Volume 4, Number 8 - Summer 1972

The Spring Meeting Held at Ava

Near Two Hundred members of the WRVHS and their guests attended the Annual Spring Meeting, April 30. The dinner served in the dining room of the Ava Elementary School building reminded one that the tradition of good food continues in the Ozarks.

Mrs. Ruby Robins, president, announced that a motion, presented at the December, meeting to amend the constitution to provide that the duties of treasurer and secretary be combined, did pass.

The Gold Diggers, made up of fifth and sixth grade pupils, directed by Mrs. Verle Lemming, sang popular old and new songs.

Chester Parker presented to the Ava School a painting of Mr. Claude Hibbard, a former president of the Society, an honored city, county and state educator. Mr. Clyde Bell, superintendent of the Ava Schools, accepted the painting as a gift of the WRVHS.

Walter Darrell Hayden, who grew up in Douglas County, now an assistant professor, University of Tennessee at Martin, speaker of the day, repeated Ozark Stories. He explained that some were original, some he had heard also in other places.

A record of Hayden’s, "The Court House Gang", proved again that Much of America is like much of America. His record drew the ire of some citizens of Douglas County, and of other states too. Hayden told of the citizen of a county in Mississippi who wrote to ask, "When were you in our county collecting your material?". The same question came from a county in South Dakota.

Mrs. Cinita, vice-president and chairman of the program of the day, brought in forty new members to the WRVHS last year.


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