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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 18, 1919.)
Counterfeiting scheme unearthed. The name of Chester Mallory is mentioned as one of the thirteen men charged with complicity in what federal secret service men say may prove one of the most daring counterfeiting schemes of recent years. The operatives who have worked up the case say fraudulent checks on the US subtreasuries at New Orleans, Boston and New York were printed in the printing office of the federal disciplinary barracks at Leavenworth, KS , and the purported checks were worked out of the prison and cashed, some of them in Kansas City. At least $60,000 of warrants are declared to have been passed.
Diagonal boy killed in explosion… The explosion of a soda fountain tank in the Jessup Drug Store at Diagonal Saturday afternoon resulted in the death of the fifteen year old son of Dr. A.E. Jessup. Paul Beymer and Crystal Wright sustained injuries more or less severe. The accident was caused by the tank being overloaded, the pressure being so great that the tank burst and the three individuals listed were struck by pieces of the iron tank.
Must not commercialize uniforms…Before being discharged every soldier in the service of his country is warned against the misuse of his uniform. General Patrick Merriman, special agent for the Department of Justice has issued strict orders, “use of the uniform for commercial purposes is expressly forbidden by act of congress,” he says. “Solicitors find they can get better results by playing upon the sympathies of those whom they solicit through the use of a uniform.
June 11, Andy Yashack and Bessie Stuck were united in marriage…June 12, Lee Dendurent and Margaret Beard were united in marriage…X.T. Prentis and Gladys Tennant were united in marriage on June 12.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mary Angeline Johnston Swigart, John J Warner and Jackson Wallace Dailey.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 22, 1944.)
Seven men examined-six others inducted. Seven Ringgold County men went Monday to Camp Dodge, where they will be given pre-induction examinations on Tuesday. men who reported are: Herbert Clair Smith of Mount Ayr; Russell Vergene Faubion, of Blockton; Bernard Howard Coker of Benton; Eugene Virgil Brooks of Kellerton; Kenneth Dale Michael of Kellerton; Melvin Dean Cavendar of Delphos; Gerald Henry Baker of Clearfield. Six men have been accepted for Naval service. They are: Raymond Clyde Mackey of Tingley; Ray Seaton Payne of Diagonal; Kenneth Franklin McGehee of Mount Ayr; Lewis Solomon Combs of Redding; Leland Luverne Day of Clearfield and Cecil Ivan Beck of Lenox.
Mrs. E.E. West of Benton received an official notification Thursday, June 15 from the War Department which contained the sad message that her son, Staff Sgt. Arthur W. Pine, was missing in action over Austria. From information gained from an army buddy, Mrs. West believes that her son maybe a German Prisoner of War.
Farmers urged to harvest legume and grass seeds…Because of a critical shortage of legume and grass seeds, farmers should make every effort to harvest as large an acreage as possible of such seed.
Urged to Buy Eggs-Temporarily: We have more eggs in this country than our cold storage capacity can care for. We need the help of every home in America to meet an emergency in the future. There are 1,400 carloads-25 million dozen eggs for which no cold storage space can be found. If every housewife will buy an extra dozen of eggs and store them in her refrigerator, she can help meet this emergency storage problem.
Marriages; June 14, Madge Miller and Raymond Schardein…June 12, Roberta Perry and Pfc Rex Bonner…June 18, Phyllis Morey and Charles Goodale…June 8, Kathryn McCarty and Joe King…June 7, Myrtle Reasoner and William Smilie Jr…June 20, Elma Owens and Guy Reynolds…June 9, Dorothea Moler and Arthur Reinert…June 18, Helen VanBrussel and Sgt. Royce Chamber.
Obituary in this edition was Alice Izola Trullinger Tull.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 19, 1969.)
Dr. Max Mekus arrived Saturday in Mount Ayr and will be associated in the practice of veterinary medicine with Dr. Max Pool.
Two ASC employees get 10 year service award…Yvonne Galloway and Louise Frost were presented ten year USDA service awards during a meeting of the Ringgold County ASC committee held Wednesday.
Cooperation describes the feeling that took place between Dale Whitson and Harold Frost in building a dam on their property line in Union Township. As a result each got a pond for half the cost of doing the job alone.
April 29, Janice Bullock and Kendrick Jones were united in marriage…Gail Newhouse became the bride of Bruce Henderson on June 7.
Births: June 12, a son to Mr. and Mrs. William England of Mount Ayr…June12, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Hayes of Lamoni…June 14, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Trullinger of Tingley…June 18, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kohler…June 4, a daughter, Lee Ann to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Buckner.
Obituaries in this edition were; Ronald Allen Yashack and Hugh W. Hogue.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 23, 1994.)
100 Attend informal meeting on hog expansion…An informational meeting about hog confinement operations was held with almost 100 people attending at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr Monday night. Several speakers talked about the issue and questions were discussed by the group. The meeting was more of an information gathering meeting than one where any action was taken. Vickie Jeanes shared her perspective as a rural homeowner who may have a large confinement building erected within 1.4 miles of her home. …A protest meeting of local persons regarding impending erection of a large hog confinement setup on the Jim Johnson farm was held Thursday evening at the Middle Fork Church. A large crowd attended.
Jamie Taylor of Mount Ayr was named all around girls winner at the state high school rodeo finals in Albia over the weekend. Eleven years of participation in state high school rodeo came to an end for the Steve Taylor family of Mount Ayr this weekend. All together Jamie and her sisters, Jill and Shelly, they have won 22 saddles in high school rodeoing and the girls have over 100 belt buckles for their high school rodeo success, all displayed in a trophy case in the Taylors basement.
Obituaries in this edition were; Wanda Kingslover Hintz, Marvin LeRoy Shields and Burl Bement Dickerson.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 4, 2009.)
Walls are rising and structural steel to hold the buildings together on site as work continues on the addition to the Mount Ayr Community School which will include a new middle school gymnasium. Work is also continuing on the elementary school addition site, where block interior walls are beginning to rise and drilling of wells for the ground water heat pump system is still underway. It is hoped to have the gymnasium addition ready by the first of 2010.
The bowling alley in Mount Ayr has been closed for 2 years. A non-profit group, the Ringgold County Bowling Assoc. has been organized and is accepting tax deductible donations for the cost of purchasing a property and the fixing up of a building and get the bowling lanes back in operation.
Sophomore, Molly Budach, fired a 100 in her first round of the Class 1A State golf tournament on Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on June 1.
Births: May 26, a daughter, Lacey Carrol, was born to Jeremy and Barb Weeda.