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 News
April 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, Mr. Guy T. Harrison and Miss Nannie Daniel [were married], Esq. Thomas Wattenbarger officiating.
Ozark County Times
April 23, 1909
 Thornfield – Seven wagons will start to the sawmill Friday after lumber for the church house at Thornfield. Some of the neighbors have their part of the boards made.
The Sunday school at this place, with sister Sarah Byrd as superintendent and assisted by sister Ellen Blair, is progressing nicely. 
April 26, 1918
 Three of four automobile loads of Gainesville folks went to West Plains Tuesday to see the trainload of war relics that was scheduled to be in that city two hours on Tuesday afternoon.
 The Gainesville schools close today. Graduating exercises will be held at the schoolhouse tonight. There are five in the graduating class. They are Miss Lena Roberts, Masters Ray Amyx, Geo. D. Ebrite, Roy Kibbe and Urban Parker. Prof. G. H. Boehm of Ava will take part in the exercises.
April 30, 1931
 The GHS seniors made a trip to Bagnell Dam and Jefferson City.
April 28, 1938
The sale of the Rockbridge Bank’s notes, bank building and fixtures given in at about $35,000 was sold here Saturday and brought $1,700. J. C. Harlin was the purchaser.
Uncle John Edwards, Hugh and Charley Edwards and W. J. Haynes were down from Rockbridge Saturday attending the sale of the Rockbridge Bank property. 
April 23, 1942
 Hammond – Clellie Sallee has the school here and Delmus Delp at Shiloh.
Lawrence Duckworth sold his milk route to Euel Groves. 
April 25, 1957
Ramona Stone will travel with the Country Caravan, a KWTO group which will entertain at dairy festivals in south Missouri. 
April 28, 1966
Airman Third Class David E. Morrison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Morrison of Gainesville, has been graduated at Sheppard AFB, Texas, from the training course for U. S. Air Force electricians.
Airman Morrison is being assigned to Richards-Gebaur AFB, Mo., with the Continental Air Command. 
April 27, 1967
 Miss Dian Terry and Sp/4 Donald Luna were united in marriage in a 7 o’clock candlelight ceremony April 15 in the First Christian Church. ...  
The Rev. Wiley McGhee solemnized the double-ring ceremony before an alter centered with two nine-branched spiral candelabra.
Johnnie Baxter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herdie Baxter of Howards Ridge, has returned from a year’s service in Viet Nam, and he and his wife expect to visit his parents as soon as possible. 
April 21, 1993
The Ozark County Times welcomes new editor Bruce Roberts to the staff.
Roberts, who resides ...  near the Elijah community in eastern Ozark County, recently joined the Times staff. 
Dawt Mill owner Joe Ben Stone, along with a work crew, has been busy rebuilding 20 feet of the dam below the mill. Last spring a tree knocked a hole in the dam, necessitating the repair.
Stone said 300 tons of rock and 190 tons of gravel have been hauled to the site to build a temporary dam to control the water. 
April 27, 1994
Bakersfield area residents are mourning the loss of longtime friend and businessman Cletus W. Vaughan.
Vaughan, 69, of Bakers-field, had owned and operated the C. W. Vaughan General Store since January 1950, when he purchased the store from his mother and father-in-law, Carl and Rachel Wells, who had previously operated the store for a number of years.
Emergency personnel said Vaughan apparently suffered a heart attack Thursday afternoon as he was preparing to leave for town to sign the papers and close the deal on the store. He had reportedly agreed to sell the store to Bill and Judy Clavenger, who moved here from Colorado.

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