25 Years Ago
August 6, 1992
Mans-Mo Sheik Fabulous EX 91 was named grand champion of the South-Central Holstein District Show at Houston on June 20. The animal is owned by Johnny and Carol Sue Watterson, of Mansfield, and shown by their son, Shannon Watterson.
The first day of classes at Ava R-I and Skyline R-2 schools will be Wednesday, Aug. 19. The first day of school at Plainview R-8 will be Monday, Aug. 24. The Ava school faculty will meet for a pre-school workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 18, with classes to begin on Aug. 19.
Bill Frye, of Squires, raced in Muskogee, Okla. last Friday night and won third place. On Saturday night he was in Fort Smith, Ark., and took second. On Sunday, Frye raced at Siloam Springs and placed second.
Due to increased traffic on West Washington Avenue created by the opening of the new post office, angle parking has been eliminated in front of Ava Drug. Parallel parking spaces are marked on both sides of the street to provide a wider driving lane.
SMALLETT –– A nice cool morning to all of you out there. August 5 and 68 degrees, unbeliev-able.
OCIE –– We sang “Happy Anni-versary” to Willard and Dorothy Hughes yesterday. Saturday was their 67th anniversary and we wish them many more.
Camp JOY, Ava, has just finished three weeks of Bible camping for all youth. There were 417 enrolled of which were campers numbering 326.
Elsie Miller celebrated her 89th birthday on July 29 when a birthday party was given in her honor by her family.
COUNTY LINE –– Kelli Dobbs was baptized Sunday.
John and Patty Potts, owners of the Longdollar Store here for the past 17 months, have opened a second store in Ozark County, near the Arkansas state line.
50 Years Ago
August 3, 1967
A warrant has been issued in Douglas County Magistrate Court for a third person in the armed robbery of the Spurlock store at Squires on March 13.
During the Douglas County Fair, one of the main attractions –– professional wrestling –– will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday featuring three events. The main event will include a mixed tag team match with one girl wrestler and one-man wrestler on each team in two out of three falls with a one-hour time limit. Teamed for the event will be Miss Jean Antone of Montreal, and Pancho Rosario of Cuba against Miss Betty Niccoli of Pittsburg and Gorgeous George of Hollywood.
Farmers Home Administration committees have been appointed in Douglas and Ozark counties, it was announced this week by Kenneth Miller, FHA supervisor. Named to the Douglas County committee are Earl McMillan, chairman; Martin Kellogg and Doy Price. The appointed Ozark County commit-tee is Elmer High, chairman of Noble, Virgil Robinson of Noble and Fred Hamby of Dora.
A windstorm about 1 p.m. Tuesday uprooted a large oak tree in the front lawn of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Davis of Rainbow Ridge. Other damage was reported over the county.
ASC Mike Spurlock who is home on leave between assign-ments with the U.S. Air Force, gave the local Boy Scouts a first-hand account of Air Force basic training at a recent meeting of the scouts.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mackey of Smallett announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Vicki, to Larry Owens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Owens, 1011 North Jefferson, Ava.
Ava Drive-In Theatre –– Sat., Aug. 5 –– “A Fistful of Dollars.” Clint Eastwood, in his own way he is, perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived! The first motion picture of its kind. It won’t be the last! In Technicolor.
Five women representing two counties returned to Stephens College at Columbia Monday to complete an eight-week training course at the Head Start Child Development Center. They were Mrs. Norma Hampton, Mrs. Patsy Clinkingbeard, Mrs. Carolyn Lamb, Mrs. Emy Lou Norris, all of Ava, and Miss Lois Virtue of Mountain Grove.
Airman Third Class Wallace Sagerser, Jr., is now spending a summer leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Sagerser of Elkhead. He is scheduled to report at Altus Air Force Base, Altus, Okla., August 10, to begin an 18-month tour of duty.
Mrs. Gladys B. Stewart was hostess in her home, 205 SE 6th Avenue, Thursday afternoon, July 27, at a bridal tea and miscel-laneous shower honoring Miss Frances Williams.
75 Years Ago
August 6, 1942
The Douglas County Cheese Factory, operated by D.J. Bender, started making cheese Sunday in the new plant on Highway 5 just south of town. The plant is Ava’s second cheese factory and its third big market for milk, conducting milk routes through the surround-ing territory. The new factory has a capacity of 34,000 pounds of milk, and Tuesday it received 25,000 pounds from its 14 routes.
Three boys in their late teens escaped from the county jail here Sunday night, but their liberty was brief and now they are back in custody again. The three made a hole in the north side of the jail wall by digging out the mortar between the bricks with a pocket knife, small screwdriver and a spoon. A fourth youth in the jail, who was charged with forgery, refused to escape with the other three, saying he didn’t believe it was the right thing to do.
The USS Essex, first U.S. aircraft carrier to be completed since Pearl Harbor and first of a great fleet of such carriers was completed 15 months and three days after her keel was laid.
Lester M. Eslick, a former Benton Township constable, was nominated for that office on the Republican ticket Tuesday on a 40-vote majority over the present constable, Warner Marler.
Four United States Marines from this section of the state are listed as possible prisoners in information received here by the Ava Post Office. Assistant Cook Leo Herd of Lutie and Private First-Class Lloyd Sterling King of Mansfield were serving at Guam and are likely to be prisoners, according to the information. Private First-Class Frank Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hoover of Mountain Grove, and Private First-Class Robert Farrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Farrell of West Plains were said to be missing when Corregidor fell and may be prisoners.
