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To the editor:
In June of this year, my husband, Cliff Mosier and I were accompanied by our four sons, one daughter, two Daughters-in-law, one son-in-law and our eight grandchildren to Mount Ayr for a week’s visit.
We stayed west of Mount Ayr in the old farmhouse where generations of Sickels families have lived since the 1920’s and where I grew up during the 1940’s and 50’s.
The farmhouse is still a vibrant, living place with so many memories floating through those rooms. The grandchildren had so much fun experiencing the farm life. Seeing the corn and soybean fields, the hay being baled and cows with calves being born each day. They learned how to ‘skip a rock’ across the big pond and that you could row a boat with only one oar. We walked the old dirt road to the one room country school in Walnut Valley. They realized first hand that the stories I had told them about having to ‘walk uphill both ways’ were true.
We walked around the square in town, saw the memorial rock for Ringgold County’s own astronaut Peggy Whitson, the library, the Princess Theater, the Orr Fisher wall mural at the post office, Jamie’s Coffee Mill and they all loved seeing (and buying some) collectibles at Aunt Jennie’s Attic.
We stopped in at the Record News office to see my niece Lora Stull. There were 18 of us, we filled the front office! We had lunch at Rumor’s where most of them experienced a ‘breaded loin’ for the first time. We visited the Dairy Sweet several times, they had to try all the flavors! Many went to the Depot Museum to see relatives and elk hunting buddies. Many of our relatives came to the house on Sunday to visit us.
We visited the Farm at Lesanville, toured the buildings and had a ‘class’ or two in the one room schoolhouse. (We have four teachers in our family) We visited the ancestors in several cemeteries in the county.
I was so proud of my hometown and how nice the buildings and homes looked. Well done, Mount Ayr!
Kay Sickels Mosier