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Steven Allen Helmer, 66, of Gainesville, died Nov. 15, 2017, at his residence. No services are planned at this time. He was born Sept. 14, 1951, in Watertown, New York, the son of Elson Edward and Mary Pringle Helmer. Mr. Helmer worked at New York Air Brake Company for 20 years. He was also a...
A memorial service for William Richard Osborn, 95, of Dora, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, Nov. 22, 2017, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Visitation will be from 1 p.m to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.  Mr. Osborn died Nov. 16. He was born May 21, 1922, in Marion County...
Graveside memorial services for Evelina “Evy” Hogue, 62, of Wasola, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Jackson Ceme-tery near Romance. Mrs. Hogue died Nov. 19 at her home surrounded by loved ones.  She was born March 10, 1955, in Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of Royce and Evelyn...

Stephen ‘Steve’ Berger, 69
Inurnment with full military honors of the cremains of Stephen Wilbert “Steve” Berger 69, of Theodosia, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2107, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County. Mr. Berger died Nov. 8 in Branson. He was born Nov. 11, 1947, in St. Louis, the son...
Graveside services for Mary Ann Mullins, 86, of Bakersfield, were held Nov. 9, 2017, at Udall Cemetery. Mrs. Mullins died Nov. 6 at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1931, at Udall, the daughter of Ralph and Virginia Price Robbins. In April 1951 in Baxter County, Arkansas, she McNeil “Mack” Mullins...

These men may have been members of the Gainesville Band who, according to an item in the Nov. 14, 1895, Ozark County News, reprinted below, “ascended the big hill opposite town and rendered several pieces of good music.” Front row, from left: John C. Harlin, Roy Tate, Guy Wood, Harry Walker. Middle: Everett Luna, Harry Force. Back: George Boone, Charley Burk, Averill Harrison, Frank Walker, Will Burk, Unknown. The photo is from John Harlin’s collection; the names were written on the photo by the late Madge Harlin Brown.
Ozark County News Nov. 14, 1895 Last Sunday morning the Gainesville Band ascended the big hill opposite town and rendered several pieces of good music. A better time could not have been selected. The morning was cool, the atmosphere light and clear, and the sun was shining brightly. The band could...
Dylan and Jessica Leroy of Dora are the parents of a baby girl, Lauren Raine, born Oct. 27, 2017, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 1/2 ounces, and was 20 inches long.  Her sibling is Adylan, 3.  Grandparents are Bradley and Mary Collins, and Ronald and Kari Leroy,...
Ozark County native John R. Sims, seated, center, now living in Mountain Home, Arkansas, was honored recently with a surprise 90th birthday hosted by his family including wife Guavana, pictured behind him with their four children, from left, Jeania Hood, Rick Sims, Terry Sims and Katherine Coffman...

As Ozark County native John R. Sims celebrates his 90th birthday (see page 7), we thought it was a good time to share again this photo of the Sims Locker Plant in Gainesville, from the collection of the late Phyllis Herndon and shared by her niece, Rhonda Herndon. Shown in the 1949 photo are, from left, Odean Goodway, P.O. Sims, John R. Sims, Alton Kyle with son Jimmy, Neil Lawrence, Howard Wade, Jack Barger and Bob Kyle. John R. Sims, now living in Mountain Home, Arkansas, operated the business with his father, P.O. Sims. He told the Times in 2016 he does not recall the occasion for the photo but did remember that Egbert Robbins and Aus Shanks built the locker plant and cheese plant in Gainesville at about the same time, around 1945-46. John R. and Eddie Shanks “mixed mud all summer” for the blocks used in constructing the locker plant; they then joined Hayden Carter in mixing mud for the cheese plant blocks. That summer the Rural Electric Authority ran the first three-phase electrical lines to Gainesville to provide power for the two facilities. The locker plant provided freezer space for rent to residents at a time when most homes only had small refrigerators with tiny freezer compartments.
Ozark County Times Nov. 8, 1901 Thornfield – Elders G. R. Curry and P. A. Byrd baptized 38 converts Sunday. Mrs. Abija Frost and five of her children were baptized. Mrs. Pease died last Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carry Love. The remains were buried in the cemetery south of town.  Our...
Funeral services for Paul Thornton, 99 of Theodosia, were held Oct. 30, 2017, at Salem General Baptist Church in Ocie. Mr. Thornton died Oc. 24 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon. He was born July 14, 1918, in Fair Play, the son of Harve and Jennie Braly Thornton. He graduated from...

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