This photo of “Elbert Amyx and His Project” is taken from a 1930-31 booklet in the Historium’s collection that was published by Bakersfield School to promote its innovative programs. The text with the photo says, “Vocational Agriculture is the only course offered in high school in which the boy earns while learning. Each boy taking Vocational Agriculture is required to carry on a home project related to the school work and supervised by the instructor, carried to completion on the farm. ... [T]he boys are given practical training in farm shop in which they learn the fundamentals of woodwork, sheet metal, hot metal, concrete, leather and rope. Students are also given practical training in the field in almost every line of farm management such as soil improvement, erosion, pruning, and judging.” Interestingly, while the 1930s text refers only to boys, state numbers show that the number of vo ag students today is split about evenly between male and female students. And two of Ozark County’s four high school vo ag teachers are women.

Ozark County Times
April 3, 1908
 The news of the death of Edward Upton last Sunday came as a shock to his many friends of this vicinity. He was taken dangerously sick with pneumonia on Sunday, just a week before he died, and grew rapidly worse until his death.
Mr. Upton was a member of the Masonic order of this place, was also a Woodman and belonged to the Brotherhood. He was interred Monday in the Pontiac cemetery, the Masonic order officiating at the last services.  
Dr. James Small, who has been located at Theodosia the past winter, having sold out, is visiting a few days with his brother, Dr. R. S. Small, of this place. From here he will go to Oklahoma where he intends to locate. 
April 5, 1918
 Four auto loads of Gainesville folks attended the patriotic speaking at Three Brothers, Ark., Sunday. 
 At the annual school meeting at this place on Tuesday, a tax of $1, the tax necessary to maintain the high school, was unanimously voted. 
 Mrs. Eliza Jane [Martin] Haskins, wife of Judge L. D. Haskins, deceased, died at her home in Ava on Wednesday of last week. She was 70 years old and had been in poor health for several months. . .
Funeral services were held in Ava and the remains brought to Gainesville and burial was made in the Gainesville cemetery by the side of her husband. Rev. J. W. Sullivan performed the ceremony. 
 Romance – The Cropper Milling Co. have installed the new machinery and are ready to grind wheat.
We have 16 Red Cross members. They are: A. J. Kimball, Mrs. A. J. Kimball, W. J. Melton, D. W. Melton, Marvin Pare, Nellie Pare, Roy Pare, F. M. Strickland, J. T. Brown, Mrs. N. J. Pare, W. R. Beasley, Eli Welch, Ralph Loftis, Catherine Loftis, Callie Eslinger and Jack Eslinger. 
April 9, 1926
Dr. E. H. Mitchell, 69 years old, prominent physician who formerly practiced medicine at Pottersville but for the past six years has resided and practiced medicine at Bakersfield, died at his home there at 10:30 o’clock Tuesday morning of last week, death being due to heart trouble. ...
Dr. Mitchell was born and reared in Pennsylvania, coming to Howell county about 35 years ago. ...
Soon after locating at Pottersville, he was married to Miss Alice McGoldrick, daughter of a prominent farmer near Cureall. She together with one son and two daughters survive. 
 April 8, 1927
Romance – Mrs. Mary Young is the proud owner of a new range cook stove.
Mrs. Mary Frazier returned home from Udall where she has been staying with her daughter, Mrs. Jarret Grisham. She reports the arrival of a new 81/2 lb. grandson. 
Mr. Lebanon – Joe Warrick is sporting a new Ford car.
J. C. Feemster thought he had found a new use for his Ford car. He tried to get rid of some sprouts in his field.
V. A. Kastning, son and daughter, made a trip to St. Louis and drove back two new Fords for Harry Martin. 
April 6, 1928
Geo. W. Collins arrived in Gainesville on the West Plains mail truck on his return to his home at Brixey from Springfield Sunday morning where he had been attending the wedding of his daughter, Miss Lois, to Mr. Elmer Satterfield, superintendent of the Eastern Circus company showing at the Shrine mosque. It was a real circus wedding, performed by a local minister amid the glamor and tinsel of the circus with all the performers in costume on the stage and with the circus band playing the wedding march ...
Miss Collins met Mr. Satterfield a few months ago at Ponca City, Okla., where he was playing at the time. Miss Collins was holding a secretary job with the Marland Oil Co. 
April 4, 1968
John Luna was elected mayor of Gainesville in the city elections held Tuesday. He polled 42 votes and was unopposed. Gradie Sanders received two write-in votes and Joe Ebrite one.
Councilmen elected from the north ward were Dr. M. J. Hoerman with 21 votes and Benton Breeding with 25. They were unopposed. Elected from the south ward, also unopposed, were John Ault with 18 votes and Bob Usrey with 17. 
April 7, 1993
The 1993 Gainesville Lions Auction to be held April 23 at the Gainesville High School will again feature new merchandize, services and other items donated by local merchants and individuals.
 ... Preacher Roe and Carl Erskine have donated items for the auction. ...

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