Looking Back by Lora Stull
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 10, 1919.)
Coal dealers have received notice that Iowa coal raised at the mines fifty cents per ton on September 1. If you can store coal we believe it will pay you to do so this month, as there is no guarantee that coal will not raise later, as very little coal has been stored this season and the demand will no doubt be greater than the output.
The high winds of the past week will hasten the cutting of corn and the filling of silos. Quite a number of the farmers are planning on filling their silos this week.
Harold Davis and Andrew Yashack have formed a partnership and last week purchased from John P. Drake the Safety First Garage.
Births: July 10, a son, Paul, to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hannon…June 9, a son, Glendore, to Mr. and Mrs. Asa Green…July 8, a son, Roy, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Godden…July 17, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmermon…July 22, a son, Elbert, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Haley…July 5, a son, Gerald, to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Walter…July 21, a daughter, Erma, to Mr. and Mrs. Austin Agee…July 26, a son, Vernon, to Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Hutchinson…August 1, a daughter, Darleen, to Mr. and Mrs. V.C. Lantz…August 5, a daughter, Margaret, to Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Worthington…August 16, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. F. Saville…August 21, a son, Lloyd, to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hopkins…August 21, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Cain…August 8, a son, Paul, to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wion…July 26, a daughter, Leola, to Mr. and Mrs. Noel Culver…August 5, a daughter, Iris, to Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Skinner…August 15, a son, Leonard, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Benton…July 31, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Haley…July 31, a daughter, Lena, to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Roberts…July 23, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Claud Morrison…July 31, a son, Carl, to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Peterson…August 10, a son, Elvin, to Mr. and Mrs. Antone Slavik…August 5, a daughter, Taneta, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Blanchard.
Obituaries in this edition were: Eldridge Howard Anderson, Rosa Belle Pray and Job Key.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, Septermber 21, 1944.)
Notice of Quarantine- Notice is hereby given that, effective this date, all dog owners in Mount Ayr will be required to place their dogs under quarantine for a period of three weeks. This order is issued in response to finding that a dog with rabies has been running at large not far from the city of Mount Ayr. It is imperative that all dogs be tied or penned up for the full three week period.
The Ringgold County chapter of the American Red Cross needs knitters. Plenty of yarn is available at the present time to be used in the knitting of sleeveless sweaters, wristlets, and helmets. Our boys are fighting for you-won’t you knit for them?
Another show case was purchased last week by the Ringgold County Historical Society from the Mount Ayr Cleaners and has been installed in the rotunda of the courthouse on the second floor.
Nearly 1,000 acres of school fund lands held by Ringgold County will soon be sold at public auction, according to action taken by the Board of Supervisors in the form of a resolution adopted yesterday. The lands consisting of a total 971 acres, ranging from a tract of 38 acres to 175 acres are located in the townships of Jefferson, Grant, Washington, Liberty, Athens, Rice, Waubonsie, Middle Fork and Lotts Creek.
Marriages: Sept. 8, Virginia Skinner and Eldon Smith…Sept. 10, Bernice Walters and Ivan Brix.
Births: Sept. 18, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Smith…Sept. 15, a daughter, Donna Sue, to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hartman…Sept. 13, a daughter, Wanda, to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Webb.
Obituaries in this edition were: Martha Saltzman Groves and Cyrus B. Skinner.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 11, 1969.)
The following men reported to Ringgold County Local Board of the Selective Service System on September 4 and were sent to Des Moines for physical examinations: Duane A. Dredge, George A. Haidsiak, Michael D. Schaefer, and Kyle R. Shaha.
Army Private 1st Class, Jerry McAlexander, 20, was assigned August 7 as a mortarman with the 4th Infantry Division in Viet Nam and is presently stationed with Company B at Pleiku.
Announcing change in our fire protection. A new fire truck has been added to the fleet of vehicles operated by the local department and will be used on both rural and town fires. The new pumper was purchased at a cost of $22,000. Purchase of the new unit will allow the local department to furnish fire protection for surrounding townships on a contract basis.
Fay Fell, senior clarinetist has been selected by the band to reign as band queen at Appreciation Days next Saturday.
August 22, Regina Lewis and James Farrington were united in marriage…August 15, Jacqueline German and George Cundiff were united in marriage.
Births: September 6, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Denton Lantz…September 6, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Noble.
Obituaries in this edition were: Nancy M. Gorman Miller and Hazel Matilda Anderson Morrison.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 8, 1994.)
Lots of preparation goes into “Breakfast.” It takes a little preparation when people from up to 18 million homes in the U.S. may join you for breakfast. Just ask the Rich Elmer family of rural Mount Ayr. They were featured in live segments on “Breakfast Time” a television show on FX, Fox Inc., new basic cable network. The show was broadcast Wednesday August 31. Field host Gwen McGee and the crew showed information about life on southern Iowa hog farm featuring the whole Elmer family in segments on the morning show that is centered in an apartment set studio in New York City. How did the Elmer farm get chosen for the show? FFA chapter advisor, Jack Cook, had a hand in it as he was asked to suggest a hog farm with FFA members.
MACH school graduate, Bryan Schafer of Mount Ayr is a member of the 1994 Central College football team this fall. Schafer is a 5’11”, 217 pound junior nose guard.
Marriages: August 14, Nikki Main and Jon Binning were united in marriage.
Obituary in this edition was, Enid Louis Bryant Hagen.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 27, 2009.)
Three area veterans part of “Beyond Belief” Honor Flight. What does it mean for a World War II Veteran to have an opportunity to visit the war memorials and Arlington Cemetery in the nations capital as part of a group of a plane load of veterans. If the three veterans from Ringgold County who made the Honor Flight trip earlier this month are any example, it means a lot. Taking the trip when a central Iowa Honor Flight was offered Tuesday, August 11, were Calvin Adams of Mount Ayr, Jake Dailey of Mount Ayr, and Marvin Sobotka of Diagonal. Adams served in WWII from March 1943-Jan. 1946. He served in the Air Force, flying B-29 bombers. Dailey served from July 1942-December 1945, with the U.S. Navy. Sobotka went into the Air Force from 1941-1945. He served with the 98th Bomb Group and flew 50 combat missions in a B-24 bomber in the war in Europe.
While Princess Theater was celebrating its first year in business after remodeling, another Mount Ayr recreational opportunity was getting ready to celebrate its resurrection. Lucky Lanes is the old name that is coming back to life in its location on the east side of the square in Mount Ayr where the bowling balls will soon be rolling in earnest.
Marriages: March 21, Crystal Adams and Jeffery Seeger.
Obituaries in this edition were: Garnet Janice Heggs Duffield and Rev. Ralph F. Johnson.