Looking Back by Lora Stull
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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 19, 1919.)
During the war, the American people gave unsparingly and cheerfully of their time, labor, and money for the people of stricken Europe. Drive after drive was successfully carried through. Charitable institutions here at home have suffered a vast extent in consequence. How much they suffered is being made the subject of comment by many great writers and thinkers who urge the American institutions be given an inning now. During the war money went aboard, prices at home increased to a unheard of over 30 percent. Our own institutions were harassed and handicapped and burdened with debt. The Christian Home Orphanage at Council Bluffs, IA, which has a daily average of 250 inmates to provide for, is undertaking a Thanksgiving drive to enable it to continue its great work for orphans and destitute children.
Clarence Palmer has accepted a position as abstracter with the Iowa State Bank. The office of the real estate department has been moved to the second floor of the bank building.
Births: November 13, a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Millsap.
Obituary in this edition was, Adah Agatha Wilson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 16, 1944.)
Plans are nearing completion for holding a farm machinery repair class at the Roe Implement Company. This class will be similar to the one held last year. The purpose of such a class is to afford the farmers of this community an opportunity to bring in their farm machinery and equipment to repair it themselves under supervision of a mechanic. All tools and equipment to work with will be furnished. There is no charge for the class.
A letter received last week from Pvt. Lyle “Runt” Dailey, who is serving with the armed forces in Germany, states that he is fine and was at present living in a small cave with logs over the top with a small tent for a porch which he and a couple of friends had built for themselves. He said he saw a movie the other night and it was a good one, the theatre being a large barn and that he had a box seat- “on a manger.” Runt said that cigarettes had been scarce but he was getting plenty at this time. His letter continued: “tell all my friends ‘Hello’ for me. I hear the football team is doing swell. Had a letter from my mother telling me about all of her canned fruit. I hope to be home to help eat some of it.” Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dailey have three other sons in the service, Harold with the US Navy, Marion (Jack) in France, and Donald (Jake) who is on the Admiralty Island, serving in the Navy. Mr. and Mrs. Dailey received a message Monday that their son, T-4 Marion (Jack), had been seriously wounded in France on October 28 but no further details regarding the seriousness of his wounds were received.
Births: November 7, a son, to Pfc. and Mrs. Glen Poore…November 9, a daughter, Marsha, to Pfc. and Mrs.Kenneth Fitzgerald…November 13, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cooper…November 13, twins, a boy and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Victor James.
Obituaries in this edition were, T. Sgt. Richard Earl Newton and Opal S. Dickson.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 6, 1969.)
Announcement was made this week of a business change in Mount Ayr. Effective Monday, the hog buying operation of Nelson Hog Yard has been taken over by Armour & Company, a nationally known meat packing firm. For Nelson it will mark the end of 20 years of service to local hog raisers.
The Honorable Charles J. Lewis was privileged to receive last week a letter from President Richard Nixon. The letter, under date of October 28, read as follows: “ on hearing of the recent dedication of Mount Ayr’s airport in your honor, I was reminded of the generous support you have given throughout these many years to your community, to the Republican Party and to the nation. Your civic spirit is the envy of all who know you and the inspiration of all who seek to serve the public good.” “It must be a source of continuing satisfaction for you to look back on the rewarding years of your full, productive life and to know that you have done so much for so many of your fellow citizens. I want you to know that I personally share their admiration and appreciate the gratitude they feel. May God bless you, and may the years ahead be filled with the joy and contentment that derive from a life of such high purpose.”
The Mount Ayr Community School is honored to have Lesa Perry and Paula Hixson represent it at All-State Chorus and Band in Des Moines November 28-29.
Births: October 29, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Flowers…November 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Schlapia…November 4, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Stephens.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 3, 1994.)
A Mount Ayr Community high school graduate will be the first girl in Mount Ayr Community FFA Chapter history to receive the American FFA degree, the highest degree awarded by the National FFA organization. Suzi Elmer of Mount Ayr will be one of 1,445 members from across the nation receiving the degree at the 67th National FFA Convention held in Kansas City, MO.
Heather Greene, daughter of Mike and Susan Greene of St. Charles, MO, a former Mount Ayr resident, was chosen as one of 3 senior homecoming queen candidates named from her senior class at Francis Howell North High School in St. Peters.
Ribbon cutting for the new office of the Ringgold County Public Health Nursing Agency was held this week. The office has moved from the Ringgold County Hospital, to the west side of the square, previously Dr. Duane Mitchell’s office.
Births: Vic and Shelly Lilienthal are parents of a son, Wyatt Cole, born October 28.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mickey Lowell Miller, Maurine H. Lynes Blockman, and Dr. Thomas Howard Baumann.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 22, 2009.)
Ringgold County deputy, Shannon Arends and K-9 Murphy were awarded K-9 Case of the Year while attending the Heart of America Police Dog Association certification. The award was presented to Deputy Arends and Murphy for their efforts in the discovery of a large scale marijuana growing operation in Tingley, IA.
The final precast panels for the exterior walls of the Mount Ayr Community Elementary school addition were lifted into place by a crane this week as work progresses on the school building.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday at CharJay’s Fitness Center that was opened at 700 E South Street in the old Jehovah’s Witness Church building. Charlene Monaghan and Jamie Holmes are the owners of the new business.
Marriages: Sept. 19, Rachael Neathery and Joseph Rumple…Oct. 20, Misti Stuzman and Jon Hightshoe…Oct. 20, Roger Tipton and Sherri McNabb…Oct. 16, Megan Petersohn and Chad Heinig.