Cannon Dalton, of Webster County, is having a storehouse erected near the head of Martin’s branch, and as soon as completed, he intends to stock up with general merchandise.