Looking Back by Lora Stull
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 17, 1919.)
President Wilson’s first address concerning peace treaty with League of Nations, in Columbus, Ohio:
“This treaty was not intended merely to end this single war. It is meant as a notice to every government who in the future will attempt this thing (what Germany attempted) that mankind will unite to inflict the same punishment. There is no national triumph to be recorded in this treaty. There is no glory sought for any particular nation. The thought of the statesmen collected around the table was of their people, of the sufferings they had gone through, of the losses they had incurred, of that great throbbing heart which was so depressed, so forlorn, so sad in every memory it had of the five tragical years that have gone by. Let us never forget the purpose, high and disinterested, with which America lent its strength, not for its own glory, but for the defense of mankind.
The Liberty Township threshing outfit, which is owned by a company of farmers of that township, finished a busy season’s run last week. W. H. Greenrod was the foreman in charge and everything moved with clock-like precision. The machine worked forty days and threshed 26,546 bushel of oats, 666 bushels of timothy seed and 4,588 bushel of wheat.
George Irving was injured Monday near his home in Washington Township, when the team he was driving became frightened and ran away. The wagon was overturned and George was thrown out, lighting on his head. He suffered a scalp wound which required a number of stitches to close. Dr. Hannelly was the attending physician.
Marriages: Sept. 10, Ida Spencer and Raymond Hickerson…Sept. 10, Dwight E. Carson and Mary Pacha.
Births: Sept. 9, triplet girls to Mr. and Mrs. George Reed of Blockton.
Obiturary in this edition was, Willis C. Skinner.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 28, 1944.)
Ration News: a considerable number of persons applied for and received gasoline and in some instances tires, for the purpose of transporting children to school. The local board has endeavored to place no obstacle in the way of the community’s educational activities. However, we have been receiving many complaints that cars for which we have issued ration for the sole purpose of transporting students to and from school are seen almost daily doing a lot of unnecessary and non-essential driving. If this practice is continued, the board will find it necessary to take appropriate action.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Poore received a cable gram Saturday from their son Lieut. Wesley Poore, who has been a prisoner of war in Bulgaria, and is now released and back with US Forces, stating that he was well and would be seeing them soon.
John E. Freeland purchased last week the Timby building on the east side of the square owned by Lee Timby. It is a double store room building occupied by the Todd Hardware and X. T. Prentis Hatchery. The building has been owned by the Timby family for more than 50 years,
Marriages: Sept. 12, Virginia Ables and Ensign Huffman…Sept. 23, Hazel Sheil and Leonard Eagan…Sept. 23, Audrey Anderson and Kenneth Campbell.
Births: September 27, a son, to Mr. and Mr. Donald Sobotka.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 18, 1969.)
Plans are almost complete for the formal dedication of Judge Lewis Field at the Mount Ayr Municipal Airport on Sunday September 21.
Fay Fell, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roy Fell of Mount Ayr was crowned queen of Appreciation Days following the parade of bands Saturday afternoon.
DS2 Gerald L. Schaefer was one of the crew members of the USS Bidle DLG34 who received the meritorious unit commendation award for operations off the coast of Vietnam in 1968. Petty Officer Schaefer is a computer operator and technician aboard the guided missle frigate.(USS Biddle (DLG-34/CG-34) was a Belknap-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. She saw action in Vietnam, where she is believed to be the last ship to down an enemy aircraft with hand-loaded guns. The cruiser was decommissioned on 30 November 1993 and sold for scrap on 4 December 2000.)
Marriages: August 31, Doris Angus and Roy Bane…August 23, Connie Diehl and Robert Burrell…August 10, Judy Bauer amd George Coulthard.
Births: September 13, a daughter, Leslie, to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Barker…September 12, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore.
Obituaries in this edition were; Alice Belle Willey Kays and Walter Lee Bradley.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 15, 1994.)
Brian Terrell, mayor of Maloy, has been sentenced to four months in jail on a federal conviction of illegally re-entering Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha after being banned from the base. Terrell plead no contest to trespassing charge in federal court hearing Tuesday, September 6, in Omaha. He was indicted in connection with a nuclear weapons protest at the air base on May 29.
Underwriting a loan to help the fire station expansion project reach completion, work on a community development block grant and a discussion about the problem of underage drinking, were among the topics at Mount Ayr city council at it’s regular meeting Tuesday, September 6.
A Mount Ayr junior high football player was flown by helicopter ambulance to Des Moines after being injured in football practice here Monday. Logan Ward, 13 year old son of Randy and Kaye Ward of Mount Ayr. According to coaches it was thought that he twisted his back in a contact drill.
Obituaries in this edition were; Marvin Arlo Triggs and Billy Charles Hamblen.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 3, 2009.)
Ringgold County Public Health staff are preparing for flu season. Two vaccines will be available this year. Seasonal flu vaccine offers protection against three strains of flu. It does not protect against novel influenza A-H1N1.
Cool temperatures continue to keep crops from reaching maturity and increase the chances for fungal disease according to the latest crop and weather report released Monday, August 31, by the USDA. While corn and soybeans are still rated in mostly good to excellent condition, soybean sudden death syndrome and white mold have been reported in the state,
Leading rusher for the Raiders in Friday night’s football game with Clarke was Matt Jones, who averaged almost seven yards a carry for eleven carries.
June 20, Nicole Zeimes and Joshua Smith were united in marriage.
Births: August 20, a son, Oscar, to Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Hemann.
Obituaries in this edition were; Bruce V. Travis, Sr. and Dale M. Trower.