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Looking Backward 6.22.2017

   25 Years Ago

June 11, 1992


Missouri’s Casey’s Yankee Doodle A. was crowned 3-Year-Old Futurity Champion at the 1992 show of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association which closed here last Saturday night.

For the fourth year, the Springfield News-Leader recently selected 70 top students from Southwest Missouri as finalists in the 1992 News-Leader Academic All-Star Team competition.  Shelby Hesterly of Mansfield, is one of those finalists.

Navy Chief Petty Officer William L. Lews, whose wife, Raquel, is the daughter of Wayne and Rosalie Cipriano of Route 4, Ava, Mo., recently graduated from Field Medical Service School.

The Ava Women’s Bowling Association held their City Tournament this spring at Ava Bowl.  Special awards were given to Joretta Sawyer all events scratch 1630; Debbie Nelson high series scratch 591; Wanda Huffman high series handicap 693; Kay Hutchison high game scratch 214; Cleo Gipe high game handicap 266.

On Friday, June 12, at 10:23 a.m., Miss Haylee Elizabeth Burk-doll made her arrival at St. John’s Regional Health Center, Spring-field, weighing 7 lbs., 12 oz., and measuring 19 inches long. Proud parents are Johnny J., and Phyllis (Posey) Burkdoll, of Ava.

Janell Lakey, daughter of Darrell and Patsy Lakey, Ava, graduated May 15 from Southwest Missouri State University with cum laude honors.

A local personality was one of six people inducted into the Southwest Missouri State University Athletic Hall of Fame in January of this year.  Russ Robinson, who lives outside of Mansfield, was a four-year basketball letterman for the SMSU Bears during one of the school’s most successful periods from 1955-59. After more than 30 years, he still ranks ninth in career rebounds and 29th on the all-time scoring list.


50 Years Ago

 June 15, 1967


New facilities for the Citizens Bank of Ava, located three blocks south of the public square on Jefferson, is approximately 40 percent completed, bank officials said this week. Gene Gold Con-struction Co., Springfield, received the contract on the building for $93,429.

Black bear reports are pouring into the Conservation Commission office in West Plains.  Seven persons have reported seeing black bears in Howell County last week.  The first sighting was reported early Tuesday morning when two persons reported having seen a bear near Siloam Springs, just over the Douglas County line, and another was reported having been seen near Pomona Tuesday afternoon.

Airman Second Class James A. Lathrop, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Lathrop of Route 4, Ava, received a Letter of Appreciation recently while serving with the 12th Field Maintenance Squadron, APO, San Francisco, Calif.  Airman Lathrop was commended by his comman-ding officer for achieving the highest possible score of 95 percent on his on the job training program conducted by the U.S. Air Force.

Sixteen Cadette Girl Scouts camped out at Noblett Lake June 7-9 where they practiced campcraft skills.  Those attending from Ava were Nancy Solman, Cindy McGill, Debbie McGill, Debbie Rogers, Zora Gray, Julie Gray, Patty Barnum, Vicki Huff, Lou Ann Hendrix, Beth Holmes, Brenda Combes, Vanessa Davis, Vona Jane Moore, Lyn Shollenberger, Sandy Stewart, Brenda Clinkingbeard.  They were accompanied by Mrs. Woodrow Gray and Mrs. Vance Moore.

You know what PTA means?  Port Tired Adults.

Red Skelton knows an excellent housekeeper.  Every time she’s divorced she keeps the house!

In ceremonies held at Ozark Sunday afternoon, Mrs. LaVon Smith, Douglas County ASCS office manager was awarded a Certificate of Service and a pin in recognition of the completion of 15-years service as an ASCS county office employee.

Members of the Ava Chapter of the Theta Rho Club met Monday evening in the Ava Lodge Hall, with their advisory officers, Mrs. Lorene Heinlein and Mrs. Ethel Jones, to hold a regular business session.  The following officers were elected: Deborah Rogers, president; Karen Reed, vice president; Sheila Reed, recording secretary; Brenda Oxley, financial secretary; Sandra Riggs, treasurer.

Wednesday and Thursday, Vincent Price, Fabian in Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, in color. More from the Beach Party Gang.  Comedy “Davy Cricket.”


75 Years Ago

June 18, 1942


Ava filling station men this week are buying old rubber to be turned over to Uncle Sam to help along with the war program.  The scrap rubber buying campaign officially started Monday and continues through June 30. It is being con-ducted at the president’s request, with the oil industry making the active campaign.  Local Boy Scouts will cooperate in the scrap rubber drive here, it is announced by Lester Nichols, Scoutmaster.

Members of the county War Price and Rationing Board have been requested to attend a regional meeting in Willow Springs next Saturday.

Mrs. Wilburn Dewhirst this week was appointed first aid chairman for the Douglas County Red Cross chapter, it is announced by Ramey Smith, chapter chairman.  She succeeds David Joslyn who resigned.

Miss Virginia Davis, daughter of Mrs. Anna Davis of Dora and Ralph Cash, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Cash also of Dora, motored to Mountain Home, Ark., and were married Monday, June 8.

JEFFERSON CITY –– Hugh Stephens, administrator of the State Council of Defense, has conveyed to all county councils an urgent request from Regional OCD Director Joseph D. Scholts of Omaha, for the arranging of practice blackouts and preparation for inspection of the Citizens Defense Corps within 30 days.

Donkey ball rodeo will be held in the city park grounds Tuesday night, June 23, 8:15 o’clock. Admission, adults 25¢, children 10¢.  American Legion.

Bob Pettit and his nephew, Jerry Garrison, returned to Ava Friday after spending a few days in Rogers, Arkansas, where they had been visiting with Mr. Pettit’s brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Cloine Pettit.

