25 Years Ago
December 19, 1991
Workers have taken advantage of beautiful December weather to make great strides in the construction of Ava’s new post office building. The new facility is located just west of the Ava square on West Washington Avenue on property purchased from Delmar Guthery several years ago by the U.S. Postal Service.
Mrs. Goldie Oxley, who recently announced her retirement from the City of Ava’s Housing Authority was presented with a plaque last Thursday night in recognition of her years of volunteer service to the city.
Archie Cable, representing Ava Bowl’s Junior League, placed second in the Mazzio Super Combo Adult / Junior Tournament held Dec. 1 at Park Lanes in Springfield.
Mrs. Faye Hutchison, Seymour, is featured in the Nov.-Dec. issue of Country Woman magazine. A few years ago, Mrs. Hutchison began the hobby of working with stained glass. What began as a hobby has fast grown into a business reaching as far away as France and Hawaii. Perhaps one of her most unique creations is a shade for a ceiling lamp made for the Hershel Letsingers, a dairy family of rural Ava. The shade is complete with Holstein cows, silo, and red barn.
Erma Evans entertained with a dinner in her home Wednesday last week for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson and Mabel Ballew. The occasion was to honor Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Ballew for their birthday.
The Crossroads Good Neighbors Club met Dec. 12 in the home of Glen and Kathleen Harnden, with Louis and Ruby Morgan as co-hosts for their Christmas dinner and gift exchange. Enjoying the delicious turkey dinner with the hosts were Cecil and Beulah Creech, Martin and Lula Kellogg, Sam and Dorotha Phillips, Leota Erdahl, Evelyn Sell, Charlotte McMasters, Bonita Staf-ford and Becky Johnson.
50 Years Ago
December 15, 1966
Students of Mrs. Virginia Parsley sixth grade teacher at the Ava Elementary School, held their own Christmas parade this year complete with floats and queens. Pupils in the class built floats and scenes depicting the season, and were judged on their entries. They decided on the idea after the local parade was not held. Winners in the class were John Hendrix, first place, with his float of Santa and Rudolph; David Hailey, second, with a Manger Scene. Third place went to Ramona Churchill with her entry, a cottage of Christmas decorations. Judge for the parade was Mrs. Carol Hart, elementary art supervisor.
The Missouri Conservation Department has established a trout fishery in lower Table Rock Lake after extensive water quality studies and stocking.
Temperatures dipped to a low of 13 degrees here Sunday night during a heavy fog, causing considerable icing on timber and utility lines. No damage was reported from the wintry blast, and the ice was melted from the bright sunshine by noon Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Dorn Everett (Mabel McGill) of Foil, announce the birth of a daughter at 12:10 o’clock Tuesday afternoon Dec. 6 in the Mansfield Hospital. The baby weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces at the time of her birth and she has been named Marla Gaylene.
Mrs. Dorothy Tedder of Granite City, Ill., who recently moved to Ava to be near her daughter and family, the Rev. and Mrs. John Crutcher and children has established residence at 711 NE 2nd Avenue. Mrs. Tedder made the move here in late November.
The Rev. Isaiah W. Buchanan of Mansfield, a former resident of Ava and Douglas County, observed his 89th birthday anniversary Nov. 29 at his home on West Commercial Street in Mansfield.
CHAMPION –– Irene Dooms, David, Brenda, Bev and Kirk, visited Sunday after worship with her sister, Mrs. Clifford Wrinkles and Mr. Wrinkles. Mr. and Mrs. Vasel Proctor visited there a while Saturday night.
OAK FOREST –– Mr. and Mrs. Garnett Kelly and boys visited in the Archie Douglas home Sunday afternoon. Sunday night Mrs. Kelly received a phone call from her sister, Mrs. Ruth Logan of California telling of the arrival of twin grandchildren.
ONGO –– Berta Nelson and Stella Caudill visited Wednesday in the Tony Caudill home. Tony has been ill with the mumps, and the children have the mumps and chicken pox.
Miss Una Ellison was hostess to members of the Ava Fortnightly Club Thursday evening, Dec. 8, when she entertained with the club’s annual Christmas meeting. Members attending the holiday meeting were Mrs. E.I. Yeoman, Mrs. Wallace Williams, Mrs. Gladys Stewart, Mrs. Ralph Kerr, Mrs. Ben Callaway, Mrs. Irwin Olson and Vestil Taylor. Mrs. Roy Dean was a guest.
75 Years Ago
December 18, 1941
Rabbi Kari Richter of Springfield spoke to members of the Ava school faculty and board of education at a dinner Monday night at the school. The rabbi – a young man – is a native of Germany who lived there until 1939 when he was called to a synagogue in Springfield. Speaking on the 150th anniversary of the American Bill of Rights, Rabbi Richter said, “I had the opportunity in Germany to witness the death of a bill of rights and to live without a bill of rights under Hitler.” The Nazi system, he said, has perverted the German’s sense of truth and sense for justice. The Nazi “new order” he said is not a new order but a form of Nihilist disorder. The Rabbi believes Democracies will win the war.
Douglas County has 194 boys in the armed forces of the United States, according to records in the local selective service office. One hundred thirty of these were inducted through selective service, and the rest are volunteers.
Organization of the Douglas County chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was completed at a meeting held here one day last week. P. P. Packard of Ava was elected president; J.E. Curry, vice president; J.W. Reese, treasurer, and V.R. Wilson, secretary. Members of the executive committee are Dr. Marvin Gentry, Miss Esther Trettin, Wade Woods, Russell Ferguson and Bill Brooks.
