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Looking Backward 7.20.2017

25 Years Ago

July 16, 1992


Sara Semro was crowned 1992 Douglas County Fair Queen, with Courtney Fossett named Fair Princess, Petite Princess of the Douglas County Fair is Rebecca Archer.  Some 13 girls participated in the queen contest this year.

Driver Vernard Deatherage and son, Noah, won first place in the Saturday Night Smash-Up Demoli-tion Derby at the Douglas County Fair last Saturday night. This year’s derby drew a large crowd and no one went away disappointed as the drivers put on a real show for the spectators.

Emma Hamilton was named “Miss Crestview 1992” last week and will represent the local facility in the District 4 Pageant July 24 in Springfield.

Dr. Joe A. Wall, family physician from Houston, Mo., has been named Missouri’s Family Physician of the Year.

White and Dovie Yeary, of Ava, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, July 26, at the new Bradleyville School gym with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m.

C.E. Heckendorn bagged his second hole-in-one of his career –– not to mention his second of this season –– while playing at the Ava Country Club golf course Wednes-day evening, July 8.  Heckendorn hit the hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 3 green, hitting a 5-wood. He was playing with his wife, Sybil, and Joe and Beverly Peters.

SMALLETT –– It is a beautiful cool Tuesday morning here in the hills. Lots of gardening and canning going on.

Rilla Gentry was honored Friday, July 10 for her birthday when she and her husband, Ralph, went to the Carousel Ice Cream Parlor that morning.  The owners Doug and Linda Ely and daughter Rachel served Mrs. Gentry strawberry cheesecake and gave her a bouquet of flowers.  Others present were Ola Staley, Allie Gentry, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Wallace and Beulah Gentry.


50 Years Ago

 July 13, 1967


The council authorized the construction of curb and gutter on South Jefferson by Mrs. Nell Gaston, Lloyd and Edna Nance and Mrs. J.F. Holstein.  Approval was given recently by the council for the installations to be made by Mr. and Mrs. Fred O. Lethco and Mrs. and Mrs. Clinton Gaston.

A 1963 two-ton Chevrolet feed truck owned by Douglas County Milling co., of Ava was stolen and wrecked about two and a half miles east of town at 1:40 a.m. Friday, it was reported this week by State Trooper Bill Davis.  Trooper Davis said two subjects were following immediately behind the truck in an automobile and apparently picked up the driver who was either thrown out or jumped from the truck.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Bell returned to their home in the Sunrise Hill Addition, west Ava, Sunday night, following a ten-day tour made along the scenic route in the Great Lakes region and Canada.

Staff Sergeant William Leneave, Jr., left Ava Friday, July 7, to return to his base in Viet Nam, after concluding a one-month leave here with Mrs. Leneave and their child-ren of 519 NE 3rd Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Mitchell will observe their golden wedding anni-versary quietly in their home on July 16.

Ava Drive-In Theatre, Saturday, July 15, “Girls, Girls, Girls” Elvis Presley, in technicolor.

ENFA Larry Burnett, USN, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Burnett of Ava, is serving with a naval patrol at River Section 531 near Mytho, Vietnam.

Mrs. Wallace Sagerser of Elkhead, who has been a teacher in the Ava Elementary School, has resigned her position to accept a teaching position in the Springfield school system.

Members of the congregation of Ava Assembly of God Church, where the Rev. Carl Willis is pastor, honored the Rev. and Mrs. Willis Friday evening with a surprise dinner and housewarming-shower at their home north of Ava. The Rev. and Mrs. Willis recently built a new house at the back of their mobile home located at the corner of old Highway 5 and F Highway and had just moved into the home at the time of the surprise event.

BAKERSFIELD – Irene Shelton, Minnie Davis and Elia Riley attend-ed the Dobbs reunion Sunday at the Sweeton Pond Church.

LONGRUN –– David Evans is a happy little boy. He spent every moment he could playing with the old cat and new kittens at this grandfathers.  The other morning he found that the mother cat had moved her kittens to his home, a distance of ¾ mile.

Murray’s T.V. of Ava swept a slow pitch softball doubleheader from two Springfield teams Sunday in Springfield’s Meador Park. Ava defeated Local 662 by a score of 7-2 in the first game and won 7-3 over the Pontiac Chiefs to complete the sweep.


75 Years Ago

July 16, 1942


For two days, Sunday and Monday, the City of Ava was out of water, due to a break in the deep well pump Friday afternoon.  The break occurred while the pump was in normal operation, and at a time when the city storage tank was believed to have been perhaps two-thirds filled.  Local Boy Scouts were immediately called into service and carried the news personally to every section of the city, admonishing everyone to use water sparingly.  As a result, the water supply held out in most sections of town throughout the day Saturday.

Douglas County has 321 men in the United States armed forces, according to figures compiled by W.I. Barker, clerk of the local draft board, as of June 30.

Fire completely destroyed Ray Garver’s radio and electrical shop in the Hodges Motor Company building early Wednesday morning.  Mr. Garver estimated his loss at between $1,000 and $1,500.  The fire was discovered about 6 o’clock Wednesday morning by J.C. Garrison.  Fire Chief O.M. Swick, first to arrive at the fire, said the smoke was rolling from the win-dows of the shop when he arrived.  It was not known how the fire stated.

Denzil Barnes was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of reckless driving. He pleaded guilty and was fined $5 and costs.

Guy Wilson, who has been serviceman for the Missouri Electric Power Company the past year, will go to Doniphan Saturday morning where he will have charge of service and a diesel plant for the company. His work here will be taken over by J.B. Cummins, who has been a traveling representative for the company merchandising commer-cial lighting and is being transferred to the service department.

