Times Past: Feb. 21, 2018

This photo of team ropers – Joe Strong, the “header,” and Jim Henderson, the “heeler” – was taken during a 1982 rodeo at the Gainesville Saddle Club grounds. The team had a time of 7.9 seconds, which earned them second place. The photo was shared with the Times by Shawna Herd.

Ozark County Times

Feb. 22, 1918

 A movement was started a short time ago to organize a branch chapter of the Red Cross at this place as the Ozark County Chapter at Bakersfield has been organized for some time. Accordingly, people responded with their usual loyalty, patriotism and generosity so now we have 270 members. 

 A Red Cross chapter was organized at Mineral Point Jan. 3, 1918, with 25 members. We now have 123 members. By March 8, we will likely have 175 members. 


Feb. 14, 1919

 Bakersfield – Word was received here that Oscar Taylor died while in the army stationed on the Mexican border. He was a son of Joe Taylor, formerly of this place. 

We have about 5 inches of snow Saturday.  


Feb. 12, 1931

In keeping with reductions in railroad fares to two cents a mile, the Williams Bus Line is making fare reductions on its line between Springfield and Mt. Home, Ark. 

The fare from Gainesville to Springfield is $2.50, round trip $4.


Feb. 22, 1934

 The most interesting basketball game played at the school auditorium to date was last Wednesday night when the Gainesville Leans hooked horns with the Gainesville Fats. They played a fast and up-to-the-rule (their own rules) game. 

The members of the Leans were Newt Martin, Max Harlin, James St. John, Melvin Scott and W. R. Ebrite. 

The Fats were A. D. McDonald, J. C. Harlin, Everett Herd, S. W. Daniel and C. O. Bennett. 

The Leans outscored the Fats by two, the score being 6 to 8. 


Feb. 19, 1942

 Pontiac – Work on the big $70 million power project just over the Arkansas state line from here is progressing nicely. Tons of dirt and rock are being moved. Spillways are being studied to turn the surging water of the mighty White River. Many tons of concrete will be poured, and many more tons of steel will be used.  


Feb. 11, 1943

Theodosia – School is progressing nicely with Geneva Wallace and Glena Johnson as teachers. This is Geneva’s first term of school, and she is teaching us a good school. 

Lorene Ledbetter did her two weeks of practice teaching here. 

Howards Ridge – Pvt. Melvin Rife and wife are here on a short visit with his mother. 

A Red Cross first aid class will be organized Feb. 13 at the home of Mrs. Maggie Stith.  

Melvin Gregory is working for the Schutte Con-struction Co. 

Tom Watts has been confined at home this past two weeks with a sore leg. A log hit him on the leg. He works for the Schutte Construction Co.


Feb. 22, 1968

The raise in rates by the Modern Telephone Co., which went into effect in January, has brought a number of protests from Ozark County residents and a request for a hearing before the Public Service Com-mission by Boyd Sanders. 

...The Gainesville Cham-ber of Commerce and the Gainesville City Council have filed an entry of appearance in the case and have filed through their attorney, Clyde Rogers, a motion to continue the hearing planned by the Com-mission in Jefferson City Feb. 27.  


Feb. 23, 1993

 The roof of Newton Drilling, Inc., on Hwy. 160 east of Gainesville collapsed under the weight of 16 inches of snow last week. A drilling truck parked inside the building kept it from collapsing all the way. Repairs were being attempted yesterday. 

Wasola –We had 12 inches or so of snow. 


Feb. 25, 1998

Another case of rabies has been confirmed in Ozark County this past week. 

In January, Rhonda Suter, administrator of the Ozark County Health Department, confirmed that two children in the Gainesville area had been exposed to an animal that was infected with rabies. The Missouri Department of Health then placed Ozark County under a rabies alert. 

This week, another person in the Gainesville area was exposed to an animal infected with rabies. A horse was tested and came back positive with rabies. 

The Gainesville Go- Getters 4-H Club in cooperation with the Gainesville Veterinary Clinic will sponsor a rabies clinic on March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dora Fire House... 

Cost of vaccination will be $7 per dog, cat or horse. 

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