Times Past: Jan. 31, 2018

When Micheal Mahan shared this 1960s photo of the Bakersfield Cafe on the Bakersfield Missouri Historical Society’s Facebook page, many viewers shared their memories of the landmark gathering place. Judy Eastman Ball identified the people in the photo from the names written on the back of the original photo owned by her cousin, Bonnie Carlile. From left:. Margie Williamson, Floyd Hathcock and Freda Sexton. Behind the counter: Ozella Vaughan, Maxine Vaughan, Violet Young, Flora Simpson Shrable and Patsy Williams.. Thanks to Mahan and Ball for permission to reprint the photo and names here.

Ozark County Times

Feb. 1, 1918

Another big offensive move was started Sunday night against the Germans when John. C. Harlin, Chairman of Ozark County W. S. S. Committee fired the first gun by making a speech ... appealing to the citizens to put their money in the fight for liberty. ... 

Before the sun set Monday, over $1,300 worth of War Saving Stamps had been sold.  

Edgar Haskins and Edgar Shelton and their wives of west of town came to town in their new four-horse sled Monday. They attracted quite a bit of attention as they slid into town tooting their horn for the right of way. 

Caney – Sleighing is the order of the day. 

J.P. Mayberry has purchased the J. M. Hutchison mill at this place. 

Twins, a boy and girl, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Morton Morrison a few days ago.  


Jan. 30, 1936

Rockbridge – Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Landers and Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Brown attended the Ray Robinson sale at Luna last Saturday. Mr. Landers cried the sale. 

Mr. and Mrs. Warner Byerley are the proud parents of an 8 lb. boy who made his arrival last Wednesday. 

Zanoni – Eldon Newton is selling out to go to St. Louis where he has employment at the Schullins Steel Foundry. 

Little Coleen Pitcock has been sick with tonsillitis. 

Dawse Morrison hauled some saw logs for Ed Pitcock.  


Feb. 4, 1943

 Mr. Ras Pace of this city and Miss Belle Margaret Hill of West Plains were united in marriage a few days ago at West Plains. 

The groom is the youngest son of Dr. and Mrs. H. E. Pace of this city. He is a graduate of Gainesville High School, 1940-41 class. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hill of West Plains.  

Pontiac – Raymond McGinnis and Bunk Gilbert were badly hurt in the wreck of the Oakland, Ark., work truck that hauls men to work on the North Fork dam. Mr. Gilbert’s nose was cut off, but he is recovering. Mr. McGinnis received a dangerous cut above the head and is in a critical condition.  

Howard Ridge – Mrs. L. D. Stuttsman is boarding three men who are employed on the clearing job for the dam.   

Feb. 1, 1968

 Mr. and Mrs. John R. Sims will be among the members of a group which will conduct a Campaign for Christ in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, during February. Among others in the group will be Mr. and Mrs. Gary Morrison, formerly of Gainesville but now living in Crossville, Ill. 

The campaign is under the sponsorship of the Church of Christ at 25th and Geraldine in Oklahoma City in cooperation with other Churches of Christ in the U. S.  

Air service between West Plains and Springfield on a twice-weekly basis began at West Plains last week, according to Air Flight Airlines of Oklahoma City. 

Flights will be made each Tuesday and Thursday, and each plane will seat five passengers.  

Bull Shoals – Theodosia – Jon Ewbanks was home from college at S of O visiting his parents and sister last week end and took his place in the choir Sunday. 

Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Wallace recently received a bunch of colored snapshots from their son, Jerry, who is in Vietnam. They were very interesting pictures of the places he has been stationed.  


Feb. 3, 1993

The influenza virus is still taking its toll on area students causing high absentee rates and school closures. 

Lutie School closed last Friday because of the number of students absent. 

Dora School shut down early on Tuesday estimating they would top 25 percent of the student body absent. Dora will be closed today, Thursday and Friday with make-up days scheduled for Feb. 12, 15 and April 12.  

Tecumseh-Lilly Ridge – Our neighborhood was saddened by the death of Rev. Walter Wray. He was interim pastor at Lilly Ridge Baptist Church in 1990 and was the present pastor of Liberty Baptist Church at Isabella. 

His widow, Fannie, has our deepest sympathy. 

Ozark County Times

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