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Looking Backwards

25 Years Ago

The 21st annual statewide tornado drill will be held next Tuesday,

A shooting in Ava that left two people dead and another man injured, has been ruled a murder-suicide.

Gary Emrick of Ava opened a limousine service to serve the Ava area.

David and Jacinda Walker are proud to announce the birth of their son, Shelden Korey Walker. Shelden joins a brother, Crey, and a sister, Miranda.

Dorothy Baumgardner received a Christmas card from a friend in Kirbyville, MO postmarked Dec. 14, 1994. She has no idea where the card has been.

Brittany, Tara, and Kendra Dering announce the forthcoming marriage of their mother, Kristie Jo Dering, to James Ray Blakey.

Housewarming Party for Faye Goss is scheduled for March 5. Come One – Come All! Refreshments will be served.

The girl scouts in Ava held their annual Thinking Day activities. 

A large group of children at Red Bank watched the flannel-graph as Imogene Simmons told the story of Jesus in the storm.

The Ava sixth grade traveling team won first place in the Mtn. Grove league. Team members are: Joseph Elliott, Aca Plummer, Curt Himes, Colby Heckendorn, Ryan Moore, Sheldon Pruiett, Ryan Dooms, Chad Collins, Cody Dry, Will Nash, Shawn Swearengin and Jason Miller. The coaches are Rick Heckendorn and Kirk Dooms.

“We wish to thank each and everyone of you who made our last evening at the Grand Roller Rink a very memorable one. We love you all!” John, Deb & Shannon

The Ava Area Chamber of Commerce is making preparations for the 22nd annual Poke Salat Days Celebration.

Don Brake, manager of the Ava Wal-Mart, announced the selection of Emily Gressman of Ava as the 1995 recipient of the $1,000 Wal-Mart Foundation community scholarship.

Mr. and Mrs. David Coonts visited Bob and Cheryle Pamperien  and to see the new baby, Emilee Nicole.

Bud Daugherty and his oldest son John were judges at the Region 6 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship held at Camp Robinson Wildlife Management Area at Conway.

Mrs. Roy (Esther) Heath has been taking care of her daughter, Beverly, who suffered a severely sprained ankle when she fell from her step ladder.

50 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Johnson of Springfield announce the birth of a daughter, Romy Jonelle. Grandparents are Mrs. Verbial Cornett of McClurg and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Johnson of Ava.

Clinkingbeard’s ambulance service took Mrs. John Huff from her home to the Springfield Baptist Hospital where she was entered in the hospital’s intensive care.

Douglas L. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmer D. Davis, Seymour, has been promoted to airman, first class at McConnell AFB, Kan., where he is an aircraft mechanic. He is a 1969 graduate of Ava High School.

The White Oak Grove Club held its monthly meeting in the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Wander of Ava. The subject of the meeting was ideas on throw pillows.

The Arno Extension Club met in the home of Mrs. Harold Armstrong for an all-day meeting. The work time was quilting and piecing for the hostess.

Mrs. Edna Hale attended a demonstration on antiquing at the Posey Paint store in Ava.

The Ava congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses will attend their three-day circuit assembly in Clarksville, AR. William Owen, local presiding minister, said the program will include a baptism ceremony.

The dean’s honor roll at the School of the Ozarks for the last semester contains the name of Roy Taber, son of Mrs. Vera Taber of Ava.

The Eagles of the 5th and 6th grade division of the Little League basketball program captured the season championship. Members of the team are Ken Johnson, Randy Fish, Gill Welton, Joe Klineline, Danny Holmes. The coach was Reggie Victor.

Mr. and Mr.s Carl Mings spent the weekend with her parents. They were all fishing on the lake.

Miss Marjorie Sanders and Carla Elliott visited with Treva and Reanna Brooks.

Wayne Gott and Max Renner have added Jim’s Supermarket in Gainesville, operated by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thurman, to their Town and Country Supermarket chain.

Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Coble and baby son returned from the West and have been living with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Coble. Plans are being made for the Lincoln Coble family to move to the Noble McGown farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley King of Ava celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. 

Floyd Lockman, Jr., of Seymour, formerly of Squires, and Glenda Samuels, Seymour, were united in marriage in the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Miller.

Mr. and Mrs. Lige Degase visited with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Taber and family. Kevin returned home with them and spent the night.

Randall and Vickie Delp, Katrice Frye, and Gary Burton went to the Sweetheart party at the high school.

A 41-year-old Mansfield woman was arraigned on first degree murder charges in the shooting death of her husband.

The Hunter Community Cclub was meeting was held at the home of Mrs. George Pledger. Roll call was answered by famous quotations.

75 Years Ago

Civilians At War – The government needs and asks its citizens in this 169th week of the war to: Give all you can to the 1945 Red Cross Drive. Keep on saving needed waste paper and kitchen fats. Help save cargo space in transport planes by using V-Mail when writing to soldiers overseas.

A lead mine is being developed on the Roy Ellison farm, west of Ava, by B.J. Browning of Kansas City.

Sergeant Lloyd J. Blauer, son of Mrs. Erma L. Blauer of Ava, is a member of the 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, Fifth Army unit which has been in combat almost 500 days.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stafford  of Goodhope announce the birth of a son, Charles Ralph, in the family home.

Mrs. Everett Hesterlee left Ava enroute to St. Louis where she will spend a few days purchasing merchandise for the Holestine store.

Mrs. C.E. Norman was hostess to the ladies of the Amite club. 

Jim Gipson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clovis Gipson of Ava, celebrated his 18th birthday by starting his Navy “boot” training at the Great Lakes Naval Station. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kerr entertained the members of their dessert bridge club in their home. 

The Ava Public Library has received a gift of 65 books from Save the Children Federation.

Dorothy Call is ill with measles.

James W. Jones, carpenter in and around Ava, died at the home of a niece, Mrs. Tom Cunningham, where he had been making his home the past few months.

Staff Sergeant Clifton K. Bunyard, son of Mrs. Minnie Bunyard of Ava, is now working at headquarters of Air Service Command in France, helping to keep American’s bombers and fighters flying.

Mr. and Mrs. Marion Welch received work last week from the War Department that their son, Marvin Welch, was slightly wounded in Belgium.

A dental clinic for grade school children and children of pre-school age will be held at the health room of the Ava schools.

Classes at the Ava schools were dismissed at noon in order that the bus drivers could get the youngsters to their homes before sleet and snow made the roadways impossible.

There will be a pie supper at Arno school. Proceeds of the supper will go to the Red Cross.

Search for Corporal Gene Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Wheeler of Ava, reported missing last week, has been abandoned. 

Herschel Hobbs, who received a medical discharge from the U.S. Navy returned to Ava and has resumed his position as vice president of the Citizens Bank.

Mrs. R.L. Ellis returned to Ava after spending three weeks in San Fransisco, CA, where she visited with Mr. Ellis who is a Naval employee at the fleet post office.

100 Years Ago

 The wine cellars of the Brandsville fruit farms were robbed a few nights ago and 125 gallons of wine stollen.

The Ava High School was successful in both basketball games with Mansfield at the Wilson Opera House. The score in the girls’ game was 9 to 8 and in the boys’ game 28 to 14.

The school was favored in assembly with a special selection from the Demosthenes Society. Miss Elda Norman sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” Miss Kate Malloy beautifully arrayed in a gown of Stars and Stripes gave a pantomime of the song as it was being sung. 

The farmers around Goodhope are all preparing to sow oats.

Wm. Burden is the owner of a new auto truck which he bought from Gordon Bennett.

Walter Brown has moved into a tent at Charley Edward’s mill, where he intends to work this summer.

H.S. Wilson and H.T. Owens attended the automobile show in St. Louis last week.

