Looking Back May 2
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 14, 1919.)
To Editor of the Record News; I see by last weeks paper that Ringgold County must provide a new building for the County Home and that “Taxpayers” suggests the selling of the present county farm and the purchase of a smaller location near the county seat. If there is an investment of $60,000 involved it should not take more than one-half to provide well for a score of inmates. The other half with a location provided could well be used in supplying facilities to meet other needs of the community as important as the care of the poor and unfortunate. I believe that now is the opportunity of the people of Ringgold County to provide for their health, happiness and success in the days to come by providing a hospital with the County Home.
The finding of the body of Mrs. Kate Emerson at the foot of the elevator shaft in the Emerson-Coakley building in Creston last Tuesday evening has aroused more general interest throughout the state than any other tragedy in recent years. Saturday morning the son, Roy Emerson, was indicted on first degree murder charges.
With The Soldiers In Camp Dodge: Baker Company 331, which was at Camp Dodge under command of Capt. Jack Fogarty has been transferred to LeMons, France, from Nantes, where it had been stationed since its arrival overseas last September. During its stay at Nantes, the company baked 5,000,000 loaves of bread for soldiers in that area.
May 7, Cora J. Dickerson and Mac Clemons Jr., were united in marriage.
No births or obituaries recorded in this edition.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 18, 1944.)
Commencement exercises for the eighth grade of Mount Ayr school will be held this Thursday, May 18, in the school gymnasium. Those graduating are; Ron Bell, Erma Bickel, Joan Christiansen, Travilla Darlene Dulany, Billy Eddy, Donald Euritt, Ronny Johnston, Everett Lee Kinder, Joan Lesan, Junior McDowell, Mary Ann Moore, Peggy Piper, Donald Pratt, Doris Pratt, Raymond Prentis, Patricia Rice, Allen Richards, Harold Sandage, Jessie Saville, John Saville, Winifred Scott, Norma Jean Thompson, Robert Toland and Melvin Trimble.
The county nutrition committee has decided that a garden and fruit exchange should be conducted again this year. Those who have more than they can use and would like to sell may call the Farm Bureau office, telephone No. 165, where the list will be kept.
Ration News: Much publicity has been given the fact that all B and C holders are eligible to receive grade I tires. However, we would like to emphasize that each month we are allotted a quota by the district office and the number of tires issued must not exceed this quota. Unfortunately our quota is not nearly large enough to take care of the applications we receive. We usually receive a supplementary quota towards the end of the month, but this is not sufficient to cover all applications.
Lena Waggoner was united in marriage to Lehman Blank on May 5…Wilma Bolinger became the bride of Marion Veatch on May 6.
Births: May 7, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter England…May 9, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Roe Greimann.
Obituaries in this edition were: Alfred Lewis, Rosa Belle Shoemaker Brott and Mary J. McManus Smith.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 15, 1969.)
The Mount Ayr Raiders qualified three men for the state high school track meet at Class A district competition held at Red Oak Friday. Tim Irving, Ed Defenbaugh and Paul Fell qualified for the state track meet to be held May 24 at Jefferson.
The Decatur-Ringgold County Medical Society, in conjunction with the state health department, is having a measles clinic on Wednesday, May 21. A donation of 50 cents is asked but no one will be turned away. If your children aged 1-15 years have never had the RED or nine day measles or measles vaccine, parents should bring them to the clinic for protection against this needless disease.
Jayne Gross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Gross, was elected Worthy Advisor of Mount Ayr Assembly, Order of the Rainbow Girls, when the organization held its regular meeting Monday night. Other officers elected are Terrie Smith, Worthy Associate Adviser; Debra Richards, Charity; Amy Cooper, Hope and Vickie Butler, Faith.
Bob Sickels was elected chief and Max Anderson, assistant chief, of the Mount Ayr Fire Department during the regular meeting of members held Wednesday of last week.
Cheryl Diane Van Winkle and Richard Bell were united in marriage April 20.
Births: May 8, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Swigart of Bedford…May 10, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Corwin Karr of Mount Ayr…May 14, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Phil Drake.
Obituaries in this edition were: Zella Ann Campbell Swartz, Dayle McDonald Allen and Donald Lee Horne.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 9, 1994.)
The top senior vocal music student at MACHS was presented with the American Choral Directors Association music award by the Ringgold Singers Monday night. Receiving the award was David Lawhead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Collus Lawhead.
A public meeting for residents of MAC school district to discuss options for dealing with over crowding at the junior-senior high school here has been scheduled for May 23.
Eight MAC Raiderette track members will be competing in five events at the Class 1A track meet in Des Moines. Participants include: Laura Hurmence, Jill Denney, Tara Groves, Jerica Jackson, Kristy Moe, Jody Denney, Jamie Taylor and Dana Weeda.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at another new Mount Ayr business this week. The Mount Ayr Redemption Center has been taken over by Innovative Industries.
Births: May 4, a daughter, Aleigha Diane, to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Harryman…May 11, a daughter,Savannah, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Bennett.
Obituaries in this edition were: Florence Tennant Moore, Cora L. Bruner Miller and Leland Walter Jackson.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, April 30, 2009.)
Mount Ayr Elementary school floods from worksite. Heavy rains Sunday night meant disaster for the MAC elementary school, which will have to limp along to get the school year finished up with makeshift classrooms and disrupted scheduling. Construction work on the new building edition left a ditch right up against the present school building for which no drainage was left open and when the ditch flooded, it flooded most of the current elementary building.
While several other county recorder’s offices around the state reported couples applying for marriage licenses Monday, the first day that same sex marriage licenses were available, there was no one coming to the Ringgold County courthouse for a license. That was the word from Karen Schaefer, Ringgold County Recorder.
MACHS senior, Cass Hosfield, was presented the Arion Award as the top senior band student. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Hosfield.
Obituaries in this edition were: Richard “Rick” Brewer Jr., Elizabeth Knapp, Delmar Gale Miller and Donna Mae Henson Stewart.