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Looking Backward 3.2.2017

25 Years Ago

February 27, 1992


Douglas County authorities were busy Wednesday investigating a cattle theft that occurred in western Douglas County early Wednesday morning.  Sheriff Roldan Turner said approximately 16 head of mixed Hereford and Angus cattle, white, red and black in color, were believed to have been taken sometime between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area of County Road 561 in the Highlonesome community.

Ava R-I School buses were given excellent marks in the annual inspection conducted Wednesday morning by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Twenty-seven buses were inspected.

Ozark Mountain Leather of Ava and its owner, Randy Little, were honored by the Missouri Small Business Development Centers at a banquet here Wednesday for demonstrating successful entrepre-neurship.  Little manufactures belts and wallets for the Western wear industry, and employs between 25 and 40 people.

Hoodie Hoo Day was celebrated at Crestview Healthcare, Ava, last Thursday. Residents released 100 helium-filled balloons into the air.

Life Scout Dow Vick, son of Nell and Lynn Vick, Ava, has been selected by Ozarks Council of Boy Scouts of America to be an aquatics instructor at Camp Arrowhead next summer.

A 100th birthday party was held for Maude Schafer at the Mansfield Nursing Home Sunday, Feb. 16.

Ava saw a 10-point lead melt away in the closing seconds of Tuesday night’s non-conference game with Republic here, but held on to win on free throws by senior guard Monte Overcast.


50 Years Ago

 February 23, 1967


Plans for construction of a new and larger Citizens Bank facility were announced here this week by Citizens Bank President Herman Davis.  The new building calls for approximately 6,000 square feet of floor space –– about three times the size of the present facility.

Ava’s three public school prin-cipals were re-elected at a meeting of the Ava R-I Board of Education here last Thursday evening at the school.  Continuing their positions here are H. Max Decker, high school principal; Charles McCallister, junior high principal; and Clyde Bell, elementary principal.

A four-inch snowfall blanketed the Ava are last Thursday for the third snowfall of the winter –– all falling on Thursday.

Bill D. Davis, a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will be transferred to Douglas County, effective March 1, according to the patrol headquarters at Willow Springs.

Two members of the Ava Chapter, Future Farmers of America will compete in sub-district contests to be held at Mansfield.  Donnie Kilburn will compete in creed speaking and Rick Dye will compete in public speaking.  Dye’s talk will be “Christian Farmer … Fortunate Man.”

Colo. Cadet James E. Pueppke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard L. Pueppke of Route 3, Ava, has been named to the Dean’s Merit list for outstanding academic achievement at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Cadet Pueppke, a member of the class of ‘’68 will wear the silver star of distinction in recognition of the honor accorded him by the academy dean.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Durham (Iris Ann Brown), 515 NE 6th Street, have chosen the name John David for their son, born at 3:16 Friday morning, Feb. 17, in Burge Hospital, Springfield.

FFA officers and advisors are Mark Lawler, parliamentarian; Randy Huff, president; Charles Davis, sentinel; Frank Twitty, reporter; Wayne Powell, advisor; Rick Dye, chaplain; Dean Thurman, treasurer; Leo Sanders, secretary; Ronnie Duckworth, vice president; and Joe Pierce, advisor.

If you thought Pontiac was coming out with just another sports car, you don’t know Pontiac!  Pontiac announces not one, two, three or four, but five magnificent new Firebirds for every king of driving –– Firebird 400, 400 cubic inch V-8; Firebird HO, HO stands for High Output; Firebird 326; Firebird Sprint; and Firebird, the economy Firebird.      Lethco Sales

BASHER –– Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Hall are the proud parents of a baby girl born in Burge Hospital Wednesday, Feb. 15. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and has been named Vicky Lynn.

DORA –– We received ten inches of snow in this area Thursday afternoon and night.


75 Years Ago

February 26, 1942


Since before the war started, the Herald has published as a weekly feature a summary of the news of the nation and national defense.  Starting next week this feature is to be improved by later news coverage. Next week’s summary will cover such news developments up to 6 o’clock next Monday evening, giving Herald readers later news.

Douglas County real estate valuation as of June 1, 1941 is less than that of 1940, but personal property valuation for 1941 is a third greater than for the previous year.

County Clerk Ramey Smith this week agreed to act as custodian of blank forms to be used in the federal government’s sugar rationing program.

Lawrence Barnes, who has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Barnes, the last two weeks since resigning his position with an oil company in Texas, Tuesday returned to Texas and enlisted in the United States Navy at Dallas.

RANDOM SHOTS –– Just cannot get used to the thought of not being able to buy with money, when getting money to buy with has so long been the problem.  And, in just a little while we won’t be able to buy an extra pound of sugar, not if we won the sweepstakes, not if we were given the key to the mint.

BUCKHART –– Grandma Kutter’s house caught fire early Wednesday morning.  Mrs. Emma Deiter was with her, quickly called the nearest neighbor, Uel Chasteen.  A tragedy was prevented by the use of the telephone.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Blimps of the United States Navy are playing an important part in the job of making waters adjacent to the U.W. unhealthy for Axis subma-rines.

  1. TABOR –– Ralph Stafford, our upper grade teacher, was kept from school Thursday and Friday of last week with chicken pox.

ARNO –– Another week begin-ning with rain and snow. No mail in this community Monday on account of creeks being past crossing.

