Looking Back July 11
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 23, 1919.)
With the Soldiers in Camp Dodge: Much interest has developed in the courts here on account of the large number of petitions on file for divorce. While this is one reason for the large number of divorces, Judge Utterback says that hundreds of young people married subsequent to the time the US entered the war, the wives following their husbands to Camp Dodge and remaining there during the time the soldiers were overseas. Now that the soldiers have returned and again entered civil life, the glamor of the military uniform and war romance gone, have found themselves entirely unsuited to each other. In a few cases coming to the notice of the court, soldiers charge their wives with infelicity during their absence. Records show that 816 divorce petitions have been filed in district court this year. Approximately 200 remaining from last year’s calendar. Two-thirds of the cases it is stated show that either one party or the other previously has been divorced.
Obituaries in this edition were; Reymond Rolland Matthews and Alice M. Lorimer Soles.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 27, 1944.)
Mrs. Herbert Hill received a telegram Friday evening which informed her that her son, Sgt. Floyd Hill, had been missing in action since July 1 in Italy. He is serving with Company E, of the 133rd Infantry and before going to Italy about 3 months ago was doing guard duty in Africa.
Elementary principles of lighting and wiring for electricity were discussed by Miss Marie Buldolfson and Harold Beatty of the extension service of Iowa State College at a meeting held last Wednesday night at the assembly room of the courthouse in Mount Ayr. This was the 6th meeting held in this territory for the benefit of farmers who are looking forward to the time when they will be served by the Rideta Electric Company Inc.
Marriages: July 9, Ruth Hoger and Claude Moore Jr.; July 20, Ruth Hill and Tech. Sgt. Albert Kelley; July 20, Lenora Bowen to Ray Mercer.
Obituaries in this edition were; Galie A. Reed, Isaac W. Rush and Cora Bell Holbrook Beggs.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 24, 1969.)
An open house is planned at the new Security State Bank building in Mount Ayr Sunday. Work on the building was started March of 1968, to replace the former building built in 1912.
Something new has been added to the 1969 Ringgold County Fair. The board of directors of the Ringgold County Fair Assoc. has announced a queen contest for 1969 fair. Twelve county beauties, sponsored by businesses in the county, have been chosen as queen candidates, with the final choice to be made by a three judge panel on the final night of the fair. The queen will advance to state fair competition.
Racing fans got an added treat Sunday night at the Ringgold County Speedway track, powderpuff race. Imogene White driving #15 won top honors, with Muriel McKinney in #01 taking second and Anita McNutt in #6 taking third and Vickie Garrett in #55 taking fourth.
Marriages: June 8, Barbara Kibbe and Ted Foland…June 7, Karen Sobotka and Michael Schaefer…June 14, Martha Crenshaw and William Hutchinson…July 12, Kristen Andrew and Gary Roudybush…July 5, Martha Carr and Jon Hove.
Births: July 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Greene…July 22, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Randle.
Obituaries in this edition were: John Robert Judy, Earl T. Hoover, Corrine Reynolds Calkin and Mabel Frances Robinson Stephens.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 21, 1994.)
A Diagonal student will have a close look at the extraterrestrial collision of the comet, Shoemaker-Levy 9 with the planet Jupiter. Darin Stephens will be traveling in Colorado and Arizona to make still and video pictures of the collision through telescope equipment. Stephens is a student at Northwest Missouri State University and is doing an undergraduate research project on the collision with a travel grant from the university’s Culture of Quality budget.
Brandi Lininger of Shannon City was crowned Ringgold County Fair queen for 1994. First runner up was Josie Dolecheck and second runner up was Amy Walkup.
Market grand champions for the fair-Jeremy Weeda had grand champion market lamb; Megan Lynch had grand champion market steer; and Justin Faris had grand champion market hog.
Four games in Class 1A district softball tournament play set up an all Ringgold County finale here Tuesday night between Mount Ayr Raiderettes and Diagonal Maroonettes. Mount Ayr Raiderettes edged Diagonal Maroonettes in an exciting 3-2 game to claim the district softball crown. It was the first time the two county teams had met this year. Both teams will continue in regional tournament play.
Obituaries in this edition were; Norman Dean Reynolds, Mildred Irene Shields Wion, Laura Stephens Bliss and Ethel Irene Holtzman Feuring.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 9, 2009.)
Weston Pierschbacher, a senior at Mount Ayr Community High School, recently was named the Wrangler saddle bronc champion at Iowa State High School rodeo finals held in Fort Madison.
Four people have been arrested and charged with first degree arson in a fire in Lamoni in which a Shannon City man died. When the fire was extinguished the body of 72 year old Donald Reed of Shannon City was discovered. Two of the four people that were arrested are owners of the home, Steve and Susan Slycord, as well as Donna Tapscott and Lyle Osborne.
The price for non-residents to hunt in Iowa increased on May 27, when Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed into law a bill that increased a non-resident hunting license from $80.50 to $110.50 and a deer hunting preference point from $10 to $50.50. Preference points are awarded to non-residents who apply for any deer license, but do not get drawn.
Obituaries in this edition were; Justin David Love and Duane A. Scherrueble.