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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 5, 1919.)
Ringgold County losses in the war-KIA, Carl Herrington, Ray Clark and Frank Norris. Died in France-Louis Elick and John Andesrson. Died in camp, Peter Dewey, Ralph Dyer, Homer Greenrod, Earl Malaney, Victor Morris George Philippi, Clyde Woods and Alan McCreary.
The general store owned by W. H. Rhoades & Son at Beaconsfield was completely destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. The origin is not known. The loss in merchandise is estimated at between $6,000-$7,000, with only $4,500 of insurance on the building.
Senator Athey of Marshalltown has introduced a bill for an appropriation of $63,000 for the purchase of a tract of land just north and adjoining the state fair grounds. Of this amount $54,000 will be required in the purchase of the land and $11,000 for improving it. If this bill passes this ground will be used in making possible the taking care of crowds who come to the fair in automobile. At the last fair afternight it took 2 hours to untangle the congested condition. Senator Athey has also introduced a bill asking for $150,000 for modern cattle barns. The cattle on exhibition last season numbered 1,300 and were valued at a million and a quarter dollars, yet nearly all of this valuable exhibit were packed into cheap frame barns and some under tents. Of the 23 barns used only 3 are of brick. The sanitation is bad and unless better facilities are provided, the display of cattle, the largest of any fair in the country, will be seriously discounted in the future as numerous big exhibitors have stated they will not exhibit again while conditions are like they have been in the past.
February 27, Herschel Duncan Price and Gertrude Henrietta Rhoades were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. I. Dutcher of Plainview, NE…February 25, Charles Wardrip and Myrtle Swigart were united in marriage.
Births: Feb. 20, a son, Kenneth Warren to Mr. and Mrs. M.E. DeWitt of Shannon City…Feb. 21, a son, Francis to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Petersohn of Tingley…Feb. 17, a son, Elvin James to Mr. and Mrs. John Cox of Blockton.
Obituaries in this edition: Barton William Trimble and John T.E. Simpson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 2, 1944.)
Sgt. Keith Lininger, who was wounded in action during the recent invasion of the Marshall Islands, has received the Purple Heart, according to a letter he had written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lininger of Jefferson Township. A bullet entered Sgt. Lininger’s cheek an was emitted through his ear. He is now in a hospital somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands making satisfactory progress toward recovery.
Several complaints of late have come to the mayor’s office about youngsters who have been breaking street lights. This warning is put in the paper so that the guilty culprits may know that this practice must be discontinued at once or the law will have to be enforced.
Ration News: Beginning March 6, OPA (The Office of Price Administration) investigators will begin a nation wide spot check of gasoline coupons, principally in service stations in co-operation with the industry. As a preliminary step, motorists are requested to immediately endorse all their gasoline coupons. Gas station operators from now on must accept only properly endorsed coupons or face losses in their inventories.
Births: February 23, a son, Kenneth Fayette to Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Knapp.
Obituaries: Forrest Elliott Bellus, Day Immus, and Charles Walters.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 27,1969.)
Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Department answered three calls in recent days. Saturday evening they were called to the parsonage of the Pleasant Hill Assembly of God Church at Redding. Rev. Eldon Hardy called the department, but had it out by the time the fireman arrived. Another call about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning brought the department truck to the Art Kibbe home on E. Van Buren. The cars engine had caught fire when Kibbe attempted to start it, but by the time they arrived the fire was extinguished. A fire was discovered in the back room of the Redding Meat Market in Redding about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and the Mount Ayr department answered the call turned in by the owner Mr. Charles Reidlinger. By the time the fireman arrived, flames had burned a hole in the roof, but the blaze was quickly extinguished with only smoke and water damage to the interior of the building, the contents of the store had been moved. The fire started when sparks from a trash burner which had been used earlier drifted onto the wood shingles.
Sports: In their finest effort of the season, the Mount Ayr Raiderettes outhustled S.E. Warren at Osceola Thursday night to win the sectional title 66-65…One Raider wrestler qualified for the state wrestling tournament this weekend in Waterloo. He is Tom Swanson, 133 pounder who finished 2nd in his weight class last year in the state tournament.
Nancy Joyce Levrich and Dale E. Quick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Quick were united in marriage December 20.
Births: Feb. 25, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Sharp of Bedford…Feb. 25, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Harrison, of Bedford…Feb. 26, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Thompson of Grant City.
Obituaries in this edition were: Theodore Ward Andrews and Nina Belle Miller Allyn.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 3, 1994.)
The Trees Forever project for this spring in Mount Ayr is being organized again, with public plantings at Judge Lewis Park, the MAC Schools and Rose Hill Cemetery being featured this year.
Tyson Dukes, MACHS junior placed third in the 112 pound class of the Class 1A wrestling tournament in Des Moines over the weekend as well as setting a MACHS Raider wrestling record for the most wins in a season.
Bohemian Heritage afternoon is set in Diagonal Sunday. Phil Dukes of Bedford, who recently returned from a trip to Poland and Czechoslovakia will be presenting a slide show.
Crae Geist of Mount Ayr won 1st place in the ninth annual “Chili Cook-off” competition held Saturday night February 26 at Lefty’s in Mount Ayr. There were 16 entries: second went to Scooter White, 3rd to Don Small and 4th to Joe Routh, all of Mount Ayr.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 12,2009.)
Ryan England was crowned king and Brandi Goodale was crowned queen for the Diagonal homecoming activities in Diagonal on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
On off-road vehicle and driver were rescued from Fogle Lake near Diagonal when the vehicle fell through the ice during an ice fishing tournament Sunday. Greg Powell of Diagonal was driving a Suzuki Sidekick on the ice when it hit a thin spot and fell through the ice. Powell was able to get out of the vehicle but not without getting into the water.
Feb. 9- the temperature keeps fluctuating, had a low of zero degrees Wednesday and Saturday a high of 64 degrees,
Maxine Sickels of Mount Ayr celebrated her 101st birthday February 6 at Mount Ayr Health Care.
Cade Lambson and Dylan Lame advance to district wrestling tournament Saturday…Senior, Tess Myer of Mount Ayr Community Raiderettes was honored by the Iowa Network Services as the Class 2A player of the week for week 8 of the current season…Diagonal Maroons add two to winning streak…Raiders win one loop victory, drop three other games.
Births: January 26, twin daughters, Nevaeh and Mikayla Floyd to Edman Floyd and Kristen Tull.
Obituaries in this edition were; Helen M. Gordon, Mary Jean Cooper Hamblen, and Ruth Cole Henry.