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Looking Backward 8.3.2017

25 Years Ago
July 30, 1992

Crestview Healthcare has a new owner and will take a new name effective Aug. 1. The name of the 120-bed nursing home will be changed to Meadowbrook Manor of Ava.
Hale Hardware, three-generation business and one of Ava’s oldest retail firms, has closed its doors and the remaining stock of merchandise will be sold at auction on Saturday, Aug. 8. Established on the Ava square by R.L. Story in the 1920s, the hardware store was purchased by William Hale in 1936.
Wilma Hutchison, coordinator of the local beautification project, received second place in the Civic Category of judging in the Missouri Beautification Association’s annual awards campaign.
Two churches in this area receiv-ed denomination-wide recognition for church growth last week at the annual General Baptist Assn. held in Flint, Mich. Ava General Baptist, pastored by Oren Alcorn, showed an increase of 12.3 in 1991 and Oak Grove Church, pastored by Dwain Moore, increased 10.8 in 1991.
Bill Frye of Squires, raced in Texas during the past weekend and won three races for total earnings of $6,500. Frye won the qualifying round and the trophy dash, then took the big $5,000 purse by winning the feature event.
Missouri Firebirds 14 & under basketball team completed play this past weekend in the Missouri Show-Me Games in Columbia. Team members are Robin Curtis, Jayme Barnes, Heather Breeding, Mindy Atchison, DeAun Gray, all of Ava; Karen Strong, Gainesville; Melissa Donley, Thornfield; and Jenny Blaine, Seymour.
Hurse Smith and wife, Albia, of Mtn. Grove, have returned from Cairo, Egypt where Mr. Smith served as a volunteer with the Inter-national Executive Service Corps.
Sean Sweeney, owner of the Bellsmith Art Foundry, will be one of 40 artists featured in the upcom-ing art and garden catalogue distri-buted by Sundance. The company is owned and operated by Robert Redford.

50 Years Ago
July 27, 1967

Douglas County proved to be a strong market during the past year, according to a national study of business activity, just released. Significant gains were recorded as local residents, enjoying better incomes and a high rate of employment, spent a record amount for goods and services.
The School of Dentistry of the University of Missouri at Kansas City is to have a new $7.5 million building that will greatly expand the school’s facilities and services. The school offers the only dentistry study on the four campuses of the university.
Two Douglas County men have been charged in Douglas County Magistrate Court with burglary and larceny in connection with an incident at the L.R. Swearengin store at Elkhead on Nov. 1, 1966.
Fourteen additional communities in central and southwestern Mis-souri, as well as Fort Leonard Wood, have requested natural gas service from a proposed pipeline to be built by Cities Service Gas Company, Oklahoma City.
SAN ANTONIO –– Dennis J. Driskell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Driskell of Drury, has been commissioned a second lieu-tenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Rutledge of Rainbow Ridge will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 6 with an open house at the MFA Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge married Aug. 4, 1917 at Meade, Kan., and moved to Ava in 1961.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Watson (Norma Jean Kelly) of Route 3, Ava, announce the birth of a son at 4:23 o’clock Friday afternoon, July 21, at St. John’s Hospital in Spring-field. The baby weighed 8 lbs. and 5 ozs, at the time of his birth and he has been named Billy Joe.
Andrew Moritz, a retired farmer and resident of the Drury commun-ity for the past 77 years, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the home of a son, George Moritz of Drury, at the age of 105 years, 9 months, and 19 days. Mr. Moritz, a native of Bavaria, Germany, homesteaded his farm at Drury in 1890 at the age of 21.
One high school student from Mt. Zion Bible School, Ava, atten-ded the Sixth Missouri Freedom Forum at Mexico, Mo., June 25-29. More than 200 students from throughout the state attended the forum. Representing Mt. Zion Bible School was Daryl McCarthy of St. Clair County, Lowry City, Mo., who has attended school at Mt. Zion for the past three years.
Having lunch at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Lewis Sunday, July 23, were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Watterson and son, Lance. Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Watterson, and Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Lakey.
ALMARTHA –– Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Murphy spent Sunday evening with Carrie Murphy.

75 Years Ago
July 30, 1942

Charley Miller, farmer living four miles south of Squires and about 47 years old was attacked and seriously injured by a 3-year-old Jersey bull about sundown Wednesday evening at the farm of a neighbor, Bob Burton. The bull was beaten off by Maurice Brazeal, 20-year-old neighbor youth, who kept his head and went after the bull with the handle of a mowing scythe. Miller was within three feet of the bull, reaching for the ring in his nose, when the bull, without warning, swung his head and hook Miller in the right thigh. Brazeal said the bull tossed Miller 15 feet into the air, and when Miller hit the ground the bull started after him again.
Reorganization of the Douglas County Defense Council was effected last week in an action by the executive committee in driving three of the principal responsibilities of the civilian defense organization. At the head of the local defense corps the executive committee placed Earnie Privett and O.M. Swick. In charge of service corps the committee put Paul Clauser and J.D. Harnden. The volunteer office was put under the supervision of the Rev. C.M. Kennaugh.
Carnation’s softball team playing against the Lumberjacks ran in 14 runs in the last inning of a seven inning game Friday night to win 22 to 11. Eugene Berry pitched for the Carnations and Burnam Cummins pitched for the Lumberjacks.
Wayne Hicks, former Ava High School student, left Ava Tuesday morning for Lambert Field, St. Louis to report for training in the Naval Air Corps. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hicks of Wasola.
Two hundred attended a box supper and old time school program sponsored by the Latter Day Saints at the Lone Dale school Saturday night. Proceeds, which amounted to about $20, are to be applied on a fund for a community building there.
Howard and James Curry, sons of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Curry of Ava have joined the U.S. Navy. Howard, student in Kansas City Western Dental College, Kansas City, has received a commission as ensign, and will go into the Navy medical corps as a dentist. James, student in law school at the University of Missouri, was sworn in at Kansas City Wednesday and will be assigned to Fairfax Airfield, in Kansas.
Three new teachers have been employed for the Ava school system for the coming school year. One of the new teachers comes from Central America. He is Francisco Moran of San Salvador, El Salvador, who will teach Spanish and history. A second vocational agriculture teacher to take the place of Walter Robinson, who went to the Army, in working with J.A. McKinney in the ag department is George Schmitt of Pershing. The third teacher employed is Miss Lois Lindsey of Wableau. She will teach grades one and two.
The fellow who thinks the world owes him a living frequently owes about everybody in the world.

