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25 Years Ago
June 19, 1986
Traveling Troubles, owned by W.M. House, Jr., Paris, Texas, and shown by Harold Evans, also of Paris, Texas, won the Three Year Old Futurity championship at the annual spring show of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association here last Saturday night.
The second annual Registered Quarter Horse Show sponsored by the Ava Saddle Club, was held last Saturday and Sunday at the club’s show grounds just west of Ava. Show officials were encouraged by the wide realm of participation which included entries from Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, Montana, Illinois, Arkansas and throughout Missouri.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Clayton Witt, son of John P. and Elizabeth Witt of Route 4, Ava, Mo. recently participated in the rescue of 45 Vietnamese refugees, 70 miles off the coast of South Korea.
Ward’s Auto Service was opened late last Saturday night, but not intentionally. A pickup parked up the hill from the garage, located on East Highway 14, apparently jumped out of gear and ran down the hill and into the front of the shop.
Kristi Caudle, daughter of Eugene and Hilda Caudle recently graduated from Burge School of Nursing of the Lester E. Cox Medical Centers in Springfield.
BRUSHYKNOB – Mr. and Mrs. Jim Butzler were dinner guests of Mrs. Jack Page and Mr. and Mrs. Don Page Thursday.
MT. TABOR –– Mrs. Hattie Turner and Mrs. Bea Adams visited Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Lois Richards and they also visited Mrs. Oma Clements.
RED BANK –– Mrs. Teresa Loyd enjoyed babysitting with Miss Kimberly Jenkins Friday.
50 Years Ago
June 15, 1961
For the fifth time a bond proposal with which to construct a new high school building in the Ava Reorganized District failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority of approval by voters, though it again received a substantial simple majority.
J.G. Heinlein, chairman of the tourist Trade Committee of the Rural Development Council, discussed with the Council the possibility of establishing a tourist camp on the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, with tables, benches and barbecue pits to be built. He said there would be no cost to the city for this project.
C.D. Brewer, superintendent of the Ava reorganized schools for the past six years, has accepted a position as superintendent of the school system in Clinton, Mo., and will take over that job July 1. Brewer came to Ava from a similar position at Bradleyville, in Taney County, succeeding C.W. Parker, who at that time went to Waynesville.
Rainfall has continued to bless the Ozarks during the month of June –– though road contractors and farmers with hay crops to put, might desire a short respite.
Man and wife sometimes clash but seldom in the manner of Addison David Holt, 49 and his wife, Matel Lorine Holt, 44 of Ava Star Route. Holt, driving east in a 1960 Chevrolet sedan owned by Jim Morrison, topped a hill crest on a rural road known as the Spring Creek Road, 1 1/2 miles west of Highway 5, when he met a 1959 Ford coach driven west by Mrs. Holt. The two cars collided, causing extensive damage, especially to the left front of each vehicle, according to Trooper Homer Grose. Mrs. Holt received a broken right arm and was taken to Springfield for treatment.
Miss Mattie Jane Casebeer has announced her resignation as Douglas County Home Agent in Ava to accept a position as head of the home economics department in the Rehabilitation School at the Missouri State Sanitarium in Mount Vernon. Miss Casebeer has been with the Extension Service in Ava for the past 14 years serving as home agent in this county.
An Ava man literally lost his pants last Thursday. Roscoe Spurlock drove a pickup to his farm, but before starting to clear some brush he changed to his work clothing and left his trousers in the seat of the pickup, which he parked on the shoulder of old Hwy. 5 north of town. When he returned the pants and belt were gone.
A missing lawn mower was quickly found after the Herald was published last week. A story was published that a power mower had been stolen from the basement of the Methodist Church. Adrain Byerley, a part-time employee of the Herald, read the story and his face turned red. “Well, I know where that mower is! I’ve got it down at the house cleaning it up so that it will run.”
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Heard of Ozark announce the birth of a daughter in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield Sunday morning, June 11. She has been named Cynthia Ann.
75 Years Ago
June 18, 1936
Three ordinances were passed by the board of aldermen Friday regulating the sale and shooting of fireworks, forbidding the placing of septic tanks in street, avenues and alleys, and prohibiting the parking of motor vehicles on city streets in such a manner as to obstruct traffic. Passage of the ordinance on fireworks, which substitutes a new section in a previous ordinance, followed receipt of complaints that fire crackers had interfered with a band concert and a revival meeting here Thursday night of last week. It states “No person shall within the City of Ava, Missouri sell, offer for sale, barter or trade, shoot, explode or cause to be exploded any firecrackers or fireworks in any of their various forms, except on the 4th day of July, Christmas eve and Christmas day.”