Wednesday evening last week Mrs. James Brown entertained with a stork shower in compliment to Mrs. Boone Norman, Jr., of St. Louis, who was spending a fortnight in Ava.  The party was held in the home of Mrs. L.M. Bean and the entertaining rooms were decorated in seasonal flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. Peck Jenkins entertained a group of friends in their home Tuesday evening at a birthday supper in compliment to their son, Jackie Wayne, who was celebrating his sixth birthday anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Ruskin Norman and James Curry left for Columbia Sunday to resume their work in the University of Missouri. Mr. Norman is enrolled in the School of Medicine and Mr. Curry is now a junior in the School of Law.  They were accompanied to Columbia by Eugene Clinkingbeard who was entering the university. Eugene graduated from Ava High School in May and is beginning a pre-dental course.

During the rain here Wednesday morning a sharp clap of thunder jarred a window at the First Baptist Church so severely that the glass was cracked.  One little boy, attending Bible School there at this time, immediately inquired of the teacher if that was a Japanese bomb?


100 Years Ago

June 21, 1917


Another bloody chapter in the long series of South Missouri’s and northern Arkansas’ feuds was written in the annals of the State when C.L. Hampton of Duggins-ville, just north of the Arkansas line in Ozark County, was shot from ambush by Joe Long Saturday afternoon.  The shooting was the result of a long feud which started, no doubt, when Hampton shot and killed Lewis Davenport at Dugginsville about 15 years ago and was revived when Hampton killed Jack Fuget at Dugginsville about 10 years ago.  Last Saturday afternoon Hampton started to Lutie, horse-back, in search of a break in a telephone line. When a considerable distance from home, his attention was attracted to a noise in the brush to the side of the road and behind him.  He looked around just in time to see Joe Long taking aim at him with a shot gun, according to Hampton’s own story of the shooting as told by himself while in Ava Sunday on the way to Springfield for treatment. Long was accompanied by his brother Porter, he said, and the two fled together after firing one shot.  Sixteen buck shot entered Hampton’s body, two in the right side of the head, one in the temple, three in the right arm and the remainder in his side and back. He passed thru Ava Sunday in a car, accompanied by Dr. Kyle of Hammond, his wife, Sherman Holt and Jack Jones of Dugginsville, on the way to Springfield to have the shot removed. He is in serious con-dition.  Hampton is about 40 years old, Joe Long about 28, and Porter Long about 22.

Clarence Pyatt writes from Marion, Kansas, to old schoolmates in Hartville that he had some unusual fishing lately when a “cloudburst” put two feet of water on the main streets of town.  Over 100 catfish averaging 12 pounds were caught by him and 15 others, he getting a 25 pounder.

Sheriff Wm. Miller and Prosecu-ting Attorney G.B. Wilson went to Blanche Saturday afternoon after Bill Fleetwood, who was arrested the following day on two different charges of bootlegging.  Fleetwood gave two bonds for $500 each for his appearance at circuit court.

The superdreadnought Arizona is one of the greatest fighting machines in the United States Navy.

Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Robertson of Oswego are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy Friday night of last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Robertson who live in the north part of town are the proud parents of a new boy who arrived last Friday.

The East Ava Canning Company received communication from Paris, France last week asking for quota-tions on canned products and at what prices canned goods could be delivered at the nearest sea port. The letter had been opened by the censors.


125 Years Ago

June 24, 1892


WEST PLAINS, Mo. –– Last Wednesday, A.G. Bylar, sheriff of Baxter County, Ark., was instantly killed by a desperado named Jesse Roper.  Bylar was attempting to arrest Roper for carrying weapons when he was killed.  After killing the sheriff, Roper succeeded in escaping and is still at large.  In his flight he shot one of the sheriff’s posse, but not fatally, and killed one horse and wounded another.  He is now being hunted by a large posse and will be summarily dealt with if captured.

The fifteenth Taney lyncher was placed under arrest by the surrender of Martin Westburton, 18 years of age, who it is alleged, has been in hiding. He waived arrangements and took a change of venue to Justice Field.

A severe electrical storm hit Sedalia this week and much damage was done.

The graduating class at Yale this year embraces 170 members.  Of this total, 22 are democrats; 20 call themselves “independents,” and the remainder, 137 are Republicans and protectionist.  The irresistible logic of facts counts for more with these intelligent young men than more theory. It must be discouraging to the noted free trade professor of political economy at Yale to find the students refuse to accept his theories.

The re-nomination of President Harrison by the republican national convention does not surprise the citizens of the United States. It was not unexpected. The administration has been one of which every American could easily be proud.  There have been no scandals, and no deviation from the marked pathways of republican principles.

FROM IDUMEA –– Mr. John Parker has sold out to Jerry Coats, and is talking of going west.  …  Work is commenced on the new schoolhouse for this district. The house is to be completed by September 1 so the fall school can be taught in it.

For some time past, we learn, a couple of women living in Douglas County, south of the city, have been keeping a house of ill-fame, and were carrying on their nefarious occupation in such an audaciously public manner that the good citizens of the vicinity made known the true facts of the case to the officer who, it seems, were averse to making any arrests or even notifying the women to migrate.  This state of affairs was finally made known to the prosecuting attorney and on last Monday he called upon Squire Andres, had a warrant issued and placed in the hands of Constable Hodge. Mr. Hodge, knowing the character of the parties to be such a nature that it would be folly in him to undertake the work alone, called upon Mr. John Woods, and deputized him to assist in making the arrests of any of the tough characters of the county that should be found in the house.