Mrs. W. F. Reynolds entertained the Ladies Aid of the First Baptist Church, the event being complimentary to Mrs. Sam Inman of Texas.

T.H.E. Mathis and Thos. J. Moorhouse have bought the interest of C.Co Coffeen in the Ava Motor Co.

Jim Devault has purchased an automobile and has been seen riding about in this vicinity quite frequently.

Stony Point school was stopped on account of the influenza epidemic raging in this area.

C.M. Wilson who recently sold his farm south of Ava to T.A. Kay died while on the way to another farm he had bought in Howell county.

A party at the home of Louis Moritz was well attended. Everyone reported a good time.

The city now has a balance in the treasury of about $500 with all bills paid, including a note given last spring for the city’s fire engine.

Bud Walker has rented Mrs, Hall’s farm for this year.

G.W.O. Haden of Smallett made a business visit to the county seat this week.

White leghorn pullets sold at the T.T. Bone farm near Squires at auction at $1.70 each.

Wanted: Men or women to take orders among friends and neighbors for the genuine guaranteed hosiery, full line for men, women, and children. We pay $0.50 an hour spare time or $24 a week for full time. Experience unnecessary.

The feed barn on the Frank Barnes farm, ten miles south-west of Ava, was destroyed by fire of unknown origin. Members of the Barnes family discovered the fire in time to save the live stock from the burning building.

Marriage licenses were issued to Earnie Privett and Clara Inman, both of Ava, and Frank Turner and Cora Plum, both of Squires.

The strawberry district near Sarcoxie will this year be about 200 acres larger than previously.

125 Years Ago

Missouri stands third among the states in the value of her horticultural organized.

During a raid upon a policy shop last night, Mrs. Maggie Slack leaped through one of the windows of the third story. Patrolman Delika, who led the raid, caught her by the ankle and held her until help arrived.

Thomas Williams, a hermit living near Burtonsville, KY, embittered by the loss of his family, took to raising rats.

Walter Dickinson, a 13-year-old boy of Platte county, is winning fame as a violin player.

A Springfield drummer paid Mose Leon, of Carterville, $35 for his fine St. Bernard pup.

Missouri made 3,500,000 cigars last year, or about thirteen to every man, woman and child in the state.

Mount Olive is having a series of revival meetings, which are being very successfully conducted by a female evangelist.

Miss Cobb, who was married to a Mr. Taubman, received from her father-in-law as a bridal present the handsome sum of $10,000.

Marriage Licenses issued by Recorder Spurlock include Stephen S. Loy to Sarah J. Evans both of Douglas county near Mtn. Grove.

The Grange Store pays cash for shelled corn and fresh pork.

The progress being made by the Ava Cornet Band is wonderful. The boys are sparing no little time and expense to make their band second to none in South Missouri.

A settlement has been made between the Southern Pacific company and the engineers in its employ. Hereafter they will be paid by mileage instead of by the day or trip, as formerly.

A service in memory of Frederick Douglass was held last night in the Bulfinch Street Church. 

The Missouri Legislature has passed a resolution submitting to a vote of the people of Missouri an amendment authorizing the removal of the State Capitol from Jefferson City to Sedalia. The amendment will be voted on at the next general election.

Wood is advertised for sale in Jasper county at $1.50 per cord.

H.S. Carnes of Trenton is now grand master of the Odd Fellows of Missouri.

Wolves in the vicinity of Richland have carried off thirty-five pigs from the farm of James A. Todd.

A farmer in Vernon county has struck a 12 inch vein of coal on his farm at a depth of five feet below the surface.

Merritt L. Dawkins of Missouri has been appointed official stenographer of the interior department, at a salary of $1,600 a year.

Grateful acknowledgments have been received from 24 families in Nebraska to whom substantial aid has been sent.

A man near St. Louis sold his farm of 140 acres because it was infested with rattlesnakes.