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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 13, 1919.)
Interesting facts about the schools. During the past school year of 1918-1919, 102 rural schools were in session in which 121 different teachers were employed. The average term was eight months and the average salary paid was $55 per month; the highest salary paid any rural teacher was $75, which was paid by District 5, Lotts Creek Township. The average cost of tuition in rural schools was $4.76 per month: the highest tuition in any district was $26.50. There were eleven town schools in which 84 teachers were employed, the average term being nine months and the average salary being $93.86. The highest salary paid any town teacher was $1,800, which was paid the superintendent of the consolidated district at Delphos. Each of these eleven had new modern brick buildings. The average cost of tuition in towns was $13.75.
August 6, Leo C. Larid and Marie E. Wood were united in marriage.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 17, 1944.)
Mrs. H. Hill received a telegram yesterday from the War Department which conveyed the message that her son, Sgt. Floyd V. Hill, who had previously reported missing in action since July 1, in Italy, is now a German prisoner of war.
Sgt. Keith Lininger, who has seen active duty in various theatres of war in the Pacific, was selected to serve with the Guard of Honor on the occasion of the recent visit of President Roosevelt to the Hawaiian Islands. In a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lininger of Shannon City, Sgt Lininger stated he was within arms reach of the president.
In a month and a half of bitter fighting in France, Allied causalities totaled 115,655 of which American losses numbered 11,026 killed; 52,669 wounded; and 5,831 missing. Second to the US were British causalities, with 5,646 killed, 27,766 wounded and 6,182 missing, while Canadian losses totaled 919 killed, 4,354 wounded and 1,272 missing. On the basis of Prime Minister Churchill’s statement that losses among the Allies were proportionately the same, causality figures would indicate that Americans compose 60 percent of the troops in France, the British 34.4 percent and the Canadians 5.6 percent. When the invasion began, the number of troops were about equally divided.
August 11, Dorothy Denhart and William L. Allpress were united in marriage.
Obituary in this edition was, LeRoy Clark Oxenrider.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 14, 1969.)
Record News gets new production equipment. For the first time in it’s 105 year history the Record News has been produced by a process other than the traditional letter press method. This issue has been printed by a combination of photography and lithography. Papers all over the country are fast adopting this system as a means of producing newspapers easier and faster with sharper pictures.
Eugene McAlexander and daughter, Elsa, of Beaconsfield have completed 5 years of service as National Weather Service cooperative observers. The McAlexanders began their tenure as Beaconsfield’s official weather observers on May 23, 1989, recording both the daily precipitation amount and high and low temperatures.
Hy-Vee weekly specials for this week were: Crisco Shortening (3 lb. can) $.69…Kool-Aid, all flavors, $.03 a packet…Folgers Coffee (3 lb can) $1.99…Van Camps Pork & Beans, 4 cans for $1.00…Ore Ida French Fries, 20 oz. bag $.29…Beef Roast, $.65 a pound…10 oz Pepsi 6 count in bottles, $.49.
Marriages: June 21, Suzanne Jennings and Dennis Adkisson…August 3, Joan Marie Zeller and Ted Frasier Newton.
Obituaries in this edition were: Christa Zwick Rhoades. Algie Claire Warner, and Nellie Arnold May.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 11, 1994.)
Triple grandparents in a week as Ploeger grandchildren born. Ten days ago Harvey and Marilyn Ploeger of rural Mount Ayr had no grandchildren, though they are parents of two daughters and one son, all of whom are married. Within seven days they have been blessed with three grandchildren. August 2, a son Mila, to Lori and Mike Fellah…August 4, a daughter, Ashley, to Randy and Julie Ploeger…and August 8, a daughter, Logan, to Brian and Wendy Wimer. All three babies came “early” and in different order than anticipated. Julie was expected to deliver first, then Lori and then Wendy.
Melvin Adams had quite a fish story to tell when he caught a large channel catfish in Loch Ayr, the city reservoir Sunday. The fish weighed 17 lbs and was 34” long.
Two MACHS Raiderette softball players were named to the Iowa Athletic Coaches Assoc. all district softball team for SW Iowa. Pitcher, Tara Groves and shortstop, Cindy Walters were both named to the all district squad.
Obituaries in this edition were: Kathleen Garrett Sefrit, Ethel Valentine Blauer Dolecheck, William Alfred Goodale.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 30, 2009.)
A decision to provide Ringgold County Hospital with an easement to cross MAC school property was approved after a hearing at a special meeting of the school board Monday night.
Champion pen of three winners at Ringgold County Fair included Kody Klommhaus with the champion pen of three sheep and Logan Wimer had champion pen of three of swine.
Zach Robinson became the forty-fourth MAC Raider football player to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl as he was a wide receiver on this years south squad.
A number of youth from the Diagonal archery team took part in events at the Iowa Games in Ames. In the NASP outdoor archery shoot, Layne Ruby received a bronze medal for the elementary boys and Kenneth Weaselhead received a bronze medal for the middle school boys. Also participating with the team that received a silver medal were, Cassidy Becker, Tyler Becker, Jenna Berger, Stormie Buchanan, Blake Butler, Dillon Davenport, Megan Davenport, Shad Haidsiak, Kaitlyn Klommhaus, Kasydi Klommhaus, Trenton Moffitt, Allison Norris, Kendra Ruby and Shai Weaselhead.
Births: July 22, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Chad Main.
Obituary in this edition was: Larry Lynn Roach.