25 Years Ago
January 28, 1988
Citizens Bank of Ava is announcing changes in the firm’s management this week. Jim Greene, senior vice-president for the past two years has been named bank president and effective Feb. 1, Kris Norman will join the firm as vice-president.
The local Fred Tipton Memorial VFW Post 5993 was recently recognized by the national headquarters for exceeding 100 percent in membership for the 1987-88 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Linder, Ava, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Jan. 31 with a reception at the Ava Assembly of God Church from 2 to 4 p.m.
Donna Lee Mork of Squires, Missouri, has been awarded a scholarship to attend Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri, for the 1988-89 academic year.
Joy McCall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo McCall, Ava, has been named to the honor roll for the fall semester at Southwest Missouri State University.
Marine Cpl. William C. Morpeth, grandson of Carl O. and Alice E. Ankarberg of Thornfield, Mo., recently departed for a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA.
Douglas and Betsy Earls and daughter, Anna, were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Ola Staley. The Earls are pastors of the First General Baptist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Eukal Gardner have returned from a trip to the Far East, the island of Singapore. They spent their holidays there with their daughter Beverly and family, Mr. and Mrs. Hal Price and Tyler. Hal’s parents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Bud Price of Mansfield, Mo.
His & Hers Drive-Inn, 807 North Jefferson, all day Saturday, Catfish Dinner, $2.49; Wednesday, all day, Hillbilly Steak, $1.39. Thursday-Friday-Saturday Coca-Cola Special, get a 16-ounce coke product for 25¢.
50 Years Ago
January 24, 1963
An hour and a-half ceremony was conducted Friday afternoon by the Douglas County Bar Association during an informal session of Douglas County Circuit Court to honor a former judge of the circuit court, the late Hon. Fred Stewart, who was the only Douglas County lawyer ever to hold this position.
Extremely cold weather, made more vicious by strong winds and snow, hit this area Tuesday night. Unofficial temperature reading in Ava at 7:30 Wednesday morning was 10 degrees below zero. At the same time the official reading at the Springfield Weather Bureaus was seven below.
Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Jennings, both lifetime residents of Douglas and Ozark counties who moved to a retirement home at 717 West North St., Mountain Grove, on Dec. 14, 1952, will observe their Golden Wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, Jan. 27, at their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Logan Brown (Cinita Davis) of Ava have chosen the name Karla Jane for their daughter born at 9:27 o’clock Tuesday night, Jan. 15, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. The baby weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces at the time of her birth
A pedestrian and vehicle count made on Monday, July 16, at the junction of Route 14 and Business Route 5 (northwest corner square) showed that during the 12-hour period from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 3,600 pedestrians crossed the streets. Peak hour for the foot traffic was from 11 to 12 a.m. when 698 noses were counted.
Hurse Smith, former Ava resident who now is manager of the Kraft Foods plant in Mtn. Grove, recently was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce.
SWEDEN –– Mr. and Mrs. John Follis, Billy and Carolyn, recently moved to their place on Highway 14, known as the Vernie Halford farm.
Mrs. Daniel Coonts was honor guest at a pink and blue shower given Friday night, Jan. 18, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Elliott.
AVALON THEATRE – Friday: Trapeze, Burt Lancaster, Circus thrills and chills, Saturday: George Montgomery. Savage blood-red fury. Color.
Appliance Clearance Sale, Norge and Wizard, refrigerators with trade as low as $159.95, gas and electric stoves, with trade, low as $129.00. Also used. Western Auto, west side of square.
Once again the Ava High Bears have climbed to the .500 mark, with a 7-7 season record, but had to record two victories during the week to stay even. The first victory, 52-51 over Houston Friday night on the home court, was the result of a thrilling come-from-behind finish as 6-4 center Benton Stephens hit a fielder with only three seconds remaining in the game. Long fielders by James Fleetwood and Stephen Norman put Ava within one-point of the Tigers, and with 14 seconds left a traveling violation was called against a Houston player. They played the ball in, Lonnie Reid passed to Stephens and the tall center sank a 10-footer, seconds remaining.
75 Years Ago
January 27, 1938
The highest wind velocity recorded by the U.S. Forest Service since the service has had weather recording data in Ava was recorded Tuesday. The velocity that day was eighteen miles per hour. The lowest temperature recorded by the instruments at the local ranger station was nine degrees above zero recorded Wednesday morning.
The Ava Lions Club received its charter and became officially affiliated with the International Association of Lions Clubs at a banquet at the high school gymnasium on Tuesday evening, January 20. One hundred twenty-seven members and guests were in attendance.
A.L. Hartley is remodeling his grocery store this week in order to make more room for a larger stock of goods. Work began Monday, and the store is not closed.
The number of totally unemployed persons in Douglas County, as indicated by the federal government’s nation-wide unemployment census made November 16-20, is 585. Figures for the county are reported as follows: Douglas, population 13,959; unemployed, 585; on WPA, NYA, CCC, 253; partially employed, 340.
Ava will soon have a new industry, and a new service will be placed at the disposal of all citizens of the surrounding communities, according to O.E. Jennings, president of the Jennings Beverage Company of Springfield. Mr. Jennings proposes to install a combined ice plant and cold storage locker plant, with individual lockers to be rented to the citizens at a nominal yearly charge. Cost of the plant, Mr. Jennings estimated will be approximately $10,000, and it will be located at the site of the former Dairy Belt Cheese plant, just two blocks northeast of the public square.
