Times Past: Aug. 1, 2018

These postcard photos, probably from 1949 or 1950, show the restaurant (left) and “tourist cabins” that operated on what is now County Road 806 west of the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office and directly across from the Ozark County Ambulance base. The business is described in the July 22, 1948, item in this week’s Times Past, below. According to “A History of Ozark County, 1841-1991,” J. B. “Jenks” and Lavelle Taylor sold the business in the early 1960s to Harry Davis, who changed the name to Squirrel’s Nest. The cabins have been demolished, but the former restaurant is now a private home.

Ozark County Times

July 30, 1909

Dora – Miss Alice Harrison has begun her school at the Dobbs. 

Pine Valley, Dist. No. 3, is yet without a teacher. Some good teacher can secure a good school for possibly eight months.


Aug. 4, 1916

The house and barn on the James Mishler farm on Sand Ridge, now owned by W. P. White of 7 miles east, were destroyed by fire one day last week. 

Harold Collins and family were living on the place at the time. A defective flue is given as the cause of the fire. The three Collins children were in the house asleep, and Mrs. Collins, who had gone to a neighbor’s, returned just in time to rescue them from the burning house.  

Evening Shade – General Rogers was here Wednesday selling fruit trees. 

 Aug. 2, 1918

C. C. Hamilton, proprietor of the Hogard Hotel at this place who has been in failing health for a number of years. ... died at his home of heart failure Wednesday morning. He was taken suddenly with a sinking spell, and before stimulants could be administered, passed away.  


July 29, 1943

Cpl. Ray Hillhouse of Tinker Field, Okla., has been here visiting with home folks and friends, leaving for camp Monday.  

Mrs. Harley Reynolds and son and Mrs. Huston Richison and son left for Kansas City the first of the week to join their husbands who are employed there.  

Quite a large crowd attended the Lum & Abner shows here Sunday.  

Caney – Pvt. Arvie Walker is visiting home folks. Several friends and relatives gave him a big basket dinner Sunday at his home here. 

 Doyle Kastning and Ben Smith helped B. M. Luna take care of lespedeza last week. 

 Otto Plaster has returned from the Kansas wheat fields.  


July 22, 1948

A new group of tourist cabins are under construction at the outskirts of Gainesville…. west of the city limits. The cabins are being constructed by J. B. Taylor, former owner of Taylor’s Cafe in Gainesville, and will consist of 6 units …  completely modern, …  constructed of native stone from Missouri and Arkansas, and finished from window height on the outside to the ceiling with white stucco. The ground …  was cleared and graded by the Hill brothers of Gainesville and the cabins are being built by Weston and son, carpenters. It will take approximately four months for the cabins to be completed, and it is hoped they will be ready for occupancy in time for the fall fishing season on Lake Norfork. [Ed.: Bull Shoals Lake was not yet impounded.]


July 28, 1960

Charity – We enjoyed a nice letter from James Edward Shaw from Great Lakes, Ill. We miss him and wish him lots of success. 

Mrs. Jewell Shaw put peaches in the deep freeze Saturday. 


Aug. 1, 1968

The fifth annual Hootin an Hollarin hostess pageant, which serves as a preliminary contest for the selection of a Hootin an Hollarin queen. ... will be staged at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Gainesville high school auditorium.  

The last of the rural schoolhouses acquired by the five consolidated school districts in Ozark County was sold Saturday when the building was auctioned off to Mr and Mrs. D. P. Herd. 

They already owned the land upon which the school is located, and since the structure is rock and could not be moved, it either had to be bought by them or torn down. The price paid for the building was $50. The original cost was $2,500 in 1946.  

Caney – Tom and Jerald Mahan really enjoyed their trip to St. Louis to see the Cardinals play Friday. All of the FFA boys who wanted to go went plus a few extras. They also visited the experiment farm. 


July 28, 1993

A benefit pie supper for a Bakersfield family seriously injured in a traffic accident last Monday will be held at 7:30 pm. July 31 in the Bakersfield High School Gymnasium. Richard Chamberlain, his wife and their three children were hurt with Richard suffering a skull fracture, lacerations and shoulder and knee injuries. ... 

 Deanna had lacerations, a skull fracture, broken shoulder, broken left arm, left hip and leg. She was transferred to University of Columbia Medical Center to undergo hip-replacement surgery. 

 Seven-year-old Timothy had a severe concussion, lacerations and broken facial bones and will undergo surgery. Four-year-old Tabitha also had severe facial injuries. Most of the bones in her face were broken. Her injuries will require surgery. Nine-month old Tiffany had facial lacerations and a left shoulder fracture.  

Bakersfield – Udall Club met at Elma Gargione’s home and did a quilt for her. Juanita Eslinger received a gift from her secret pal. All members were present with Dianna Stover, Terry Stover, Al Gargione and Sheridan Ellison eating dinner with us. 

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