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Looking Backward


25 years ago

The 1993 World Grand Champion Missouri Fox Trotter is Missouri’s Charming April M., owned by Judy Middleton, of Nixa, and ridden to victory last Saturday night by her husband, Jerry Middleton.  

Brian L. Thompson, Ava, has been promoted to the rank of corporal and designated assistant zone commander of Zone 5, which includes Douglas and Ozark counties.  Cpl. Thompson Will maintain his residence in Ava. Roger D. Hillhouse has been promoted to the rank of corporal and designated assistant zone commander of Zone 5.  He has transferred from Willow Springs to Gainesville and replaces Corporal Marty K. Elmore who has been transferred from Gainesville to Willow Springs and designated public information and education officer for Troop G. 

The annual Henry McFarlin & Harvey Moore Memorial Singing will be held Friday, Sept. 17 at Star Chapel Community Church. 

New To You clothing store, west Hwy. 14, Bland Professional Building, next to Rose Zella’s Hair Fashions, new Wolf Tanning Bed, 10 sessions $20. 

$250 Reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons that shot a horse on my property, on or about September 8.  Jack Hutchison. 

Rudy’s Village Inn Restaurant & Lounge, Gainesville, appearing at Rudy’s Lounge in Gainesville, Southern Exposure, Friday & Sat. 

Last Friday night, playing at home, the Bears took the West Plains Zizzers to our overtime periods before the visitors eventually won the game, 26-25.  

The Ava High School varsity volleyball squad lost to Salem at home last Thursday night in SCA action, then lost to Mansfield in three games on the home floor Tuesday night in non-conference play. 

Gladys Larkin, Ava, celebrated her 91st birthday Sept. 4. 

50 years ago

The Ava Department Store, located one block north of the square, is holding its grand opening this weekend of the new variety department in the basement of the store.  The building which was recently remodeled and opened as the Ava Department Store, is owned and operated by R.S. Schweke of Springfield. Mrs. Faye Huffman and Dennis Chaffee are the managers. 

Miss Phyllis Brooke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Voyne Brooke, Route 5, Ava, has been named deputy county clerk.  Miss Brooke replaces Mrs. Thelma Dooms who has moved to Springfield. 

Miss Marla Collins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Collins, will give a report and show slides of her recent trip to the United Nations in New York.  

The Ava Classroom Teachers Association met Wednesday in the high school library for its regular meeting and election of officers. Officers elected for the 1966-69 school year include, Mrs. Freda Gray, president; Mrs. Wilma Klineline, vice-president; Mrs. Gladys Long, secretary; Mrs. Ethel Warden, treasurer; Mrs. Faith Haskins, reporter. 

Over 400 riders were on hand for the 10th annual Chadwick Trail Ride which began at 8 a.m. Saturday, according to Mrs. Mary Guerin of Chadwick. After a stop for the night at Kissee Mills, the planned route looped through the Ozarks. Most carried food, blanket rolls and ponchos. 

Miss Judith Ann Lirley, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Lirley, Route 3, Ava, graduated from the Springfield Board of Education School of Practical Nursing during the commencement exercises at Hillcrest High School, Aug. 29. 

Glen Chambers and Glenn Peebles, both of Route 3, Ava, were among 250 members from four states who attended a 4-H Citizenship Short Course in the nation’s capital. 

Miss Mabel Mitchell left Ava Monday morning enroute to Pakistan where she will be teaching English and history in the Kannard Union College. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Duckworth of Route 4, Ava, announce the birth of a daughter at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 31, in Burge-Protestant Hospital.  The baby weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces at the time of her birth and she has been named Valerie Lynn.  

Mr. and Mrs. Boone Norman, Jr., entertained a large family group at their lakeside resort cottage at Rockaway Beach, during the Labor Day holidays. 

SMALLETT –– Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Irby and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Owens and family were Sunday guests in the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mackey. 