Jim Bailey of West Goodhope has bought the Willie Newton farm in the Goodhope community.

WASOLA –– Cecil Coonts and Mabel Heath of Drury were married Saturday afternoon at the home of the officiating minister, Louin Fry.  The bridegroom is a nephew of Mrs. Fry. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Clinton McCoy.

New 4-H club members received at last meeting are Charles Fish, Juanita Stewart, Harold Sherrill, and Wayne Sherrill.

Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Yeoman entertained with a six o’clock birthday dinner in comple-ment to their youngest son, Jack, who was celebrating his 18th birthday anniversary.

Saturday afternoon Mrs. R.L. Robertson and Mrs. J.C. Gentry entertained a group of children in the Robertson home in honor of Cloin Robertson’s eighth birthday. Refreshments were served to Betty Joslyn, Patsy Clauser, Helen Sturgis, Phillis Diane Gentry, Carolyn Joslyn, Doin Smith, James Holman, Harlan Robertson, Frank Lee Ellis, Paul Smith, Harold Thompson, Mae Callaway, Stanley Gentry and Cloin Robertson.


100 Years Ago

March 1, 1917


In accordance with an order of the county court, repair work was started on the courthouse here this week.  A counsel room has been built on the west side of the Judge’s stand in the main corridor upstairs. The old seats are undergoing repairs and new seats are being placed along the wall all the way around the room, which will accommodate practically all the court visitors with seats.

High School –– The following students entered school during the last week, Eva Edwards, Nora Davis, McKinley Heard, and Pearl Jenkins.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Spurlock who have recently purchased a farm on Whites Creek are making prepara-tions to move. Mrs. Melissa Spurlock, Jack’s mother, has purchased his property here in Ava and will move into it as soon as it is vacated.

Harry B. Hawes of St. Louis and Senator C.F. Carter of Clark County nearly came to blows in the senate chamber while the senate was in session. The trouble was over good roads legislation.

BASHER –– These nice days make us think that maybe spring is here, we hope so anyway.

Stewart Grabeel who was recent-ly married to Grace Sullivan has moved on the Wallace farm.

WANTED –– A good farm hand.  Must be single, and a good hand with stock. Will pay thirty dollars per month. Steady work. Write Arthur Patterson at Glendive, Montana, if interested.  Cigarette smokers not wanted.

V.R. Wilson, L.H. Pettit and Chas. Judd attended the automobile show in Springfield last week.  V.R. returned driving a Dodge roadster which he has bought.

A Victrola was installed at the home of Atty. And Mrs. J.S. Clark this week.

Dewey Mankin and Cole Coffeen, managers of the Mankin Coffeen Garage, made a trip to Marionville Sunday to take a Ford car which they had sold to a Marionville man.

J.A.G. Reynolds, H.M. Curnutt, W.J. Morrison, and Fred Livingston left yesterday morning for Spring-field to look at a car load of Texas cattle which they are thinking about buying.

John Denny is opening up a new store at Almartha, about ten miles south of here this week.

DEPEW –– Roscoe and Delbert Swearengin who have been out of school on account of the mumps, have recovered and are in school again.

PINE FLATTE –– This weather looks like spring and we don’t believe the Ground Hog saw his shadow this year.


125 Years Ago

March 3, 1892


The test of the strength of any Congress is in its ability to satisfy the business men of the country.  A significant feature of the present situation as regards businessmen and the Democratic Congress is that nowhere in shops or stores or factories can a good word be heard, either from Democrats or Repub-licans, in respect to the divided, incapable and quarrelsome Demo-cratic majority.  Over two months have passed since it elected a speaker. In that period of time no single measure of benefit to the commercial and industrial interests of the country has been introduced or brought to the front.

It is a sharp comment on our semi-civilization that it was neces-sary in the city of New York to found a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, and the necessity of the society is constantly illustra-ted in the treatment of horses. Their helpless dependence, their faithful service, their patient endurance were not enough to save them from the maltreatment of those who delight to describe themselves as a little lower than angels. We were forced to make laws to protect dumb animals from man’s inhumanity.

Five hundred children under ten years of age have been taken into custody in 12 months in London as drunk.

Color photography seems to be a fact. All the beauties of Yellowstone Park have been taken by the process.

Horace Curnutt is receiving a lot of lumber for a new dwelling house in the Potter addition.

Henry Miller is making arrange-ments to improve his recent purchase of land known as the Potter estate, south of town.

The lawyers of Springfield and Christian County held a meeting at the courthouse Monday night to prepare a petition to the legislature, asking them to not disturb this judicial circuit, but if they do insist upon doing so to make a district here to include Christian, Stone, Taney, Douglas, Webster, Wright, and Ozark counties. This would make a judge earn his salary.

Misery may love company, but the company doesn’t generally return the compliment.

The first test of love is the willingness to suffer without com-plaint.

The man who begins by walking arm in arm with the devil will soon learn to carry the old fellow on his back.

Educate men without religion, and you make them but clever devils.

In 1887 there were 72,656 head of cattle imported into the United States after paying a duty of $2 per head.  If Kansas beef was selling at 1 ½ cents per pound, it is indeed a poor showing for the Kansas farmer when the Canadian farmer pays at least one quarter of a cent per pound tariff and then beats him in the open market of the United States.  In order that the American farmer may be encouraged in finding a market for his beef without foreign competition, the McKinley bill increased the tariff to $10 per head.