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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 30, 1919)
Most of the loot taken from Tingley Bank found in school house near Lorimor. A large part of the property including notes, mortgages, registered bonds, which last night was found in a school house about a mile and a half east of Lorimor Monday morning. The property was taken to Dufer Bank in Lorimor for safe keeping. According to the latest report the robbers did not get more than $20,000 in notes, bonds, and stamps before they were frightened away on the night of the robbery.
Fire, which is supposed to have been caused by a defective flue, destroyed two buildings on the south side of the square at Redding early this morning. The fire was first discovered by Mrs. John Miller about 2 o’clock and when discovered was bursting through the roof of the restaurant owned by Foster & Hiatt. The restaurant was completely destroyed and the fire spread to the garage owned by Guthrie Brothers. This building together with most of the contents were consumed. The lost will probably exceed $5,000 with only $2,000 insurance.
L.C. Wayman, who conducts a produce station at Grant City, was in Mount Ayr Friday and secured from W.F. Chanse a lease on his building one block east of the NE corner of the square and will engage in the produce business in Mount Ayr.
Marriages: December 25, Clara Denney and William Jefferson…December 25, Florance Tennant and S.C. Rice…December 24, Ruby Sullivan and Harold Murphy…December 24, Theo Fisby and Wayne Myers,.
Births: December 26, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Nutting.
Obituary in this edition was, John D. Carter.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 4, 1945.)
Boy Scouts of Mount Ayr and their leaders are sponsoring a waste paper collection campaign which is now in progress. Paper is urgently needed to make paste board cartons for supplies being sent to the armed forces overseas.
Every individual has a part to play in making rationing and price control effective. The every day co-operation of our citizens has made the OPA program work thus far, but in view of conditions which forced stricter rationing regulations to be announced within the last few days, it is time to urge everyone to become acquainted with the facts prompting such changes and to urge everyone to abide strictly by the rules until our government sees fit to declare the emergency has been met and passed. Only three months ago we began to hope the European war might be ended very soon. Now, victory seems farther away than most of us expected. The fighting has become costlier. More and more men and machines and material are being involved and destroyed. The army and navy will require approximately the same amount of food as used last year. It is quite likely there will be less meat, canned goods, and sugar for civilians. But in spite of that, rationing will continue to apportion fair shares to all of us and price control will protect us against ruinous inflation and deflation.
Marriages: December 6, Sgt. Herman Chandler and Ruth Welhansen. ..Saturday Wilma Vogel and T.S. Boyd Schafer were united in marriage…August 10, Mildred Shaw and Raymond Sheldon were united in marriage.
Births: December 20, a son, Allen Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Culbertson…December 20, a daughter, Carolyn Sue, to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Holland…December 21, a son, Galen Burdette, to Rev. and Mrs. Glen Watterson…December 25, a son Eddie Joe, to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wheeler.
Obituaries in this edition were: William Milligan, Nancy Ann Abarr, Ruby Baker Spencer, Mary Monica O’Connor Shay, and Mollie Rush Tedrow.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 18, 1969.)
Weekly specials for Don’s Ayrliner were: Ground Beef, 3 lbs. for $1.89; Tom Turkeys 14 lbs. and up for .49 cents a pound.; Ten pound bag of U & I Sugar for .89 cents; Surfresh flour, 5 lb. bag for .39 cents; Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8 oz. for .29 cents; Keebler Club Crackers for .39 cents; whole hams for .69 cents a pound.
Duane Miller climaxed a great football career at Drake University with an outstanding performance in the Pecan Bowl at Arlington, TX, Saturday. He caught nine passes for 192 yards including a 51 yard touchdown pass although he had double and triple coverage throughout the game. Miller was named as Drake’s most valuable player for 1969 as he played split end this past year. He established an impressive list of school records at Drake. They included most yards pass receiving in one season (1,585 yards); most yards in punts and kickoffs returned in one season and for a career, longest punt return (86 yards twice); most pass interceptions in one season (7) and most punt returns for touch downs in one season (4). His 17 touch downs and 104 points rank him a close second behind Johnny Bright.
Tim Irving, a former Mount Ayr Community High School athlete, has been awarded a letter in football at Simpson College in Indianola. Irving is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Irving of Mount Ayr and played the position of halfback during his freshman year.
Obituaries in this edition were: Thomas Edward Forbes, Lawrence Kimball and Alice Ella Ludwig Comer.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 15, 1994.)
The Ringgold County Soil & Water Conservation District, represented by Paul Smith of Blockton, has been honored as a Grand Award District in the 47th annual convention Conservation Awards Program sponsored by Good Year Tire & Rubber Company and National Association of Conservation Districts.
Utility companies serving Ringgold County report little or no difficulties in the county as a result of last weeks rain/ice/snow storm. However, IES Utilites Inc. did send one crew from Mount Ayr, Bob Haley and Kevin Andrews, to Centerville, where they helped with the damage done there from Wednesday through Friday December 7-9.
Marriages: August 20, Tamara Martin and James Sickels.
Births: Kevin & Shelley Winemiller are parents of a son Dillon Ray, born December 5…Mike and Sherry Shields are proud parents of a son, Devin Michael, born December 6.
Obituaries in this edition were: Oral Otto “Buss” James, “Bill” Claude W. Shields, Velta Ruth Kling Skinner, Homer Harvey Beede, and Elmer Ralph Holtzman.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 3, 2009.)
State money woes are hitting the clerk of court’s office in Ringgold County especially hard after the latest cuts announced by state court administrator, David Boyd. Ringgold County Clerk of Court office will be open for 18 hours a week under the new plan, the fewest number of hours of any county in the 5th District.
A two year program to make the Mount Ayr Public Library handicapped accessible has been completed. The Mount Ayr Public Library board of trustees approved the two year program that began last year with the installation of two chair lifts. One chair lift leads from the basement to the landing inside the front doors and the second goes from the landing up to the main floor. In addition a ramp was constructed to the back door.
Births: Joe and Erin Walkup are proud parents of a baby daughter, Isabel Rose, born November 17.
Obituary in this edition was, Clustie Dean McDowell Ashburn.