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Looking Backward 10.20.2016

25 Years Ago

October 17, 1991


An interception by Brian Ross in the fourth quarter was the break the Ava High School Bears needed last Friday night to hold off the charging Thayer Bobcats.  Ava defeated the Bobcats 19-7 to remain undefeated, but the game was closer, in many ways, than the score indicates.

The JV Lady Bears won the Mtn. Home Tournament last Saturday, representing the state well as the only Missouri team there to compete with seven Arkansas schools. The wins there boosted Ava’s record to 11-1.

Lowell Strong and Buddy Irby were first place winners in the Pro-Am Division of team roping competition at the Ava Saddle Club this summer.

Christy Overcast and Dink Davis were first place winners in the Novice Division of team roping competition at the Ava Saddle Club this summer.

Rosa Davis celebrated her 96th birthday last week when she and family members met at Highway House Café at noon for lunch and birthday cake.

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Stillings (Laura Givans), Ava, announce the birth of a son, born at 5:21 a.m. Oct. 5 at St. John’s Re-gional Health Center, Springfield. The baby weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. at birth and was 21 inches long. He has been named Timothy Austin.

Five persons were taken into custody last Saturday afternoon following a marijuana raid north of Ava near the Wright County line. Sheriff Roldan Turner said a total of 208 plants, averaging 10 feet in height, were confiscated by the officers as they moved in on the area.


50 Years Ago

 October 13, 1966


A 17-year-old Ava youth was apprehended Tuesday night about 9:30 p.m. after fleeing from the county jail, taking two vehicles, and making an attempt to take four others.  After the hour long spree, he was spotted by Policemen Ezra Henson and Lloyd Trent going up an alley behind businesses on the south side of the square where he was apprehended.

Quail season got off to an early start at the Herald last week when four birds were fatally wounded in their flight to avoid city traffic. A covey which had wandered into town was in flight when the birds smashed into a large plate glass window at the rear of the Herald building, killing four of them. The survivors continued on their flight and apparently sought refuge on a nearby lawn.  What happened to the four dead birds?  No one is talking.  Quail season officially opens here on Nov. 10.

The Mountain Grove Panthers knocked the Ava Bears from the unbeaten ranks Friday night by rolling up a 32-7 victory including three fourth quarter touchdowns.

Little Paige Bacorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bacorn, NE 2nd Avenue, celebrated her fourth birthday Friday afternoon, Oct. 7, with a birthday party hostessed by Mrs. Bacorn at the family home. Guests present to help celebrate the occasion were: Skip and Anne Sallee, Kevin Harvey, Teresa Ireland, Stevie Silvey, Stevie Wood, Kelly Hutchison, Scott Davis, Jeff Davis, Greg Davis, Kelly and Timmie Stafford, Philip Norman, Toni Ann and Keith Jenkins, Stacey Bacorn and Mrs. Zona Hightower.

Television mini-cameras meas-uring 1.5 by 3 by 4.5 inches are being tested by the National Aero-nautics and Space Administration for use on spacecraft and satellites.

Mrs. Peggy McSwain, wife of Junior McSwain of Ava, and daughter of Mrs. Myrtle Davis of Ava, won first place in the motorcycle ¼-mile racing event at the Springfield – Ozark Dragway recently.  Mrs. McSwain won over two other motorcycles, qualifying her for the first place trophy.

Bill Cradic, president of the Ava Lions Club, has announced the judges for local entries in Lions International’s Peace Essay Con-test. Mr. Cradic names Max Decker, principal of Ava High School; Mrs. Florence Garrison and Russell Walker, teachers of Ava High School.  They will determine the club’s entry in the International Contest.

Seaman Recruit Eddie Straws, 18, USN, son of Mrs. May Tibbetts of Ava, has been graduated from nine weeks of Navy basic training at the Naval Training Center here.

Mr. and Mrs. Doy Price and their son and daughter, John and Brenda, of Route 2, entertained with a dinner party Sept. 27 as a farewell honor to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Overcast and family of Route 4, Ava, who were preparing to move to Menvel, Texas.


75 Years Ago

October 16, 1941


Tuesday afternoon the four classes of Ava High School met and elected their class represent-tatives for harvest queen and prince charming. The class candidates are: senior, Peggy Lee and Charles Adams; junior, Ruth Hicks and Richard Bender; sophomore, Sybil Sell and Quinton Herd; freshmen, Betty Whitacre and Murel McKnight.

It is rather an appalling thought that about 50 percent of our draft registrants have been disqualified because of physical, mental or educational reasons.  That we are distinctly a weak or weakened people because of those unlooked after deficiencies, which is very much to our discredit.

Blaine Cunningham arrived in Ava Thursday from Anchorage, Alaska, where he has homesteaded 160 acres of land. He left Ava three years ago.  He has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Joe Harris, and other relatives and will visit another sister in Oklahoma.

