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Looking Backward 2.16.2017

25 Years Ago

February 13, 1992


The Ava City Council adopted an ordinance amendment Monday night authorizing the use of semi-automatic handguns by Ava Police Officers.  The new Glock .40 caliber handguns are standard equipment for Ava officers, and Ava Mayor Bud Norman told Council Monday night that all but one of the officers has qualified on the shooting range with the new weapons.

The board of directors of Douglas County National Bank has announced plans for expansion of the bank. The plans call for construction of a major addition to the bank building to begin in May.  Bank President Larry Dills said the bank has continued to have strong growth since opening in 1982.

Duff’s Pizza is now open in south Ava at 816 South Jefferson, offering fresh, handmade pizza.  Owner Duff Baker says pizzas will be delivered to you anywhere in the city or up to three miles out, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sherry Allen has recently been named to the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Education Dean’s list for the fall semester.

Scotty Dean Smith, a senior at Ava High School, recently enlisted in the United States Navy for guaranteed training at the Navy’s Fireman Apprenticeship training school.

Ava High’s 1990-91 yearbook, the DOCOMO, recently received state and national recognition.  The Missouri Interscholastic Press Assn. awarded Ava’s DOCOMO a super-ior ranking for 1991. The Associa-tion gave the DOCOMO a first place rating among schools across the country with similar enrollment. Members of the 1991 staff are Joe Leonard, sports editor; Shauna Hartin, clubs editor; Jenny Brown, editor-in-chief and student life editor; Shannon Yeary, people co-editor; Larissa Dills, people co-editor; and Bianca Chern academics editor.  Susan Vogt is advisor.



50 Years Ago

 February 9, 1967


A total of 17 Ava High School students were named to the Principal’s List.  Named to the Principal’s List – one of the highest recognitions for high school students – were freshmen, Brenda Dougherty, Hilda Haden, Regina Irby, and Robert Pettit; sophomores, Debbie Deckard, Connie Jenkins, and Roberta Turner; juniors, Jim Williams, Marvin Emerson, Carol Leeper, Twila Freeman, Sue Swearengin, James Bolte and LaVila Coonts; seniors, John Olson, Bob House and Mae Dona Lee.

An application is being prepared by the local airport committee for Economic Development Act funds totaling $50,000 to match local and state funds for construction of the Ava Municipal Memorial Airport.

Elmer Kilburn of Ava killed what he thought to be a rabid fox on the Leonard Lakey farm, southwest of Ava, last Friday.  He said he struck at the animal and it went into a fit, and he killed it with a rock.

Joyce Ehrhardt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Ehrhardt of Squires, ranked first in a written homemaking knowledge and attitude test given to senior girls Dec. 6 and becomes Ava High School’s 1967 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.

Take Your Medicine – Marriage is a mutual admiration society where one person is always in the right and the other one is the husband.  …   The most appreciated gift of free time – an out-of-order parking meter.   …   There’s no limit to what a man can do, said Robert Benchley, provided it is not what he’s supposed to be doing at the moment.   …   On the bright side of the current picketing rage is that it gets a lot of kids out of the house and walking again.   …

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Clinkingbeard and children, Brenda, Kirk and Toni, 402 NE 5th Street, left Ava Friday evening enroute to Kansas City where they were weekend guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clow. The group attended the annual boat show in Kansas City, and on Sunday morning, Mrs. Clinkingbeard drove to Cameron and attended Sunday school and church with the Rev. and Mrs. Daryl Golding and children, who formerly resided in Ava.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Linder, owners of the OTASCO store here, have just returned from Tulsa, Okla., where they attended the annual company spring meeting and merchandise show at the Mayo Hotel and Civic Center, Jan. 29-30.

LITTLE BEAVER –– Glenn Peebles went coydog (wolf) hunting Saturday and returned with a 38-pound male which he had killed.

Ladies night at the Ava Country Club will be Thursday evening at 7;30. Hostesses are Mrs. Kenneth Alderman and Mrs. Cloine Pettit.

7th Grader – Ava edged Lebanon, 31-29, in second round play as Doyle Barnes scored a layup the final seconds of play.  Scoring were Barnes 9, Allen 6, Stout 8, Tallent 2, Shollenberger 4, Bloomer 2.


75 Years Ago

February 12, 1942


Members of the Ava High School junior class this week are saying “since you can’t get new tires you must go to “New Shoes.”  That is the annual junior class play to be given Tuesday night, Feb. 17, in the high school auditorium.  The play is directed by junior class sponsor, Miss Emily Hanes, and there are ten students in the cast, Marie Kutter, Max Norman, Delbert Roberts, Wanda Elliott, Glenna Dell Cooper, Bobby Pettit, Gene Bench, Betty Jo Haskins, Elsie Stewart and Wayne Wade.

Mr. and Mrs. Norval Wallen plan to leave Sunday for Washington, D.C., where Mr. Wallen will take a civil service position in the radio division of the Naval Research Laboratory. They will go by automobile.  Mr. Wallen has worked with short wave radio as an amateur for the past five years. He has also been associated with his father, S.R. Wallen, in the Western Auto Associate Store here.

Oran Potter, 26, who lives five miles east of Ava, was arrested Wednesday by Sheriff Don Souder and Deputy Warner Marler and was charged with grand larceny in connection with the alleged theft of two bee hives, bees and about thirty pounds of honey from Bill Heatherly, who lives in the same neighborhood.

