Looking Back May 23
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 4, 1919.)
With the Soldiers at Camp Dodge: The $25,000 appropriation granted by the last legislature for the comfort of Iowa men in hospitals at port cities is not available to aid the returned Iowa soldiers in search of a job, Adj. General L. G. Lasher stated yesterday. The fund is primarily intended for wounded men only and in no way can the bill be construed to apply to soldiers who have left the service.
Diagonal: work was begun on the new ball ground last week. An amphitheater will be erected and when the work is finished it will be the best ball park Diagonal ever had. A baseball assoc. has been organized with the following officers; D.V. Ferris, president; J.H. Yaryan, vice-president; Rolly Bailey, secretary-treasurer; Dr. E.J. Watson, D.D. Dolecheck and K.E. Young as directors; C.C. Ives, field manager.
James Farmer and Ada Crain were united in marriage May 23.
Births recorded: May 27, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Motsinger…May 21, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller of Redding…May 18, a son, Chester, to Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer McDill…April 24, a son, Lloyd Ernest, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Stephens of Benton…May 26, a daughter, Lena May, to Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Butt of Knowlton…May 11, a son, John Page, to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanson of Diagonal…May 25, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Phillippe of Kellerton…May 23, a daughter, Alice May, to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sheldon of Kellerton…April 2, a son, Dwain Holdrick, to Mr. and Mrs. Sam McGahuey of Kellerton…April 10, a son, George Kenneth, to Mr. and Mrs. Herold Smith of Kellerton…May 20, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stephens of Kellerton…April 10, a son, Glen, to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Teal of Kellerton..April 18, a son, Albert Boyer, to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Berkey of Kellerton…April 18, a son, George Richard, to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Holroyd of Beaconsfield…May 30, a son, Fred, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lininger of Jefferson Township.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 8, 1944.)
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haley, of Kellerton were notified last week by the War Department that their son, Lieut. Kenneth A. Haley, had been killed in action in Italy, May 24. He was a bombardier and an air corps pilot. He had been overseas for approximately 2 years…Master Sgt. O.R. Ives Jr., who was reported missing in action over Yugoslavia since April, has been returned to his company, his parents Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Ives of Diagonal, were notified by the War Department last week…Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Poore of Beaconsfield, received a message Sunday from the War Department which informed them that their son, Lieut. Wesley Poore, has been missing in action over Romania since May 18. Lieut. Poore was serving as a navigator on a bomber and had been overseas since the first of March.
May 31, Dorothy Dean Bressler and Bert Curry Jr. were united in marriage…June 6, Mr. and Mrs. John Buck announce the marriage of their daughter, Margaret ot T-5 Cpl. Kenneth Snyder…Betty Barbour and Pfc. Ralph Powers were united in marriage June 3…The marriage of Annabelle Smith and Robert Maley was solemnized June 4…Doris Creveling and Lieut. Maurice Jones were married May 15.
Births recorded: May 24, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert James…May 31, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Waugh…May 26, a son, John, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Verploegh…June 3, a son, Evan Lyle, to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Faris…June 2, a daughter, Kay, to Mr. and Mrs. Ruepert Johnston…June 3, a son, Charles Edward, to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Shields…June 2, a daughter, Mary Sue, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bastow…May 3, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Don Dillenberg.
Obituary in this edition was, Mrs. Archie Tull.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 5, 1969.)
County to use computer to aid in road work. That’s the prospect for Ringgold County according to County Engineer Paul Hixson. Hixson said Tuesday the county has decided to use the computer facilities of the State Highway Department in Ames to help speed up road work, delayed by weather. Survey crews are out now getting the proper information to feed into the computers. With the proper figures, the complicated grade diagrams, cross-section drawings and compute yardages. Hixson said the computer will turn out complete figures at the rate of about one mile of road an hour. By contrast, the county engineer said conventional methods using local personel would take about 10 days. Not only will there be a savings in time, he said, the computer will cut costs as well. Hixson estimated the cost by computer at $50 per mile compared with $700 a mile by conventional methods.
Births: May 30, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Berg…June 3, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Clark.
Obituaries in this edition: Orvall Swett, Eva Gertrude Humphrey James, Lewis W. Ross and John Floyd Denhart.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 9, 1994.)
Ed Rotert sets new Knoxville speed mark. Mount Ayr limited sprint car driver, Ed Rotert set a track record in the limited 10-lap feature at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville Saturday night. The previous record was 3:10.5 and Rotert cut that to 3:08.9. Pat Sheil is Rotert’s pit crew and Hunter Construction and Napa Auto parts are his sponsors.
The Mount Ayr Fire Department was called to the farm of the Jim Eason family at 2:10 a.m. Saturday June 4 to extinguish a fire in a shed there. The farm is 7 miles west of Mount Ayr. The fire started in a pickup which was parked in the shed. The blaze totaled the pickup and shed but some of the contents of the building were saved.
Obituaries in this edition were: Harold Lloyd Adams and John Charles Irving.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 21, 2009.)
Glendenning Motors Inc. in Mount Ayr dodged the first two bullets in the down sizing of car dealerships by Chrysler and General Motors. “We are extremely pleased that they were not on the lists of dealers notified that they were being closed by the auto companies,” Paul Glendenning said this week. “We realize however, that not all of the decisions in the process are completed yet and may not be for some time.” The problems that both companies have had on a national level is being felt in communities across the nation as companies look to drop dealerships as part of their restructuring plans.
Jaren Ricker MD, son of Bruce and Michell Ricker, received the degree of doctor of medicine from the Univeristy of Iowa Carver School of Medicine at commencement ceremonies held Friday, May 15.
Branden and April Nong of Urbandale are the proud parents of a son, Helo Michael Nong, born April 24…Wes and Lacy Zollman are the proud parents of a daughter, Candace Rose born May 8.
Obituaries in this edition were: Audra Mae Ford, Leanna Mae Lang Perry and Delores Jean Boynton Rusk.