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Looking Backward 5.4.2017

   25 Years Ago

April 30, 1992


Sgt. Danny Cargill of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, had no trouble holding the attention of bank employees at a meeting here Tuesday night as he explained what to do and what to not do in the event of a bank robbery.

The Rev. John Moles, pastor of Highway church of the Nazarene for the past 35 years, was presented the 1992 John N. Dickison Award at the annual Membership Banquet of the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce last Thursday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlie Hamilton, Ava, will celebrate their 50th wed-ding anniversary May 2, with a reception at the Lions Club building, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Carlie Hamilton and Rosalie Crane were married May 2, 1942, at Cassville, Mo., by the Rev. C.F. Siler.

On Sunday, April 26, many relatives and friends gathered at the home of Nellie Norman, in Red Bud Village, to help Nellie celebrate her 80th birthday.

Jim Pitts’ fourth-grade class were treated to a picnic lunch in the school yard last Friday afternoon by the Ava PTA.  Pitts’ class was the March winner in the Best Choice labels contest.

HIGHLONESOME – It got cold as a frog around here. This must be the blackberry squall.  Seems like we are having lots of cold squalls.

BUCKHART –– Hi there Kelly Dobbs, Aunt Zell enjoyed our little visit Saturday.  Come see me, okay.

STAR –– Wesley McFarlin, Judy Johnson, Velma Chappell and Donna Schropp went for a drive Sunday and had lunch at the Front Page restaurant in Mtn. Home, Ark., coming back by Dawt Mill, Hodgson Mill, and Rockbridge.


50 Years Ago

 April 27, 1967


Lou Prince, superintendent of the local Rawlings Manufacturing Co., presented a 10-year service award to Don Haught, a member of the management team at Rawlings.  A total of 28 other service awards were presented to employees of the firm last week.

Cheerleaders for the 1967-68 athletic activities at Ava High School were chosen this week. The girls were selected by the teachers according to their poise, abilities, enthusiasm, appearance and other qualities.  A-team cheerleaders are Karen Reed, Marla Collins, Rita Heath, Carol Riggs, Rhonda Murray, Carol Garrison, Sandy Riggs, and Sherry Plaster.  B-team cheerleaders are Huba Welton, Janet Gentry, Lisa Dye, Sue Curry, Debbie Farris, and Anita Edwards.

A total of 730 projects from nine area schools were entered in the SCA Industrial Arts Fair held here Saturday. Ava High School students received five outstanding and two runner-up awards, Bill Cradic, industrial arts instructor, said.

Why doesn’t the Department of Internal Revenue offer us our money back if we’re not satisfied?

Gilbert Miller of Ava was the first person to report a turkey kill at the Ava Ranger Station checkpoint Monday.  His gobbler weighed 21 ½ pounds and had an eight-inch whisker. The bird was killed about 8 a.m. Monday near the Monastery on Bryant with a 10-gauge shotgun, 41-inch barrel.

Leon Luallen, Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class, left Ava Saturday, April 15, enroute to Jack-sonville, Fla., after spending a one-month leave in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Luallen, 413 SW 3rd Avenue.

  1. M. Richards will observe his 99th birthday Sunday. A birthday dinner is planned at the MFA Hall Sunday with all of his friends and relatives invited to attend.

The Dora High School had their class picnics last week. The senior group made a trip to Camdenton and the Lake of the Ozarks area. The juniors went to Alley Spring, sophomores to Bull Shoals, fresh-men class had a day of skating at the roller rink in Mtn. Grove.

Crisco, 3 lb. can, 93¢; Fab, giant size, 87¢; Ajax Cleanser, 2 for 53¢; Palmolive soap, bath size, 2 for 35¢; Action Bleach, reg. size 43¢; Van Camps light grated Tuna, 4 cans 87¢; six bottle carton, 10-oz. Pepsi, 37¢; IDA French fries, 9-oz. pkg. 7¢; Dole Pineapple Juice, 46 ozs. 39¢. Williams Supermarkets, Sey-mour, Mountain Grove, Houston, Ava, Willow Springs.

COUNTY LINE – The 7th and 8th grade school children went on a picnic last Friday to the Hammonds Mill and then trail hunting to Old Smokey’s Cave.

Over 400,000 people, 20,000 companies, and 150 universities are engaged in the United States space program.

Water from Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park flows all the way to the Atlantic, the National Geographic says.


75 Years Ago

April 30, 1942


Two outstanding entertainment features will be given in connection with the Lions Club spring carnival on the square here Friday and Saturday nights.  Friday night there will be a program presented by girls’ classes of the physical education department in the high school under direction of Mrs. Wilburn Dewhirst. They will present special drills, dances and specialty numbers, climaxed by the winding of the May pole.  Saturday night at 10 o’clock there will be an incendiary bomb demonstration. A practice bomb, made similar to the actual bombs used in warfare, will be used in the demonstration.  The bomb demon-stration will be given in front of the fire house, just west of the south-west corner of the square.

Sale of sugar has been prohibited this week but will resume Tuesday, May 5, when rationing goes into effect.

Five Ava men were among the 25 present at the first session of a class for an auxiliary highway patrol conducted Thursday night last week at West Plains by Sergeant H.J. Turnbill.  Ava men attending the class were Luke Copenhagen, J.B. Cummins, Al Westphal, Guy Wilson and Howard Pettit.

175 immunizations were given at the clinic conducted by the state board of health at the Ava school Wednesday.  Miss Esther Trettin, county public health nurse, said 125 were for small pox and 60 were for diphtheria.  Immunizations were given by Dr. M.C. Gentry and Dr. J.D. Ferguson.

