Looking Back March 7
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 26, 1919.)
All sheepmen in Ringgold County who are interested in organizing a county wool growers association are asked to meet at the court house in Mount Ayr on Thursday April 3 at 2 p.m. The primary object of such an association will be to secure a just price for the various grades of wool and to have it graded and paid for before it leaves this country.
Letter from Red Cross giving particulars concerning death of Ringgold County boy. “I greatly regret the necessity of writing of the illness and death of your son, Lewis J. Elick. As a representative of the Home Communication Service of the American Red Cross, and for myself personally, I wish to send my sympathy to all who loved him. On October 6, your son entered this hospital (in Brest, France) ill with pneumonia. You can rest assured that everything which loving and capable hands could do was done to assist your boy to recovery, but the strain had been to great and he died October 7, 1918. On October 8, we buried your son in the American Expeditionary Forces Cemetery at Lambezellec, where many American heroes lie. (The U.S. Department of War established eight European burial grounds for WWI soldiers. As of 2018 there are 26 cemeteries and 29 memorials, monuments and markers under the care of American Battle Monument Commission. There are more than 140,000 US service men and service women interred at these cemeteries and more than 94,000 MIA (missing in action) or lost or buried at sea are memorialized on cemetery walls of the missing and on 3 memorials in the United States.)
Obituaries in this edition: Jerimah Shay, James Jasper Seevers, Wilma Goldie Lantz, Myra Reeves Ware, and Pauline Jane Payne Dennis.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 23, 1944.)
Increased postal rates effective March 26, 1944 according to the provisions of the Revenue Act of 1943. The new tax rates are as follows: The rates on city to rural deliveries and from rural routes to city will increase from 2 cents to 3 cents. The first class intra-city rate will remain the same. Fees on C.O.D. mail matter and insured mail will be doubled; registry fees will be raised a third; money order fees will be boosted with a 10 cent minimum. Air mail stamps will raise from 6 cents to 8 cents.
Mrs. Elton Miller of Mount Ayr, a three star mother, was officially notified Thursday that her son, Everett Miller, 22 years of age is missing in action in the north Pacific. Everett has been in the Coast Guard service for more than two years, having enlisted in February 1942…S. Sgt. Wayne Teale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Teale of Kellerton has been reported MIA over enemy territory since Feb. 24. S.Sgt. Teale, chief engineer served as top turret aerial gunner on the Liberator bomber, “Little Bill.” He had completed more bombing missions than anyone in his group and was on his 12th or 13th mission when reported missing.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sheumaker, of Middlefork Township, announce the marriage of their daughter, Bernice, to Pfc. Barton Abarr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Abarr of Clinton Township, on Thursday afternoon March 16…March 11, Mable Gaule was united in marriage to Pfc. Howard Wood…Juanita Morrison became the bride of Grinnell Davis on March 10.
Births: March 4, a daughter to Cpl. and Mrs. Eugene Setzler…March 9, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sissell…March 16, a son, Allan Edward, to Mr. and Mrs. N.A. Kimberlin…March 15, a son, Gerald Emmett, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Pottorff.
Obituaries in this edition: Miss Kathryn Beattie, George W. Parkins, Cassie Esta Hutchinson Michael and Sarah Jane Miller Denney.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 20, 1969.)
Winners in the high school science and art fair announced. Kathryn Wurster was overall winner in science division, Dennis Reynolds was over all winner in the art division, and Alan Fetty was named overall winner in the industrial arts division.
An era ends this year at MACHS. Missing from the scene when the doors swing open next fall will be the familiar figure of high school principal Vance Geiger, who has held that position for the last 19 years. Geiger submitted his resignation Monday morning after almost 40 years in public school work. He said he has no plans for the immediate future, but will probably keep busy on the 640 acre farm on which he lives near Delphos.
Thirty-two boys have reported for track and the squad will be headed by two senior performers…Tim Irving and Lonnie Sharp. Irving was 4th in the state outdoor class A 100 yd dash last year and has a best time of 10.2 for the century. Sharp, a weight man, had a toss of 138’ in the discus last year. Another senior is Gene Lesan, middle distance runner.
March 2, Nancy Ann Bryant and Keith Russell Sackett were united in marriage at the Church of Nazarene in Centerville.
Births: March 12, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hall of Parnell, MO…March 14, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clark of Kellerton…March 15, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kobbe of Grant City…March 17, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Werner of Tingley.
Obituaries in this edition were; Samuel Jacob Brown, Robert John Pickens, Ethel C. Boyles Toland, Keith E. McNutt and Weldon Henry Greimann.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 24, 1994.)
Petition means Diagonal levy will go to voters. Continuing an extra levy that raises about $30,000 for the Diagonal Community School district will have to be done by an election instead of through the instruction levy process. And in the meantime, the district will be without the $30,000 for at least one year. That was the result of a petition campaign which brought 160 signatures to force the tax decision to a vote.
Murray will not be a part of whole grade sharing with the Grand Valley Community school district for the 1994 school year.
The ground breaking ceremony for the Three Mile Reservoir north of Afton will be held today, Thursday at 1 p.m. at the dam site near the Larry Brown home.
Prospects bright again for MAC Raiderettes track season with 17 letterwinners back including the 3 state qualifiers of the 1993 season…Eight letterwinners return for the Raider track campaign, coach Brad Rumple says the Raiders should be strongest in middle distances and field events.
Ann Marie Foltz became the bride of Gregory Semrad, Nov. 20, 1993…Logan Thackrey and Betty Bass were united in marriage Feb. 12, 1994.
Obituary in this edition was Mike Edward Moser.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 5, 2009.)
The US Bank branch office in Diagonal will be closing by June 19, several Diagonal businesses were notified last week. The bank is being closed because fewer people are coming into the bank and online banking is expanding, Dave Schmidt of the US Bank noted.
Movie to be shot in Lenox, “The Crazies” is the loosely based remake of a 1973 George Romero film about the inhabitants of a small town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon in the town’s water supply.
MACH Raider track team began practicing for the 2009 season last week under the tutelage of new head coach Brad Elliott.
Ashely Greenberg and Michael Denker were united in marriage Sept. 26, 2008.
Rob and Jennifer Fugate are the proud parents of a daughter, Rylie Marie, born January 16, 2009.
Obituaries in this edituon were; Willard Wayne Craig, John Richard “Dick” Derscheid, Greg Allen Haley, and Edna Louise Foltz Ryan.