100 Years Ago
August 2, 1917

Otto Hopewell of Brushy Knob, this county, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hopewell, was among six American sailors who were killed by an explosion on the United States Submarine A-7 at Cavite, Philippine Islands, on Tuesday, July 24.
The Seymour Supply Company to be attached to the Missouri 6th Regiment, to which several of the Ava boys belong has been ordered to report at Seymour next Sunday morning. Those who will go from Douglas County are: Verne Wilson, Dewey Mankin, Joe Row, Earnie Spurlock, Fred Andrews, Roy Fisher, Will Dickison, Geo. Fletcher, Cole Coffeen, John Kennedy and Frank Brigs.
The Browns Cave picnic will be held this year on August 17 and 18. The cave is on Bryant Creek about six miles below Vera Cruz. Entertainment will consist of motor boating on Bryant, dancing, various contests, etc. The committee also promises to secure a good speaker for the occasion.
Registration of women in the county last Saturday was very light. Mrs. H.S. Wilson, who had charge of the registration stated that only 35 were registered in Ava. Another registration day is announced for Ava next Saturday, on the court-house lawn.
Douglas County, we believe, can and will feed herself this year.
There are a number of farmers on Bryant and Beaver and other creeks who could save many a dollar by raising fish to eat and by selling them. Ava is a good local market for fresh fish.
Asa Wilson of Cold Springs arrived in Ava Monday and will be employed in the Wilson Hardware Store. He expects to attend the Ava High School during the coming year.
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Curry moved Friday into the property recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. I.T. Curry, on Ozark Street.
William Keith, a farmer near Danville, was arrested and brought to New Florence charged with plowing his corn on Sunday. Squire Burgess, 18 years a justice of the peace, says this is his first case of this kind.
The “drys” of Sedalia have peti-tioned Mayor J.L. Babcock to call a special election within 40 days to vote upon the “wet” and “dry” ques-tions.
Great talkers are like leaky kegs, for everything runs out of them.


125 Years Ago
August 4, 1892

A fierce rain and wind storm in Northwestern Iowa did great damage to grain and orchards.
Denver is to have an auditorium costing $1,500,000 to be the largest building west of Chicago.
Brookshire, the Kentucky outlaw horse thief, who killed two deputy sheriffs at Mount Sterling a few days ago, has been captured.
The Eiffel tower is said to be 8-inches higher in hot than in cold weather.
A West Philadelphia man wants to sell his parrot, which he adver-tises as being “suitable for a deaf family.”
In Iceland men and women are in every respect political equals. The nation, which is about 79,000 people is governed by representa-tives elected by men and women together.
Few lovers of Walter Scott recall the fact that he wrote five plays, none of which, however, has ever been put on the stage.
It cost over $200 recently in legal fees in South Carolina to settle a claim of $5.
Minnesota has the largest grain elevator in the world; its storing capacity is two million bushels of grain.
Owing to the illness of J. A. Spurlock, judge of the probate court, the coming term of probate court will be adjourned until the 2nd Monday in September.
J.C. Meney, who has been super-intending the work at the Lead Hill mines for the past month, is taking a vacation this week.
Last Friday, Joe Potter, son of H. Potter of Douglas County, was shot and killed by Hugh Holstein, of Arkansas. The shooting occurred about one-mile south of Ava, on the Gainesville road. The trouble grew out of a difficulty between Potter and a younger brother of Holstein’s, which occurred at a picnic a few days ago. Holstein had been on a visit at his father’s, who lives west of town, and was on his way home to Arkansas via the Gainesville road, when Potter, who had been to Ava, came up behind his wagon and commenced throwing rocks, hitting him in the back with one, making an ugly bruise, and barely missing his wife with one. Holstein then drew his revolver and fired two or three shots while still in the wagon, one of which hit Potter above the right eye, ranging downward, and stopped at the base of the skull. Dr. Murray was immediately summoned, but Pronounced the wound fatal.
Justice Snyder’s Court is holding the preliminary trial of Holstein for the killing of Joe Potter. There have been nearly 100 witnesses sum-moned in the case and the trial will probably consume the present week.
Mrs. Laura Payne met with a painful accident on Sunday evening. She was sitting in a road cart in front of her father’s residence, and losing her balance, fell out of the cart backwards, striking on her right arm dislocating it at the elbow. Drs. Harley and Murray were called and set the arm. Mrs. Payne has the contract for teaching the school in the Sisney district, and was to have commenced on Monday, but by her request the school has been post-poned.