If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 7, 1920.)
Two young men who attempted to steal automobile, sentenced by Judge Fuller. Thomlinson and Elliott plead guilty to the charge of assault with intent to commit burglary. Each of the young men drew indeterminate sentence of five years, the limit under the law. Thomlinson and Elliott were the two young men who attempted to hold up H.M. Polen last week, by employing him to take them to Tingley but on the way struck him over the head with a chunk of wood causing Mr. Polen to lose control of the car and go into a ditch.
The prompt action of the Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Department and sufficient supply of water was the combination which prevented the old Mount Ayr House from burning to the ground Monday afternoon. The fire was supposed to have caught from the flue and was discovered before it gained very great headway. The alarm was sounded and members of the fire department and citizens responded quickly. The loss will fall heavily upon Mr. and Mrs. Dalton. The chief topic of conversation after the fire was Mount Ayr’s greatest need-a new hotel building-and it would seem that the time is ripe for public spirited citizens to take action looking to the building of a modern hotel.
Marriages: January 4, Harry Main and Pauline Stephensen…December 24, Lloyd Saltzman and Vera Turner…January 1, Maurice Grogan and Marie McClaren.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Will Link are the parents of a fine baby boy…December 23, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Fluharty.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 11, 1945.)
X. T. Prentis Hatchery-Early Order Discount- One dollar per chicks may be deducted from prices below if chicks are ordered four weeks in advance…straight run baby chicks (both sexes) Barred Rocks, White Rocks, White Leghorns, Hybrids and other assorted heavies, $11.90 per 100…Grade AA $13.90 per 100, Grades AAA, $15.90 per 100. Custom hatching, 4 cents per egg. Bring in your eggs for custom hatching. Hatches twice a week.
Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Spencer received a telegram Monday evening from the War Department bearing the sad news that their son, Pvt. Glee Elton Spencer, was missing in action since December 23 in Belgium.
One hundred forty-seven marriages were recorded in the columns of the Record News during the year 1944. The number is 1 less than 1943 and eight less than the peak year of 1942.
Births: Pfc. and Mrs. Donald Corll are the proud parents of a daughter, Linda Elaine, born January 8.
Obituaries in this edition were: Celesta Cornwall Dolson, Eunice Beall Moffatt, James C. Burrough, Elizabeth Abigail Hay Smith, and Charles Franklin Jagger.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 25, 1969.)
Mount Ayr councilmen and the mayor will take home a fatter paycheck after the first of the year. That’s the effect of a town ordinance passed by the council December 3, under the ordinance council men will receive $6 for each meeting instead of $4, while the mayor’s salary will go from $100 to $125.
One hundred and fifty pairs of men’s leather gloves, valued at $3.50-$4 pair, six flashlights and $15 in change were taken from Brooks Farm Supply in Kellerton. The thieves also stole 50 cartons of cigarettes from Brook’s Grocery, also in Kellerton.
Who’s Pelsnickle? In doll history, he shows why naughty children might dread his visits. Where there are dolls, there’s the spirit of Christmas. In the Pryor International Doll Library at Greenwich, CT., there are more than 8,000 dolls and naturally many of them suggest Christmas in a very special way, from creche figures that symbolize the religious meaning of the holiday to jolly Santa doll, that sums up all the joys of the season. From a Christmas season point of view, one of the most interesting dolls is a figure representing “Pelsnickle.” Though little known to modern celebrants, Pelsnickle holds an important place in holiday lore. According to legend, he accompanied St. Nicholas as his servant, and while St. Nicholas rewarded good children with gifts, Pelsnickle had the unwelcome task of punishing naughty boys and girls with “gifts” of lumps of coal and switches.
News of Men in Armed Services: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Long received word that their son Paul arrived December 11 in South Vietnam and is located about 90 miles NW of Saigon, which is about 10 miles from the Cambodian border at Fire Base Saint Barbara.
Births: December 20, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Newkirk.
There were no obituaries in this edition.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 22, 1994.)
Plans are moving forward on opening an alternative school in Mount Ayr following a meeting of the alternative school network team held in Mount Ayr recently. The school will be operated in the Weisshaar building on the east edge of Mount Ayr which formerly housed US Department of Ag offices. School districts to be part of the alternative school program will included, Mount Ayr Community, Grand Valley, Lamoni, Diagonal and Clearfield.
Air Force Airman, Kevin Miller graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio,TX. During the six weeks of training Miller studied the Air Force mission organization and customs and received special training in human relations. Miller is the son of Dr. Keith Miller and Marshia Miller of Mount Ayr and is a 1992 graduate of Mount Ayr Community High School.
Births: December 14 a daughter, Hannah Makenzie, to Jeff and Becky Fletchall.
Obituaries in this edition were: John Duane Herren, Boyd Dwaine Sanders and Gulia Logan Tolg.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 10, 2009.)
A new era of healthcare delivery for Ringgold County begins in the next week as Ringgold County Hospital moves to its new facility on the east edge of Mount Ayr.
Third group of World War II veterans from the area take flight. If anything, the organization of the Honor Flights for World War II veterans to see the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., seems to be getting better organized. That’s the word from George Dilley of Sun Valley Lake and Bill Rusk and Jim Overholtzer of Mount Ayr, who went on the most recent Honor Flight, this one sponsored by Hy-Vee.
Obituary in this edition was, Lillian Joyce McFall Chittim.