Looking Back by Lora Stull
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 1, 1919.)
Grading begun on 12 miles of road. Six car loads of machinery, horses and mules were unloaded in Mount Ayr this week for use in placing to grade the twelve miles of road on the Waubonsie Trail and Mount Ayr line, three miles each direction from Mount Ayr. The machinery includes a large tractor, graders and all kinds of implements used in road grading. The shipment came from Tippecanoe, Ohio, where a large contract was just completed for and will be employed on the work in this county for probably a year. The twelve miles to be graded are included in the federal aid project and the work will be paid for out of the federal funds. Payment for the bridges and culverts is made out of county funds and the work of putting in the bridges and culverts has begun.
Having purchased from Ivan Crew his furniture and undertaking business at Kellerton, I wish to announce that the business will be continued at the old stand. Mr. Howard Gleason will move from Creston to Kellerton and will be the local manager. The purchase of the Kellerton store places us in position to serve our patrons better, as we will be enabled to buy in larger quantities to supply the stores at both Mount Ayr and Kellerton. F.E. Gleason.
Obituaries in this edition were: William B. McAninch, (twins) Ronald and Donald Trego, and Mrs. A. L. Case.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 12, 1944.)
Pvt. Max Sawyer, 19, was killed in France September 21 so that others might live. Unarmed Pvt. Sawyer was of the medical corps, had been engaged in the work of removing wounded men from the field of battle since D-Day. Not near enough is said about the splendid job being done by the U.S. Army Medical Corp in this war. They don’t receive the same kind of adulation accorded to our fighting men-yet the contribution they made to victory is equally great and their work is often equally dangerous. In fact its sometimes more dangerous because in evacuating wounded from the field, they’re often called upon to expose themselves to enemy fire without any opportunity to fight back.
Ten men from Ringgold County will report Wednesday, October 18 for military service. Nine will go to Fort Leavenworth, KS, while one has been transferred for induction. The list of men is as follows: Duane Sickels *, Charles Teale, Paul Wood, Russell Pierce, Rex Rusk, Doyle Denhart*, Edwin Campbell, Richard Johnson, Carl Zarr*, Jesse Skinner*, (*signifies fathers.)
Births: October 5, a daughter, Sherill, to Rev. and Mrs. C.M. Rowe.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mary Ruth Hacker Adams, Malinda Saltzman Axtell, David Toman and Linsey Cook Haley.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 2, 1969.)
Showing this week at the Princess Theater was: “Journey to the Far Side of the Sun” and “Gone With The Wind”
Some 270 tickets for “Duane Miller Day” in Des Moines on October 11, have already been reserved by Mount Ayr fans. The event will be held at Drake Stadium where Drake meets the University of Northern Iowa.
Mount Ayr mile team beat ACL 12-30 in a mile team race held at Raider field in Mount Ayr on Friday afternoon. Steve Comer of Mount Ayr was the winner in 5:22 while another Raider, David May, finished second in 5:25. Orin Smith of ACL was the only runner for this team to break the top seven. Bob Johnson, third; Reldon Welling, fourth; Robert Mathany, fifth; and Norman Burgher was sixth.
August 2, Peggy Hill became the bride of Kenton Fancolly. August 9, JoEllen Hainline and Richard Hodnett were united in marriage.
Births: Sept. 25, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Hoffman…Sept. 29, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wise…Sept. 29, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Leivan…Sept. 29, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Zollman.
Obituaries in this edition were: Rhoda Lee Morrow Johnston and Walter L. Butcher.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 29, 1994.)
Would consolidating the number of clerk of court offices in Iowa from 99 present county offices to regional centers totaling 70, 31, or 13 save money? A new study by Iowa State University Economics researcher, Dr. Mark Edelmen and legal research consultant, Terry Raun gives an answer that residents of more rural counties have been suggesting for some time. Cutting down on existing number of clerks offices would increase state wide costs in each case, the study says. The study found cutting the centers to 70 would cost an additional $1.53 million, cutting judicial centers to 31 would cost $6.38 million and cutting the centers to 13 regional centers would cost $11.84 million more each year.
July 9, Scott Rusk and Julie Johnson were united in marriage.
Births: Sept. 26, twin sons, Brett and Jake, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall…Sept. 26, a daughter, Epiphany, to Mr. and Mrs. Cody Knedler…Sept. 21, a son, Theodore, to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Powers.
Obituaries in this edition were: Donald “Tiny” Combs, Arvilla Ruth Zurmuehlen Bedier, Ruth Maxine Wheelock Bartlett and Darrell B. Baker.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 17, 2009.)
Funding scenarios for Gooseberry Lake shared. Organizations who are part of the Gooseberry Lake Agency will be making a decision at a meeting September 24 on the future of the project. “At the next meeting we have the option such as moving ahead with the project, leaving the project dormant or scrapping it completely.” Randy Bishop, chairman of the agency board said. The total cost of the lake would be $16,959,700 of which $11,174,300 would be recreational facilities, $935,500 for water intake structure, $405,00 for water transmission line to the treatment plant.
Historic barns through-out Iowa, including Ringgold County and another in Decatur County, will be opened to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation’s free two day, self guided, all state barn tour, Saturday and Sunday September 19-20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The two barns on the Ringgold County tour are the Ramsey barn east of Mount Ayr on Hwy 2 at Lesanville Road and the McGahuey barn located on Hwy 2 (1/2 mile west of the Ramsey barn) on the south side of the road.
Judy Hensley, Ringgold County Extension education director was inducted into the 2009 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 23.
Conservation officer, Andrea Mekus Bevington of Bedford has been selected by Whitetail Unlimited to be the recipient of their annual award recognizing a conservation officer who has demonstrated exceptional skill in making deer related cases and bringing violators to justice.
June 20, Scott Rumple and Caitlyn Valentine-Johnson were united in marriage.
Births: Sept. 9, a son, Nathan, to Mr. and Mrs. Justin Cook.
Obituaries in this edition were: Ruby Naomi Anderson, William “Joe” Barber, Ada Mae Johnston Bloomstrand, John Hoffman and Lyle L. Thomas.