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Looking Backward 7.27.2017

25 Years Ago

July 23, 1992


Dr. Floyd Hennan is in Ava this week preparing for the opening of his general family practice on Monday morning.  The Ava native will open his practice in the medical offices leased from Dr. C.E. Harlan at 301 S.E. 2nd Avenue, just east of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. Dr. Hennan is a 1977 graduate of Ava High School.

The Pepsi team received 1st place in the girls 10-12 year olds softball league.  Team members are Ashley Sullivan, Tracy Lane, Summer Hall, Mindy Dwain, Megan Powell, Sabrina Brazeal, Deanna Porter, Dawayna Wilson, Casey Dobbs, Brittany Dobbs, Liza Stovall, Ashley Dooms, Amanda Freeman, and coaches Judy and Kirk Dooms.

Join us for happy 90th birthday reception for Bill Gott, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at Theta’s Café, Squires, Mo.

Retiring mail carrier, Madeena Bray, was surprised with gathering of friends at the Chadwick Post Office wishing her a happy retirement.

Miss Kelsea Pettit celebrated her second birthday with a party held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Pettit, on Sunday, July 12. A Winnie-the-Pooh cake, decor-ated by Mrs. Lula Mae Denney, and other similar decorations greeted the honoree’s guests.

ALMARTHA –– A black bear has been seen twice on the former Homer Rennaker farm.

The Ava Swim Team hosted a meet here last Saturday and edged out Mtn. Grove for second place.  Taking first with 558 points was Marshfield, followed by Ava (439), Mtn. Grove (428) and Cabool (339). Top male swimmer for Ava on Saturday was Aaron Ray with 42 points. Top point-getter for the ladies was Sarah Silvey with 40 points.


50 Years Ago

 July 20, 1967


Two local young men are being sought by law enforcement officers for questioning in connection with the burglary of three Ava business houses last Friday night, it was reported by officers this week.  Burglars struck at Ava Lumber Company, Don’s Super Market and Marvin Barnes Company taking about $10 in cash from Marvin Barnes Company and an undermined amount of merchandise and cigarettes from Don’s Super Market, and leaving a path of destruction in two of the firms which will run into hundreds of dollars.

One ray of light continues to break through the dark clouds which hover over the Ava Community Nursing Home in the loss of approximately $80,000 by local investors in the home.  Recently, a transaction was made between First National Bank and Chasteen, Inc., of St. Louis for purchase of the home here at a reported price of $330,000.

Don Cunningham, 31, a native of Ava has opened a new automotive and body and fender repair business on south Jefferson, five blocks south of the square in the new Barnes building.

Members of the local Rainbow for Girls made a trip to Branson Friday night. The group had dinner at the Empire Inn and then attended the Shepherd of the Hills play. Those attending were Janet Gentry, Betty Evans, Debby Deckard, Sherry Sims, Carol Crutcher, Sue Curry, Vanessa Davis, Vona Moore, Lyn Shollenberger, Myra Cudworth Anne Leneave, Michelle Moore, Celicia Dye, Rita Heath, Sherry Plaster, Susie Pettit and Susan Long.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dye of Ava took their son, Tony, to Kansas City Sunday where he was to report for enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps.

SP4 Jerry F. Mainus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chuley Mainus of Route 1, Ava, has been awarded the Soldier’s Medal while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division as a medic in Vietnam. Mainus received the Soldier’s Medal on March 19, and on March 25 he was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.

DONG HA, VIETNAM – Army Doctor (Capt.) Howard Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Roberts, Route 1, Ava, received congratula-tions and the Bronze Star Medal during ceremonies near Dong Ha, Vietnam.

VICTORY –– Lynnette, Stanley and Gary Clark spent Saturday and Sunday with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Giles.

Ava’s first independent baseball game of the season was played Sunday at Gainesville with the Ava team defeating the Gainesville team, 7-3.  Winning pitcher was Bob Cook who fanned seven players during his eight innings of pitching. Complet-ing the game for Ava was Jim Fleetwood. Members of the team include Bob Huffman, Gary Moore, Fred Bacorn, Fleetwood, Cook, Lester Cook, J.C. Hall, Tom Halford, Perry Pool and Gordon Shanks.


75 Years Ago

July 23, 1942


The Order of Eastern Star was instituted in Ava Monday night in the Masonic Lodge Hall in a ceremony of initiation and installa-tion attended by more than 60 out-of-town guests including a number of the state’s grand officers.  Mrs. W.A. Peters was installed as the chapter’s worthy matron and O.A. Atteberry was installed as worth patron.

Glen Story, for the past several years in charge of the U.S. employment office, with headquar-ters in West Plains, has been trans-ferred to Kansas City offices, it was announced here this week.

We have all heard of blacksnakes swallowing chicken eggs, and even turkey eggs, and that ceases to be news.  But when a blacksnake swallows an ordinary sized grease gun, that’s a different story.  Uel Chasteen, farmer of the Blanche community is authority for the story that he killed a six-foot blacksnake one-day last week and found the grease gun to his automobile in the snake.  Chasteen went to his garage to grease his car, and discovered the grease gun was missing.  Looking around in some litter nearby, he discovered the big snake with its sides bulged from what he at once thought was chicken eggs.  He killed the snake and investigation revealed the lost grease gun.

The marriage of Miss Lillian Howland to Roy C. Lakey of San Francisco, California is announced this week by the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Howland of Route 1, Ava.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Lakey of Arno.  He is employed in shipyards in San Francisco. The bride graduated from Ava High School in 1940.