Fireworks, an air circus, speaking, music and games are planned for one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations Ava has ever had.
Eighty-six Douglas County World War veterans the first three days of this week had certified for payment adjusted service bonds aggregating $39,100, post office officials here said today. Those bonds, 782 in number, were delivered to veterans at the post office and on rural routes and were presented for certification at an office in the rear of the Louis Davenport Barber Shop, an office that was utilized because additional space was necessary to take care of the rush. Bonds certified today are expected to bring the total amount up to approximately $55,000, it was said.
Recently a man said to his wife, “I’ve told you I wouldn’t live with a fat woman, so, you’ll have to reduce, or else––.” “All right, George,” she told him, “You know I always said I couldn’t abide a bald headed man so by the time you’ve grown a new crop of hair I’ll be a perfect 36.”
GENTRY DISTRICT –– Miss Eda Harnden is now employed in the Smile Denney home.
You can now buy a genuine Westinghouse Electric Refrigerator for as low as $98.50. Why not get one now and enjoy the comforts of modern electric refrigeration in you own home! Five-Year Guarantee included in the purchase price. Small monthly payments. Mo. Electric Power Co.
ROCKBRIDGE –– Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Liniger and Mr. and Mrs. Earnie Wrinkle and son of Drury spent Saturday night and Sunday at David Byerley’s.
The GOP Standard Bearers –– Alf Landon and Frank Knox.
The girl scouts and their sponsor. Miss Charlene Gray, enjoyed a hike Monday morning to Hunter Spring, east from town. They took a picnic lunch and did not return until late in the afternoon. About twenty-four scouts were present.
Prov Anderson, 97-year-old Civil War veteran and a son, Bert Anderson, of the Blanche community were in Ava Monday.
100 Years Ago
June 29, 1911
Thirty days from next Saturday the people of the great State of Missouri will be called upon to decide by ballot whether or not we shall bond the State to the amount of three millions and five-hundred thousand of dollars for the erection of a new State capital building at Jefferson City –– the bonds to be paid in a period of thirteen years.
NOTICE –– All parties are hereby notified to not sell my little boy, Mathews, any goods or lend him money on my credit. The boys and young men who are putting him up to this, had better take warning, and stop it without further notice. W. M. Powell
H.S. Wilson has just received a new moving picture outfit and he has been giving them at the Opera House the past week or so. They are very good shows, different each night, and well worth the price – 5 and 10 cents.
W.J. Pettit is moving his merry-go-round down to the picnic ground this week preparing for the big 4th of July celebration.
Mrs. Sallie J. Adams has her new residence in the southwest part of town about completed. She has one of the nicest homes in the city.
FREE INCUBATOR – We have in our window a small bottle our T.&B. Special Egg-Brand Chicken Feed. Can you guess how many pieces of feed there is in the bottle? We are going to give one of our largest incubators free to the one who can guess closest to the right number. Contest closes at 6 p.m. on July 4th. Bring or send your guess, Timberlake & Burnet, Ava.
New York Town Celebrates Arrival of Three Boy Babies After Births of Eighty Girls –– Harrison, New York –– A general air of happiness is apparent in this town as the result of the birth of three boy babies in the last 24 hours. In the last two years only three boys have been born, while more than 80 girls have been brought by the stork. The village had been getting nervous over the great disparity, but with three boys almost in a bunch there is less apprehension.
LONDON –– In the presence of 7,000 of the chief men and woman of his realm and of the representatives of nearly every civilized nation on the globe, George V, was crowned King of Great Britain Thursday.
A few months ago the city of Ava voted down the proposition of water works. Aside from the salvage of insurance and the protection from fire, we believe it would have been a good investment in the value, it would have been to our gardens and lawns during the recent dry spell. A good “water works” system would be worth a whole lot to us in many ways.
Miss Koob, of Seonee, Ky., arrived in Ava yesterday to visit several weeks with Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Coffman of this city.
LOOK HERE! The City Meat Market keeps fresh lard, steak, pork, chops, sausage, butter, and other good things to eat. We deliver, call us, phone 203, in central office bldg. Kester & Clarke Props.