25 Years Ago
February 28, 1991
The Missouri Department of Conservation will release river otters in two Douglas County streams next week. Conservation Agent Bob Cook said otters will be released into Bryant Creek at the Rippee Wildlife Management Area on Tuesday, March 5, and into North Fork River at Hale Ford on the following day, Wednesday, March 6.
The 1991 Klondike Derby was held at Murl Pierson’s property south of Mansfield on Feb. 8, 9 and 10. A total of 91 Boy Scouts and their leaders were in attendance.
Stephen S. Brake has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to the rank of senior airman.
The Ava High School senior class of 1991 is planning and organizing the first-ever Project Graduation.
HERCULES –– Ralph and Jan Mann moved into their new house last week.
COUNTY LINE –– Sherri Pool visited Irene Strong Saturday night.
RED BUD VILLAGE –– Alice VanHouden, Ruth, Sarah and Sam Evans, Geoff and Margaret Sparnicht, Earl and Mildred Watson, Leonard and Mildred Sanders and Carl Coats crossed the welcome mat to call on Will H. and Clara Havens the past week.
Donna Mork, daughter of Marvin and Thelma Mork of Squires, was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall semester at Lindenwood College. She is currently a junior at the residential St. Charles campus.
The Ava Lady Bears played their final home game of the season, and four seniors –– Kerry Potter, Bridget Overstreet, Angie Owens and Erika Humberd –– played the final home game of their careers here last Thursday night. Willow Springs won the South Central Association game 65-51, forcing 19 turnovers by the Lady Bears while Willow only committed 10 turnovers.
Ozark Mountain Whip & Ride Arena southwest of Ava will open its jackpot-roping season March 30, and classifying practice rounds begin next Tuesday, March 5.
50 Years Ago
February 24, 1966
Another blast of frigid tempera-tures and snow engulfed the Ava area during the early part of this week with about 31/2 inches of snow being recorded in the area Monday. This was the fourth snowfall recorded since the first of the year with a total accumulation of about 12 inches for the year.
Special program slated to boost interest in a local airport facility Thursday, March 3. The public is invited to attend the meeting concerning the location of a municipal airport here. The dinner will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Maples Café has been reserved for the meeting. Cost of the meal will be $1.50 per person. The menu will feature one-fourth of a fried chicken. Willard Pueppke, a member of the airport committee said that four proposed sites for the local airport will be considered.
Orville Murray, RCA Victor dealer, was presented an award recently as one of the outstanding dealers in this area.
A former Ava family, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Hartley and daughters, Kimberly and Connie, who were left homeless Saturday morning, Feb. 12, when their home, mid-way between Ozark and Springfield, was destroyed by fire, have established residence in property directly across the road from their former home. The rural home had been vacant for sometime and it’s owner made it available to the Hartley family soon after the fire.
The Springfield Art Museum was the setting on Sunday, Feb. 20, for a tea honoring students from foreign countries who are attending schools in this area. Scouts who attended from Ava were Debbie Farris, Lou Ann Hendrix, Zora Gray, Debbie Rogers, Julia Gray and Michelle Moore.
Mrs. Bessie Deeds suffered a broken wrist early Tuesday morning when she slipped and fell on the slick pavement at the Bob Graves home, 409 SE 5th Street. Mrs. Deeds fell after stepping from a taxi driven by Hervel Porter. The broken member was treated and set in the offices of Dr. D.E. Harlan.
Mrs. Virgil Kester was hostess to members of the Ava Art Group of SMMA Wednesday evening, Feb. 16, when she entertained at her home 307 NE 5th Avenue. Mrs. Ben Callaway, chairman, presided during the meeting and conducted the business session. Refreshments were served to Mrs. Callaway, Mrs. Cagle and eight other members, Mrs. Harold Hutchison, Mrs. Fred Lethco, Jr., Mrs. Lou Prince, Mrs. Weldon Sanders, Mrs. Ramey Smith, Mrs. Vestil Taylor and Mrs. Wallace Williams.
The Ava Bears came back from a 40-38 third quarter deficit to nip Branson, 58-55, on the home court Friday night to end its SCA season in a three-way tie for fifth place with Willow Springs and Mountain View. Jim Thomas paved the way for the victory with 27 points.
75 Years Ago
February 27, 1941
Winter was late in arriving here, and this week this section received the season’s first real snowfall. Between five and six inches of snow fell here this week, and measurements at the Forest Service ranger station Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday showed .53 inch of moisture from the melting white blanket.
The Ava High School basketball team won their last league game Friday night by defeating Elkland 36 to 29. This victory placed the Bears in a tying position with Mansfield for second place in the Altitude League.
The country home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Everett and family of near Basher burned last Monday morning at ten o’clock. Mrs. Everett and her 2-year-old daughter were the only members of the family who were home when the fire started and were able to save only a few chairs from one room of the house. Mrs. Everett thought the fire started from the flue. The seven-room house and barn were completely destroyed.
The time is coming when we won’t be able to buy a new teakettle without a court order or a permit from Washington and we mustn’t gripe about the increase price of gasoline. It’s needed to kill people with.
