Times Past: May 16, 2018

This photo of the building of the Barren Fork Bridge in 1925-26 is from the collection of Rhonda Herndon, who received it from Marcella Naugle Bilyeau. It’s reprinted from the current issue of the Old Mill Run, which features Ozark Countians’ recollections of the building of Highway 5, described as the county’s first “modern road.” Copies of the Old Mill Run are available for purchase at the Ozark County Historium.

Ozark County Times

May 18, 1917

A good crowd attended the White moving picture show at the Christian church here the first four nights of the week. Mr. White has a good show. He goes from here to Bakersfield.  


May 17, 1918

Thirteen more Ozark County boys, in the charge of Clerk Hugh Layton, left here Tuesday morning in three automobiles for West Plains enroute to training camp. Seven of the boys went to Camp Funston and six to Jefferson Barracks. Following are the names of the boys who went: 

Leland Epps, Hicklen Swafford, Mack Forrest, Francis M. Cockrum, Thomas W. Jones, Elmer Blacksher, William Smith, Glen Hawkins, Wm. A. Hensley, Thomas Harris, McKinley H. Piland, Charles Z. Odell and Aaron F. Gill. 

Alternates: Franklin L. Thomas and Warner D. Byrley. 



May 16, 1919

Almartha – Mrs. Dr. Beach of Elijah died on Monday of last week and was brought here for burial. 


May 19, 1938

 Charity – Five men were in this vicinity last week sheering sheep. They sheered 48 head for D. H. Shaw in 45 minutes.  


May 13, 1943

 Luna – Mrs. Wiley and her class of graduates from the Luna school attended the 8th grade graduation exercises at town Wednesday eve. The graduates are Eugene Strong, Vera Lee Hambelton, Junior Miller, Troy Luna and Elwood Bratcher. 

Glen Dodson has joined the Marine Corps.  

New Harmony – Mrs. L. S. Cockrum hatched out a bunch of chicks Tuesday. Those buying them were Mrs. A. D. McDonald, Mrs. Newt Martin, Mrs. Baxter Gaulding and Mrs. McAllister. 

Surely some of us can have fried chicken. She reset her incubators with 800 eggs.  


May 16, 1968

 Phyllis Elaine Wood is the Dora class of 1968 valedictorian. A 12-year Dora student, she will graduate with a 10.422 grade point average and 22 1/4 units of credit. ... 

She plans to attend the SMS Residence Center in West Plains and will major in medical technology. ... She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wood. 

Elaine Gunter is the salutatorian. Elaine will graduate with a 9.147 grade point average and 21 3/4 units of credit. ... 

She will attend the SMS Residence Center and major in elementary education. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Gunter. 

Willhoit and Pine View – Marlin Loftis, brother of Mrs. James Hudson, is just recently back from Vietnam. He was married one year ago May 4 and went into service soon after, where he trained as a mechanic. There will be a wedding shower for the couple May 18 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Hudson. 


May 16, 1974

 Funeral services were held Friday in the Baptist Hill Church for George M. Mullins, 80, Bakersfield. . .. Burial was in Baptist Hill Cemetery. 

Mr. Mullins, a lifelong resident of Bakersfield, died last Tuesday at his home. He was a member of the Baptist Church, the Ava Masonic Lodge. ...  the American Legion Post at Bakersfield and had served that post as commander for a number of years. He was a member of the VFW and the Last Man’s Club at West Plains. 

He received his early education in the schools of Ozark County, later attending college in Springfield and received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He had taught school for more than 30 years. . . 

He was born at Bakersfield on Sept. 1, 1893, the son of Perry M. and Emma Roberts Mullins. He was married at Spring-field on Aug. 24, 1930, to Verba Garner, who survives.  


May 19, 1993

Dora Falcon fans won’t soon forget a grand slam homerun that was belted by Dora standout Shawn Hambelton. That’s because that four-run job, along with five other runs, were put on the scoreboard by Falcon sluggers in the first inning alone to dismantle the Gainesville Bulldogs 12–1 May 13. 

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