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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 28, 1919.)
Wesley Redhead, an elderly settler of Des Moines, long since deceased, brought the first dandelion seed to this state from his old home in Pennsylvania. In that state and at that time dandelion was grown as a garden herb, the leaves being used in the early spring for greens, the blossoms were worked up into a beverage that at the proper time contained a vigorous kick, and the roots were used for medicine.
The second act in the booze seizure case in which Sheriff Nicholas and Frank Lewis were star performers last week opened yesterday when Cassie Levich, of Des Moines, came to Mount Ayr and claimed ownership to the Cadillac “Eight”, which with it’s load of 480 pints of whiskey and twelve quarts of beer, were captured on the Mt. Ayr Line (Hwy. 169) north of Mount Ayr, while en route from St. Joseph to Des Moines. County Attorney Frank Reynard immediately swore out a warrant for the arrest of Levich and began injunction proceedings and now Levich must face the charge of being an accessory to the crime of bootlegging. He was arrested and gave a cash bond in the sum of $500 for appearance in the district court August 4.
May 26 occurred the marriage of Harwill Hageman and Gladys Arnold…May 26, Howard Shaffer and Lova German at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Slaughter…Vere Doty of Beaconsfield and Eva Bowlby of Kellerton were united in marriage May 21.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 1, 1944.)
The State Salvage Committee & War Production Board’s Salvage Division are urgently appealing to the public to save tin cans and properly prepare them for collection. They are needed for “retinning.” Tin is a critical war material. Waste fats are also needed to make materials for war. Save every drop of kitchen fat and deliver to your butcher or meat dealer. Waste paper is the “number one” salvage material. Shortage of manpower in the nation’s forests has created a shortage of wood pulp for paper and waste paper is needed as a substitute. The shortage of corrugated cartons, wrapping papers, etc., grocers and other merchants will be unable to furnish bags and containers when shopping. Scrap iron, rags and other salvage materials are also needed.
What You Buy With War Bonds-A “Flying Fortress” is to America’s air fleet what heavy artillery is to the army. This gigantic four-motored bomb er, equipped with heavy cannon, carries about three tons of bombs and reaches a speed of about 300 mph. These ships carry a crew of seven to nine men, weigh about 22 1/2 tons, have a wing span of 105 feet and each motor develops 1,000 horse power. We need more of these “Flying Fortresses” to compete with the Nazi airforce. You can help by investing 10 percent of your income in War Bonds every pay day. Buy them from your bank, post office or other convenient issuing agents.
Alverta Briner and George Dailey were united in marriage on May 20.
Births: May 29, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Frances Gilbert.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 29, 1969.)
181 children from ages 1-15 years received measles vaccinations for Rubeola or Red Measles at a clinic held in the Mount Ayr Community school gymnasium on May 21. It took approximately 20 minutes to vaccinate the children by jet injection method.
Army Pfc. Ronald Allen Yashack, 21, was killed May 24 by mortar fire in Viet Nam, according to word received Monday by his parents, Postmaster and Mrs. Allen R. Yashack of Diagonal.
Bob Young and William Burchett were selected to attend Boy’s State this week.
Sharon Landis of Blockton and Steven Ketelsen were married January 25.
Births: May 22, a daughter, Becky Sue, to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Myers…May 23, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weehler of Maloy…May 25, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Utely of St. Joseph, MO.
Obituaries: Nita Mosbarger Wilcox.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 2, 1994.)
New aviary at care center. One of the latest editions to the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr is a new bird aviary which was installed in the front lounge of the care center. The birds have been bred in captivity so their desire to fly have been deterred. They originate from Australia, Africa, and the Canary Islands. Species include, Society Finch, Orange Weaver, Bronze Winged Manihan, Zebra Finch, Canary Green Singing Finch, Diamond Dove and Red Bishop.
First place honors in the “Save a Stroke” golf tournament went to the team of Becky and Cecil Dolecheck and Melody Cooperider and James Pedersen. The tournament raised $2,400 to benefit the American Heart Association.
Torch Run comes to Mount Ayr-Money raised from other communities in Iowa when the Iowa Law Enforcement Torch Run came to Mount Ayr May 25. The event raises funds for the Special Olympics Games in Iowa and in 1993 raised $5 million as the largest grassroots fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
Births: Darryn and Trish Dugan are the parents of a son, Harley Dean, born May 17…Barry and Denise (Walters) Smith are the parents of a daughter, Cassedy Leeanne, born May 24…May 27, a son, Lane Michael to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Wallis.
Obituaries in this edition were: Michael James McGrath and F.D. “Red” Hathaway,
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 14, 2009.)
Coaching and secretary cuts latest for MAC District. In it’s continuing effort to get control of the school budget, the board approved cuts in coaching staff and secretarial staff time at its meeting Monday night. Plans for other cuts, such as possible cuts in custodial staff, will be discussed at another special meeting by the board planned for May 22.
Mike Avitt of Denison, a former Mount Ayr resident, was at the Mount Ayr Public Library May 8 to hold a book signing of his recent book entitled “Pictures & Pages From The Past.”
Named winner of the fine Arts Achievement Award for the class of 2009 was senior, Jen Angus…American Choral Directors Association Award was given to Zeph Fernandez.
Births: May 8, a daughter, Cadace Rose, to Mr. and Mrs. Wes Zollman.
Obituaries: Lawrence Edward Barker, Alfred L. “Fred” Mohr, Helen Marie Henderson Spencer and Larry Neil Stephens.