The Carnation softball team continued its winning ways the past week by two wins over Mansfield.  Members of the Carnation team are Orville Nall, Gene Berry, Gather Wagemann, Cleo Cooper, Teddy Sallee, Wilson McClendon, Norman Wright, Alvin Mowinkle, Otis Nall, Fuzz Ross, Bill Pettit and others.

There are now seven resident training centers in Missouri in which boys and girls between the ages of 17 and 24 inclusive are being trained for jobs in defense plants, according to Miss Gladys Sullivan of West Plains, youth personnel representative for the National Youth Administration, who was in Ava Monday.

At last the cool days have fled and we can cook eggs in the mail box.  And the dogs lift their feet quickly from the flagstones.  And the leaves at noontime look like rags pinned to the trees. And that swashbuckling stream that looked like the Hellespont at flood time is now but a trickle.

  1. TABOR –– Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson and little daughter moved to the Doyne Chance farm after the Chance family left for Kansas.

PLEASANT GREEN –– A very enjoyable time was spent dancing at the Wesley King home Saturday night.


100 Years Ago

July 26, 1917


An attempt to rob the Citizens Bank of Ava last night, July 25, was abandoned after the burglars had gained entrance through the front door and had succeeded in drilling a hole through the brick wall into the vault. The safe is inside the vault and evidently the task of cutting into the vault and then attempting the safe looked too great.  Telephone wires leading to Mansfield and Seymour were cut.

Women Will Register – Next Saturday is registration day for all Missouri women. The registration will be conducted at the courthouse in Ava under the direction of Mrs. H.S. Wilson, Chair of the County Committee Council of Defense. Those who register simply show their willingness to help win the war in whatever way they desire.  All over 16 years may register.

Ringling Brothers show will be in Springfield next Saturday.  The K.C.O.&S. Ry. announce special train service for this date, leaving Ava at 4:00 o’clock a.m. connecting with train for Springfield; returning to Ava after arrival of train from Springfield reaching Mansfield at 10:00 p.m.  Fare, $1.00 for round trip, children over five and under twelve, one-half fare. Under five, free, if accompanied by adult.

Harry Nash, Henry Upshaw, Hiram Huffman, and Jake Luttrell of Denlow attended the meeting of the County Council of Defense in Ava Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A.G. Reynolds and son Clifford accompanied by Mr. H. M. Curnutt and daughter Myrtle left Friday for a ten-day trip. They will visit relatives in Oklaho-ma and Kansas enroute to Amarillo, Texas. They are making the trip in the Reynolds car.

Mrs. G.B. Wilson delightfully entertained Tuesday afternoon at her beautiful new bungalow “Sunshine” with a rook party complimentary to Miss Vivian Snow whose marriage to Mr. D.F. Votaw will be celebra-ted next Wednesday.

A wedding of much interest took place Sunday, July 22, at high noon when Miss Vera Dean was united in Marriage to Albert Ross D. Reese at Maple Dale, the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dean. Rev. J.L. Comer was the officiating clergyman.

Miss Daisy Martin entertained with a picnic supper at Singleton Spring on Hunter Thursday evening. Those who enjoyed the affair were Misses Bonnelle Davis and Yvonne Collondar, Messrs. Will Dickerson, Cleon Dyer, and Dewey Mankins.

Nitro-starch, more compact than the allied nitro-cellulose or gun cotton, seems to promise great efficiency as a blasting explosive.


125 Years Ago

July 28, 1892


BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. – Parties from the Indian Territory report the Dalton train robbers encamped on the Grand River, Cherokee nation, about 35 miles south of this city.  There are about 25 of them altogether and they are prepared to meet any force that may be sent against them.  A lady from Adair says one or two of the gang visit that station every day and that the authorities are afraid to interface with them. It is the opinion that the Daltons will soon be heard from again and that they are preparing for big game of some sort.  That they have many friends, if not accomplices, scattered through the territory is very evident.

Train loads of Nebraska and Kansas corn are being sold in Mexico for $3 a bushel.

Seven counties of Northern Texas have refused marriage license to a boy of 16 and a widow of 40 who has 13 children.

The yellow fever scourge continues unabated at Vera Cruz, Mexico.  Hundreds of people are leaving the city.

The Brazilian government has decided to impose a cholera quarantine against all vessels arriving from French, Russian, American and Mediterranean ports.

Lake Erie it is said produces more fish to the square mile than any body of water in the world.

Dr. White of Seymour, was in town on Tuesday in attendance on Judge Spurlock, having been called for a consultation in the case by Dr. Murray, who is in charge of the patient.

Phil Decker of Boone Township was in Ava on Monday and Tuesday looking after the interests of the Denney & Decker lumber mills. Mr. Decker is a hustler in a business way and a republican who believes in keeping posted on the news of the day.

There will be a picnic at Bryant on Saturday, Aug. 6.  Arrangements have been made for a very attractive program, the principle features of which will be speaking by the candidates for county offices, music by the Ava Cornet Band, two games of handball, one in the morning at 9 o’clock between the Mansfield and Lead Hill clubs, and the other in the afternoon at 5 o’clock between Ava and the Lead Hill club.

Capt. F.D. Pennington has leased his mines east of town to parties from Ohio, who are staking a shaft on the property with good prospects for Plenty of lead.

Bud Payne, who was cut by Hargrove some time ago is slowly recovering from the effects of the wound, and is pronounced out of danger by the doctors.

Farmers of this vicinity are beginning to call for rain.

Mr. Jenks, I see that a new law in Alabama prohibits the selling of liquor within three miles of a church or school house.   That’s a terrible blow to Alabama.