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Looking Backward 6.1.2017

Years Ago

May 28, 1992


“This is hallowed ground,” the Rev. L.E. Reynolds said as he stood before the Veteran’s Memorial at the Ava Cemetery Monday morning and spoke to the small crowd that had gathered.  The ceremony was conducted jointly by American Legion Post 112 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5993.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has another deputy out and about in the county, with increased emphasis placed on the eastern part of the county.  Lonnie Huddleston, an experienced law enforcement officer is now working in the field as a part-time deputy.

Matt and Ann Leonard are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Peter Michael on Friday, May 22, at 10:02 p.m.

Troy Clayton, of Ava, caught a 48-pound alligator snapping turtle on Thursday, May 21, on a crawdad, while fishing near Theodosia. The snapper measured 45 inches in length.

Mr. and Mrs. Burrel Loftin will celebrate their 50th wedding anni-versary on June 7 with an open house at the Ava Country Club from 2 to 4 p.m.  Hosts will be their children and spouses. The couple have 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Burrel Loftin and Marjorie Heriford were married June 6, 1942, at Ava.

FFA awards recognized at the Senior Awards program on May 19 included Reggie Bray who received the calf-working scholarship award-ed at the Cabool Farmfest, and Kasey Pueppke who received the Clinkingbeard Memorial Scholar-ship presented at the FFA Banquet earlier this spring.

Hubert and Erma Welton entertained last week for her sister and brother-in-law Bethany and Donnie Victor of Colorado Springs, Colo. Who came to Ava Sunday, May 17.  The family had visited in Springfield with the ladies’ sister, Kitty Rea and Jerry Mackey.


50 Years Ago

 May 25, 1967


The first Ava Invitational golf tournament will be held at the Country Club Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m., it was announced by Cleo Cooper.  Mr. Cooper said that 90 out of town entries have been received with participants coming from as far as St. Louis and Kanas City.

A 16-year-old Douglas County juvenile was apprehended last week after he reportedly stole a 1990 Chevrolet sedan from the Henley Car Lot here, it was reported this week by State Trooper Bill Davis.

Admiral Bill Martin, a native of Ava and commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet, and a Soviet admiral recently locked verbal horns on rules-of-the-road on the high seas, it was announ-ced on a recent Associated Press report.  They also disagreed on the rules of their respective duties in the Mediterranean. Martin told the American Club of Rome of a growing Soviet naval challenge on the Mediterranean Sea.

James Roderick, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Roderick of Ava, a southwest Missouri State College student, was honored recently at the annual ROTC corps of cadets Award Day ceremonies. Roderick received the award from the chamber of commerce as the outstanding marksman for the entire corp. He is a freshman business major at SMS and is a cadet first sergeant.

WASOLA –– Vivian Sievert, Theta Clayton, Donnie Pinckney and Robert Roberts are the high school graduates here.

  1. LEE, VA. –– Private Rodney F. Alms, 1, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murrell F. Alms, Route 5, Ava, completed a 10-week engineer supply course at the Army Quarter-master School, Ft. Lee, Va., May. He was trained in the receipt issue and storage of engineer equipment, including construction tools, maps and repair parts.

McCLURG –– Those visiting with Aunt Amanda Storms were Mr. and Mrs. Louis Albright, Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Engelhardt, Mrs. Elsie Huff, Mrs. Daisy Huff, Mrs. Claudie Mendell, Mrs. Perlie Jennings, Mrs. Opal Potter, Aunt Ethel Davidson and Claud Potter.

LITTLE BEAVER –– Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Peebles are the parents of a son, Michael David, who arrived at 8:45 p.m., May 21 at the Mansfield Community Hospital. Michael David is the first great-grandson to carry the Peebles name, as his father was the first grandson and his grandfather, Louis, the first son of a first son.

Thirteen pieces in a ‘baker’s dozen’ originated when King Louis of France warned all bakers who gave under measure that they would be beheaded.

GENTRYVILLE –– Chester Riley mowed the Blanche Cemetery Saturday.

Three students from Douglas County are candidates for degrees at Southwest Missouri State College this spring. They are Brenda Graves, Ava; Sharon Reasoner, Ava; and James Shollenberger, Ava.


75 Years Ago

May 28, 1942


  1. J. Bender Tuesday night revealed that he is planning to return his cheese factory to Ava from Salem “because this is a better milk country.” Mr. Bender formerly operated his cheese factory here in a building he built at the north city limits. He sold the building and the business to the Kraft Company in December and moved to Salem where he has since been operating a cheese factory. He has an option on three acres of ground south of town belonging to Frank Spurlock. He also has equipment for the factory and expects to have no difficulty in getting his building constructed and the plant operating he said. He expects to start in 30 or 60 days.

Announcement of the sale of the Ava Sales Company was made this week by G.R. Prock, owner and manager of the auction sales company for the past several years.  New owners are Mack Morris and Arthur Fancher, both of Rogersville. The transfer became effective after the auction Tuesday this week. Mr. Prock sold the business because of the condition of his voice, he said. Mr. Prock will continue to work at the sale.

Wardell Stanfield, athletics coach and teacher of social studies and physical education in Ava High School, resigned his position here. He plans to leave July 7 for Kansas City where he will enter the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery on July 15. While he is attending the college he will be employed in the city as an ambulance driver.

Miss Pauline Stafford began work Wednesday as a stenographer for the Ava Lumber Company.

