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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 7, 1919.)
December 1 marks the beginning of a campaign launched by the National Tuberculosis Association to wipe out tuberculosis. The following will give you an idea of the terrors of this disease. If every man, woman, and child in this territory would buy 10 Red Cross Seals at 1 cent each, this disease could be stamped out in a comparatively short length of time. Tuberculosis, the greatest cause of death in this country, is preventable. Don’t take “cures of patent” medicines. They are all fake. The only cure is to build up the system so as to throw off the disease.
Sixty-seven thousand,eight hundred and eighty-two American soldiers were killed or died during the year of the war. At the same time 150,000 men, women, and children were slaughtered by the great White Plague at home. (For centuries, the white plague — also known as tuberculosis (TB) or consumption — was considered an ailment of the poor. State and local anti-tuberculosis organizations led social movements to improve sanitary conditions through anti-spitting laws and health regulations; encouraged consumptives to seek medical treatment; and persuaded state and local governments to create a network of state and county hospitals that isolated consumptives. These sanitariums mark the beginning of government-funded campaigns to address tuberculosis.)
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Geist are rejoicing over a daughter born Saturday.
Obituaries in this edition: Elizabeth Wells Hunter and Treva Beatrice Jones.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 30, 1944.)
Pupils of three town schools and 45 rural schools in Ringgold County have collected 319 large bags of milkweed pods which are now in the court house awaiting shipment to centers where they will be processed and manufactured into life belts. (Schoolchildren who spent the untold hours walking fencerows, roadsides and railroad right of ways looking for milkweed, which before the war was considered little more than a weed. Onion sacks were distributed to carry the collected pods, and children received 15 cents per bag, with an additional 5 cents if the pods were dried. Two bags of pods contained floss for one life jacket. The U.S. military called for the collection of 2 million pounds of floss nationally, enough to fill 1.2 million life jackets.)
Service Selections: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dailey have received word that their son, T-4 Marion (Jack) Dailey, who was seriously wounded in action in France on Oct. 28, suffered injuries to both feet and legs, which resulted in the amputation of his right foot at the ankle…Pfc. Ivan W. Mickael, 35, only son of Mrs. Lizze Mickael, was killed in action October 26 on Peleliu Island…Relatives have received word that Sgt. Herbert O’Grady, of Ellston, who has been stationed in Belgium, has been wounded in action and is now in an English hospital. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. O’Grady of Ellston.
The undefeated Raider football squad of Mount Ayr Community high school, champions of the Blue Grass Conference, will be honored Monday evening at the annual football banquet which will be served in he high school gymnasium. Coach Champlin and his boys have had a most successful season. Undefeated and un-tied, the Raider eleven scored 222 points to 56 for their opponents. Squad members are: Bill Eddy, Jim Monaghan, Allen Richards, Howard Bryan, Bob Bryant, Ronnie Johnston, Lawrence Bishop, Harold Frost, Stanley Smith, Edward Knight, Billie Scott, Robert Toland, Raymond Prentis, Gerold Willey, Jack Elliott, Basil Willis, Carroll McAninch, Bill Bryan, Bill Johnston, Dave Irving, Leslie Olney, Roland Buck, Roger Conant, Ivan Dolecheck, Bob Teal, Bob Roe, and Max Anderson.
November 18, Miss Marion Cahlan became the bride of Lieut. Milton M. Henderson.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lawrence Albert Parks, Margaret Lucille Brand and Cecil E. Beamer.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 20, 1969.)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes participated in marathon basketball game lasting over 50 hours. Some say it was a new world record for the longest basketball game. No one knows for certain. Everyone agrees that the final score of 5,752 to 5,638 must have been one of the largest in history. When the game concluded at 9:15 Sunday evening the boys had played continuously for 50 hours and 15 minutes. It is rumored that the old world record was 50 hours. The big gainers are the Fellowship of Christian Athletes who are sharing the profits of the venture with the March of Dimes. All receipts are not in as of yet but it appears that $10 per hour will be paid for each hour they played. Ron Davis is the FCA sponsor. The winning team “Freshwater Roars” consisted of: Ed Defenbaugh, William Burchett, Steve Watson and Bob Young. The losing team “Polluted Party Poopers” consisted of: Terry Howie, Bob Weehler, Paul Fell and Rick Stull.
Clarence Ringtail, an eight year old ringtail monkey, is a new inhabitant of Barton French’s physical science room.
Seven county men to report for physicals November 5. They are: Richard J. Pence, Thomas R. Larson, Ray D. Larsen, Richard D. Hammond, Jr., Jimmy D. Coulson, Stephen D. Trullinger and Jim C. Dukes.
Patti Lovitt and Steven Jones were united in marriage Nov.1.
Births: November 14, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Kent Kirkpatrick of Lamoni…November 2, a daughter, Amy, to Airman 1st Class, and Mrs. Roger Schlapia.
Obituaries in this edition were: Harry Silas Corll, Howard Eldon Rice, Willard W. Groves, and John Clement Sheil.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 17, 1994.)
Mount Ayr Video has moved to a new location in Mount Ayr effective November 10. The video rental firm is now located at 106 E. South Street along Highway 2. Its former location was on N. Taylor Street. The business has been in operation since September 1991. Owners are Danny and Mona Rummans, formerly of Kellerton.
A tragic fire claimed the lives of two young Diagonal youth early Thursday morning. The two brothers, Cory Estes (5) and Colby Clark (3) were in their bedroom on the west end of the 65’ trailer in which they lived with their mother, Judy Estes, and her fiance, Rick Blackburn. The state fire marshall’s office determined that the fire may have been caused by the children playing with matches or a lighter.
Birth: November 8, a son Ryan, to Rick and Teresa Anderson.
Obituaries in this edition were: Colby Clark, Cory Estes, Doris Dean Jackson Sutherland, Eldon Wayne Jeter, and Neil (J.N.) Chicken.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 5, 2009.)
Mount Ayr T-ball players will have their own ball diamond next summer with the work being done to make a new ball field to the south of the horseshoe pitching area and shelter in Judge Lewis Park. Dirt work to build up the area for the new field is nearing completion and topsoil will be placed back over the clay.
Junior, Bailey Myer was a unanimous first team selection for 2009 Pride of Iowa volleyball team when the team was announced this week. Teammate junior, Rebecca Pennington was chosen as a setter on the Pride of Iowa second team.
Ten Raiders make all-academic team. Mount Ayr Community had 10 football players selected to the district 6 all-academic team for 2009. Chad Starlin, Jake Glendenning, Tyler Hinz, Malcom Mercer, Jesse Penick, Drake Schafer, David Showalter, Alex Sobotka, Matt Sobotka and Adam Sickels.
Obituaries in this edition were: Dale Eric Frost and Roger Dale Tipton.