Mr. and Mrs. Horace Hall, Route 2, Ava, announce the birth of a 10-pound daughter who has been named Lora Kay.

Basil F. Burks of the Ava High School faculty has been appointed Douglas County chairman for the recently organized Southwest State Teachers College Alumni Assn.

Miss Virginia Givans of Rochester, Minnesota, arrived in Ava and is spending this week visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Givans, in their home west of town. Miss Givans, a student nurse in the Mayo Hospital, plans to return Sunday to Rochester.

PLEASANT GREEN – A dance was enjoyed by several at the Claude Bellinger home Saturday night.

Fred Lethco, Jr., six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lethco, better known as Butch, had quite an experience in Springfield one-day last week. Butch was picked up by the police.  Yes, indeed, literally and positively picked up and taken to the Springfield Police Station.  Butch had gone to Springfield with his father and Lester Eslick, who had business to transact, and they left Butch in Mr. Lethco’s pickup for a short time. When they returned Butch was gone, and a hurried search did not reveal the youngster. Mr. Lethco immediately called the police station to solicit the officer’s aid, and he learned that the boy had already been found and taken to the station. Butch admitted he cried just a little, but also stated that he had had a nice time with the officers.


100 Years Ago

May 3, 1917


  1. T. Conery, Jr., 27 years old, and C. C. Conery, 25 years old, sons of S.T. Conery, Sr., who lives just east of the city limits, are at present engaged in the big British and French drive at the front in France. Both young men enlisted in a Canadian Contingent at Victoria, British Columbia, about two years ago, and have been at the front in France practically all the time since. Their father receives letters each week from each of them.  Their father who is 68 years old says that he is ready to join Roosevelt’s company, and join his boys at the front if the government will accept him.

A big deal was consummated the first of this week which transferred the majority of the stock of the Citizens Bank to John Malloy and A.J. Blair. Those who sold their stock were: Wm. M. Miller, A.P. Miller, W.C. Darrow, N.J. Johnson, T.E. Surgine, Frank Spurlock, J.B. Thompson, Roy Brown and I.T. Curry.

Moorhouse and Reynolds are making preparations to move their barber shop into the Pettit building on the north side of the square.  The building is being prepared and over-hauled this week.

Mrs. Lotis Campbell closed a successful term of school last Friday at Arno.

John R. Hailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hailey of Ava has been selected principal of the Webster Grove, Mo., High School at a salary of $1500 a year, according to a letter received this week by his parents.

  1. L. Sanders has moved into the restaurant building, just south of the Herald building. Good meals 25 cts. Beds 25 cts.

Cal Neiman came in Tuesday from Kansas where he has been working in a store.  He stopped at Springfield Monday and tried to join the Navy but was rejected on account of weak eyes.

NEW HOPE ITEMS –– The Charles Smith family is slowly improving from the smallpox and sorry to say this is one occasion we can’t visit the sick although we sympathize with them.

A heavy rain visited Friday night and Saturday morning which will delay the farmers with their corn planting.

STONY POINT NEWS –– It is a new girl at Waldo Barkes. Martha and child are both doing well.

Don’t you think it would be better for Uncle Sam to take the railroads into his control and run them similar to the postal system?  Who ever heard of a lot of postal clerks and mail carriers going on a strike?


125 Years Ago

May 5, 1892


At Kansas City two masked men boarded a Westport cable train at Thirty-Sixth Street, and held up the conductor, grip man and four passengers at the point of revolvers. They secured $10.

Edison firmly believes a perfect flying machine will be invented some day, and he also believes the wing of a fly is the model upon which that machine will be constructed.

The Ava Normal School was closed on Monday in respect to the decease of one of its students, Miss Fannie Hollingsworth.

Frank Dewhirst has rented the Denney property, formerly known as the Foots’ residence, on the east side of town and will move there shortly.

School Commissioner T.A. Kay has sold his farm in Spring Creek Township to F. W. Castboms, of Rice County, Kansas.  Considera-tion $1,502.

The old case of J. B. Alsup vs Douglas County in the Marshfield Circuit Court has recently been decided. A finding was made against Douglas County for the sum of $80.00 and costs. The costs amount to something over $300.  Judge D.M. McKinney, who repre-sented the Alsup estate, expects to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

The citizens of Ava are entitled to much credit for the good order which has prevailed on our public streets since the incorporation of our city. Marshal Lindsey and the cala-boose are a terror to disorderly characters, and all our citizens should assist the marshal in continuing the good record for order and quiet which has so far prevailed.

Franklin Leroy, of Jackson Township, while out turkey hunting last week, met with bigger game than he was expecting in the shape of a full grown wild cat.  He had concealed himself and was trying to get a shot at a big gobbler, when he heard a noise in the brush in his rear and on looking back discovered a large wild cat in position to jump.  He turned and fired a shot at it but failed to do more than frighten it away.

The Taney County Grand Jury adjourned last night till tomorrow morning, when the investigation of the Williams Bright murder case will be resumed.  Attorney General Wood has now become pretty well acquainted with the situation and is working constantly to get the history of the last Taney County mob before the grand jury.  In the form of legal evidence it is hard to get any definite information about the tragedy of March 12. Those who know the secrets of that night’s outrage will not open their lips at the bidding of the state. A kind of terrorism undoubtedly prevails in Taney County today.  In Forsyth men talk continually about the matter, and the Attorney General realizes by this time what an almost hopeless task he has undertaken.