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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 21, 1920.)
“One among Thousands” At this time when so many public men of all kinds and classes are expressing a willingness to the respective parties and even to no parties, to be presidential candidates, it is nice to read the complete unwillingness of General W. T. Sherman to be a candidate in this day. He shut the door hard against such a nomination saying: “I would account myself a fool, madman, an ass, to embark anew at 65 years of age, in a career that may at any moment become tempest tossed by the perfidy, the defalcation, the dishonesty of any one of a hundred thousand subordinates utterly unknown to the president of the United States, not to say the eternal worriment of a vast host of impecunious friends and old military subordinate.” It seems good to recall such an example in the rush of present day “willing aspirants.”
The special election held at Ellston last Wednesday, at which was submitted the proposition of establishing a consolidated school district, resulted in 85 votes being cast in favor of the proposition to 23 against. The consolidated district includes the independent school district of Ellston and four rural school districts. When established the school will be the fourth consolidated school in Ringgold County. Ellston now has a fully approved school, of which Professor J.G. Perisho is superintendent.
Marriages: January 20, Bessie Moreledge and Walter Kelley.
Births: December 10, a son, George, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith…January 14, a daughter, Emma Gertrude, to Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Price…December 30, a daughter, Mildred Gail, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ashenhurst of Tingley…January 4, a daughter, Ila Pearl, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brace…December 23, a son, Richard, to Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Fluharty.
Obituaries in this edition were, Faye Johnson and John D. Carter.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 25 1945.)
Lyle Vance writes from Prison Camp in Japan. Lyle who has been a Japanese prisoner of war since Pearl Harbor. The letter was sent from Osaka Camp, Japan. The package Lyle mentioned having received had been sent by his mother a year ago in September. The letter written a year ago and signed in Lyle’s own handwriting reads as follows: “Dearest Mother, Dad, boys and all; received the package safely and you’ll never know how much I appreciated it. I received the two letters on Christmas Eve, so I surely had a Merry Christmas. I certainly enjoyed the candies and cheese you sent and hope to receive more from you. I would surely like to get some homemade candy, cookies, nuts, dried fruits, concentrated soups and toilet gear and by all means some peanut butter. I surely miss your cooking mom. Say, Bonnie and Jimmie will be all grown up when I get there, won’t they? I would like to have got some pictures of you. Some of the boys here have got some from home. I pray each day that this will be over soon and I will be with you again. Your loving son, Lyle.”
Relatives in Ringgold County have received word during the past week of two soldiers killed in action and three missing in action-one of whom was in the Philippines and four in the European theatre of war. Killed in action were Pvt. Glee Spencer and T-Sgt. John “Jack” D. Hannon. Those missing in action are, Lyle Barnett, Pvt. Raymond Brown and Staff Sgt. Michael N. Shay Jr.
Marriages: January 20, Betty Osborn and Cecil Michelson…January 11, June Randolph and Rev. Loren Gerber.
Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Newburn…January 8, a son, Merritt, to Mr. and Mrs. Burbon Padgitt.
Obituaries: Dan Mosier, Willis McCandless, and George Adelbert Gilliand.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 8, 1970.)
A Mount Ayr girl has been named to the teen fashion board of McCalls Pattern Co. She is Meredith Schlapia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Schlapia. Meredith is a senior and was selected for her outstanding achievements in sewing and clothing class work. Her name was submitted by Marlene Scott, home economics teacher.
Break-ins at several places of business in Diagonal which occurred Monday night are being investigated by Sheriff Elbert Strange. Entered were the Skelly Station, operated by John Rooker, Schlapia Feed & Supply; Hutch’s Market and Beymer’s Phillip 66 Station. Approximately $160 in change was taken from the four places and several cartons of cigarettes were stolen. Also being investigated are four break-ins at Clearfield, which took place the same night. Rear doors and windows were forced to gain entry to Spurrier Service Station, drug store, hardware store and tavern.
Marriages: Nov. 28, Warren Bennett and Ann Abarr.
Births: Dec. 29, a daughter, Tyanne Michelle, to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Hogue.
Obituaries in this edition were; Lloyd M. Nealis, Glen Clayton Bourne, Lena May Foster Schardein, George Ford Kidney and Doyle Lee Terwilliger.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 5, 1995.)
An open house is planned Sunday to welcome the new doctor and his wife to the community. Welcomed will be Dr. and Mrs. Yogesh Shah, who recently moved to the community. Dr. Shah will have a family practice here, as an employee of the Ringgold County Hospital.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the project to widen the shoulders along Hwy. 2 in Ringgold County. The 1995 Iowa Transportation Improvement plan for Ringgold County was released this week and the shoulder widening project originally planned for 1993 has been moved back another year to 1997, with the cost continuing to escalate.
Marriages: Andrea Still and Mark England were united in marriage September 3.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mabel Bernice Poor Wilkerson, Lewis Barton Abarr, Maggie May Butler Courtney and James E. “Eldon” Jarvis.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 24, 2009.)
The Ringgold County Compensation Board voted to recommend increasing salaries for the county auditor, treasurer, recorder, attorney and sheriff by 1.5 percent and not to offer an increase for the Board of Supervisors at their request. The recommendation, the smallest made in the past 13 years came after the compensation board met Monday, December 21.
Raiders win first ever Pride of Iowa wrestling tournament. There may not be the numbers to win all their duals but there are the horses to win the first ever Pride of Iowa conference championship. That’s what the Mount Ayr Community Raiders proved in their golden anniversary season action this past week. Team members are: Jordan Clymer, Jesse Penick, Dylan Lame, Michael Camacho, Cade Lambson, Drake Schafer, Bradley Love, Shane Swank and Weston Pierschbacher. Coaching staff is : Eric Ehlen, John Ford, and Kevin Trullinger.
Obituaries in this edition were: Darrell D. Campbell and Mildred L. Wilson Rinehart.