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(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 23, 1919.)
Work of the Iowa Legislature-Minimum wage for school teachers-All attempts to get a teacher’s pension bill through this session of the general assembly failed. Just as the same effort has failed for the past ten years, but instead of pension the legislature passed a bill providing for better wages. The present law bases the minimum salary on the grade of certificate held by the teacher, with little regard to experience or qualifications. The bill by Senator Fellows of Allamakee, provides that when a teacher has taken a four year college course, received a degree and is holder of a state certificate, the minimum wage shall be $100 and after two years successful experience as a teacher it shall be $120.
The matters of Armenian-Syria Relief must not be allowed to become side tracked. People must still be kept acquainted with the pressing need. The American Committee has sent three ships equipped with supplies and the fourth ship is about ready to leave New York harbor. To provide these supplies has taken a large amount of money, besides the large sums required to make food purchases in Europe to keep the people alive until the relief ships arrive. Ringgold County quota for Armenian Relief is $7,812. Amount paid thus far $1,750. Balance due on quota date is $6,062, send contributions to the county treasurer.
April 20, Nettie Lamb and Otto Haley were united in marriage…April 20, Esther Cole became the bride of Cecil E. Morris.
Births: April 6, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Miller…April 3, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Robinson…March 26, a daughter, Vesta Annette, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hayden…March 18, a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Rychnovsky…March 13, twins to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Corll…March 10, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Austin…April 11, a son, Frances Duane, to Mr. and Mrs. James Wood…April 18, a son, Charles Ernest, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindley…March 31, a son, Boyd Milton, to Mr. and Mrs. John Ibbotson…January 24, a son, William Leonard, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Neidigh.
Obituaries in this edition were; Dennis Max Combs and Guy Orville Wilson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 27, 1944.)
According to records made by Mrs. Irene Hood, local co-operative weather observer, the weather during the month of April has been unusual. The rainfall has more than doubled the average; there has been an unusual amount of dense fog and the wind has been from the east most of the month. Since April 7, 4.22 inches of rain have fallen, .52” of that amount fell between five and 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Friday, April 21. In the past twenty days, April 16, was the only day free of rain.
Soldier News; Army airplane slang-a brolly is a parachute. A dead stick is a stationary propeller, after the engine has conked (stopped suddenly during flight due to some malfunctioning). Driving a train is slanguage for leading two squadrons into battle. The underside gun turret of an enemy aircraft is called the dust bin. Walking on his cap badge is being drunk, while more advanced form of intoxication is known as being on his knees. Anti-aircraft cannon fire is flak.
April 13, the marriage of Margaret Sullivan, daughter of Sadie Sullivan and Sgt. Edward Ford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ford of Tingley, was solemized in the chapel at Indiantown Gap, PA…Mr. and Mrs. John Kerr announce the marriage of their daughter, Marjorie to Cpl. Loren Ibbotson, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Ibbotson of Tingley, on April 21…Betty Bonebrake became the bride of Lieut. John Rosko on April 4.
Births: April 15, a son to Lieut. and Mrs. T.D. Donovan…April 18, a daughter, Sharon Lucille, to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Condon.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 24, 1969.)
Three members of the Mount Ayr chapter of FFA received the coveted Iowa Farmer Degree during ceremonies Friday morning at State FFA Leadership Conference in Des Moines. Those receiving the award were Alan Triggs, Curt Lininger and Cecil Dolecheck…Two county girls selected for Iowa Girls State, they are Kathleen Johnson and Meredith Schlapia…Martha Terry won first in Spanish contest. Top third year Spanish student in the state of Iowa. That was the rating won by Martha Terry of Mount Ayr Saturday in final competition at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Births: April 13, a daughter, Laura Allison, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Walter.
Obituaries in this edition were: Margaret B. Buck Miller, Guy Lininger Todd, Nellie Clawson Brammer and James Ernest Sheil.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 28, 1994.)
The dam structure which will create Three Mile Lake on the Three Mile Creek north of Afton is now officially under construction. United Contractors of Johnston, officially began work on the dam last month. The 1,800 foot long and 60 foot high dam will take two years to complete. The new 880 acre reservoir will serve as a source of public drinking water supply for more than 15,000 people in seven southern Iowa counties, including Ringgold County.
Corn planting has swung into high gear and soybean planting has begun in some areas as farmers took advantage of mild dry weather last week. Planting progress is at least 2 weeks ahead of normal in many areas in Iowa.
Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new business to Mount Ayr in a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Michelle’s hair salon and tanning bed business is located at 104 N. Taylor Street. Owner, Michelle Lawrence.
Dawn Huff a graduate of MACHS, was recently featured in the Columbia, MO. newspaper for her efforts as a heptathalon competitor. Huff, now a senior at the University of Missouri, Columbia has been competing in track at the university all her college career.
Julie Ann Sickels and Kelly Ray Woollums were united in marriage on December 31, 1993.
Obituaries in this edition were: Erma Mary Fenton Miller, Elva Lavonne Mathany Buell, Dorothy Louise Snethen Sickels, Walter Harris Hudson and Robert Allan Pratt.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 9, 2009.)
A Mount Ayr man, James Joseph Juergens, has been indited for income tax violations, wildlife act violations, dealing with whitetail deer and mail fraud in regard to a hunting lodge operation called the Lotts Creek Inn.
Fire destroyed the two story home of Kenny and Rachel Lane of Kellerton Friday morning. The family escaped from the home without injury but much of the house was destroyed.
Drill Team named for 2009-10 school year. Members of the squad will be, Erin Budach, Holly England, Erica Kemry, Maddi Stark, Allie Knapp, Bailey Myer, Katelyn Sobotka, Jensen Stewart, Megan Doubleday, Taylor Lynch, Desirae Trammell, Madison Hosfield, Maggie Jennett and April Shields.
Obituraies in this edition were: Kristeen Kay Glick and Patty June Tidrick Pollock.