Looking Backward 11.24.2016

25 Years Ago

November 21, 1991


Rain, rain and more rain, we really got it over the weekend which made it very hard for all the deer hunters on opening day.

Lorene Heinlein was recognized Oct. 31 at the University Extension Annual conference in Columbia for her 43 years of service with county and University Extension.  Heinlein’s 43 years is the longest work record of anyone in current employment with county University Extension.

The Ava High School speech team took more first place trophies than any other SCA school at the SCA Speech Tournament last week. Team members receiving trophies included Becky Henry, SCA champion in Radio Speaking and champion in Original Oratory; Holly Stillings, champion in Poetry Reading; Joe Leonard, second in Radio Speaking; and Travis Cook, finalist in the contest. All four students are seniors.

  1. P. “Shorty” Robertson was surprised by his family on Friday night, Nov. 15, at the Ava Community Center, with a birthday cake, gifts and good food.

Justin Cox, age 11, successfully filled both his deer tags in his first attempt at deer hunting on the opening morning of the 1991 deer season while hunting in Ozark County with his dad, Tom Cox.  Justin filled his bonus permit with a doe and his any deer permit with a 5-point buck.

CROSS ROADS –– A happy birthday to Willene Adams, Lorie Maggard and Rocca Della Wilson.

The combined choirs of Ava High School will perform at the Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City, in the Gazebo.


50 Years Ago

 November 17, 1966


Air space clearance and approval of the proposed 60-acre site for the Ava Municipal Airport has been received from the Federal Aviation Agency, advancing developments on the local airport facility, it was announced this week by Mayor Fred O. Lethco and members of the city council.  A total of $50,000 is expected to be available within 30 days for purchase of land and initial construction of the airport. A request for federal matching funds totaling $50,000 has been submitted by the city for development of a $100,000 airport.

At its regular meeting on Saturday, the Douglas County Ministerial Alliance elected the following officers for the coming year:  Rev. Carl Willis, pastor of the Ava Assembly of God Church, president; Dr. John B. Crutcher, pastor of the Ava General Baptist Church and immediate past president, vice president; Rev. Ira Bray, former pastor of the Goodhope Church of the Nazarene.

Top bidder of the Ava Commun-ity Nursing home Tuesday which was sold by foreclosure sale against Care Center, Inc., was the First National Bank of St. Louis holder of the first deed of trust.  Total amount of the sale was $230,000, according to Barton French, assistant vice president of the First National Bank, and Robert Sweney, legal counsel for the First National Bank.

The Ava High School varsity cagers will travel to Forsyth Tuesday night for their opening game of the season.  Coach Dale Russell said the Forsyth team poses a good threat because of a five-game edge and some returning lettermen.

Chosen as queen and king of the FFA Barnwarming held recently were Karen Reed and Gary Dougherty.  Attendants were Kathy Haynes and Bob Johnston.

The young are generally full of revolt, and are often pretty revolting about it.   …   Fellow we know is so dull, his dog became bored and left him.   …   The meanest MD we ever heard of keeps his stethoscope in the freezer.   …   Synonym:  the word to use in place of the one you cannot spell.

Mr. and Mrs. Rondo Mackey, 1004 NE 2nd Avenue, announce the birth of a son, Thursday morning, at St. John’s Hospital.  The baby, who has been named Lawrence Kirk, weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces at the time of his birth.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dobbs of Kansas City announce the birth of a daughter, Carla Sue, Oct. 26, at Conley Maternity Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

WASOLA –– Mr. and Mrs. Archie Frazier are to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Nov. 27.

A-2C David C. Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loran D. Jenkins of Ava, has completed communica-tions training at Kesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss.

WAGNER – Mrs. Ervin Swear-engin is teaching kindergarten near Goodhope and attending school in Springfield on Saturday.


75 Years Ago

November 20, 1941


It will be boys versus girls in the Ava school gymnasium Monday night at 8 o’clock when the Ava Basket Bombers meet Ruth Osborn and her Hill Billies in a basket ball game played according to boys rules. In three seasons the Hill Billies have played 428 games in almost every state in the union, and also in Canada.  Miss Osborn is a former Olympic star athlete.  The Bombers’ line-up for Monday night will be Bill Lawrence, Wilson McClendon, and Wardell Stanfield, forwards; John Pinkley of Bradleyville, center; Loy Brixey, Leslie Scribner, Orville Nall and Basil Spurlock, guards.

Three brothers, Milford Brown, 17, Clayton Brown, 16, and Rex Brown, 14, were arrested Sunday night by Sheriff Don Souder on a charge of stealing chickens in the night time.  The boys are students in high school here. They are sons of Erton Brown and live in the Robertson school district. Prosecuting Attorney Willis H. Mitchell pointed out that the charge carries a possible penitentiary sentence of from two to five years with a minimum fine of $100.

A group of children met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Spurlock Saturday afternoon to help celebrate the 10th birthday anniver-sary of their daughter, Lena Faye.  The evening was spent playing games.  At the close of the evening refreshments were served by Elizabeth Spurlock, Pauline Cameron and Dolores Anderson to the following guests:  Betty Ann Cameron, Louanna Grabeel, Norma Lou Spurlock, Vayda Coon, Bonnie Jo Coon, Beverly Dilsaver, Geral-dine Spurlock, Helen Stergin.

