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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 15, 1919.)
Announcement is made that Hon. F.E. Sheldon, Clyde Lesan and Harry Laird of this city and Grant McPherrin of Des Moines, have purchased from M.D. Welsh a controlling interest in the stock of the Kellerton State Bank.
A warning has been issued to the boys of Iowa to beware of flying kites near the high tension electric lines that traverse so many sections of the state. If a string supporting a kite were to come in contact with a high tension wire the electric current would run down the string in sufficient volume to kill the boy holding it. This is especially true if the string should become damp.
Earl Stuteson and Opal Bailey were united in marriage October 8…October 12, Roy Gardner and Madge Fouser were united in marriage.
Obituaries in this edition were: Elma Inez Jones, W.H. Struthers, Thomas Denney and J.B. Liggett.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 26, 1944.)
Service Selections: Pfc. Avery Stuart died Sept. 26 in Germany as a result of wounds received in action. This word was received last week by his mother, Mrs. Nellie Stuart of Kellerton…The Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to T-5 Warren Allen for military merit and for wounds received in action, resulting in his death June 6…Mr. and Mrs. Truman Dulany received a telegram Monday from their son, Cpl. Junior “Bill” Dulany, who had arrived in Virginia. Feeling fine. Home soon. Love Bill. The Dulany’s other son, Lyle is at present stationed in Marianas…The following is a letter from Pvt. Joseph Dalton, to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Gail Dalton: “Well I received the first mail yesterday I have received in two months. The letters were mailed the 25th of June. They were old, but I surely was tickled to get them. How is everybody back home? If I could just find out if you were O.K. and you know I was alright, I wouldn’t worry. I am fine and just about all healed up. I have been on a few passes. Boy it is really good to be back where there is quiet and you can go see a show and then go home to a bed that you don’t have to dig and then worry about getting wet and don’t have to get up every hour and stand guard. Boy, I never did appreciate those little things like I do now. Several of my buddies are with me who were also wounded at Brest. The Red Cross is surely doing a swell job over here. They have a nice lounge with magazines, radio, ping pong and pool tables and also a lot of other games. Whenever you want cigarettes they give you all you want. They also lend us money, so when they come around for donations toss in a little for me for they are doing a swell job. How are you getting along with the garage? I’ll sure be glad to get back to help you. The first thing I am going to do when I get home is get in the old Chevrolet, take you and Bobbie and anyone who wants to go for a 25 mile ride. That didn’t use to sound far, but since I have been walking it seems like a heck of a ways especially with equipment. Well, dear ones, I will close for now. “Good night and God Bless.”
Ration News: Airplane Stamp #3 in War Ration Book III will become valid November 1 for one pair of shoes. Stamps # 1 and 2 are valid indefinitely.
Births: October 20, a son, Robert Eugene, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mull.
Obituary in this edition was, James G. Fry.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 16, 1969.)
The first killing frost was recorded in Ringgold County Tuesday morning. According to the official weather thermometer in Mount Ayr, a low of 26 was recorded.
Homecoming: Debbie Richards was name homecoming queen…Freshman won float contest, with a 34’ whale which had a moving jaw and tail and squirted water and stated “Lets Whale the Tigers.” Business winner in floats was the JayCee’s entry of a giant turkey proclaiming “Cold Turkey the Tigers.”
Board accepts revised dress code. New additions to the rule of dress of the school have been made. Girls clothing: pant dresses and culottes will be allowed only if they have pleats or panels that make them resemble a dress. They must be a reasonable length. Pant skirts or pant dresses without widely flared legs will not be permitted. This pertains to those which strongly resemble shorts. Boy clothing: plain white t-shirts will not be allowed. A t-shirt which has a store print emblem such as a college name will be allowed. Beer shirts, etc. are prohibited. Bell-bottom trousers will be allowed only if they are not widely flared legs and if they are not of a wild, colorful print. They must present a neat appearance.
September 7, Mary Wertz and Edwin May were united in marriage…October 7, Christine Huff and James Allen were united in marriage.
Births: October 13, a son, James, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stringham…October 10, a daughter, Cherie Renee, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Foland.
Obituaries in this edition were: Homer Luther Lay and Rella Williams Baker.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 13, 1994.)
One of Ringgold County’s newest residents is the new buffalo calf born to the buffalo pair that make their home at Fife’s Grove Park north of Mount Ayr. The girl calf was born Friday and weighted about 40 pounds.
When Robert Booth Jr. was hired as Ringgold County deputy sheriff, the county received the services of two for the price of one. With him came a trained and certified canine unit, Booth’s German Sheperd dog “Shaq.”
This years Mount Ayr Community homecoming royalty is as follows, king, Chip Brundage and queen, Megan Longfellow.
June 11, Jennifer Gill and Todd Taylor were united in marriage.
Births: September 28, a son, Lucas, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Poore…October 3, a son, Jeff, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Muhlbauer.
Obituary in this edition was, Leland R. Dufty.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 1, 2009.)
King and queen candidates are chosen for homecoming. Queen candidates are: Maddilyn Stark, Tiffany Wimer, Erin Budach, Holly England, and Erica Kemery. The king candidates are: Matthew Jones, Brian Still, Brad Still, Malcom Mercer Devin Richards and Tyler Hintz.
Plans for Gooseberry Lake are on the shelf and the Gooseberry Lake Agency board will soon be dissolved. That was the decision of Southern Iowa Rural Water Assoc., city of Mount Ayr, and Ringgold County Board of Supervisors and other sponsors at a meeting of the Gooseberry Lake Agency board held Thursday.
Births: September 21, twins, Jackson and Reese Ella, to Jason and Alicia (Still) Reed…September 24, a daughter, Kylie, to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hubbard.
Obituaries in this edition were: Clyde Eugene Hogue, Joseph Jerome Novak, Eva Joan Wiley Owens and Lynden C. Thompson.