Mrs. Lee Lachmund entertained a large group of children at a birthday party Saturday afternoon in compliment to her daughter, Iris Ann, who was celebrating her tenth birthday anniversary. At the close of the afternoon refreshments were served to these guests: Eula Mitchell, Patsy Fawcett, Lavern Norman, Sammye Lee Royce, Evelyn Pruitt, Lois Manis, Catherine Reynolds, Louanna Mae Grabeel, Inetha Schlosser, Betty Stanton, Ivonne Stanton, Phyllis Diane Gentry, Glena Dell Cooper, Jimmy Manis, J.D. Ross, Robert Ellis, Sam Wiggins, Bobby Crain, Lyle Clinkingbeard, Bobby Burris, the honoree and mesdames C.V. Clinkingbeard, J.C. Garrison, R.B. Stanton and G.B. Wilson.
Avalon Theatre . . . “No Time for Comedy” You will rave over this swell comedy, with James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Charley Ruggles and many other top starts giving you one and a half hours of continuous laughter. While it is showing “There is no time for anything but fun..”
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Crumley and Leslie Crumley spent Sunday in Thornfield and were all day guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Baker.
Miss Ollie Rae Bloomer was a weekend guest in the country home of Mr. and Mrs. George Switzer and daughter, Helen, who live southwest of the city. Miss Bloomer went to the Switzer home Saturday morning and visited through Sunday.
Governor Forrest C. Donnell was inaugurated Wednesday as the fortieth governor of Missouri, just 44 days after the constitutional date, January 13, when he should have been inducted into office. The delay was occasioned by an effort of the Democratic controlled legislature to prevent the seating of the Republican governor, pending a contest of his election.
100 Years Ago
March 2, 1916
Ava will have canning factory as the requirements are met – may locate salting station for pickles factory here. The businessmen of Ava were called together at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon by president, John W. Byng, of the Ava Welfare League for the purpose of making the final effort toward securing the Greer Brothers & McKnight cannery.
J.J. Harris of Girdner, and Mrs. I.R. Strong of Ava, returned Monday from Hyattville, Kansas, where they have been at the bedside of Wm. Gaulding who was shot by Warren Jury on Tuesday, Feb. 14, as reported in last week’s Herald. Harris says that attending physicians of Mr. Gaulding say he will recover, however, the case is indeed serious. Gaulding has been steadily, but slowly, improving since they latter part of last week, and there are no dangerous symptoms.
Vera and Realty Hutchinson, ages 11 and 8, respectively, of West Plains were abducted Saturday afternoon Feb. 10, by their 16 year old sister, Ora, who fled with them on a north bound passenger train when she learned that the county court had issued an order for the two children to be sent to the orphans’ home in St. Louis. Mrs. Rosa Hutchinson, mother of the children, was committed to jail a few days ago to serve out a fine imposed upon her at the December term of circuit court, when she pled guilty to a charge of adultery.
COLD SPRINGS –– Charlie Vancil has rented Weaver Hutchison’s blacksmith outfit and will ply his trade at the shop located here.
THORNFIELD –– Mr. and Mrs. Tom Reid are the proud parents of a 8-pound baby girl. All are fine.
Geo. C. Bell of the overalls factory announces that operation will be resumed about March 1. A scarcity of blue dye used in overall goods has been caused by the European War, which makes these goods extremely difficult to secure, and big and little factories all over the nation have had their business interrupted from this cause.
125 Years Ago
March 5, 1891
SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 1 – Yuma Swept Away – Dispatches received by the railroad officials from Yuma today say that every building in the town, except the southern Pacific Hotel and the penitentiary, was destroyed by the flood last night. The Gila and Colorado rivers rose 33 feet above low water mark.
Leo Turner has purchased a building lot on the south side of town and is having a well drilled.
Prof. Kay of the Ava Normal, is having an addition built to his dwelling house, east of Ava.
Dr. W. R. Harper was arrested last week on a charge of discharging firearms within 300 yards of the courthouse.
Francis Duff, the proprietor of the billiard hall, was arrested on Thursday, for being too handy with a six-shooter. Mr. Duff pleaded guilty and was fined fifty dollars and the costs by Esquire Carson on a charge of displaying his pistol in a rude and angry manner.
Mr. Cal Wilson has sold his resident to M.J.M. Curnutt. Horace Curnutt will occupy the Wilson house shortly.
Mr. Tallman has taken the contract to build a one-story printing and law office on the north side of the square just west of the bank for the editor. The building will be substantially built and add considerably to the looks of our city.
Ava is taking the mining fever, and we are more than anxious that the fever will be deep seated and continued.
M.C. Reynolds is having a shaft sunk out on his lands four miles west of town and Mr. Haughey, an experienced miner from Joplin, claims that the prospects for a find are good. Reynolds has ordered a drill and pumps, and will pursue the work with vigor. Our county is without doubt full of mineral, and capital to develop them is all we need. There is talk of organizing a company to develop our resources and when that is done Douglas county will come to the front.
CLAY TOWNSHIP –– J.D. Avery is having a house built, says he want it ready in two weeks certain. It looks a little suspicious, Jim.
B.E. Brammer is about to sell his farm, and going to SW Virginia. Better stay where the boom is coming soon.
- Hannan and A.V. Hilton entered some of Uncle Hams land a short ago at $1.28 per acre, since then, they have found a large cave on the land and it is being explored every few days by parties from Kansas City and other places. They say the cave abounds with onyx stone. If all in the cave is onyx that they say is, and it is so valuable as they claim it to be, the boys have a little bonus. Taking everything into consideration the Hannan and Hilton cave may one day become one of the grandest curiosities of the Ozark’s natural wonders.
CASS TOWNSHIP –– The proudest man in Cass Township is Link Alsup, it’s a bouncing boy and he arrived on Washington’s birthday.