SQUIRES –– Charlene, Annette and Eddie Turner, who are vising their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Spurlock, have the measles.

Blackberry winter was hard on us, but so was the change Tuesday to warm weather.  If you didn’t notice it you weren’t mowing your lawn or working in your garden.

Graduating with high honors from Drury College next Monday evening will be Miss Audra Hunsaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Hunsaker of Ava. Miss Hunsaker is a member of Skiff honorary society for women, was president of Pi Beta Phi sorority and editor of the Drury Mirror school paper during her senior year in the college.  She will receive her AB degree in home economics.

Mrs. Ora Burchell received word from the War Department this week notifying her that her son Sergeant Etcyl Burchell, is listed as “missing in action.”  Sergeant Burchell was serving in the Philippine Islands at the time of their surrender.

BLACK OAK – Cecil Robertson and Sammy Shipps left last week for Indiana seeking employment.

Misses Betty Jo Brown and Lila Bowles were co-hostesses at a party Wednesday evening in the Brown home as a farewell favor to Miss Peggy Lee, who will leave Saturday for her home in Springfield.  The invited guests included Miss Imogene Nelson, Miss Doris Sutherland, Miss Glenna Dell Cooper, Wilson McClendon, Bill and Bob Pettit, Max Norman, Basil Spurlock, Cleo Cooper, the honoree and the hostesses.


100 Years Ago

May 31, 1917


It wasn’t a Missouri Editor but a printers devil who was going through his first experience on “making up” a form.  The paper was late and the boy got the galleys mixed.  The first part of the obituary notice of a pecunious citizen had been dumped in the forms and the next handful of type came off a galley describing a recent fire.  It read like this:  “The pall bearers lowered the body to the grave and as it was consigned there were few if any regrets for the old wreck had been an eyesore to the town for years.  Of course there was indivi-dual loss but that was covered by insurance.”

A cyclone which swept in from the southwest did much damage in sections of the Ozarks last Sunday afternoon.  Much damage was done in the vicinity of Cold Springs and Denlow and along Fox Creek in the east end of Douglas County.  Arthur Hooper is reported seriously injured and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Alumbaugh slightly injured.  Henry Burke’s residence was twisted from its foundation.

The winds struck at Seymour at about 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon and damaged the town to the extent of $15,000 to $18,000.  The cyclone did not strike the main section of town, but destroyed seven houses in the resident section.

Heavy damages were sustained in the counties of Douglas, Ozark, Howell, Wright, Webster, Christian, Stone and Greene.

Feed Fight or Starve are plain cold facts.  It’s up to every man in Douglas county to dome tall thinking –– and do “his bit” do something! If you are not chosen to go to the front or fight in the trenches –– Plant!

The front of the Story – Justice Hardware Store was treated to a fresh coat of paint this week.

Will Spurrier went to Norwood Saturday to have his buggy fixed.  Fred Mallernee carried the mail for him.

If you find you are being driven to despair, get out and walk.

Earnest Johnson is driving a new Oakland car which he purchased in Springfield this week.

Knowledge is power only so far as it is practiced.


125 Years Ago

June 2, 1892


MEMPHIS –– The full force of the Northern floods of last week is being felt along the Southern Mississippi and reports of crevasses in levees and overflowed lands are coming in almost hourly.  A trip through a portion of the submerged districts on the Arkansas and White Rivers reveals the fact that the stories of suffering have not been half told.  In Desha, Arkansas, one of the richest farming counties in the South, there are not 1,000 acres of dry land to be seen outside of Lacondia Circle.  Holendet, up the White River, has been swept off the face of the earth and remnants of houses are lodged among the limbs of trees along the banks of that might torrent.  There is not an inha-bitant there today.  The backwater has come 40 miles from the Arkansas River and is up to the second stories of buildings.  Red Fork, a place of 400 people is no more and the same can be said of Pendleton.

Springfield-Dispatch:  The eight Taney County prisoners held for the murder of Williams and Bright are on their way to Forsyth guarded by Deputy Sheriffs Brown of Greene County and Rafferty of Christian County, and six other armed assistants and deputies.  The prisoners were conveyed in two wagons, and the party will reach Ozark tonight and stop there till morning, when the march to Forsyth will be resumed.  It was George Friend, the second man who was arrested for the murder of Williams and Bright, that gave away the secrets of the Taney County mob.

Another murder is laid at the doors of the Montana rustlers.

John Tolen flirted with Maggie Blumso at Columbus, Ind., and now has another air hole in his neck.

The long-lost “Louisiana” gold mines are believed to have been discovered in Montgomery County, Arkansas.

The Slatterys, husband and wife, who claim to be ex-priest and ex-nun, are on a crusade against Catholicism in Illinois.  At Bloom-ington the hotel help refused to serve them.

Elmer Davis and Rachel A. Davis of Roy, who were divorced at the last September term of circuit court, concluded to try it again and were remarried this week.

Men pay too much attention to what they did, and not enough to what they are doing.

Notice to Tax Payers –– Under the law I am compelled to bring suit at once for the collection of Land Tax for the years 1889 and 1890.  An early settlement will save trouble to me and costs to yourselves. Your obedient servant, J.P.M. Norman, Collector.

Our sister city of Lebanon is rejoicing over the prospect of a new railroad.

Howell County is to have a new jail at West Plains.

T.A. Davis is building an addition to his dwelling house southeast of the square.