Looking Back by Lora Stull June 13
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(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 25, 1919.)
Judge Fuller grants change of venue to Ringgold County… Trial begins Tuesday, July 8…Roy Emerson indicted by Union County grand jury for first degree murder following the finding of his mother, Mrs. Kate Emerson, at the foot of the elevator shaft in the Emerson-Coakley building in Creston May 6, the trial will be tried in Ringgold County.
Army truck for Ringgold County…H.C. Beard of this city, former member of the Iowa State Highway Commission, which position he resigned to accept the position of assistant U.S. District Attorney, received Saturday a letter from A.R. White, assistant chief highway engineer, advising that at least two of the 350 army trucks assigned by the federal government to Iowa, would be assigned to Ringgold County.
Silas Egly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Egly, here on the Fourth of July…a former Kellerton boy who through his own unaided efforts has made for himself a prominent place in educational and political circles. Mr. Egly has visited thirteen foreign countries and recently returned from the Peace Conference, where he was called on an important mission. Mr. Egly is a graduate of the New York law school, has been for sometime lecturer on the Montessourri system of education (The Montessori method views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.) Has taken active interest in politics and is recognized as a brilliant young man, possessed of the elements of character which presage a successful career.
A new high price record was established on large farms in Ringgold County when R.H. Spence sold to last week D.D. Dolecheck and Rudolph Fogle his 360 acre farm in Lincoln Township for $90,000, or $250 acre.
June 18, Clara Belle Wyler and Herbert Marice were united in marriage.
Births recorded: May 7, a son, Merle Henry to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Clark of Washington Township…April 12, a son, Marvin Junior, to Mr. & Mrs. George Green of Mount Ayr…June 7, a daughter, Lucille Fern, to Mr. & Mrs. Frank O’Leary of Shannon City…June 1, a son, Meredith Paul, to Mr. & Mrs. Clark Pratt of Lotts Creek Township…June 12, a daughter, Retha June, to Mr. & Mrs. Ross Reynolds of Lotts Creek…June 20, a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Homer Denney.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 29,1944.)
Sgt. Arthur Pine, son of Mr. & Mrs. E. E. West of Benton, who is reported as missing in action over Austria, was recently awarded the air medal and the first two oak leaf clusters “for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy.” Sgt. Pine was serving as a tail gunner in the 15th Army Air Force B-24 Liberator Group operating from an advanced air base in Italy…Staff Sgt Burl L. Reynolds, 19 year old engineer and top turret gunner on a Flying Fortres, of Tingley, Iowa, has been awarded the air medal for “exceptionally meritorious achievement” on missions which included air blows in support of allied ground forces in Europe. Staff Sgt. Reynolds flies bombed the landing points in Normandy on D-Day before Allied Expeditionary Marriages: June 17, Mardell Been and Sgt Don Donner…June 19, Jean Barker of Kansas City, MO. and Robert Mincks of Redding…Last week Jason Stanley and Norma Higdon were married…Marion McGehee and Eileen Morris were married June 10,…June 21, Jean Anderson and Dr. R.G. Sheumaker.
Births: June 17, a daughter Vivian Lea to Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Laird…June 23, a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Cleo Lynch.
Obituaries in this edition were: Jesse Laverne Clouse, Sherman McAnich, Iona Laird, Rachel C. Milburn Olney, Albert Stephens, Arch Fullerton, Isabelle Caroline Stephens Smith, Lewis W. Willey.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 26, 1969.)
Construction work started in earnest Monday on the latest Ringgold County recreation project, the Poe Hollow county park located about a mile east of Mount Ayr on highway 2. According to the Ringgold County Conservation Board, the new park will consist of 72 acres of woodland located between the highway and the CB & Q railroad right of way.
Ordered to report for induction on June 23 by the Ringgold County local board of Selective Service System were Jerry Allen Monday of Redding; Kenneth Dale Schaefer of Diagonal; James Steven Jones of Kellerton.
News of the men in the armed services…Marine Corporal Rudy Saville has been awarded the Combat Action Ribbon; Larry Crawford, who is stationed at Fort Polk, LA., has been promoted to Sergeant; U.S. Airforce Staff Sgt. John Walters of Blockton, has been recognized for helping his unit earn the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry; Army Specialist Four, Fredrick Hainline, was assigned May 10, to the 86th Engineer Battalion in Viet Nam, as a radio operator.
Births: June 18, a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Mikkelsen of Afton…June 21, a son to Mr. & Mrs. Sam Adams of Mount Ayr…June 21, a son to Mr. & Mrs. Neil Rew, Lake Oswego…June 22, a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pence of Grant City, MO.
Obituaries in this edition were; Paul M. Miller, Elmer Edson German, Laura Johnston and Ronnie Allan Straw.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 30, 1994.)
Lions Club presents new courts…Three years of work was capped for the Mount Ayr Lions Club when they presented the new horseshoe courts built in Judge Lewis Park to the city in a ceremony Saturday. Vickie Loomis, Lions Club president made the official presentation to Mayor, Max Anderson, at the tournament held Saturday.
Leonard Boswell tells about lieutenant governor selection…Boswell who lives in rural Davis County, visited with news reporters across the senate district that includes Ringgold County this week to talk about his candidacy and his discussion with Campbell that brought him to the ticket. Campbell offered a “partnership” with Boswell in which Boswell would have oversight of several of the state departments.
Fifteen MACHS band students are working to raise $585 each they will need to be part of the SW Iowa Honor Marching Band that travels to the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on New Years Day. Saturday the band students held a car wash just off the square, washing 80 cars for donations.
Obituaries in this edition were; Harold Lloyd Adams, Miles Watson Turnbull and Darlene Scott Trullinger Mickey.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 11, 2009.)
Amy Ford of Ellston, who heads the Iowa Rebekahs, recently went to Washington, D.C. to attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The first Friday night each month is a good night to check out motorcycles when the Iowa Roadhouse hosts its monthly bike night. Bike nights across the state draw thousands of motorcycle riders to events and is hoped that the Mount Ayr event will continue to grow over time.
When the new transformer was put in at the elementary school building site, Alliant Energy found that it had an electric meter that was not functioning correctly and had been under reporting the electrical usage at the building. Over the last 3 years it is estimated that the school paid $80,785 less than it should have for the electricity used, Alliant officials have told the school. This means the meter that Alliant installed was only charging one fourth of the energy actually used. According to the electric tariff, the school may be liable for 6 months to a year of the amount of energy that was not correctly metered.
Births: June 3, a son to David Denton and Crystal Garner…May 18, a daughter, Dakota Brumfield and Uwe Stegmann…June 6, a daughter to Dacia Leytham.
Obituary was Leland Merle Butler.