Welcome Back to Richards Store Wide Low Prices –– center cut rib pork chops, 69¢ lb.; Maxwell House coffee, 49¢ lb.; Biltmore Sandwich Loaf, 3 12-oz. cans, $1; Sooper Scoop Ice Milk, 2 1/2 gal. ctns., 39¢ gallon; macaroni, 2 lb. pkg 33¢; Capt. Kidd Fruit Drink, 3 for 69¢; 

Another RCA first, the only truly portable big screen 18-inch diagonal color television – 25 lbs. lighter, 30% smaller, $358.88 with trade.  Murray’s TV & Appliance

75 years ago

Announcement of the uncondi-tional surrender of Italy to the Allies was made simultaneously Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the invading Allied forces, and by Marshal Pietro Badoglio, Italian premier who succeeded Mussolini as head of Italy’s government. 

Enrollment in the Ava schools is down somewhat from last year with 339 in the grades and 400 in high school.  Total enrollment last year was 783 as compared with 739 this year. 

An outbreak of diphtheria in the west end of the county has been met with ten immunization clinics in which 310 immunizations were given since the first of this month, Miss Addie Warner, county public health nurse, reported Wednesday.  Eight cases of diphtheria have been reported with one case resulting in death.  The cases have been in the Goodhope community, mostly in the Breeden school district. 

The Missouri State Highway Commission has authorized the use of prisoners of war in unloading chat from railroad cars at Nevada if arrangements can be made with commanding officer of Camp Clark near there.  It has been estimated that this project will require 20 men 13 days to unload chat onto trucks from the cars. 

Infantile paralysis is making no great headway in Missouri so far, it was said this week after comparing figures with other surrounding states and previous years. Twenty-one new cases were reported last week. 

Eugene Clinkingbeard who is studying in the University of Missouri came from Columbia Friday evening and will remain in Ava this month to visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Clinkingbeard and son, Lyle.  Eugene plans to return to the University early October.  

Basil Spurlock began work Monday in the Norman-Gentry Drug Store. Mr. Spurlock who has been employed as bookkeeper for the Meek Lumber Company in Waynesville, returned to Ava Saturday evening to take this position. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bacorn, of Corcoran, Calif., announce the arrival of a new son, Frederic Arthur, who made his arrival July 24. The Bacorns are former residents of Ava. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Baxter of Springfield announce the birth of a son, Richard Luscar, at Burge Hospital, August 26. Mrs. Baxter before her marriage was Miss Lucille Lakey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luscar Lakey of Ava. 

SPRING CREEK –– Mr. and Mrs. Coma Davis and children, Cineta and Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Davis visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Brown Sunday near Goodhope. 

ROCKBRIDGE –– Mrs. Sadie Brown moved Saturday from the old bank building to the Edgar Morris house. 

DETROIT, Michigan – Grace Buchanan-Dineen, accused of being the leader of a spy ring uncovered in Detroit, was apprehended by the FBI last week.  Miss Buchanan-Dineen was trained in Germany prior to American entrance in the war and entered this county by clipper plane on Oct. 27, 1941. 

100 Years Ago

There were six applicants to take the Civil Service examination at Mtn. Grove Tuesday for the Ava Post Office.  They were C. H. Burdett, H. S. Wilson, L. H. Pettit, Mrs. Ocie Dyer, Sam Heard and Harrison Mathis. 

CANNING NEWS –– Our Ava factory with the country canners have put up to exceed $35,000 worth of tomatoes. 

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Reynolds are celebrating the arrival of a ten-pound boy who came to bless their home on Tuesday afternoon of this week. 

A recent casualty list brings the news that David S. McKinley of Ozark County is among the wounded in the big drive which is sending the Germans back to the Rhine. McKinley, who has been in France only a short time is a son of Peter McKinley, a farmer residing near Dora. 

Charles Judd, Homer Singleton, Jno. Billingsley, Oden Reynolds and Sam Curry, all of Ava, entered the State Normal at Springfield Monday for enlistment in the Students Army Training Corps on October 1. 

The Ava Ice Plant owned by Pros. Atty. Geo B. Wilson, was destroyed b fire last Friday afternoon at about five o’clock.  The cause of the fire is unknown, but is supposed to have caught from the oil engine that runs the plant. The engine was running when the blaze started. No one was present and the fire went undisturbed until under good headway. 

