Looking Back by Lora Stull
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 24, 1919.)
Notice to milk users. Owing to the increasing cost of feed, we are compelled to announce an increase in the price of milk. After October 1, 1919, we will sell milk at 12.5 cents a quart, 6.25 cents a pint.
As a memorial to the six hundred and seventy -six men of he 168th Infantry who today sleep in France, Chaplain W.E. Robb, who was with the regiment, in camp during their training period and on the battlefields during the great struggle, has written his book, “The Price of Our Heritage.” For eight months he has worked on the book, which contains 468 pages. The picture of each boy who died over there will be found in the book, together with the story of his death. The book also contains a brief history of the regiment and the story of each battle is given together with scenes taken by the chaplain on battlefields. The book is being published at a cost of $15,000 (adjusted for inflation, $15,000 in 1919 is equal to $224,112.73 in 2018) and Chaplain Robb is desirous that it shall be placed in every county of the state that people may come to know the boys personally and be familiar with their names and deeds.
September 17, Clyde Ferree and Ruth Beal were united in marriage.
Births: September 17, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lennie Green.
Obituaries in this edition were; Ivan Steward Sheldon and Maggie Melvina Beede Lovell, and Lewis L. Nichols.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 5, 1944.)
Producers urged to hold beans until dry. As the time for harvesting soybeans is near we want to remind all producers that the government is supporting the price of eligible soybeans grading number 2 yellow with 14 percent moisture at a base price of $2.04 per bushel. Beans testing more than 14 percent moisture will be discounted 1.5 cent per bushel for each 1/2 percent of moisture in excess of 14 percent.
Service Selections: A letter under date of August 16 from Doyle Hunter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Hunter… “Back around the 6 of July we were put on temporary duty to attend a short course at or near Algiers. We were on the line at that time so you can be sure I fairly jumped at the chance to go. We drove by vehicle to Rome and then took a plane for the remainder of the trip. The flight from Rome to Naples took us right over the old Anzio beachhead. (Few have any knowledge of what happened on the beaches of Anzio, Italy in 1944. By all accounts the battle at Anzio was one of the longest protracted battles of the war with over 25,000 battle casualties (killed, wounded, missing, or taken prisoner) on each side of the conflict.) It was interesting to view that terrain from a new angle. The time from Rome to Algiers was about six hours. The school itself was one of those hurry up affairs, a normal 18 day course squeezed into 12 days, straight time, Sunday’s included. I came out pretty fair as far as grades were concerned considering that there were as many officers ranking up to major as enlisted men. There were 36 students, British and American and I was ninth high. Going home we stopped at Naples for a day or two then went on to Rome. Spent a couple days sightseeing, some of the most famous buildings, monuments, etc. I believe it is the finest city I have seen over here. The weather was perfect and the flight over the water was especially calm. During the trip I saw the King of England, Lily Pons (she was a French-American operatic soprano and actress) and Andre Kostelanlez, (he was a Russian-born American popular orchestral music conductor and arranger.) So glad to have 33 letters when I arrived here and trying desperately to answer them all as soon as possible, as I do enjoy getting them.”
September 27, Lorraine Drake and Pfc. Robert Lesan were united in marriage.
Births: Sept.28, a son to Cpl. and Mrs. Robert Keller…Sept. 28, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Aden Stewart…Sept. 23, a son to Lieut. and Mrs. D.M. Tennant.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 25, 1969.)
Many attended Mount Ayr Airport dedication. Judge Charles J. Lewis was on hand to take part in the festivities. During the program, the retired district judge, now 92 years, received a plaque in recognition for his generous contribution to the airport commission, presented by Dan Cunning, chairman of the airport commission. In reply Judge Lewis said he was happy to contribute to the community, although there were many others who also played a part in securing the airport and he hoped the community would continue to support the airport commission.
News of the Men in Armed Service: Sgt. David Lynch arrived August 29 in San Francisco, CA and was separated from the army on August 31 after 14 month tour of duty in Vietnam. Lynch, an infantryman, was attached to the 101st Airborne Division. Prior to his separation, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge for operations against an armed enemy; the Army Commendation Medal for making more than 25 air assaults on landing zones under enemy fire and for being on the front line for eight months or more; the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. Alpha Company was also included in receiving the Presidential Citation, Vietnam Ribbon to indicate it had taken part in the Hamburger Hill engagement. David is now at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lynch of Maloy.
July 26, Beverly Adams and Gary Overholser were united in marriage.
Births: Sept. 18, a daughter, Terri, to Mr. and Mrs. Rick Defenbaugh…Sept. 18, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Baker…Sept. 18, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Forland Hill…Sept. 18, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson.
Obituary in this edition was, Sarah Brown Johnstone.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 22, 1994.)
Two Mount Ayr Comm. High School and 1994 University of Iowa graduates, Eric and Laurel Moe, have accepted teaching positions with the Chicago, IL. school system. They are the son and daughter of Mel and Becky Moe. Eric will be teaching 2nd grade in south Chicago and Laurel will be teaching special education on the north side to 2-8 grades.
Turnovers plagued the Mount Ayr Raider football team Friday night but they hung in to take a 13-7 victory over Bondurant-Farrar here. The Raiders had two backs, Cass Shay and Steven Stull, with outstanding yardage and the team dominated the statistics. Shay had 146 yds in 19 carries and Stull had 81 yards in nine carries. Chip Brundage led tacklers with eleven, seven of which were solo tackles.
MAC Marching Band placed third in Class 2A and the junior high marching band placed 2nd in competition at the Creston Ballon Days Celebration Saturday.
Births: A baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Ballentine…September 6 a baby girl, Lindsay, to Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson.
Obituaries in this edition were: Diane Calhoun McGahuey and John Ross.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 10, 2009.)
The Mount Ayr Lions Club went to the Family Resource Center, Thursday, September 3 and took pictures of 88 children’s eyes. These pictures have been sent to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Health Center. A professional reader at the University will interpret the pictures and notify the child’s parents of the results.
Jon Binning of Warrensburg, MO. claimed a first place payout of $1,700, his richest payday ever, in taking the title in the late model auto racing at Central, MO. Speedway in Warrensburg, MO on Saturday. Jon is the son of Ron and Linda Binning of Grand River.
Birth: September 4, Talyn Jennier Greene to Brandon and Nikki Greene.
Obituaries in this edition were: Darrell Eugene Monk and Barbara Ann Howard Wilkey.