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Looking Backward 7.13.2017

25 Years Ago

July 9, 1992


A large crowd gathered on the front lawn of Crestview Healthcare last Friday night to watch a fireworks display presented by the nursing home staff.  Hundreds of folks spread blankets on the lawn or brought their own lawn chairs to watch fancy fireworks explode into the evening air.

A Missouri gobbler with an amazing total of nine beards has made its way into the records of the National Wild Turkey Federation, according to Federation spokesman Jay Langston.

Mel Carnahan, currently Missouri’s lieutenant governor, admits politics is his first love, so it is only fitting that he be a candidate for the state’s chief executive office.

Justin Cox who will be in seventh grade at Ava Middle School this fall, won the skill test for the second year in a row at college of the Ozarks Junior High Basketball Camp, held June 28 through July 2. Cox scored a total of 179 points in the drill which involves shooting, dribbling, ball handling, defense, jumping and passing.  The camp was under the direction of Al Waller, head basketball coach of C of O.  Ava athletes attending along with Cox were Jeremy Loftin, Michael Henry, Adam Liebert, Robbie Campbell, Derek McGill, Tyler McGill, Bart Ellison, Keith Dalton.

COUNTY LINE –– Joan Rackly, Mary Shipley and Dorothy Drager were in Springfield Tuesday.

Beginning this fall a new pilot program administered by Southwest Missouri State University will enable high school junior and seniors to earn both high school and university credit when they take selected classes at their schools.

SANDY –– The gauge was filled to the four-inch mark by 10:30 Saturday night and on Sunday morning enough more had fallen to fill the gauge to just beneath the five-inch mark.


50 Years Ago

 July 6, 1967


Development of the Community Recreation Association’s 30-acre tract of land west of the city is under way, reports Ted Sallee, president of the board of directors.  The com-munity recreation program was started about eight years ago. The original tact covered 110 acres and as purchased by the association from Irwin Olson.  About three years ago, the land was divided into an 80-acre parcel for a country club and 30 acres for the Community Recreation Association.  The CRA now owns the land free of debt.  Coach Dale Russell is supervising work on the project. The CRA board of directors are Mr. Sallee, president; Marvin Barnes, vice president; R.A. Kottmeier, treasurer; Joe Miller, secretary; Quentin Haden and Jay Monger.

Work is under way on expansion of the city clerk’s quarters at the city hall.  The building is being enlarged to the north, providing a larger area for the clerk’s duties.  Rainy weather has halted work on the exterior of the facility.

Nothing is harder on a woman’s clothes than another woman.

Master Jeff Dye left Ava Sunday when he accompanied members of is Ava Scout troop to Camp Arrowhead, near Marshfield, for an annual summer encampment and his sister, Susie, remained here until Tuesday when she went to Fayetteville, Ark., with her aunt, Mrs. Max Decker, Mr. Decker and daughter, Becky.  Miss Dye will be a guest of the Decker family two weeks while Mr. Decker is concluding summer work in the University of Arkansas.  Jeff and Susie are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Gorman Dye, Jr.

Sending mice into outer space seems like an expensive way of getting rid of them. . .

Ava Drive-In Theatre:  Thurs-day and Friday, Jerry Lewis in “Cinderfella” in Technicolor; and Sunday, Monday, “Chuka” with Rod Taylor, Ernest Borgnine, John Mills, in color.

Life expectancy among birds varies widely, the National Geogra-phic says.  A robin lives about 12 years; a hawk, 30 to 40; a wild goose, 80.  Eagles have apparently survived more than a century.

  1. K. Kosby, a native of Tiruvalls, South India, a minister of the gospel, was guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Kiwanis Club Monday. Rev. Kosby was intro-duced by Marl Kilgore with whom he is staying during his visit to the Ozarks.

State Trooper Bill Davis reported a “quiet” Fourth of July in Douglas County with no traffic accidents reports.  Trooper Davis said that the highway traffic was heavy over the holiday weekend through this area.

The Ava Saddle Club’s eleventh annual horse show will be held at the fairgrounds here tonight and Friday. The program will get under way at 8 o’clock each evening, and contestants will be going for cash prizes totaling $1,414.50


75 Years Ago

July 9, 1942


Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 1733 at Bradleyville –– the last CCC camp in the Mark Twain National Forest is going out of existence, and probably by the first of August will be nothing but history.  This week, firefighting equipment at the camp is being transferred from the camp to the Pond Fork ranger station here. Trucks and buildings at the camp belong to the Army.

There will be no 1942 Douglas County Fair.

Blackberry canning started this week at the Ava canning factory in the north part of town, and F.L. Stockton of Marshfield, operator of the factory, said between 2,000 and 2,500 gallons of berries had been bought for canning this morning.  Twelve hundred gallons were in the factory this morning to go through the canning process.

Judges of the Douglas County Court, in session here Monday and Tuesday, allowed contributions to funds for two bridges and suggested two names for an appointment to the county social security commission.  A $55 contribution was made from the road and bridge fund to Ivy Hutchison, member of the road commission at Champion, as a donation to a fund to build a bridge on Clever Creek between Cold Spring and Champion.  The court also promised $75 for a bridge across Bryant between Basher and Brushyknob.    Appointment of one person to the county social security commission is to be made soon and the judges suggested Floyd P. Simmons of Ava or J. W. Ellison of Dogwood for the place.