C. D. Holcomb of Brown Branch has the greatest freak that nature has ever shown in that vicinity –– an eight footed hog.  He invites his friends to come and see it. 

On his way to Camp Funston, Kansas, with Rube Graham and Earnest Forrest, deserters from Camp Dodge, La., Sheriff Wm. M. Miller was stricken with heart trouble while in a restaurant at Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Mr. Miller’s life was perhaps saved by the timely rubbing of R.F. Jenkins and H.M. Curnutt who accompanied him on the trip, and the two prisoners.  A doctor was summoned and after a short time Miller was able to continue his trip.  The prisoners were delivered to the officers at Camp Funston on Friday.  

We are still needing rain although it is too late for rains to do much good now. 

RICHVILLE –– Mr. and Mrs. John Chambers are the proud parents of twin babies, a girl and a boy. 

Mr. and Mrs. I.T. Curry of Lebanon, Mo. are the proud parents of a baby boy who made his arrival at their home on Tuesday of this week.  Mr. and Mrs. Curry were formerly residents of Ava. 

Asa Wilson who recently entered Ava High School, returned to his home at Coldspring Tuesday to assist his mother in the management of the farm. Asa has four brothers in the service, the fourth one leaving last week for Springfield to enter the S.A.T.C.

TIGRIS –– Mr. and Mrs. Earl McCullough are both down with typhoid fever. 

125 Years ago

The Missouri cow carried off second honors at the World’s Fair. 

Neosho is sorely infested with poker players and crap shooters. 

Livestock of all kinds are now under municipal restraint in Marshall, Mo. 

Carterville petty thieves burglarize houses for the purpose of stealing crocks of cream. 

Missouri when admitted to the Union in 1821 had 15 counties and a population of 70,000. 

It is claimed that Missouri’s sorghum crop this season will be the greatest ever known in the history of the state. 

Captains Lewis and Clark, who made the famous exploring expedition, were both governors of the territory of Missouri. 

Here’s a tale that smells to heaven.  A farmer living near Sedalia says he will harvest 7,000 bushels of onions from an acre of ground. 

Gunpowder was manufactured on a considerable scale as early as 1816 at a cave near Waynesville, Pulaski County where much saltpeter abandoned. 

Boys will be boys –– in Green Ridge they have mock lynchings and cut the victim down just as they think his eyes have bulged out as far as they can. 

Another murder was committed in Wright County Friday. 

Some of the most insane of the insane members of the People’s party of Kansas are talking about a division of the state, making the West half of it a new state. The full absurdity of this proposition does not appear until one looks carefully at the figures which it involves.  

The Hailey Hotel has been refitted and refurnished and offers to the traveling public courteous treatment – supplied with the best the market affords and good clean rooms at moderate rates.  Sample room for commercial men. Livery barn in connection with hotel. 

MALTA BEND, Mo. – Yesterday morning between 4 and 5 o’clock half the business houses in this city were destroyed by fire, together with the contents of the buildings. The fire originated between two buildings, and is supposed to be the work of an incendiary.  

Mrs. Cleveland became the mother of another daughter at 7 o’clock Saturday. Mother and child are doing well.  Dr. Bryant of New York was in attendance. The happy event had been expected and Dr. Bryant and Dr. O’Reilly of the Army were in attendance all last night. The birth took place at the White House. 

In St. Louis, the Frisco Railway was the victim of another hold up last night. 

ARKANSAS CITY, Ks. – Since yesterday morning there has been a continual string of covered wagons arriving here and going into camp in Riverview, Harmon and Lincoln parks along the Walnut and Arkansas Rivers.  At least 500 arrived on horseback and possible 1,000 over the Santa Fe and Missouri Pacific and Frisco railroads.  Conservative estimates place the number of arrivals yesterday by the different avenues at 53,000 people making in the aggregate about 12,000 home-seekers in the immediate vicinity of Arkansas City. The large number of arrivals is attributed to the facts that the registration booths would be opened this morning.