The rock bass also is called goggle eye and warmouth bass. The large-mouthed black bass is known in some sections as the “line-side bass.”
Friday evening Miss Glenna Dell Cooper and her brother, Cleo, were the honorees at a party given in the home of their parents, the E.H. Coopers. Miss Cooper was cele-brating her 17th birthday anniversary and Mr. Cooper was preparing to leave Monday for Army service.
Mr. and Mrs. George Schmitt and two daughters of Pershing arrived in Ava late last week and have established their home in the Pete Lantz property on Benton Avenue. Mr. Schmitt has been employed by the Ava Board of Education as a second vocational agriculture teach-er replacing Walter Robinson who is now in the Army.
A surprise birthday dinner was given Sunday, Aug. 2, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Cunningham, four miles east of Ava, in honor of Mrs. Cunningham.
100 Years Ago
August 9, 1917
Among the specially selected men who are to be first to fight for the Stars and Stripes on the firing line in France is Will Rippee, a private of the 15th Company. He has gone with the regiment of U.S. Marines which forms a part of the first American oversees contingent. Private Rippee who is a son of Mrs. Sarah Rippee of Sweden, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at its Kansas City recruiting stating April 19, 1915.
Old Feud Aroused in Christian County, One Killed and Another Injured in Hand to Hand Fight ––Frank Tabor and his son-in-law Winnie Hensley were shot on Monday of last week in a conflict with Lenzie and Ben Bilyeu, at a crossroads 20 miles southeast of Ozark in Christian County, where they chanced to meet and an argument came up over some ties. The Bilyeus accused Tabor and Hensley of having stolen some of his ties. Heated words followed and Ben and Hensley agreed to fight it out in a fair fight.
Ralph Miller and Fred Midden-dorf of Macomb were here Monday and presented a petition to the county court asking for a special election in Clay Township for the purpose of voting to restrain horses, mules, cattle, asses, goats, sheep and swine from running at large in that township. The court accepted the petition and ordered the election held on Sept. 11.
The Hitchcock Canning Com-pany has been requested by the United States government to reserve 18 percent of their entire tomato pack this fall for government use. The price for this 18 percent is to be determined by the government later.
German submarines hit us below the belt, but the Yankee blockade hits Germany inside the belt.
The probability is that before long an American will have to go to war-ridden Europe to get a drink of liquor.
The county council of defense will make an attempt at organizing a Home Guard in Ava next Saturday. Boys from 16 years to men not too old for guard duty will be accepted. There will be no pay for members of the guard unless they should be called for duty. Then they will be paid only during the period of service. This is a good opportunity for some of our older citizens above the draft age who have so frequently advised those subject to the call and who have so freely expressed their patriotism to show their loyalty. This is a call for all able-bodied men. The examination will be lenient.
TOPAZ –– Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Penner spent Sunday evening in the blackberry patch, returning that evening with two quarts of berries.
125 Years Ago
August 11, 1892
JOPLIN, Mo., Aug. 8 –– The notorious thief and murderer, George Hudson, was shot and killed about 11 o’clock Saturday night in his saloon at Granby while resisting arrest for a heavy robbery. A requisition was made by Governor Francis and a writ was issued directing Carl Stout, a police officer of Joplin to arrest Hudson. Stout left for Granby Friday evening accom-panied by William Raboden, a special messenger for the state of Colorado, and four special officers. Stout and Raboden entered the saloon and called for two bottles of beer. Hudson took the bottles from the ice chest and as he turned around Stout covered him with a revolver and called upon him to submit to arrest. Hudson with an oath caught the officer’s revolver with his left hand and struck him a vicious blow with a beer bottle. Hudson struggled desperately for possession of the revolver and the officers were compelled to shoot him. Raboden fired the first shot and the ball struck Hudson in the head. Stout’s revolver was discharged in the struggle and the bullet passed through Hudson’s heart. After the shooting the posse returned to Joplin.
The rapidly increasing indebt-edness of Douglas County as shown by the official statement of the present administration is a matter of record, and when taken in connection with the fact that the present administration has increased the amount of taxes levied and collected nearly 20 percent, is a fact which will be a stumbling block in the way of the people’s party to the coming cam-paign.
Wm. Clinton of Richland Township was seriously injured last while repairing the boiler of a sawmill.
A.M. Ellmore, of the firm of Curnutt & Ellmore, has sold his interest in the firm to his brother Joe. The business will be continued under the old name.
The old picnic and baseball ground one mile west of town, known as the Kelton place, has been scouted for the Republican Rally the last part of this month.
J.B. Pardue and family, recent arrivals from Ft. Scott, Kansas, have located at this place. Mrs. Pardue expects to open a millinery store at the Phelp’s stand, northeast corner of the square.
Joel Yates, a prominent citizen of Jackson Township, is reported to have eloped with the wife of John King, of the same township. When last seen they were both riding one horse in the direction of Norwood.
Tandy Hargrove had a prelim-inary trial before Esquire Snyder on Saturday for cutting one of the Potter boys a little over a year ago, and was placed under a $20 bond to await the grand jury. The case has been before two grand juries and they failed to indict in both instances. It is to be hoped that this matter will be disposed of at the coming term of court in such a way as to stop further costs to the county.