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Looking Backward 10.27.2016

25 Years Ago

October 24, 1991


Ava High School senior Kristi Pitts was crowned 1991 Home-coming Queen last Friday night during halftime ceremonies of the Ava-Salem football game.

Merle Forrest was sworn in Monday night as the newest member of the Ava R-I Board of Education.  Forrest was appointed to the board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Jerry Jumper earlier this year.  The oath of office was administered to Forrest by Board President Jim Greene at the start of the meeting.

Melba Roper received an award at Green Thumb’s Silver Anniver-sary Celebration in Willow Springs last week. Iris Bernhardt, district manager for U.S. Congressman Bill Emerson presented the award to Melba.  Melba never worked out of the home until five years ago, when at age of 80, she decided to seek employment.  In the five years Melba has been with Green Thumb she has worked as a teacher’s aide in the Ava Elementary School, and is presently working four days a week in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office receiving clerical training.

Trampus and Rena (Melton) Taylor are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Whitney Nicole.

Miss Mabel Mitchell was honored last week at the Prairie Creek Village HUD housing center with a farewell dinner. Miss Mitchell will soon be leaving Ava to live in a retirement home in Asheville, NC.

Bill Frye, of Ava, won the 75-lap feature at Muskogee, Okla., on Oct. 12 and claimed the $10,000 first place money.

Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Ellison recently celebrated their 51st wed-ding anniversary. Woody and Tillie were married Oct. 15, 1940.


50 Years Ago

 October 20, 1966


Competing for the title of Ava High School Homecoming Queen this week are Linda Collins, Janice Uhlmann and Vick Hall, all seniors.

An estimated 2,000 persons made the Glade Top Trail tour Sunday, the first day of the eight-day event.  Over 150 persons from 8 states registered at the reception center on the square here Sunday.  Mrs. Ramey Smith and Mrs. Willard Pueppke were in charge of the registration.

Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Hays of 420 N. Jefferson announce the birth of a son Monday morning, Oct. 17, in the Gainesville Clinic.

Ava Dry Goods Winners:  Baby Photo contest –– grand prize, Kirk, 4 years, Mrs. Beverly Robertson, Ava; Kimberly, 2½, Mrs. Marlin Jenkins, Ava; Margarete, 3½, Mrs. J. Cain, Ava; Angela, 8 months, Mrs. Wasene McDaniel, Wasola; and Keith, 4 years, Mrs. Geo. Long, Ava.  Winners of Bean Guessing: Number of beans – 10,712.  Lois Whitaker, 1st;  Naomi Stephens, 2nd; Phyllis Swofford, 3rd; Vivian Evans, 4th; Mava Turner, 5th; Lillie Burton, 6th; Elsie Cudworth, 7th.

Lyle Dever, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Dever of Route 3, Ava, returned to Boston, Mass., Oct. 7 after an extended ocean cruise, 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Dever is serving as Warrant Officer on the Coast Guard ship “SPAR.”

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Thompson of Galloway, former residents of the Squires community, observed their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Oct. 4, with a family celebration. The honorees were married in Ava.

The annual Oldtimers Singing and Reunion was held Sunday at the Coldspring School with several out-of-town persons in attendance.  Mrs. Minnie Burk, 88, of Ava, was awarded a box of candy for being the oldest person in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Luttrell received a prize for coming the longest distance –– Bakersfield, Calif.

The Ava Drug and Rexall Drug Stores will alternate Sunday store hours starting Sunday, Nov. 6.  Only one store will be open Sundays noon till 3 p.m.

RICHVILLE – We had our first killing frost and a freeze Saturday night, Oct. 15.

FAIRVIEW –– Wedding bells rang Monday for George Heather-ington, formerly of this community, and Miss Connie Collins, of Ava.

Pfc. Rodney Streight will leave Springfield today by plane to return to his base at Fort Benning, Ga., after a fall leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Streight of Route 4, Ava, and with other members of his family in the area. Pfc. Streight is now a clerk-typist with the Army at Fort Benning.

GIRDNER –– Pvt. Donnie Strong, who is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood spent the weekend with his wife, Mrs. Brenda Strong.  They spent Saturday night with Mrs. Strong’s family, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jones, Dianne and Connie, and Vernon Moore. Sunday they visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Strong and family of Ava.


75 Years Ago

October 23, 1941


Tuesday afternoon the Ava High School softball team won the Altitude League championship by defeating Marshfield by a score of 2 to 1.  The game was played at Seymour.  The Ava team had a good season, played seven games and lost only one.

Douglas County had two traffic fatalities the first nine months this year; none in the same period last year.

The Navy announced the destroyer Kearney was torpedoed while on patrol duty near Iceland. The boat was able to proceed under its own power and eleven casualties were reported. The President told his press conference the vessel, was clearly within American defensive waters when attacked.

Mrs. Elize Rowe and Mrs. Jack Vinson have leased the street car in the north part of town and are planning to open a café at the location. Mrs. Rowe and Mrs. Vinson have set no definite date to open the business but hope to be ready with-in the very near future.

Roy Tharp and five Ava High School students were in Kansas City Monday and attended the American Royal livestock show. The five students were Delta Barker, Mary Wiggins, Glenna Dell Cooper, Donna McKinney and Bob Pettit.

Mr. and Mrs. Pleas Cooper moved Monday from the J.V. Pitts property into the residence just east of the courthouse, across the street from the Pitts property on Lincoln Avenue. The home Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are now occupying was recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Davenport who have moved into an apartment back of the Davenport barber shop.

