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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 4, 1920.)
Trial of Diagonal automobile case results in acquittal of men charged with conspiracy. “Not Guilty,” was the verdict of the jury in the case of the State of Iowa vs Harry Pollen, Victor Graham, Otto Sobotka, Cecil Dillenburg and Dave Benson, tried before Judge P.C. Winter and jury last week. The defendants are young men residing in and near Diagonal and were indicted for the crime of conspiracy, it being charged that they, to fraudulently collect insurance thereon, conspired to remove from the state and conceal an Overland automobile owned by Otto Sobotka, which was insured for $960 against theft-in the Inter-State Automobile Insurance Company. The case was submitted to the jury at 5 p.m. Friday evening and a verdict of acquittal was returned as to all defendants about 6 o’clock Saturday morning.
A check for even three million dollars was deposited in a Des Moines bank the other day. It was the largest deposit ever made at any bank in the state. The depositor was Captain Paul Wuttke of the quartermaster corps of Camp Dodge. The money was credited to the treasury of the United States. Captain Wuttke had too much money in his work fund and no place to spend it, bank officials said, so he decided to pay back to Uncle Same $3,000,000.
Marriages: January 17, Pearl Bramon and Homer Foland were united in marriage…Marjorie Campbell and John L. Antrim were united in marriage.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lulu Viola Wilson and Alden Wallace Warrick
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 8, 1945.)
A petition has been filed in the district court in and for Ringgold County for damages in the amount of $10,209 in the death of Charles Holland of Redding, by Hubert Holland, administrator, and against Ed Lynch of Redding. The petition claims that Charles Samuel Holland, four year old son of Hubert Holland, died November 17, 1944, in the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, IA from injuries received when he was struck by a car driven by Mr. Lynch.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murray, of this city, received official notification January 23, that their youngest son, Junior Max Murray, Fireman First Class of the US Naval Reserves had been killed in action.
Four men from Ringgold County will report Monday, February 12, for military service. They will go to Fort Leavenworth, KS to answer their induction call. The list is as follows: Richard Charles Short of Shannon City; Doyle Stamper of Diagonal; Hugh Wayne Walter of Winterset (transferred); and Richard Franklin Armstrong of Mount Ayr.
Marriage: Betty J. Butler and Pvt. Rex Lesan were united in marriage February 2.
Births: Thursday, a daughter, to S.Sgt. and Mrs. Pete Suda…January 30, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McCall…February 3, a son, Eddie Ellis, to Pfc. and Mrs. Floyd Green…January 29, a son, Ronnie Lee, to Pvt. and Mrs. Gerald (Bud) Powers.
Obituary in this edition was, Dr. A.W. Reynolds.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 22, 1970.)
Jack M. Elliott of Mount Ayr is one of five outstanding Iowa farm operators named Master Farmer for 1970. The new winners of the Iowa Master Farmers Award and their families enjoyed a breakfast yesterday with the Wallace Homestead staff in Fort Des Moines and later were entertained at a luncheon in the same hotel.
Anne Harover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Harover of Mount Ayr and MACHS senior, has been accepted as a participant in the JOBS ABROAD program for 1970. Miss Harover is one of 1,500 students who are accepted every year in this program, the aim of which is the discovery of the world through work.
Congratulations to Bill Sickels on the recent construction of Bill’s Garage in east Mount Ayr on Hwy. 2 & 169.
Marriages: December 20, Carol Ross and Gary Saville were united in marriage…December 14, Verlene Denney and Richard Lee Knapp…January 9, Jean Baker and Michael Coppes.
Births: January 17, a daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Rod Sizemore…January 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen…December 20, a son, Michael Todd, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Waters…Lieut. Com. and Mrs. Gene Klein, a son, Gregory James born January 11.
Obituaries in this edition were: James Ward Taylor, John Gray Stephens, Lavena F. Weddle Tintle, Ben J. Little, and Dennis F. Hart.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 19, 1995.)
The possibilities for bringing a free medical clinic setup to Ringgold County was explored January 15 meeting in Mount Ayr. Earlier in the month James Blessman, M.D., a former Ringgold and Taylor county resident who practices medicine in Des Moines, had visited with Mount Ayr Christian Church pastors, Phil and Doris Kinton, and told them of his dream for his home area…a free medical clinic. Dr. Blessman is the son of Leroy and Betty Blessman of Mount Ayr.
MACHS senior Timothy Schaefer has enlisted in the Iowa National Guard in Company A, I-168th Infantry Battalion in Corning. He will attend basic training at Fort Binning, GA.
Thirty-six duals in big wrestling weekend. If you noticed a lot of out of county license plates (as well as a couple touting “Oklahoma is OK”) in town on Friday night and Saturday, you needn’t have traveled far to find the attraction. The Mount Ayr Duals wrestling tournament drew 12 teams and hundreds of fans from as close as Afton to as far as Tulsa, OK., for two giant days of non-stop wrestling action.
Obituaries in this edition were: Nellie Faye Maudlin Hunt, Leo Orville Anderson, Donald Arthur Davis, Alonzo Donald Stephens, and Dixie M. Martinez.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 7, 2010.)
Wrestling fans everywhere know that getting 100 wins in a high school career is a hard goal to reach. But just last week, senior, Dylan Lame wrestled his way to the top.
Weston Pierschbacher of Kellerton has been named to the Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo team by the National High School Rodeo Association. The oldest youth rodeo program in America.
Diagonal Homecoming is Friday and the Homecoming court has been announced. They are: Ravin Auten, Lusekelo Lwesua, Brittany Parrott, Tyler Becker, Janelle Wortman, Chad Starlin and Kendra Ruby.
Births: December 28, a son, Jesse Lee, to Kevin and Jayla Shelman…January 4, a son, Nolan James, to James and Jill (Sackett) Barth…December 31, a daughter, Sophia to Mat and P.J. West.
Obituaries in this edition were: Esther Maurine Muir Bailey and Max Eugene “Ike” McGehee.