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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 21, 1919.)
Officers Make Big Booze Seizure-The largest seizure of liquor ever made in Ringgold County was made Saturday evening by Sheriff Nicholas and Frank C. Lewis, when they captured a Cadillac “Eight” which was laden to the brim with whiskey and beer en route from St. Joseph, MO to Des Moines. The car contained forty packages of twelve pint each of whiskey, making 480 pints and twelve quarts of beer. The car, which carries an Iowa registration number, is now in one of the local garages and the liquor is locked up in the county jail. After a high speed car chase (top speed for this car according to Wikipedia was 65 mph) through Mount Ayr and ending on a bridge by the Warrick farm, due to past experience or instinct or merely consciousness of guilt, the two men took in the situation and made a grand rush for the barbed wire entanglements on the east side of the road. They successfully passed the fence and hot-footed it across the opening and then passed into the timber, where they were lost from view. What disposition will be made of the car and the liquor will be determined by the court. It is the understanding that under new law passed by the legislature this winter, the automobile maybe confiscated and sold, the proceeds after expenses are paid to go into the school fund. Under the law the liquor will be sent to the State Board of Control.
With the soldiers in Camp Dodge-May 16, 1919-The homecoming of the remnant of the famous 168th regiment of the Rainbow Division was the greatest military event in the history of the state. This unit was composed largely of the old Third Iowa National Guard regiment and upon its departure from the state early in this country’s precipitation of the war, men were drawn from other units to make up the completed regiment. Thus is was that nearly every county in the state was represented in the contingent and this accounts for the wide spread interest in the homecoming of the men.
Births: May 13, a daughter, Irene, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Wilson of Mount Ayr…May 3, a son, Delbert LeRoy, to Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Alexander of Tingley…May 10, a daughter, Etta Beatrice, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Grose of Tingley…May 7, a son, Dennis Elvin, to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Laird of Mount Ayr…May 16, a daughter, Helen, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stamper of Grand River.
Obituaries in this edition were, Mary Ann Matthews and Mary M. Elliott Higgins.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 25, 1944.)
Dulany and Brown Missing In Action- Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dulany of Longmont, CO, received Sunday from the war department a message which conveyed the sad news that their son, Lieut. Robert Dulany, has been missing in action over Germany since May 7. Robert was inducted into the Army Air Corps in June of 1942. He was awarded his wings and 2nd lieutenant’s commission about a year later. He had been overseas about a month and was serving as a navigator at the time he was reported missing. Also reported missing in action is Pvt. Ivan J. Brown, twenty year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Brown of the Redding vicinity. The message which related that Brown had been missing and wounded in action in the European war area. Pvt. Brown entered the Army service Feb. 12, 1943. He had been serving in the commando and quartermaster division. His last letter, under the date of April 20, was written from England to his wife, the former Iris Culbertson, who with their 1 year old daughter, Cathy Irene, are residing in the Brown home.
Prisoners of war in the United States’ 203 camps now total 183,618 including 133,135 Germans; 50,186 Italians; and 347 Japanese. Prisoners are used to relieve labor shortages in agriculture and are paid 80 cents a day in canteen coupons by the Army. Only 285 prisoners have escaped before May 3 and only 5 were still at large.
May 14, Jean Axmear and Sam McPhearson were united in marriage…Ruth Marie Roswell and Lieut. Carl Boone were united in marriage on May 6.
Births: May 16, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Norris.
Obituaries in this edition were; Thelma Ruth Richey Turner and Elizabeth Batt Long.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 22, 1969.)
If you noticed boys and girls wearing shorts and slacks and carrying rakes to school on May 9, don’t be alarmed. It was no protest march; it was only Junior High Clean Up Day. The boys cleaned up the football field while the girls cleaned the school yard.
Grand Opening- Bill’s Dairy Sweet – Breaded Loin Basket: includes breaded loin, french fries and 10 cent drink for 60 cents. Hamburger Basket: includes hamburger, french fries and a 10 cent drink for 55 cents.
Pam Wilcoxson of Grand River high school swept all three sprint titles at the state girls’ track meet in Des Moines Saturday. The speedy Kellerton senior captured the 60, 100 and 220 dashes, the first time all three have been won by the same girl in the eight years the girls have had a state meet.
Births: May 14, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Newby of Mount Ayr…May 17, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Billie Wimer of Grant City, MO…May 19. a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Weigand…May 17, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allan Kinney of Des Moines.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 26, 1994.)
Announcement was made this week of two new businesses on the Mount Ayr square. Bib’s Lanes, a six lane bowling alley, will be built in the former Anthony’s building on the east side of the square. It will be operated by Bib, Maxine and Michael Combs…An ownership change will also take place at the restaurant on the NE corner of the square. Small Corral will change to Anthony’s On The Square with the purchase of the restaurant by Joseph Koester.
Veteran bowler, Lawrence Bishop bowled his first “600” series in a seniors double/singles tournament in Davenport, May 15. Bishop was bowling doubles with Lee Brand when he rolled games of 237, 188, and 210 for his 635 scratch series. Brand had a 616 scratch series and games of 170, 192 and 254. With a doubles team handicap their total was 1,488. This put the two in first place in doubles by 120 points. Final standings are yet to be announced.
Births: May 19, a son, Austin Allan, to Mr. and Mrs. Rod Jones.
Obituaries in this edition were: Christine Lynn Post, Neal Leonard Benson, Marxine Irene Huffman Buell.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 7, 2009.)
Jail inspector wants plan to fix jail woes- Dealing with jail issues was the focus of the past week’s meeting for the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors. In giving a briefing on his jail inspection; Longley noted that basically all the issues with the jail that have been noted as problems in the past remain.
Robin Schwandt of Office Aides in Mount Ayr recently was honored by the Internal Revenue Service for her volunteer efforts to help the elderly, low income and those with disabilities to file their tax returns on time, without error, electronically and at no cost.
Births: March 27, a daughter, Brooklyn, to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Miller…May 2, a son, Hayes Colter, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stogdill.
Obituaries in this edition were: Thelma Mae Munyon Newberry, Anne Matthews Sheldon, Simone Warrick and Bettye Pauline Williams.