Looking Backward 8.25.2016

25 Years Ago

August 22, 1991

Douglas County has been divided geographically into eastern and western districts for over 100 years.  But the boundary lines are about to be changed.  Missouri law requires that counties be divided into two districts “as nearly equal in population as practicable,” and the Douglas County Commission has been saddled with the task of redistricting the county to meet this requirement.

Goldie Oxley, an original board member of DoCo, Inc., who was actively involved in establishing the sheltered workshop, was honored at PJ’s Restaurant in Ava July 30. She served from the time the first board was established in 1977 until just recently when she resigned.

Mrs. Etcyl Painter found an old copy of the New York Times that was between the roof and decking on their house.  The paper is dated Sept. 24, 1931, and advertisements include that of food services being put in at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The Painter home, built by John Victor, still had the original metal roof, covered with composition shingles, all of which is being removed. The newspaper was between the metal roof and the decking.

Eric Sallee, Southwest Missouri State University sophomore busi-ness major, has received the Ragan-Thieme Scholarship.  The award was presented at the 1991 College of Business Administration Awards / Scholarship Banquet.  Sallee is the son of Pat Sallee of Ava.

Roger Ward, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. (Buck) Ward, Ava, will host a reception in honor of his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Kendra Lynn Hall is proud to announce the arrival of her baby brother, Taylor Alan.  Taylor was born on July 30 at Ozark Medical Center in West Plains.  He weighed 10 lbs 9 oz and was 23 inches long.

50 Years Ago

 August 11, 1966

Classes for the 1966-67 term at the Ava R-I Public Schools will begin on Monday, Aug. 29, it was announced this week by O.T. Tallent, superintendent of schools.  Students will report at 8:40 a.m. when the first bell rings.  Students in high school should remember to bring their $5.00 for books the first day. All textbooks will be furnished by the school this year.  In the high school, secretaries will be in the study hall each period the first day of school to assign lockers. Principals are Max Decker, high school; Charles McCallister, junior high; Clyde Bell elementary.

Eight Douglas County 4-H members attended District 4-H Achievement Day at the University of Missouri Campus at Rolla, Aug. 1.  Janice Fogerson was awarded a blue ribbon for her clothing demonstration on “Washing Hose.”  Glen Peebles gave an electricity demonstration showing a “Com-plete Electric Circuit.”  Joe Coble and Brenda Coble represented Douglas County in the grooming contest. Deborah Rogers and Nancy Fogerson presented a foods demon-stration on “Making Biscuits.”  JoAnna Peebles was Douglas County’s representative in clothing judging. Richard McDonald de-monstrated a “Study Lamp” from his electricity project.   This group along with Marcus Holman, area director; Marilyn Wade, area home economist; and other leaders and families met at 6 a.m. in Ava to proceed to Rolla.

Take Your Medicine –– Small boys are washable, but most of them shrink from it.  …  Father to son: “How often have I told you not to interrupt your mother when she’s listening?”   …   We all believe in the profit system, but how do you get in on it?   One fellow did and he’s so rich, he has an unlisted telephone company.   …  The really happy man is the one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

The 30th annual Ozark Empire Fair free grandstand entertainment – see your favorite stars in front of the grandstand when you buy a general admission ticket to the fairgrounds –– Brenda Lee, Faron Young, Norma Jean, and Jerry Lee Lewis.  Bring the family.

Pfc. Roy L. Byerly, son of Mrs. Lyda Byerly of Ava, was recently promoted to private first class after completing his ITR training in San Diego.

Mr. and Mrs. Stub Malloy and Mrs. Malloy’s sister, Martha Hood and daughter and son of Denver, Colo., were guests Wednesday of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harris.

Gilbert Miller of Ava who completed six months at Moles Barber College in Kansas City, and one year in Ozark is now associated with Joe Miller and Gary Moore at Joe’s Barber Shop, one block south of the square.

Because of the formation of the Inter-Agency Council and the comprehensive plan, Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall named Missouri as one of the first 12 states to be declared eligible for matching federal grants-in-aid from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

75 Years Ago

August 21, 1941

New high school teachers are Basil Burks, commerce instructor; Helen Gorham, vocational home economics; Wardell Stanfield, physical education and social studies; and Walter Robinson, vocational agriculture.  New grade teachers are Jean Alderman, third grade; Vivian Uhlmann of Buckhart, fourth grade, and another teacher not yet employed to teach a mixed group of third and fourth grades.  The new school secretary is Zelma Upchurch of Ava.  Bus fare to Ava is $1 per month for high school students, and for non-resident grade students is a sum set by the driver of each bus. Grade school tuition is $1 per month. No tuition is charged high school students.

A new, modern two-room school building was dedicated Sunday in the Black Jack district near Blanche. The building was built by the Works Progress Administration at an approximate cost of $2200.  It has two school rooms, cloak rooms, a full basement and furnace heat.

Leo Lisby this week announces that he has purchased the Ava Hatchery from C. Spannagel of Lebanon.

Miss Dorothy Schueneman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Schuenemann of Ava, and Voyne Clinkingbeard, son of Mrs. Lillyan Clinkingbeard of Ava, were married Monday morning, August 18, in Mansfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Pettit announce the birth of a 6 ½ pound daughter Wednesday morning, August 20, in the family home on Maple Street.

