Looking Back June 27
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 9,1919.)
Charged with the murder of his mother, Roy Emerson, for many years a prominent undertaker of Creston, was placed on trial in the district court of Ringgold County yesterday morning. The trial comes from Union County on a change of venue granted by Judge Homer Fuller on account of the strong sentiment against the defendant in that county. On the afternoon of May 6 of present year, Mrs. Kate Emerson, mother of the accused man, was found at the bottom of the elevator shaft in the Emerson Undertaking establishment in Creston cold in death. When found both legs were broken just above the ankles and her skull was fractured in three places. The body was found by Roy Emerson and two employees of the Emerson Undertaking Co. While investigating the cause of death, the upstairs room from which the body was supposed to have come, was found to be smeared with blood, through which some heavy body appeared to have been dragged towards the entrance of the shaft. The walls of the shaft about three or four feet from the top showed blood stains, which it was reasoned could hardly have been there had the body fallen down the shaft.
Property owners within the business district of the town of Mount Ayr are hereby notified that they must at once make connection with the sewers of all water closets. All privies and surface vaults must within ten days of the publication of this notice be cleaned and removed. All alleys must be cleaned up of the accumulation of filth and decaying matter and the weeds and vegetation cut and removed. A new health law is now in effect and will be enforced in Mount Ayr. The town is maintaining by taxation a sewer district and all privies and vaults must be discontinued within the sewer district.
Births: July 8, a daughter, Dorothy, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Denhart.
Obituaries in this edition were, Herman Edgar Dinkle and Thomas Miller.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 13, 1944.)
Ration News: The first period for making application for home canning sugar ends July 15. After August 1 consumers may apply for the remaining half of the allotment…Sellers of used passenger cars must execute, sign, and deliver a certificate of transfer to the purchaser. The purchaser in turn, is required to sign a certificate and file it with the local War Price & Ration Board when applying for a gasoline ration.
Second Lieut. Logan Thackrey of Diagonal, a B-17 Flying Fortress navigator, has been decorated with the air medal for “meritorious achievement” on bombing attacks on installations in enemy Europe. Lieut. Thackrey, the son of Mrs. Frankie Thackrey, has taken part in six combat missions. Before entering army service in January 1941, he was engaged in farming.
Tech. Sgt. Burl L. Reynolds has been reported missing in action since June 24 over France. Burl’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Merle Reynolds of Tingley.
Mr. and Mrs. Truman Dulany have received word that their son, Lyle L. Dulany, who is with the armed forces in the Marshall Islands, has been awarded a gold star for participating in a major battle. Sgt. Dulany has been overseas since December of last year and is serving with the aviation engineers.
Marriages: July 3, Mildred Beatty and Sgt. J.W. McClellan…July 2, Marilyn Been and Max Tindle…June 29, Neoma Feuring and Sgt. John Huss.
Births: July 7, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Loudon…July 9, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Don Snedeker…July 10, a daughter Mr. and Mrs. William Tindle.
Obituaries: Fern Critchfield Spurrier, Floyd Clarence Lantz, Ott Gleason and Amanda Dyche Beck.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 10, 1969.)
Browning Family, wild animal show, to headline the county fair entertainment. One of last years’ favorites will be back Thursday night. The Gene Holter Movieland Wild Animal Show. Included on the program are both ostrich and camel races, featuring local drivers and riders.
Patrick Irving of Mount Ayr has been named to the Dean’s List of College of Arts & Sciences at Creighton University for the spring semester. Irving, a son of Mr. and Mrs. David Irving and a junior during the spring semester, earned a grade average of 3.558.
Sp/4 Bobby Shay returned the evening of the Fourth of July to his home after a years tour of duty in Viet Nam. He was met in Omaha by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shay and Mrs. Bobby Shay and Robby. After a months leave he will report to a base in South Carolina.
Marriages: July 5, Katherine Simpson and Leroy Morse…June 15, Betty Ann Wallace and Edward Porzuczek…July 6, M.D. Cavendar and Ruth D. Powell.
Births: July 6, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Thompson of Grant City…July 7, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Stark.
Obituary in this edition was: Eva McConnell Arnold.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 14, 1994.)
Garry Lee Hamilton, 50 of rural Diagonal was pronounced dead at the scene of a semi/tractor accident which happened July 8, eight miles west of Mount Ayr on Hwy. 2. Hamilton was the driver of the tractor that was struck by a semi, loaded with bales of recycled tin, as it attempted to pass. An officer’s report said that the semi came up behind the tractor, attempted to pass and struck the sickle mower being pulled behind the tractor and also the tractor’s left rear tire.
A graduated Diagonal senior, Jennifer Butler, will have a Don’t Drink & Drive message broadcast on WHO-TV channel 13, Tuesday July 19.
Another hearing set on lake property-A hearing has been set for Wednesday, July 20, in the Ringgold County Court to attempt to settle final issues on ownership of common areas at the Sun Valley Lake near Ellston. Several hearings in the case have been held over the past few months to determine ownership of “common areas” around the lake. The hearing Wednesday deals with the amount of property and the location of the property surrounding the club house at the lake which is to be conveyed to the Sun Valley Lake Association as a common area in regard to the court’s prior ruling in the matter.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 25.2009.)
Brighter hope for new bank for Diagonal. The picture for a financial institution in Diagonal got a little brighter last week with a change in the restrictions that US Bank is making on it’s just vacated banking facility in Diagonal. At a meeting at the Diagonal Community Center Thursday, Frank Gunsolley and Diagonal mayor, Lowell Johnson, announced that US Bank had decided to reduce the time that the building they plan to give to the city for $1 would have a non-compete agreement. Instead of the three years originally stipulated, the non-compete agreement will now last six months, a time frame that city officials said they could live with.
Starting July 1, with very few exceptions, all homes and buildings using septic systems must pass an inspection prior to finalizing a sale. “Over time these inspections will help eliminate the more than 100,000 substandard septic tanks that are piped directly to a ditch or tile line” said Daniel Olson, DNR’s septic system program manager.
Births: June 18, Presley Sue to Mr. and Mrs. Brent Boyer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Josefine “Joann” Kristina Roguska Hogue, Imojean Vera Henry King.