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This May Day photo was taken on Gainesville’s square, probably in 1931. The late Alma McDonald (Luna), then probably a senior in high school, was the queen leading the children wrapping one of the May poles, according to the late Mary Ruth McDonald (Landers), Alma’s sister, who’s second from left in the photo and was a first-grader at the time. Others in the photo are, from left, Nadine Morrison (Ebrite), Mary Ruth, Maxine Shaw (Shanerman), Marguerite Sanders (Cobb) and Juanita McClendon. Several years ago, Mary Ruth told the Times the girls wore skirts made of crepe paper. The two children ahead of Alma are unknown. Behind the group is the east side of the square, including the Christian Church, which served as the county’s courthouse after the earlier courthouse burned. The church later burned as well. To the right of the church is the small stone building that still stands on the square, now without its front-porch awning. The source of the photo is unknown.
Ozark County TimesMay 1, 1908Dora – Our section was visited Thursday night by the worst windstorm in the history of this part of the county. Houses were wrenched from their foundations, barns unroofed, orchards destroyed and a great portion of the timber uprooted. May 3, 1918Rosco Beard, son of...
Funeral services for Ed V. Bridges, 86, of Bakersfield, will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 25, 2018, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains.Mr. Bridges died April 22 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.He was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Elijah, the son of William Edgar and Jennie Mullins Bridges...
Funeral services for Hazel “Lindie” Harden, 77, of Gainesville, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 , at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Dale Roberts officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Harden died April 21 at the...
A simple graveside service for Esther Alline McMahan, 92, of Wichita, Kansas, formerly of Romance, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Gainesville Cemetery. Ms. McMahan died March 19, 2018, in Wichita.She was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Lafferty, Arkansas, the daughter of Ed and Hester McMahan....
Funeral services for Erby Leo Bales, 86, of West Plains, were held April 20, 2018, at Assembly of God Church in Bakersfield. Mr. Bales died April 16 at Brooke Haven Health Care in West Plains.He was born Nov, 8, 1931, at Viola, Arkansas, the son of Hamey Otis and Ora Ellen Johnson Bales. In the...
Private graveside services will be held at a later date in Decatur, Illinois, for Robert E. McQuality, 91, of Gainesville, Missouri, formerly of Warrens-burg, Illinois. Mr. McQuality died April 16, 2018, at the Gainesville Health Care Center in Gainesville.He was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Decatur, the...
Funeral services for Nathan L. Eliott, 77, of Pontiac, were held April 21, 2018, at Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with Pastor Lowell Tregle officiating. Mr. Eliott died April 17 at his home.He was born March 2, 1941, in Jourdanton, Texas, the son of Sydney and Nina (Marsh) Eliott...

This undated photo of the building that housed the Cletus Vaughan store in Bakersfield from 1950 to 1994 was shared by Micheal Mahan on the Bakersfield Missouri Historical Society Facebook page. Vaughan is mentioned in a 1994 item in this week’s Times Past that reported his unexpected death on the day he was to sign papers to sell the store, which he had purchased in 1950 from his in-laws. In his Facebook post, Mahan said it’s thought that the building was originally built around 1857 and stood near the town’s water tower; it was moved using logs to its present site after the Civil War, probably around 1868, he said. The building now houses Richard Chamberlain’s hardware store in downtown Bakersfield.
Ozark County NewsApril 25, 1889 On April 21, Mr. Henry Winger and Miss Nora Wood, daughter of Henry Wood, were married at the residence of the bride’s parents four miles west of town. Rev. J. H. Adams officiating.Also at the residence of A. B. Daniel, the bride’s father, in Gainesville, on April 24...
Johnny and Paige Robinson of Caulfield are the parents of a baby girl, Evie Jon, born April 14, 2018, at Ozarks Medical Center  in West Plains. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 1/2 inches long.Her siblings are Bristol, 8, and Julian, 3.Her grandparents are Gayle and Terry Julian of...
Tim and Kate Morgan of Edmond, Oklahoma, are the parents of a baby boy, Timothy Caldwell Morgan Jr., shown here with brothers Liam, 4, left, and Brewer, 2. He was born April 13, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.Grandparents are...

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