Several members of the Ava High School faculty will be in Joplin Thursday and Friday and will attend a meeting of the Southwest Missouri Teachers Association.  The group going to Joplin this weekend will be Superintendent C. W. Parker; Basil Burke, commerce teacher; Roy E. Tharp, music director and Miss Catherine Shoemaker, teacher of the second grade department. They will be accompanied by County Superintendent C.H. Hibbard.

A birthday party was given Friday afternoon celebrating the birthday of Opal Lee Ludwig at her home on Elm Avenue.

Private Russell Brake returned to his post at Fort Leonard Wood Wednesday after a thirteen-day furlough spent visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Brake, here.

Thursday evening last week Mrs. Harlan House entertained the members of the Merry Matrons Club and a few guests in her home on Benton Avenue.  At the close of the evening refreshments were served to Miss Helen Reed, Mrs. Lev Crumley, Mrs. Norman Wright, Mrs. Peck Jenkins, Mrs. Virgil Kester, Mrs. Wm. Guthrie, Mrs. Hadley Riggs, Mrs. Norvale Wallen, Mrs. Freida Garrison, Mrs. Harold Hutchison, Miss Evelyn Robertson and Miss Lavada Bench.


100 Years Ago

October 26, 1916


A strange dog made its appear-ance at Arden about the middle of last week, and after a short stay at the Arden Store, started his ravages through that section of the county.  That the dog had hydrophobia is not known, but his actions warrant-ed suspicion, and citizens through-out the neighborhood were very much excited.

An accident happened in the lane leading south from Jefferson Street, when Dr. Norman came up from the same direction in his car and drove past Mr. and Mrs. N.J. Johnson, who were driving a frisky team to a buggy.  One of the horses became frightened after the car had passed and started to run.  The top of the buggy struck a leaning tree near the foot of the hill, and was smashed back.  It is believed that broken staves from the buggy top struck Mrs. Johnson in the face causing several bruises about the nose and eyes. Mrs. Johnson sustained a broken arm and numerous other less serious bruises about the face and body in the run-a-way accident that occurred just south of the city limits.

TIGRIS –– A mad dog passed through this neighborhood Satur-day morning snapping at hogs, dogs and cattle.  He visited the homes of T. Ellison, Will Heinlein, Asa Ellison and others, we understand he was in Arden Friday afternoon.  He was of the fox hound breed.

BRUSHYKNOB –– Hiram Pool’s granddaughter and her baby have returned to their home in Colorado after a three weeks visit here.

The Waist Places –– Mary had a little waist, ‘twas puzzling to her beau, for everywhere the fashion went, here waist was sure to go.  Sometimes it was beneath her arms, sometimes below her knee, some-times she had no waist at all, so far as he could see.

SILVERTON NEWS – Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Murphy are the proud parents of a 12-lb. girl.

  1. W. Wallace has leased the old bank building on the north side of the square and is building a new baking oven this week. He will move the bakery as soon as the oven is completed.

It has been reported that some parties broke into Stony Williams’ warehouse at his still in Ozark County on Sept 28, and took 14 gallon jugs of whiskey. The report is that they were in an automobile and left there going in the direction of Ava.

Dewey Amyx of Gainesville has accepted a position with the Mankin Coffeen Garage of Ava.


125 Years Ago

October 29, 1891


Marion Silvey is building a new stable on his lot.

Martin Singleton is securing the lumber for a new livery stable.

Prosecuting Att. Reed has nearly completed his new house on his farm west of town.

Curnutt & Ellmore are having a cellar dug under their new grocery store, and will shortly be prepared to stockpile a general line of pantry produce during the Winter months.

Chas. Meeker of Ozark County, has purchased a plot of ground from W.J. Turner, in the north end of town, and will shortly open up a first class blacksmith shop.

Rev. N. D. McEnoch who has recently been appointed pastor of the Mansfield circuit for the M.F. Church South, held services at the school house in Ava Monday night.

On the 2nd, there was a serious cutting affray at the residence of G.W. Johnson, of Spring Creek township.  There was a dance in progress at the Johnson’s place, and several of the boys got too much fighting whiskey, and fighting was the result.  G.W. Johnson and Tom Jones got into an altercation and Jones viciously cut Johnson with his knife.  Jones has been secured and is being held to determine the result of Johnson’s wounds.

Dr. J. H. Murry reports to the Herald the following list of births during the last three weeks:  Born to the wife of Andy Pennington on Oct. 27, a boy weighing 12 lbs.;  born to the wife of Grant Eslick on Oct. 22, a boy weight, 11 ½ lbs.;  born to the wife of Prof. J.S. Mercer on Oct. 20, a boy weighing 10 ½ lbs.; born to the wife of Andy Breedlove, a boy weighing 10 ½ lbs.   The newcomers average a little over 11 lbs. each and all doing well.

Cabool College, for both sexes, opens Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1891 with a full faculty of experienced professors, modern methods. admirable discipline, study and recitation rooms separate, excellent library, abundant apparatus, commodious buildings, beautiful grounds, healthful locality, and moral community.  One tuition admits to all classes.  Tuition for session of 12 weeks, $6.00.  Board complete, $225 to $2.75 per week.  For full particulars, address the president, E. McCully M.S, Cabool, Texas Co., Missouri.

A truce has been patched up between the city officials of Moberly and Salvationists by which the latter are allowed to march on any street in the city with or without music on any day in the week except Sunday.

Some mighty big nuggets of gold have been found in California recently.  One that weighs 203½ ounces and is worth about $3,500 was found in Sierra County a few days ago.  It is eight inches in length by five in width, and varies in thickness from two to three inches.  It is scalloped in places and has a handsome bronze color.