25 Years Ago
May 3, 1990
Jerry Wade announces the opening of Laurelwood Stable south of Ava, just off Douglas County Route A. The new barn and training facility includes a 252-foot by 110-foot insulated barn with a 200×60 foot indoor arena, equipped for roping and cutting.
Rick Dye, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Dye and United Methodist Campus Minister and director of the Interfaith Center at the University of Tennessee – Martin, has earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Sunday, April 29 was “Day of Excellence” at Central Methodist College. The day was set aside for recognizing students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, service, leadership and talent. Scott Silvey was one of the students honored in the area of academics. Scott is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Silvey of Ava.
Mr. and Mrs. Etcyl Painter of Ava will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 6 with a reception at the Ava Community Center. Etcyl Painter and Eva Louise Baird were married May 11, 1940, in Ozark.
AVA ELDERLY HOUSING –– Visiting Mabel Mitchell on Sunday were Jim King, Wise Uchtmann, Walter and Rita Dunnegan and Verda Dunnegan of Seymour, and Pempie Fox Johanson of Lawrence, Wyo. They were schoolmates of Mabel’s at Skylight. Four of them were over 90 and they all enjoyed their visit.
The Ava Pitch Club met at Village Inn Restaurant Thursday, April 25 for a menu dinner at 7 p.m. for a menu dinner at 7 p.m. with Henderson and Allie Gentry hosts, who served desserts and coffee throughout the evening. Attending with the hosts were Lois McClendon, Betty Duewiger, Eukel and Nell Gardner, Clinton and Dorothy Maloney, Norma Pettit, Merl and Irene Prock, Jean Barnes, and Howard Curry.
50 Years Ago
April 29, 1965
NEW YORK –– How well off financially is the average Douglas County family? Applying the national yardstick to Douglas County and to the income brackets locally, the indicated net worth of the average local family is approximately $9,000. For the population of Douglas County as a whole, total net worth comes to approximately $22,850,000.
Miss Una Ellison of Ava was elected president of Hostess Group 5 of the Missouri State Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood during the annual meeting of the organization held Saturday at the Heritage Cafeteria in Springfield.
Two southern Missouri high school students have been selected as district winners in the Missouri Bar Law Day USA High School Essay Contest. They are Alan Norris of Ava High School and Allen Medley from Windyville High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pettit of Ava announce the engagement of their daughter, Carole Michelle, to Joe Hart, son of Mrs. Jessie Hart of Ava. Both attended Ava High School. Miss Pettit is a junior at Drury College. Mr. Hart attended Drury College and is employed as a state trooper by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The world’s first automatic pickup hay baler was produced 25 years ago by New Holland Machine Co. of New Holland, Pa.
The Dazi-Delite located on North Jefferson has been purchased by Ray Eagle of Squires from Mrs. Ingle Nichols and will be known as Moe’s Drive In. Mr. Eagle has been a resident of Squires for about a year, moving here from California. Mr. Eagle is married, and the couple has six children, Paul, 18, who is serving with the US Navy in Viet Nam; Mrs. Ellen DuBose of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Precilla, 16, Darlene, 13, Ray, Jr. 15, Mike, 11, of the home.
The Houston Theta Rho Club was host to the Sullivan, Adrain and Ava clubs at a district meeting April 17 at Houston. The Ava club was represented with nine members, Marla Collins, Kathy Dooms, Sandra Welch, Sandra Riggs, Ruth Ann Guthery, Debbie Rogers, Debbie Dougherty, Karen Padgett and Brenda Dooms.
Mrs. Vivian Curry, special education teacher at Ava Junior High School caught an eight-pound largemouth bass on a semi-surface plug while fishing with her husband, Dr. Howard Curry, and some friends in the Theodosia area.
Five Ava students received Number one ratings at the district music festival held recently at SMS in Springfield. They are Sherry Sims, flute; Marjorie Robertson, saxophone; Rick Monger, baritone; Joyce Posey, French horn; and Paula Cudworth, vocal solo.
Two Ava teenage boys, Mike Spurlock and George McColloch, who perform at various public entertainments in the community, won first place in a talent show held at the Mansfield High School Saturday night. The young men, who sing to the accompaniment of a guitar, played by McColloch, and call themselves The Castaways, were awarded twenty dollars as the winners prize.
75 Years Ago
May 2, 1940
Wind that accompanied a hard rainstorm and some hail Tuesday afternoon blew things around considerable and property damage has been reported over a wide area around Ava. It was reported that hail and rain fell at Mansfield for an hour and a half. The wind did a great deal of damage to trees in Ava and tangled telephone lines and damaged electric lines sufficient to impair services.
Four of the seven entries of Ava High School’s music department which participated in the state music festival at Columbia Friday won number one ratings, which allow them to go to the national festival to be held in Kansas City May 9-11. Number one ratings were won by Marjorie Reynolds in vocal solo, Leonard Rowe in vocal solo, Robert Wallace in sousaphone solo and Paul Barker in trombone solo.
Robert Schultz and Fred Lawrence, both of Ava pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to grand larceny in the theft of a calf. They were sentenced to two years at Algoa Farm and were paroled.