The Douglas County Post of the American Legion is cooperating with the state department of the legion in recommending men 18 to 37 years of age to take training as glider and plane pilots. The state department has been asked to recommend 5,000 men.

NEW YORK –– After the eighth and last German saboteur bombed by submarine on the east coast had been caught, the FBI revealed an amazing story of the desperate Nazi plan to wreck the U.S. war industry. The Nazis, in batches of four, landed at Amagansett Beach, Long Island, and 17 miles south of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Caches of explosives were also taken.  Six men were caught and only one was a naturalized U.S. citizen.  He is an ex-member of the Michigan National Guard. The eight saboteurs were taken to Washington, D.C. from New York over the weekend, and are expected to go to trial there Wednesday before a military commission.

Ava fishermen are slipping, but the women anglers are coming to the front. The prize for the biggest fish of the week goes to Mrs. Thelma Waters who brought home a line-side bass which tipped the scales at three pounds and five ounces.  Some nice catches have been reported this season, but Mrs. Waters so far has brought in the largest bass.


100 Years Ago

July 12, 1917


The raising of the Seymour Supply Company is now an accomplished fact and it must be regarded by the contributing territory as a most creditable page in its history.  The order from Gen. H.C. Clark to raise the Company was received in Seymour by Rev. Guy Willis Holmes, Pastor of the Methodist Church, at 10:00 o’clock Wednesday morning, June 27.  Capt. O.G. Jones, who brought the order immediately went to work with Mr. Holmes and within 36 hours the required quota of men was enlisted.  Webster, Wright and Douglas counties had been touched and men from all three counties offered themselves as volunteers.

The new motor truck for the K.C.O. & S. Ry was put into service the first of this week and is giving perfect satisfaction.  The trip is made in one hours-time and will be run on the regular train schedule for the time present.

For the first time in several years Ava failed to have a Fourth of July celebration this year.  A good many of our citizens motored to Mansfield and Seymour and other nearby places to spend the day.  Usually the Fourth is a very busy day in Ava.

It will help some if the necessity of war leads the South to raise more hogs, and fewer dogs.

Scott and Dunklin counties, Missouri, are gradually recovering from a veritable second Passover which has taken nearly a half hundred of their children, and left physicians baffled as to the source of the deadly malady.  Fatalities reported are: Oran, Mo. 16; Townley, Mo, 10; Kennett, Mo., 4; Salem Township, Missouri, 5; Senath, Mo., 5.  It crept upon the two counties gradually and almost before they had recognized it as an epidemic of most mysterious origin it had done its worst and seems now to be dying out.  There are more than 100 cases still under observation in both counties.

VANZANT –– Barker Bros. escorted a bunch of railroad men down the line a few days ago, looking over the line and the timber. Makes us feel good to hear talk of a road through our country.

CHENEY –– The mail from Nor-wood to Cheney is carried in a car now.

FOX CREEK NEWS –– The hay crop is going to be light in this section on account of the high water and hail we had the 8th of June.



125 Years Ago

July 14, 1892


The Taney County, Missouri, lynchers will seek a continuance of their cases in order to elect officials favorable to them.

A new company with $250,000 has been organized to compete with the American tobacco company for its monopoly of the cigarette trade.

Francis T. Ingalls, president of Drury College, Springfield, Mo., is dangerously ill and his friends and family are much alarmed. He is a brother of ex-Senator Ingalls.

In Indiana, a man was accused of wife murder, and a mob swung him up, but he was cut down before he died, his wife being reported alive.

A bore usually makes a big hole in a busy day.

Miss Joyce Hailey, postal clerk at the Ava post office, returned on Sunday from a two week’s visit with friends in Seymour.

Circuit Clerk Hartin issued one marriage license this week. The fortunate parties were Samuel B. Herrell and Lilly M. Wright, of Little Beaver.

Bud Payne, who was recently wounded in a difficulty with W.F. Hargrove, is reported out of danger. Hargrove having failed to give bond for his appearance at the September term of court, was taken to Springfield for safe keeping by Sheriff Klineline on Wednesday.

  1. P. Brewer, of Idumea, who has been conducting a general merchandise business at that place, ran off with his servant girl last week. He left a wife and family of small children and numerous creditors who are actively engaged in rubbing attachments on his stock of merchandise and other personal effects. Brewer is owing Curnutt & Miller, of this place, about $300 for his original stock of goods, which he leaves his securities to pay.

Ten cents worth of Castile soap in a $20 silver box is one of the luxuries of the people who travel in style.

  1. Musser, representing the F.C. Austin Mfg. Co., of Chicago, has located at Ava and is introducing the Austin Rock drilling machine. Mr. Musser is also working in the recorder’s office on a set of new abstracts for Douglas County.

The origin of football is unknown, but the first mention of the game is in the reign of Edward III, 1345.

Nothing shows the industrial development of a country more surely than the amount of raw material consumed by its manufac-turers.  From 1877 to 1880, the consumption of raw cotton increas-ed in free trade, in England, 25 percent.  In the United States, under protection, during the same period, it increased 85 percent.

The license law of Sweden forbids any person buying drink without purchasing something to eat at the same time.

In one of the public schools in New York City there are 710 pupils, all but ten of whom are of foreign birth and language.