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This photo of renowned mule trader Ferd Owen, an Ozark County native, is reprinted from the Jan. 26, 1948, edition of Life magazine, recently shared with the Times by Paul Rose. The magazine said that Owen, pictured here with a “cotton” mule, had “bought and sold as many as 100,000 horses and mules in a year.” Even more amazing, he was famous for being able to recognize and name the price of any mule he had ever bought or sold through the years. He was related to the Ozark County Amyxes. A 1955 item in this week’s Times Past collection reports his death at his home near Belton. His former 2,100 ranch there has been developed into a planned community in the Kansas City suburbs where Times Past columnist Mary Ruth Luna Sparks and her husband, Mike, make their home.
Ozark County Times Oct. 20, 1911 Nottinghill – F. H. Cantwell sold his cattle and is going into the sheep business. He says he is not afraid of the wolves now as Mr. Grudier and Mr. Williams make frequent trips over here with their hounds and have killed several wolves.  Landon Gaulding is having a...

Guy Howard, who became known as the Walkin’ Preacher of the Ozarks, is shown in this photo reprinted from the Dec. 25, 1944, edition of Life magazine. Howard is pictured with Lena Clayton (Mrs. Roy) Brown, 17, as she does laundry outside her Turkey Creek cabin in Ozark County. Howard told a reporter for the Springfield News-Leader that he walked about 3,300 miles in a year to preach in churches and schools around the Ozarks. An Oct. 15, 1942, item in this week’s Times Past reports that he had begun a two-week revival in Gainesville.
Ozark County News Oct. 10, 1895  A subscription is now in circulation for the purpose of raising money to purchase the 40-acre tract of land that the Gainesville Cemetery is located on. This is government land. Every-body in and around Gaines-ville is either directly or indirectly interested in...
Funeral services for Rosa Lee Ryan, 81, of West Plains, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Mrs. Ryan died Oct. 5 at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains. She was born Oct. 5, 1936, in Howell County, the daughter of Clyde and Elsie Gunner...
A memorial service for Clyde Douglas “Doug” Shrewsbury, 62, of Theodosia will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at Thornfield House of Prayer. A potluck lunch will be shared afterward. Mr. Shrewsbury died Oct. 3 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.  He was born Oct. 13, 1954, in...
A memorial service for Lemuel Allen, 67, of Gainesville, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Frontier Baptist Church in Pontiac. Mr. Allen died Oct. 2 at his residence. He was born Sept. 17, 1950,  in Gainesville, the son of Alford and Laverne Allen. He was a carpenter and all-around...
A memorial visitation for Eldon Hugh Mackey, 78, of Mountain Grove, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home in Mountain Grove. Mr. Mackey died Oct. 5 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.  He was born Nov. 14, 1938, at Rockbridge, the son of Ralph and...
Funeral services for Roberta Mae Clayton, 82, of Isabella, were held Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Jimmy Kyle officiating. Mrs. Clayton died Sept. 22, 2017, in Shattuck, Oklahoma. She was born Feb. 14, 1935, in Dillard, Missouri, the daughter of Treffie...
Larry Wayne Burchell, 69, of Kirbyville, formerly of Theodosia, died Sept. 29, 2017, in Kirbyville. No services are planned.  He was born Jan. 23, 1948, in Ava, the son of Etcyl “Cokie” and Amy LaMere Burchell. On Aug. 29, 1983, he married Carolyn Sue Barnard; they recently celebrated 34 years...
Funeral services for Karen Lynn Slavings, 60, of Caulfield, were held Sept. 30, 2017, at the Bakersfield Pavilion in Bakersfield. Mrs. Slavings died Sept. 25 at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. She was born Sept. 4, 1957, in Lockwood, the daughter of Bailey Leon and Rosemary James Hill. On...

The late David Ford assists an unknown customer at Ford’s Market in this photo that appeared with the grocery store’s ad in the 1968 Gainesville High School yearbook, the Bulldogger. The market opened in 1906; its closing was announced in a 1980 news item shared in this week’s Times Past (below).
Ozark County Times Oct. 4, 1912 Joe Champieux, the new blacksmith, has installed a telephone in his place of business for the benefit of his patrons.   Rockbridge – The new schoolhouse at Souder will soon be completed. Several from here attended the ball game Saturday. Pine Creek beat Almartha. Don...

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