Rural free delivery was first introduced into Missouri forty-five years ago this week when on October 15, 1986, the United States government set up three experimental mail routes out of Cairo, in Randolph County.  The routes each were eighteen miles long and were to serve a total of 1,000 persons.

It’s just two weeks until Hallowe’en. There is going to be fun on the square again this year. A big Hallowe’en carnival with a spook parade and contest and all sorts of things to see and do.

A surprise birthday supper was given for Mrs. Floyd Staley at her home last Thursday evening.

Corporal Glenn Harnden of Fort Wood spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Harnden.  He returned to Fort Wood Sunday night. Glenn will receive his discharge this week after having been in the Army one year.

It’s an open question now whether the new use tax of $5 on every motor car in the country will be collected by existing agencies or by an entirely new agency with perhaps 3,000 employees. It would be safer to lay your money on the new agency and the added jobholders.

Now, motorists can enjoy smooth riding over the streets. The pavement was widened on both the north and west sides of the courthouse, bringing the hard surface clear up to the sidewalks. The streets are like new again. In this process the most disgraceful mudhole in the city was eliminated. The mudhole was on the west side of the courthouse.

DENLOW –– Tom Alsup and Maggie Worsham were married recently and were honored with a charivari Wednesday night.  They are living on the Noel Alsup place.


100 Years Ago

October 19, 1916


A meeting of the South Central Athletic Association was held in Mtn. Grove Saturday, Oct. 14 for the purpose of electing officers and making plans for the years work in Athletics.  The Association is two years old and since its organization there has been a great improvement in the Athletics of the high schools of south central Missouri. Officers elected for this year and schools enrolled as members are as follows:  D.F. Votaw, Principal, Ava, Presi-dent; J.L. Martin, Principal West Plains, Vice President; R. H. Gehman, Supt., Willow Springs, Secretary and Treasurer.   Schools enrolled: West Plains, Thayer, Willow springs, Koshkonong, Ava, Eminence, Mtn. View, Mtn. Grove, Cabool, and Houston.

By order of the county court notices have been posted in Miller and Buchanan townships giving notice of a stock law election to be held in said townships on Nov. 7.  The proposition of restraining sheep, goats and swine from running at large will be submitted to those townships only at the regular November election.

A new typesetting machine with the possible speed of 250 words a minute is the invention that John S. Urie, a student in the University of Missouri at Columbia, has been working on for three years. The new machine would set syllables instead of single letters, thus greatly increasing the speed of type composition.  Urie is a student in Journalism.

The interest and enrollment of our school is greater than at this time last year.  Miss Nash and Miss Adams are in their places again. Miss Pearl Whitcomb of University Park, Ia., is with us as teacher of English, German and Latin.

Little Miss Eva Daves enter-tained a few of her friends at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Daves, on Saturday afternoon of last week in the nature of a birthday party.  After an hour of real fun for the little ones, dainty refreshments were served to Misses Fanny Miller, Neva Coble, Reba Clark, Cleo Judd, Reba Norman, Dorothy Heard, Pauline Harrison, Freda Pettit and Mildred Clinking-beard.

The Seventh Day Adventists have secured the Landers building just north of the G. B. Church and will conduct future services there instead of at the tent.

Messrs. Wallace, Lefler and Freet have leased their mine near Igo, Ozark County, to a Joplin firm.


125 Years Ago

October 22, 1891


Reports continue to come in of damage to shipping and other property in England by storm.

During the past three months the street railways of St. Louis carried 21,053,840 passengers.

An electric miners lamp has been invented by Dr. P. Christianes of Leavenworth, Kan.

The Southern Pacific Company will not employ any members of the order of railway telegraphers.

The government is about to begin the work of preparing a hydrographic survey of the Great Lakes.

A package containing $3,000 in currency was stolen from the office of Adams Express Company at the North Side Depot in Springfield a few nights since and no clue to the thief has been obtained.

Probably the most remarkable invention of the age is the product of the brain of a Chester County poultry-raiser, says the Philadelphia Record. The machine is nothing more than a contrivance to catch, kill and pick chickens. It works like a charm, and singular as it may seem, is not at all complicated. The machine is concealed in an old basket, for the average barnyard fowl, is away above the average bird in point of suspicion and intelligence.

A young man, whose best girl named her pet calf for him doesn’t know whether to accept it as a compliment or not.

The devil likes to hear the man who won’t pay his debts talk in church.

An important purchase of mining property situated on the Splitlog Railroad south of Neosho, in Newton County, has been made by Col. S.E. Locke, at Carthage. The land in question is known as the Mosely mines, and contains 240 acres of very fine mineral land, from which a large amount of ore has been taken.  This last purchase is one of many made by Eastern capitalists represented by S.E. Locke, who has been negotiating for months for possession of the same.