Matt Huffman, well-known Republican worker of Findley Township, has announced his candidacy for the nomination of sheriff. For the past three years, Mr. Huffman has served as a court deputy in the sheriff’s office, and is known throughout most sections of the county. He is a lifelong resident of Douglas County, son of a Union soldier in the Civil War, and has been on his own resources since only a lad of thirteen years, following the death of his parents.
Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Bailey of Goodhope entertained friends and relatives Thursday honoring Mr. Bailey’s father, Dr. D.J. Bailey, who was 92 years old.
Coming to Ava Dr. Beedle, specialist in Internal medicine, at Ozark Hotel, Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., one day only. Married ladies must be accompanied by their husbands, and children by their parents.
Highway 14 May Be Rum Route –– That Ava is possibly on a route frequently followed by liquor runners taking whiskey from distilleries in the vicinity of Cairo, Illinois, to the dry states of Oklahoma and Kansas, is indicated in a story told by Trooper Clyde Brill of the state highway patrol, who is stationed at West Plains. Trooper Bill, Howell County Deputy Sheriff Bill Oliver and Ott Callahan of the West Plains police force Sunday night arrested two men in a car containing fifty-nine cases of liquor, the trooper said here Tuesday. The arrest was made at a service station in West Plains after it was noticed that the license plates on the car were on upside down. Attendants at the service station where the pair were arrested said the pair had stopped there several times before indicating that Highway 14 might be a common route for liquor runners from the distilleries to the dry states. It is said that liquor runners sometimes are able to double or even triple their money when they sell their intoxicants in Kansas or Oklahoma.
100 Years Ago
May 12, 1915
We are having warm weather and showers of rain at present. Some people are planting corn. Some plowing for corn. We hope for a corn crop.
Audra Smith was surprised on her birthday April 5 by forty-three young boys and girls gathering at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Smith. Singing was well carried on. Everybody enjoyed themselves. After singing, John Ellis treated on candy. Audra was 10-years old.
Only one more week of public school at Ava. Then comes a ten weeks term of summer school.
The sinking of the RMS Lusitania, the great English liner, is another warning for people not to attempt to cross the great deep from America to Europe. It seems to be safer on land in time of war, on the high seas.
All those who want to go to war because some Americans with plenty of time and money got drowned attempting to cross the “briny deep” where war is waging are welcome to go over to Europe and go their best. But a good plan for those who do not want a watery grave is stay on the land and away from such dangers.
Notice is hereby given that I will not be responsible for any more debts incurred by my wife and family. A. R. Williams
If the Hessian fly or grass-hoppers destroy your wheat go to work at once and plant other crops that will make feed for your stock.
We understand that five or six of the representative citizens of Ava are going to buy autos as soon as a few of our county roads are finished.
Stock law election will be held in the townships of Washington, Campbell and Springcreek, June 10th, 1915.
The new store building of A.P. Miller’s, on the west side of the square, was wired for electric lights this week by electricians of the Ava Electric Light Co.
125 Years Ago
May 8, 1890
Kansas City is preparing to welcome the arrival of the first of the new steamboats built for its line of transports to run on the Missouri River. It is a staunch boat, and named for the president of the company, A. M. Mason.
A fight with rifles between union and non-union fishermen on the Columbia River resulted in one man being killed and two seriously wounded.
A sailor named Jordan, who tried to desert from a vessel near Beaufort, S.C., was seized by two man-eating sharks and torn to pieces before he could be rescued.
Riots are reported in various parts of Austria. Great fires have occurred in Czortkow, Jezlerzany and Helchow. They were undoubtedly of incendiary origin, and due to the agrarian agitation.
Kansas City now has a number of public drinking fountains where thirsty Missourians may wash down forty-rod whiskey sold by the saloons without troubling the barkeepers to fill an extra glass with ice water. Kansas Cityans are always in luck.
The Boston police board has issued an order that liquor saloons can sell drinks only as accompaniments to eating, and that all other bars must be closed. A dish of crackers and a plate of cheese may possibly be accepted as the eating branch of the refectory.
Dr. W.R. Harper has sold two lots on North side of square and the purchasers expect to erect business houses on them during the coming summer season.
The disappearance at Roy, of those parties mentioned in our last issue turns out to be a simple run-a-way, probably to avoid the consequences of shady transactions in north part of the state, prior to becoming residents of Douglas County.
On Monday night, the 28th, five masked men forced an entrance into Mike Claxton’s house, and compelled him to hand over to them about $475 in cash and $1,000 in notes. Word was sent to Mr. M. D. Gorman, Tuesday morning to send some men to help in the hunt of the robbers. Among those who went from here we noticed B.O. Shields and Ed Claxton.
Marriage license have been issued this week to: George L. Young and Mary Elliott; John F. Miller and Josephine Julian.
The Mansfield Press has passed out of existence. Its proprietors F.K. McCormack and J.C. Munro, having removed the outfit to Hartville, where they will publish a paper entitled the Hartville Press.
Black coffee is now suggested as a cure for constipation.
Over one hundred colored men now control newspapers in the United States.
“Dutch Charlie” who was released from the penitentiary last week, has served ten terms in the institution. Only once within a period of forty years did he spend more than a year outside of the prison walls, and he explains by way of apology, that during that time, he was in jail in Illinois. He is now 70 years old, but is doubtless good for several more terms in the “pen.”