Miss Ollie Rae Bloomer and her two high school debating teams will be in West Plains Saturday to compete in the annual invitation debate tournament to be held in the West Plains High School. Miss Bloomer will take both teams affirmative, Allen Smith and Marjorie Reynolds; negative, James Curry and Florence Silvey.
The first grade department of the Ava schools, and their teacher, Miss Rozema Sell, are making a post office in their room in connection with a unit of study of the post office. They also plan a trip to the local post office some time this week.
GOODHOPE –– Old man winter has made his appearance again after a few warm spring days.
MT. TABOR –– The heavy rains interfered with the singing school at Arno, as the creek got past fording Sunday night and the singing was at the George Switzer home.
DOGWOOD –– Mrs. Dee Jenkins, teacher, Dogwood School, accompanied the pupils to Ava on Tuesday of last week where they were given the tuberculosis test. We understand some were infected and will be taken to Mt. Vernon soon for further examination.
100 Years Ago
February 6, 1913
Col. W.R. Nelson, multi-millionaire owner of the Kansas City Star, supporter of Theodore Roosevelt, and a power in Middle West politics, has been adjudged guilty of contempt of court and has been sentenced to one day in jail. The trial grew out of an article published in the Star regarding a divorce suit. Yates, the prosecutor, pleaded against a fine, declaring that to fine Nelson would be like charging him a postage stamp and letting him go his way.
Yes, “beware of the bonds”. We have seen this in big bold letters recently, and we wager a pint of peanuts that the one who wrote it never paid a copper in taxes. Why are you against good roads and improvements? You can’t tell to “save your neck.” Isn’t it better to pay 40 cents and get some roads and get the benefit of them while we pay for them, than it is to pay 45 cents and get no roads; and at the end of 15 years we will have paid out our money and still have no roads; but the same old mud and muck? Or maybe you do not want any roads or any improvement of any kind, but the same old conditions that have existed here for the past 40 years.
COLD SPRING NOTES –– Our new Rural Route starting from Cold Spring eastward was inaugurated Feb. 1 with Sam Heard as temporary carrier until the Gov’t makes its appointment for the office.
Argus Coffman of Denlow makes frequent trips to Rev. McCall’s – Wonder whether it’s religion or the girls he’s after. Rumor of a wedding – Particulars later.
Snow, Reeves and Denny, The Old Reliable Blacksmiths. Horse-Shoeing and Repair – Work. All work guaranteed, Phone 246, 1 block west of square, Ava, Missouri.
There were fourteen new students at the Douglas County Normal Monday morning.
G. W. Lawson rented the Sweeper Boarding House on the block back of the Herald office, and will continue an eating house in that building.
Dr. and Mrs. James, of this city, are the proud parents of a fine baby boy, which made its arrival last Saturday. The Doctor is mighty proud of the young soldier, as his crop, heretofore has all been girls.
The Ava Grocer Co. are having their store on the east side repainted and cleaned throughout the entire building this week, and expect to put in a lot of new goods immediately. Frank J. Davis and Sam F. Barnett, who recently acquired possession of the business are both young men of sterling ability and have already proven themselves to the successful business men. The will do a regular wholesale and retail grocery business in this and Ozark counties.
VICTORY ITEMS –– Enough snow on the ground to track turkeys, everybody get their guns.
125 Years Ago
February 3, 1888
An Ozark special to the Globe-Democrat of February 1st says: The Baldknobber prisoners are all at home again, as they call the Ozark Jail. This morning Deputy Sheriff Miller brought from Springfield here David Walker, Wm. Walker, Amos Jones and Syley Matthews, and locked them up with the five other Knobbers who have been confined in the Ozark Jail all winter. Walker and his three associates were delighted to get back to Ozark and each prisoner had a new complaint against the Springfield Jail and the treatment of the men confined therein. “The Ozark Jail is a palace compared with that Springfield,” remarked one of the Knobbers, as he congratulated himself on getting home again. All the Knobbers claim that they are ready for trial, and anxious to secure a hearing at the approaching term of court.
The Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is a mighty hunter. In three days at Walsee, Austria, he brought down more than seven hundred head of game, and in six hours at Stiftingen he shot sixty wild hogs.
Senator Stanford’s gift of $20,000,000 to establish the Palo Alto university is probably the largest gift for the like purpose ever known in history. It is three times as great as that of Stephen Girard, who left $6,000,000 of his fortune of $7,500,000 to found Girard College.
Sauerkraut is said to be as dangerous as dynamite if confined too close.
The belle of the evening at a party in Dayton, Ohio, gathered herself together for a sneeze, and when the explosion came, a glass eye and a set of false teeth shot across the room.
The Ice Bridge at Niagara has formed, and many people have already crossed the river upon it, below the falls. The scene from Falls View, where the Michigan Central train stops, is one of remarkable beauty and grandeur.
The Singleton House is now fixed to accommodate a large number of guests. Those coming to Ava during court should register at this house. The Singleton Hotel is a large and commodious house situated in the North West corner of the public square. Good sample rooms with display tables are always ready for the accommodation of commerce men.
Now is the time to send your children to school. We have a good school under the management of Andy Miller, who will teach all branches for the low price of one dollar per scholar. Mr. Miller keeps an orderly and well-disciplined school and all should avail themselves of the opportunity of attending. Good facilities are offered for cheap board.
Is the courthouse to be completed? The county court at its next sitting should do something in regard to it.
As yet, no one has spoken for assessor. This is a paying office, and some good Republican should step into the field.
Mud is so plentiful that business is rather dull in Ava.