Mrs. Homer Harley and son, Larry, and Miss Elloree Burdett left Monday for Kansas City and are spending this week visiting in the home of the girl’s sister, Mrs. Rhasneh Tidwell and daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Attridge and two sons, who have been living in Willow Springs moved to Ava last week and now are occupying the Glynn Story residence on Gordon Street.  Mr. Attridge, who is a member of the U.S. Forest Service was transferred from the Willow Springs office to the local depart-ment.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray entertained the following guests in their country home Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis and daughter Joan, Mrs. Verness Shull and two children, Claudie and Junior; Eva and Patsy Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ray and children and their son, Vernon Ray from Fort Leonard Wood.

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hutchison announce the birth of a 10-pound daughter, Judith Ann, Saturday, Feb. 7, in the family home in Ava.

BLACK OAK –– Bonnie and Betty, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huffman called on Mrs. Homer Hutchison Sunday morning.

The anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 12:  In 1840, Lincoln fearlessly faced an angry crowd and saved a fellow-speaker from partisan violence. Edward Dickinson Baker roused so much hostility with his remarks that he was threatened with being dragged down and beaten.  Lincoln mounted to the platform, waved his hand for attention, and said: “Gentlemen this is a land where freedom of speech is guaranteed.  Mr. Baker has a right to speak and ought to be permitted to do so.  I am here to protect him, and no man shall take him from this stand if I can prevent it.”


100 Years Ago

February 15, 1917


The fourth-grade pupils have been carving hatchets and axes and making log cabins in their manual training work. Miss Wilson is having the children do special work for Washington’s birthday.

Several farmers met in Ava last Saturday and discussed the advisa-bility of forming local organiza-tions, as is required by the Federal Farm Loan Act, to borrow money from the Govt.

Earthquake Shock Felt in South Missouri –– Reports coming from Cape Girardeau and other southern Missouri towns say that the entire southeastern part of the state was jarred by two distinct shocks on Wednesday evening of last week, by what is believed to have been an earthquake.

Generally fair weather will pre-vail throughout the state during the latter part of the week with a slightly rising temperature.

GLENWOOD –– Measles and whooping cough have surrounded Glenwood now.

BUCKHART –– The wolves are getting quite bold around here. They have come within a mile of the city.

It’s now gotten to be that a submarine seems to be the safest ocean vehicle there is.

Recorder Curnutt issued license to J.A. Perkins, of Keltner, Mo., and Stella Allen of Merritt, this week.

John W. Byng has bought a new Grant-six car, and has accepted the agency for that company for Douglas and Ozark counties.

Excavating work was started last week on a basement under the General Baptist Church.

W.C. Reece of Ft. Smith, Ark., has bought the E.B. Lefler stock of merchandise at Bryant and will continue the business.

The heating and plumbing in the new high school building was practically completed this week and steam heat is now being used to warm the building while carpenters finish the inside work.

The first 1917 auto license appeared in Ava last week. The new license is on a yellow background with the numbers painted in black, which makes a very neat combination of colors and is easily distinguished.

The Fordland Mining and Royalty Company of Fordland, Mo., of which Arthur Stafford, formerly of Ava, is a member, reports the finding of rich deposits of jack and lead on the A. H. Ipock farm seven miles north of Seymour.  The Fordland Co. has incorporated for $50,000 to put the mines in full operation.  The mineral was first discovered by Mr. Ipock.


125 Years Ago

February 18, 1892



A physician who spent some time in the countries bordering on the Gulf of Mexico found a curious body of men among the natives called Curados de Calebra, or the safe from vipers.  Having been inoculated with the poison of the serpents they were proof against their venomous bites.  The inoculation was made with the venom tooth of a viper and the bulb of a native plant called mano del sapo (toad’s hand). The preventive inoculation has been an old custom among the natives of that region.

The food cost per family in the United States is $243.65 a year, against $222.32 in Europe.

A teacher recently asked a pupil what lbs. stood for.  “Elbows, I guess,” was the unexpected reply.

The Sultan has prohibited Turkish women from wearing French costumes in the streets of Constantinople.

  1. M. Curnutt returned from Cass Township on the 15th, and reports the organization of a Republican League Club in that township of forty members.
  2. M. Miller has purchased the Harrison place, on the north half of the Payne block, and will use it for a dwelling house for Mr. and Mrs. James Miller.

The Special Review Term of the Douglas County Normal will open March 14, 1832 and continue ten weeks. The work will be so arranged that teachers and those who are preparing to teach may review all the common and higher branches, including Methods, Drills in Phonics, Language Lessons; School Management; Theory and Practice of Teaching, and Elementary Menial Science.

LANSING, Mich. –– At the Townsend Street School yesterday one of the teachers had occasion to punish Guy Cottington, age 10.  She had struck him twice when he pulled a revolver. Pointing the weapon at the teacher he threatened to shoot her if she struck him again.

A fine dog in Dyer County, Tenn., worked its way into a hollow stump, and when in, he could not get out.  When found, 21 days after its disappearance, the poor creature was alive and conscious.

Give every man a chance, and every woman two chances.

Liquor and Tobacco habits positively cured by “Magic Chloride of Gold.”

It is often easier for a man to complete a round of pleasure than it is for him to make things square afterwards.

A would be bridegroom applied at Norristown for a marriage license and forgot the name of his bride-elect.

The man who can’t keep up with the procession in this world mustn’t expect to enjoy the music of the land.

It has been discovered that almanacs date back to the year 190 A.D.

Of course, it is possible for a woman to be “fair and square,” but we like her better if she is round.