These photos of the Dora Roller Rink, reprinted with permission from the Dora School Library’s Facebook page, are from the Thornton family collection and are dated June 1958. Former Dora student Martin Capages, in his book “Recollections of a Dora Farm,” said the skating rink was the town’s “social center” in the 1950s. “The eighth graders would race and slide around the corners, but the high school girls would skate with their boyfriends to the Everly Brothers’ ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’ and Pat Boone’s latest,” he wrote. It cost a quarter to skate, he said, and “There were never any fights or negative events.”

Ozark County News
March 31, 1898
Little Everett, the 9-year- old son of W. W. Luna, has a pretty fair idea how printing ink smells. He painted himself up in great shape last week while helping us. While he was painted, he went on the “war path” to be a printer. Well, give the boy a chance.
Mr. Frank Morris of Rockbridge came over the latter part of last week to bring Miss Lou Bolger and his sister, Miss Alta Morris, back to school. They were accompanied by Mrs. Edgar Morris, who came to attend the Teachers Association and visit her friends. 
Ozark County Times
March 29, 1918
Three more of Ozark County’s boys will leave here on Monday morning for the training camp at Camp Funston. George Mullins, Oscar Morrison and Buel Campbell are the boys who have been drafted.
A grand patriotic meeting will be held at Mt. Olive schoolhouse on April 4 at 10 o’clock a.m. School officers at all annual school meetings are requested to work for a big meeting on the above date.
The ladies of the Red Cross Auxiliary of this city have been busy since their organization a few weeks ago.
On Wednesday they made a shipment of surgical dressings consisting of nearly a thousand pieces as follows: Head bandages 55; abdominal bandages 105; triangular bandages 100; many tailed bandages 170; gauze wipes 145; gauze compresses 120; small gauze wipes 100; and cotton pads 20; total 815. 
March 30, 1933
Hammond – A good way to get ahead of Old Man Depression is to put out a big garden, raise all the vegetables you can use all summer and put enough away to last all winter.
John Kirkland is baling hay in the Theodosia community.
Several folks around here are suffering with the acute deflation of the money purse. 
April 1, 1943
 Plans are being made for a sunrise Easter service near Gainesville. The committee for selecting the site and for arranging the program are J. C. Harlin, Mr. Hobbs, Nelle Gault and Fern Grisham. Plan to attend. Watch the paper for place and program.
Mrs. Pink Martin received a telegram from her daughter, Mrs. Clara Standage of Chicago, informing her that her son-in-law, Ralph Harlow, would be inducted into military service April 5th and wanted “Aunt Pink” to come to Chicago.
Longrun – Clarence Sallee has been wolf hunting lately as wolves have killed several goats for him and Sam Marsh.
Our merchants are kept busy hauling in feed. Doesn’t look so well for us farmers, but if you tear down those lazy benches and bust up the whittling clubs and tobacco, we might get restless and go to work. 
March 30, 1967
 The Pontiac Ladies club has purchased land south of Moody’s Resort on Route W from Hugh and Edna Moody for a site for a clubhouse for social activities and business meetings for the growing community of Pontiac. The project is now expected to be well under way before the end of 1967. 
March 21, 1968
Six Ozark County men will be inducted into the Armed Forces this month to meet the county’s March quota.
Inductees who will leave March 16 are Joe David Boyer, Charles Edward Richardson, Jimmy Merri-man, Lindel Ray Mahan, Otto Chadwick Hambelton and Franklin Delano Scott.
There will also be five going to physical examination on the same day. 
March 31, 1993
The Gainesville High School’s top math students traveled to Niangua High School March 10 to compete in the annual Summit Conference Math Contest.
Gainesville swept the first three places in the algebra I division. Jennifer Douglas won the champion’s trophy, Jessica Eastling was first runner-up and Jason Strong was second runner up.
Shiloh Kirkland won the champion’s trophy in the geometry division. In algebra II, Marck Kolibal won the champion’s trophy with Dan Busenbarrick taking first runner-up.
Finally, in the trigonometry division, Michelle Vogt took fifth place.

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