Celebrating 92nd birthday

Lura Hambelton happily greeted family and long-time friends at the March 4 celebration of her 92nd birthday. She expressed thanks to each person who came to her party, as well as those who sent birthday greetings. Lura Faye (as many people know her) beamed as she reported that she had received 76 beautiful birthday cards. She said she has spent hours reading and rereading them, enjoying each card and the words written in it. Her family also expressed its gratitude to those who helped Lura feel special and loved on her 92nd birthday.  


This photo of Gainesville Livestock Auction is taken from an ad in a mid-1960s Bulldogger yearbook published by Gainesville High School. The advertisement said the sale barn, owned by T. D. Crawford, held sales every Wednesday. The building was located next to Lick Creek on the east side of Highway 160 in Gainesville, roughly across from what is now the MFA Oil building on Third Street. It closed in March 1971 after the state bought the land for right of way to build the current Highway 160. A Times article reported, as the building was being demolished, that its arena had seating for 250 buyers and its stock pens could hold 1,500 head of cattle or other livestock. The sale barn’s annual total sales averaged 30,000 head, the article reported.

Ozark County Times
March 1, 1905
 Tecumseh – Ruben Dean passed by Monday with a new wagon which he purchased in Gainesville.
March 15, 1918


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