President Roosevelt suspended the eight-hour day for mechanics and laborers of the War Department working on airfields, troop housing and similar projects in order to rush completion.

AVALON THEATRE … “Ride Tenderfoot Ride” Saturday only, Gene Autry in a fast moving Western. Smiley Burnett does his stuff to a “T” and you’ll like it.  Also, “Captain Marvel” and comedy.

THE SNOOP –– Referring to the old-type hard hitting country editors, McDaniel recalls that “Uncle Jules was the first country editor I knew. If, during his heyday he ever got out more than four consecutive editions without rousing the choler of some local bigwig, real or fancied, he considered himself slipping and would sit down immediately to hatch out a story that would get someone’s dander up.”

SMALLETT – Naomi and Mary Belle Kester visited in Springfield Saturday with their brother, Lowell Kester, and with their aunt, Mrs. Ellis Kester, Mr. Kester and daughter, Deloris.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Brown entertained a group of relatives in their home Sunday.  At noon dinner was served to the following guests: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Carol Brown and son, Kenneth; Clarence Osborn and son, Ralph, and the host and hostess.

100 Years Ago

August 24, 1916

Miss Katherine Stinson, the world’s champion woman aviator and the first woman in the world to loop the loop in aeroplane and who has been secured to give exhibitions of her skill and daring at the Missouri State Fair at Sedalia, had an entire page in a recent issue of the St. Louis Globe Democrat, telling of her experiences in the dangerous field of aviation.  This little girl, for she is only 19, who has made grown men shudder as she does her death-defying aerial stunt, said that she was not afraid of mice but that common green snakes make her shriek with terror.

DORA ITEMS –– Still hot and dry. Ponds and cisterns are dry. Crops are ruined.

COLD SPRING ITEMS –– We are glad that our old friend Rolly Gheer tired of doing housework and has taken unto himself a wife, in the person of Minnie McNealy of Seymour.

Miss Edith West, a graduate of the Springfield Business College Stenotype course, is making more than a thousand dollars a year. She can write at a speed of 250 words a minute, her work shows the immense value of the new shorthand machine, which is so easy to learn and is coming into general use very rapidly.

Rufus Clinkingbeard is having a well drilled at his home west of town.  J.T. Sivils is having a new well drilled on his farm three miles west of town. The Demory boys are doing the work.

Several of the neighbors gathered at Mrs. Sarah Brown’s Tuesday evening and erected a foot bridge across Cowskin Creek at what is known as the Brown Ford. A bridge at this place has long been in demand and will be a help to the people of the vicinity.

The Caruthersville Democrat has raised the subscription price from $1.00 to $1.50 per year.

Luscar Lakey has sold his interest in the City Meat Market to Brooks & Son.

  1. F. Jenkins sold the Mrs. J. W. Lytle farm on Cowskin to L. P. Ulm of Valley Co., Nebraska, on Tuesday. Consideration $2,000.

Jeff Campbell returned from the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kansas, Tuesday, where he has served a sentence of a year and one day.

125 Years Ago

August 27, 1891

CHICAGO –– In two minutes and before a crowded court room, Mrs. Edward McMahon horsewhip-ped a millionaire and his lawyer and then fainted in her husband’s arms.  The millionaire was Peter Smith, contractor, and the lawyer was P. McHugh. The cause of the double assault was the reading of a deposition by a Canadian detective impugning the chastity of Mrs. McMahon.  The horsewhipping is the climax of a series of sensations growing out of a long standing family quarrel. Edward McMahon’s marriage some months ago to his second wife, who wielded the rawhide in court today, was very displeasing to his mother and sister, the latter the wife of Millionaire Smith. McMahon’s little son, Milton, had a fortune of $31,000 and it was asserted that the mother’s chief motive in marrying McMahon was to obtain possession of this sum.

Copperhead snakes are said to be very plentiful south of Hannibal. One bit a dog belonging to David Wade, living three miles below the city, the other day.  The wound was on the lip and in a few moments the head of the poor beast had swollen to such an extent that it was unable to open its eyes and it became dormant, as if dead. Mr. Wade decided to try an experiment. He gave the animal a dose of ammonia internally and applied a mixture of ammonia and carbolic soap to the wound. The following morning the swelling had disappeared and the animal was as lively as if it had never been bitten.

The brewers are cutting prices recklessly at Kansas City.

The Cherokees are greatly elated over the recent order of President Harrison that they could hold cattle on Indian Territory. As soon as the news reached them, a good sized rush was made by prominent Cherokees, including ex-Chief Bushyhead, J.S. Hopler, Roudinet and others, who went to the strip to go into the cattle business and take up claims. Indications are that the strip will soon be literally covered with Cherokee cattle, and a large portion of the best land in the country will be taken up as homestead by citizens of the Cherokee nation.

Even the liquor dealers are disgusted with the democrats of New York, and it is well known that the democrats can never carry that State without the active support of the liquor dealers of New York City.

Sheriff Klineline and party of Douglas County, captured James Wright in Taney County near Kirbyville yester morning.   Wright killed Joseph Owen at Sneedville, Tenn., on the 8th day of last February. After the murder, he immediately fled to Southwest Missouri, where he has been under harbor of several families from that part of Tennessee.