One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 19, 1919.)
Now that the weather conditions are becoming more favorable and the roads are getting passable, people who have been doing their traveling by the slow methods employed in the day before automobiles became a necessity in order to keep pace with the times, the outlook for the sale of automobiles become more favorable. In anticipation of a large spring business six car loads of automobiles have been received by the local dealers in Mount Ayr during the past six weeks…Fords for Johnston Auto Co.; Chevrolets, Buicks and Oldsmobiles for Dug Sullivan and Maxwells for the Teale Auto Co.
Representative Epps, of Ottumwa, is back of a bill that proposes to dig deep into the difference in prices between what the producer receives and what the consumer pays for food products. It is proposed to have a commission go over the whole proposition compel wholesalers and commission men to sell to all customers at the same price and futhermore the bill makes it a crime to destroy food products of any kind in order to prevent a surplus from bringing prices down.
Proceedings from County Supervisors: February 27, 1919, on motion Board agreed to pay road patrol men and road working gangs and bridge men the same as last year: Road foreman $5 per day, plow team consisting of 3 good horses $7.50 a day, wheel scraper teams $6.50 a day, scraper holder $4 per day, bridge foreman $5, man and team $5.50 per day and man single handed $3.50. Road patrolman $5.50 per day.
Miss Leone Reeves and Mr. Roy Cott were married yesterday afternoon at the home of Rev. Asa Q. Burns.
Births: Feb. 6, a daughter, Sammie Loraine, born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar McAninch…Feb. 14, a daughter, Ardya Avo, to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Richardson…Feb. 4, a son, Gerald Raymond, to Mr. and Mrs. Timon Young…Feb. 24, a daughter, Wanetta Janette, to Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Stevenson…Feb.17, a daughter, Marjorie Mae, to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Mullen…Feb. 18, a daughter, Dorothy Pauline, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ingraham…Feb. 19, a son, Wayne, born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McKune…March 10 a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Austin…March 2, a son Cecil Earl, to Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Trotter…March 3, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Schlapia…March 11, a son, Glen Edward, to Mr. and Mrs. James Hudson…March 8, a daughter, Ann Margaret, to Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Anderson.
Obituaries in this edition: Reece W. Elliott and Lola Myrtle Mastin Morris.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 16, 1944.)
The Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to Richard Ewing Moore, who died November 13, 1942, of wounds sustained in action in the southwest Pacific. The Purple Heart and certificate were received Saturday by the war hero’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Moore.
Business men from Grant City and Delphos were in attendance at the regular meeting of the Co-operative Club last Thursday night when the important issue of proposed abandonment of the railroad between Mount Ayr and Grant City was discussed.
In special election held Thursday, March 9, the qualified electors for Shannon City unanimously approved the proposal offered by the Iowa Southern Utilities Co. to furnish light, heat, and power for a period of 25 years. The vote was 51-0.
Marion Millsap, who was discharged following service in the army air corps to engage in farming has been recalled to service. He goes today to Camp Dodge.
The March of Dimes campaign, which was conducted during the week of President Roosevelt’s birthday anniversary in January, netted a total of $256.40 for Ringgold County according to report of Miss Vera Dickens, president of the Infantile Paralysis Chapter in Ringgold County.
Miss Dorothy Mahan of Mount Ayr and Miss Virginia Clayton of Bedford became the brides of Ensigns Wendall Caskey and Lowell Caskey, respectively of Bedford.
Births: March 1 , a boy to Lieut. and Mrs. Doyle Hicks…March 7, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vern Brown…March 11, a daughter to Sgt. and Mrs. Harris Refsland…March 1, a daughter to Cpl. and Mrs. Clarence Stanley…March 12, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Ruckman.
Obituaries: Ella Elizabeth Stephens Bowlby, Curtis Ralph Keating and Robert Elmer Hupp.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 13, 1969.)
Victor Fox, conservation technician with the Soil Conservation Services in Mount Ayr received a 25 year service award during an area staff meeting held March 4 in Corning.
Herman Fennema has resigned his position as State Committeeman for the ASCS service in Iowa effective February 28. Mr. Fennema has resumed management of the Fennema Implement, of which W.E. Pine and he are co-owners. Mr. Pine suffered a stroke on February 27, since which time he has been hospitalized.
Twenty dollars in cash was taken from Denzel Waugh’s Radio & Repair shop in Redding Friday night or early Saturday morning. Entrance to the building was made by removing the glass of a rear window.
Barry Monaghan of Mount Ayr is one of six seniors at the Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, MO., to be chosen for recognition by the Who’s Who committee at the college.
Unbeaten in 2 years of junior high basketball play are these members of the Mount Ayr Community eighth grade team: Joe Carr, Robert Johnson, David McNeill, Robert Ricker, David Henderson, Ricky Adams, Malcolm Eighmy, Pat Monaghan, David Richards, Doug Hymbaugh, Mike Zarr, Randy Smith, Mike Pierson, Merle Walter, Edwin Adair, Kurt Nichols, Robert Payne, Randy Drake and Bob Buck.
Births: March 7, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Minnick…March 7, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ferguson.
Obituaries in this edition: Wanda Christine Rauch, Loyd Bun Mickael and Floy Genevieve Nobles Burnside.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 17, 1994.)
Mike Moser killed in Africa plane crash. Staff Sergeant Mike Moser, 32, when an Air Force AC-130 cargo plane covering the U.S. withdrawal from Somalia crashed in shallow water off the coast of Kenya, Africa Monday. Moser’s parents are Grace and Henry Moser of rural Mount Ayr.
Farm census gives picture of county farms. The number of farms in Ringgold County slipped 25 for a total of 676 since the census of 1987, at about half the rate of decrease of farm loss for the state. The average size of farm in Ringgold County took an almost 7 percent jump to 434 acres, compared to the statewide average of 301 acres. Despite the fact that over 67,000 acres of Ringgold County farm land are idled in the CRP program.
Births: March 13, a son, Devin Ardean, to Angel (McDonnell) and Jerry Mitchell.
Obituaries in this edition were: Wanda Elouise Branson Thomas and Joseph Frank Bata.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 26, 2009.)
Hospital adds orthopedic surgeon to list of services. In an effort to expand the services of Ringgold County Hospital, orthopedic surgery is now being offered. Marie Still of Mount Ayr was first to have knee replacement surgery done here on January 13, performed by Dr. Shehada Homedan.
Jenifer Johnson of Tingley was honored for thirty years of service at the Ringgold County Hospital recently.
Junior heavyweight wrestler, Dylan Lame takes eighth at the State Wrestling tournament.
Michael Bentley of Diagonal Maroons Basketball team scored his 1,000th point career scoring mark in Monday’s game against Cainsville, MO.
Obituary in this edition was: Donald Glen Stewart.