Looking Back March 14
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 2, 1919.)
Work of the Legislature
Amend Traffic Law: Auto drivers may soon be compelled to look to the right when they are approaching an intersection and give the car crossing their path at right angles from the right, the right of way. The senate, by vote of 35 yeahs to 12 nays, passed a bill by Whitmore amending the present law relating to the operation of motor vehicles when approaching an intersection.
Unions Are Exempt:
Without dissenting vote the senate passed a bill by Pitt, amending the law relating to combination pools and trusts, so as to exempt labor unions from the operation of the law. The bill amends the present law by adding that the labor of the human being is not a commodity, or an article of commerce, and labor may form unions for mutual benefit and increase of wages without coming under the provision relating to trust.
Reversing recent action in the senate the House of Representatives passed a bill adopting the emblem designed by the Iowa D.A.R. as the official flag. The flag is a red, white and blue banner with a spread eagle on the white field in the center. In the eagle’s beak is a streamer bearing the Iowa motto underneath the word “Iowa” in red.
Bank changes hands, a deal was consummated last week whereby O.L. Whitlatch and S.R. Emmerson sold their interest in the Union Savings Bank of Redding to C.A. Hammer of Allendale, MO., G.E. Hammer of Lexington, NE., and C.A. McElvain of Grant City, MO.
Have your pictures framed at T.S. Rhoades undertaking parlors, west side of square…Good heavy overalls, the best there are $2 a pair; men’s good work shoes in the county, $3.50, $4, $4.50 , $5 at J.A. Williams Co…New styles and trimmings at Milligan’s Millinery.
March 31, Gail Dalton and Kate Dant were united in marriage.
Obituaries in this edition were; Mary Jane Pollock Nichol, Edith Barnes Tucker and Charley Gettis Mick.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 30, 1944.)
Ed Richey, who formerly was employed in the Lawhead Drug Co. in Mount Ayr, recently purchased the John Stephenson Drug store in Clearfield, possession having been given Monday.
Dairy Feed Payments; Closing date for January dairy feed payments is March 31. Producers are requested to take or mail in January cream stubs to county AAA office before that date.
More acres in beans needed to meet quota; Township committeemen are going to call again on farmers in an effort to get the acreage of beans this county needs to fulfull the goal of 9,000 acres which was set up by the War Food Administration as Ringgold County share of the bean acreage. “It will probably mean that every farm in the county will have to contribute a few acres toward this goal, as it will be impossible to reach this goal from the reports already sent in,” Roy Lepley, county AAA Chairman said.
March 22, Velma Bird and Willis Giles were united in marriage…March 19, Cheryl Bressler and Edward Dean Moore were united in marriage…Betty Thomay and Garth Teale were united in marriage.
Births; March 18, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Stephens.
Obituaries in this edition were; Vincent J. Newton, Pearl Ellen Brown Trullinger, Ruby Cox Richey, John Vernon Fisher, Ernest Sherman Livesay, Leo Van Buren Herrold, Vernon Wayne Kaster and Patience Darline Hoadley Johnson.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 27, 1969.)
A member of the Mount Ayr Community High School faculty has been named high school principal for next year. He is Terry Myers, high school social studies teacher and head boys basketball coach.
Room rates increased at county hospital. The room rates of the Ringgold County Hospital were increased by action of the board of trustees at their last meeting from present rate to that of $24 for semi-private room and $28 for private rooms.
Mrs. Kathleen Harover, of Mount Ayr, has been chosen to go on tour with the concert choir of Graceland college, March 21-30. The choir will present series of concerts at Burlington, Iowa; Indianapolis, IN.; Kirtland, OH.; Philadelphia, PA.; Pittsuburg, PA.; Washington, D.C.; Dayton, OH. and Taylorville, IL.
David Lynch, who has been in the army for 14 months and in Viet Nam since June 23, 1968, was promoted February 27 to the rank of sergeant. He serves as a squad leader of a Search & Destroy Patrol with an infantry company attached to the 101st Airborne Division.
Edith Minnick, Mount Ayr’s stellar guard, was named to the Iowa Daily Press Assoc. all-state first team released last week.
Ardis D. Boyer became the bride of Steven Swigart on January 26.
Births; March 21, a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Gray of Des Moines.
Obituaries in this edition were; Keith Edmund McNutt, Charles Russell Reynolds, Marjorie Mae Johnson Elmer, Gertrude Mabel Mathis Baker, Flora Belle Vogan, George Elmer Carlson and George L. Moffatt.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 31, 1994.)
More than 80 new trees will be planted in the Trees Forever/Taking Root Project in Mount Ayr again this year and volunteers are being sought to help with the work.
Blockton auction raises $5,000 for building. The Blockton American Legion’s auction held recently to finance additional work at the Blockton Community building appears to be a big success. The auction, including the lunch raised just over $5,000.
Sixteen year old Eric McDaniel and nine year old Teresa McDaniel, students at the Palmyra, WI. schools, have been honored for their computer and creative writing skills. They are the children of Dr. David and Brenda (Payne) McDaniels.
Drill team for 1994-95 has been named following try-outs last week. Members of the team include: Laura Hurmence, Amy Hynden, Angie Lininger, Megan Longfellow, Kim Parrish, Brittany Roe, Amy Shafer, Christi Smith, Alicia Still, Amy Vardaman, Anna Leigh Watson and Kayren Watson. Alternates are Brandy Adams and Lindsay Comer.
Births: March 21, a son, Zachary, to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Morris.
Obituaries in this edition were: Harris Hoover Hill and Elsie Lenora Maudlin.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 12, 2009.)
Mildred Rinehart, Ringgold County’s oldest resident, celebrated her 103rd birthday with friends and family at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center, Thursday, March 5.
Despite a hike in soybean acreage there was a decline in yield that made 2008 soybean harvest in Ringgold County much smaller than 2007. There were 46,500 acres planted in 2007 with a yield of 46.3 bushel per acre for 2007. In 2008 there were 57,900 acres planted with an average yield of 26 bushel per acre.
Diagonal archery teams qualify for national meet. “Diagonal is one of the smallest schools competing in archery. Some of the others we compete against have more archers on their team than we have in our school,” said coach Angie Auel. “To come away with a second place team, a state champion (6th grader Layne Ruby), and have 10 of our 36 archers named to the all-state team, we couldn’t be more delighted.”
Obituaries in this edition were: Ronald Lee Caldwell, Truman R. Matthews, Alan L. O’Neal, and Ardith Elaine Wilkins Winemiller.