Ownership and management of the Kirk Hotel this week was taken over by Mr. and Mrs. Oda Snelson of Almartha. Mrs. Snelson is a daughter of Mrs. Sarah Kirk, former owner of the hotel, who died Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Riggs announce the birth of a son, Charles Edward, Friday morning, Dec. 12 in the family home on Madison Street.
Announcement –– I have purchased the Ava Service Station at the northwest corner of the square. I will be glad to welcome my old customers and friends at my new place of business. Complete line of Shell products, washing, greasing, tire repairing, Roy “Pete” Silvey.
CROSS ROADS –– Several friends and neighbors gathered at the John Harnden home Saturday night for a surprise wedding shower in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Harnden.
Very slowly, it seems, it is dawning upon some of us that we are really at war.
VANZANT –– Lilburn Cooper has bought a farm near the Flat Rock vicinity. His parents Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cooper, who have been living on Mrs. Elizabeth Penner’s farm the past few years will soon move to their son’s farm.
Ava’s independent basketball team took its second defeat of the season Thursday night last week at Cabool with Cabool coming out on top of a 36 to 30 score. The Independents go to Hartville Friday night. Season record for the Independents is four victories and two defeats.
100 Years Ago
December 21, 1916
Sheriff Amyx of Gainesville, Ozark County, was in Ava Monday and reported the discovery of a “wild cat” still near Gainesville recently by Constable Chas. McBride. Elijah Friend of Gaines-ville was arrested on charge of illicit manufacture of whiskey, and Harry and Mack Forrest were arrested on charge of bootlegging.
A small box house on the Jim Rippee place near Sweden belonging to W.F. Reynolds of Ava, was destroyed by flames one night last week. The fire is supposedly from an incendiary origin.
As the result of a long family hatred existing between the families of Dud McDaniel and Joseph Walker, neighbors living near Hest, about 6 miles south of here, Joseph Walker is now dead and Albert McDaniel, his nephew, is suffering serious injuries, as the outcome of a shooting affair Monday afternoon. Walker shot the McDaniel boy through the hip with a 44 cal. Pistol, the bullet severing the lower intestines; and John W. McDaniel shot Walker. Albert McDaniel is 21 years old and Walker was 64. John W. McDaniel is perhaps yet in the twenties. The differences between the two families grew very intense about a year ago when the McDaniels petitioned for a change of a public road which Walker bitterly opposed, claiming that the change would greatly damage his farm. The shooting occurred not far from the McDaniel home, when a quarrel arose over some trees that the McDaniels were cutting.
Mrs. Gullion of Almartha has traded for Mrs. Hampton’s property near the M.E. church and expects to move into it this week.
For the first time this year, zero weather swooped down upon the Ozarks on Thursday night of last week, according to weather reports from Springfield. The thermometer stood at 4 degrees below zero early Friday morning in Ava. The cold snap followed a five-inch snow which mantled the Ozarks Wednesday night, and which almost disappeared with a rising temper-ature Friday and Saturday.
Addiction to tobacco is a mild form of drug habit, its over-use produces headaches, nervousness, less lung capacity, blindness and deafness.
125 Years Ago
December 24, 1891
A “ticker” war is on between the New York and Consolidated stock exchanges in New York City.
Wolves are now running in gangs of six or seven in Hancock County, Illinois, doing considerable damage to stock.
Missouri must give the govern-ment full control of the Jefferson barracks reservation before it will be improved as desired by St. Louis.
A two-round prize fight in which Ed McKibben was knocked out by Joe Felderling in the easiest possible manner, took place near Kansas City, Mo.
A pair of German lovers who had been separated four years, met in the Union depot at Sedalia, Mo., and have gone to Council Bluffs, Ia., to be married.
Six hundred business men and farmers, representing 60 counties in Nebraska together with delegates from Colorado, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, met in convention yesterday to consider measures for developing the beet sugar industry in the West.
There was a horse race on the Adams tracks, south of town, Saturday. The race was made by B. I. Singleton and John King. King’s horse won the race and the stakes.
The number of marriage licenses since January 1, 1831, by Circuit Clerk Hartin is 175, and the number of divorce cases on file in circuit court is 37, showing a balance of 138 satisfactory marriages. Clerk Hartin says that he hopes to make a better showing for ’92.
Dr. George Osborn of Smallett is making arrangements for construc-tion of a new dwelling house on his lots in Ava.
Sheriff Klineline and H. M. Miller, joint proprietors of the Ava Saloon, are having a coat of paint put on the saloon building.
There was a small war among the medical fraternity of Ava Friday resulting from the use of too much grippe medicine.
Mountain Grove is pulling for the Salem extension of the Frisco, and if it succeeds Douglas County will probably have a railroad.
City Marshal Lindsey caught the “Blind Tiger” a napping on Monday and secured the necessary evidence to prosecute its proprietors for selling intoxicating liquors without license.
The trial of Shilby Hill for the killing of Frank Haines at Seymour on the 14th of last July closed at Marshfield yesterday in the conviction of the defendant on the charge of murder in the second degree, the crime alleged in the indictment. Hill struck Haines with a baseball bat in a quarrel and the blow soon produced death. The defendant was prosecuted by Sam Dickey, county attorney for Webster County, and T.B. Love of this city. The defense was represented by John C. Brown and Jesse Orion of Marshfield. Mr. Love made an able effort for the state, as his friends expected he would do. (Springfield Democrat)