TIMES PAST


The 1919 item in this week’s Times Past reporting the delivery of four Ford touring cars and three trucks by the late S. F. Amyx reminded us of this photo of other early Ford automobiles that were offered for sale at Amyx Auto, which operated on the Gainesville square. The photo, from the collection of Susan Amyx Ault, is reprinted from the December 2012 edition of the Old Mill Run. The photo accompanied a 1991 story by Becky Bell that commemorated Amyx Auto’s 75th anniversary. The story quoted the late Ralph Amyx saying a Ford roadster sold for $325 100 years ago, and a touring car sold for $360-$375. Ralph, one of Amyx Auto founder S. F. Amyx’s six sons, became the company’s manager in 1934 and its owner in 1952 following his father’s death. He was succeeded by his son, Donald, in 1980. The business closed in 2002.

Ozark County News
May 15, 1890
Daniel Luna and others caught six young wolves near Big North Fork this week. 
The sad news reached here on Tuesday that John Miller, of Lick Creek, was dead having accidentally stuck a knife into his left breast Monday evening.
Mr. Miller was at his farm tending to some young cattle and had a small knife in his right hand when a calf kicked his arm, causing the knife to strike him in the left breast, making a small wound but deep enough, it is thought, to let the blood flow inwardly causing his death about 6 o’clock Tuesday morning. 

Ozark County Times
May 10, 1918
J. C. Harlin and wife left here Sunday morning for Camp Funston, Kansas, to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Reg. Sgt. E. T. Brown, who expects to start for France at any time. 
 
May 9, 1919
S. F. Amyx, Ford agent for this county, unloaded a shipment of cars at West Plains last Thursday. On Friday and Saturday he delivered them to the purchasers. There were four touring cars and three trucks. J. M. Burden of Thornfield, H. J. Frazier of Noble, J. R. Silvey of Long-run and A. and G. Hodgson of Sycamore were the purchasers of the cars. A. P Clark of Hammond, R. H. Henderson of Willhoit and Kelley & Wylder of Elijah were the purchasers of the trucks. 
 
May 9, 1935
The Palace Talking Picture show will be here all next week starting May 13. One lady will be admitted free with each adult ticket on Monday night. The big waterproof tent with its high-back chairs will be located on the lot by the Ebrite Second Hand store. 
 
May 12, 1938
Rockbridge – The Mountain Grove mail carrier failed to arrive here Saturday due to the heavy rain of Friday night.
New Hope – Miss Faye Holmes, Mona Stewart, Noah and Gene Webb celebrated their birthday anniversaries Sunday with a dinner on the ground at the schoolhouse. 
 
May 6, 1943
 Leslie J. Breeding, who is in the Army, Mrs. Alvin Mahan and Mrs. Fred Owens of St. Louis spent a visit over the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Breeding and brother Benton and wife. 
 Pvt. Tony Sullivan came in on Wednesday of last week, called here by the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Harvey. He spent a few days with relatives before returning to camp.
 Mrs. Steve Pace, who is a patient at Mt. Vernon hospital, spent a week’s visit with home folks and friends in and near this city, returning to Mt. Vernon on Wednesday. She has many friends who will be glad to know she is improving very much. 
 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Phillips of this city received the news Wednesday that their son, Pvt. Norman Phillips of Camp Gruber, Okla., is in the hospital suffering from lockjaw, thought to be caused from a wisdom tooth. 
 
May 9, 1968
 The Rev. Truman Miller, pastor of the Lilly Ridge Baptist Church, will give the sermon at the Bakersfield baccalaurerate service. ...
At the commencement, Sandra McKee will give the valedictory and Larry Bales, the salutatory. Leslie L. McDaniel of the State Department of Education will give the commencement address. 
Jerry Fry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Fry of Tecumseh, will be the valedictorian and Judy Duggins, daughter of Mr. and Ms. Fray Duggins of Gainesville will be salutatorian for the 1968 Gainesville High School at the commencement exercises on May 17. 
 
May 12, 1993
 Efforts to rescue the pilot and three passengers of a small single engine plane were made difficult May 5 when the plane, which was carrying four Missouri educators, crashed late that afternoon near County Road 643 off Hwy. NN in southwestern Ozark County.
The victims, two educators from Niangua and two from Conway, all received severe burns from the crash.
 

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