GREAT LAKES –– Soon to be hardened fighters for Uncle Sam’s fleet, two Ava men are first under-going recruit training at the U.S. Naval Training Station here. The two Ava men are: Lowell Turner, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Turner, RFD 4, and Lyndel Hartley, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Harley, star route.

GIRDNER –– Visitors in the Milton Parson home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kilburn of Squires, Mrs. Orby Porter, Mrs. Arvil Potter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Moore and children.

Barney Singleton, farmer of the West Liberty district east of Ava, has had the misfortune of being seriously ill the past three weeks with tick fever, but he has the good fortune of having some fine neighbors. Unable to work himself and unable to hire help to put his crops in, he was given help by his neighbors who came to his farm Friday with two tractors and put in a crop of cane and millet for him.

Colleen Armantrout, teacher training and history teacher in Ava High School, resigned that position in a letter received by Superin-tendent C.W. Parker this week.

It is said the Japs are anxious to occupy the Rat Islands in the Alaskan group. Judging by the name one would think they were already inhabited by Japs.


100 Years Ago

July 19, 1917


The Summer School conducted in Ava under the new law came to a close this week after a period of 60 days. There was an enrollment of 70 and very efficient work was done. A class of five young people completed the four-year high school course and will receive diplomas which will have the same standing as diplomas issued at May gradua-tion.  The class consists of Elinor Lola Adams, valedictorian; Sarah Josephine Singleton, Mabel Sylvania Dean, John Edward Davis, and Elias Crockett Vancil.

The Ava School District voted sixty-six to six last Monday in favor of bonding the district for $4,000 for the purpose of installing a heating and plumbing system in the old school building and to pay for the vacant lots just north of the old campus which were bought from M.C. Reynolds.  The steam heat and water supply will be furnished from the plant in the new building.

The marriage of Mr. J. Elmer Curry to Miss Esther Curnutt was celebrated at high noon Sunday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Curnutt.  Rev. G. R. Curry, father of the groom, was the officiating clergyman. The house was decorated in ferns, carnations, roses and sweet peas.  Miss Lela Curnutt, sister of the bride was maid of honor and was gowned in pink crepe de chine.  Mr. Cole Coffeen acted as man of honor to Mr. Curry.

  1. S. Davis, a prominent farmer who lives about two miles south of town, was seriously bruised about the face and body on Thursday of last week when a team of mules hitched to a load of wheat ran away with him. The mules became frightened when the load of wheat tipped to one side. The wagon was dragged more than a mile and was badly damaged as was the harness. The mules were not hurt.

Mr. and Mrs. Riley Johnson have moved to Arden where Mr. Johnson has opened a term of school.

Eddie Mahan, the former Harvard football player who has followed the lead of several of the famous Harvard boys and joined the United States Marines.

Repeated warnings come from the newspapers regarding the danger of buying anything from peddlers just now. Plasters, pencils and other articles have been distributed throughout the country bearing the germs of leprosy and probably other diseases.

TIGRIS – School starts at Beaver today with D.A. Jennings at the helm.  Pretty hot on the little fellows these days.


125 Years Ago

July 21, 1892


PARSONS, Kansas –– Word has reached here that the Missouri, Kansas and Texas passenger train No. 2 was held up at Adair station in the Indian territory about 70 miles south of Parsons by the notorious Dalton gang. The safe in the express car was blown open and robbed of its contents.  Captain J.J. Kinney, chief of the detective force of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas and L.A. Flore, of the Indian police, and two doctors from Adair were shot while attempting to protect the com-pany’s property, but none of them were seriously injured.  There were six men in the gang.

The Sentinel of Sedalia, missing Editor E.D. Crawford’s paper, has been sold to a Congregational evangelist named Kelly, lately from England. The sale was made by Crawford’s father-in-law, Milo Blair, who held a mortgage on the plant.  Nothing has been heard from Crawford.

  1. O. Hailey and County Clerk John Malloy left on Saturday for Jefferson City to attend the demo-cratic state convention. John may not be a democrat, but, like old dog Tray, is found in very suspicious company sometimes.

Dr. Tunnell of Seymour was chosen for State Senator by the Senatorial convention at Mansfield last Saturday. Tunnell was a dark horse and was chosen as a compro-mise by the opposing delegations.  He is a good republican, an upright citizen, and will pull the full republican vote.

W.A. Twiggs, one of the parties cornered in the killing of Sheriff Byler, of Baxter County, Arkansas, by Roper, was surrounded and killed by a posse of Baxter County men at Bakersfield, Ozark County.  Twiggs and several others, heavily armed, were located in a barn and Twiggs lost his life in resisting arrest.  Not a man in the posse was hurt.  Jos. Twiggs and one or two others said to be implicated in the same crime were captured at the same time and taken back to Baxter County.  This is the continuance of a bitter feud in that part of the country which had its start in the killing of a Twigg by one of the Dentons.

Trials in Taney County –– The grand jury has been in session during the past week and they have returned fourteen indictments for the murder of Williams and sixteen for the murder of Bright.  Court will convene at 9 o’clock Monday morning and the trials will begin. They will be tried separately, but it is not known who will be tried first.

  1. LOUIS –– A bitter political campaign in St. Louis County over the Republican congressional nom-ination for the district resulted in a fatal personal encounter at Clayton, Mo. yesterday. In the probate court room Sheriff Estil Dosenbach and ex-Assessor W.H. Smith, hitherto good friends, met and discussed the political campaign in which they are now to opposite factions soon had a red hot quarrel on. Smith jumped for the sheriff, who during the clinch drew his revolver and fired a shot, following it with two more as Smith staggered away and fell dead.  Dosenbach was arrested by the coroner.