Several girls of the Ava High student body met last week and formed a “pep squad” to furnish the yells for the various school activities.  This movement has two sponsors, Miss Helen Graham and Basil Burks. The following officers were elected: president, Helen Wiggins; secretary and treasurer, Betty Jo Brown; cheer leaders, Glenna Dell Cooper and Delta Barker, assistant cheer leader, Eva Belle Rowe.

The Rev. and Mrs. James Overby and two sons will move this week to the parsonage of the General Baptist Church which has just been built on a lot just east of the church and is a four-room modern bungalow. The Overbys have been occupying the residence of Mrs. Leota Reynolds in the northwest part of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Basil Burks announce the birth of a daughter, Karen Sue, Saturday, Nov. 15, in their home on Ozark Street.  Mr. Burks is supervisor of the Commerce department in Ava High School.

STAR –– Plans are now resumed for the completion of Star Church.  Bob Shelton, Harry Wimmer, H.L. Alderson, Bro. Luke Marler would appreciate it if the entire community would rally as they did when the foundation was laid.


100 Years Ago

November 23, 1916


A movement to launch a permanent exposition to be known as “Ozark Fair” assumed tangible form last week at a meeting held in Springfield under the auspices of the Young Men’s Business Club and attended by representatives from 30 counties in this section of the state.

Fred and Wm. Livingston of Rippee, were in town Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Wm. Is preparing to move his saw mill now at Rippee to Caney, Ozark County, where he will continue in that business, and Fred is preparing to run a stock ranch near Rippee in partnership with W. F. Reynolds of Ava.

Montana claims the honor of electing the first Congresswoman in the history of the United States. She is Miss Jeannette Rankin. She makes her own clothes, trims her own hats and is an excellent cook.  She is a Republican.

Official returns from all but fourteen of the counties of Missouri give the prohibition amendment a majority of more than 14,000 outside of St. Louis. The heavy adverse vote of St. Louis defeated the amendment in the state, according to returns already in, by 111,500.  Six years ago, when a prohibition amendment was voted on, it lost in the state outside of St. Louis by 92,000.  The St. Louis vote brought this adverse majority to about 200,000.

Work was resumed on the new school building Monday, but discontinued again Tuesday on account of the rain.  With ten days or two weeks good weather, the contractors say they will have the building enclosed.

  1. C. Reynolds received his first shipment of 1917 Model Fords this week, and most of them have already been disposed of. S.F. Amyx took two to Ozark County, and M.F. Silvey of Ava has bought one. We understand the other three have been contracted.
  2. F. Barnes is preparing to open a wholesale flour and feed business on Jefferson Street just north of the square.

W.W. Wallace has completed his new oven on the north side of the square and is preparing to move his bakery into the new location.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hoffman who live just west of town are the proud parents of a fine baby girl who made her arrival Tuesday morning of the week.

We understand we have a stock law.  It will go into effect as soon as the County Clerk advertises it.  It may be a benefit to some neighbor-hoods but we think it will be a detriment to this.

MARRIAGE LICENSE –– L.W. Walker, Squires, Flossie Hudson, Squires;  Arthur Ellison, Tigris, Mildren Brixey, Ava;  Riley Johnson, Ava, Cora Davis, Ava;  A. A. Archer, Goodhope, Nora Detrick, Goodhope;  Orvil Robertson, Macomb, Lula Dickerson, Heat.


125 Years Ago

November 19, 1891


The unexpected arrival of big cold weather this week caught several of Ava’s citizens with very small wood piles.

A singularly intelligent recluse has been discovered near Alexan-dria, Mo., where he has lived thirty years in a hole in a hill under a rock.

At Hillsboro, Mo., the offices of the county clerk and collector were burglarized. In the clerk’s office they secured nothing, and in the collector’s office they got $10 from the vault.

Times are dull, money is scarce and hard to get, is the cry by many of our citizens.  We can have better times and money plenty in Douglas County if we will work for it.

Our new town marshal took charge of his office this week and the boys will now have to sober up and behave themselves or visit the court of Mayor Miller and take lodging in the cooler.

  1. E. Bunyard of Spring Creek, was in town Saturday purchasing supplies for an Arkansas trip. He has a large drove of horses which he intends to drive south and trade for stock. Jim is a hustler in the stock business, always ready to trade for stock at good prices if he can see a margin of profit in the deal.

Ava’s new city ordinances were adopted Tuesday and were ordered printed and posted at once.  We suspect that the city dads are anxious to start the new marshal on a tiger hunt.

The man who never praises his wife deserves to have a poor one.

The third party movement is all mouth and no intestines.

The Czar of Russia has prohibit-ted the exportation of wheat from his empire.  This removes one of America’s chief competitors from the wheat markets of the old world, and the price of wheat will probably advance in consequence.

Tuesday of next week is the day set for the County Mining Conven-tion at Ava.  The importance of this meeting is such that everyone who can should attend.  A fair display of specimens of the mineral resources of the county at the Interstate Convention at Springfield will undoubtedly attract attention and result in hastening the development of our county.

The influenza has reappeared in southwestern France in a very severe form.  In Paris, the disease has claimed a number of victims.  At Bordeaux and towns and villages in the neighborhood the influenza is particularly severe and a large number of deaths have resulted from it. The people who have died have been persons feeble by age, thus incapacitated from withstanding the peculiar depression of vitality which characterizes the disease.

WASHINGTON –– The annual report of the secretary of war was made public yesterday.  The secretary refers at length to the great guns under contract and dwells upon the problems of desertion and recruiting. He also makes many suggestions of interest to the Army. The enlistment of Indians as regular solders meets with the secretary’s most hearty approval.