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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 10, 1920.)
Parent-Teachers Association formed. A fine audience of fathers, mothers, teachers and children were present at the first Parent-Teachers meeting held Tuesday evening in the high school auditorium. The teachers were in the rooms from 7-8 o’clock receiving the parents. Shortly after 8, Superintendent Lee Jones called the house to order and presented the list of officers made by a nominating committee composed of 3 parents and 3 teachers, to the audience for ratification. The officers elected are; president, Mrs. Sam Spurrier; first vice-president, Mrs. H.C. Beard; second vice-president, Supt. Lee Jones; secretary Miss Minnie Loutzenhiser; advisory board, George S. Allyn and Bert Teale.
Births: March 8, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bolon…February 5, a daughter, Perle, to Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Watts…February 4, a daughter, Helen, to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jones…February 7, a daughter, Roberta, to Mr. and Mrs. B.P. House…February 4, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Dailey…February 15, a son, Charles, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Shaffer…February 7, a son, Harry, to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Scott…January 31, a daughter, Evalyn, to Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Brown.
Obituaries in this edition were: Ida Silvan McAninch and Alden Bennett.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 15, 1945.)
Charles J. Lewis was appointed yesterday by Gov. Robert D. Blue as judge of the third judicial district of Iowa to succeed the late Homer A. Fuller.
Ration News: Some of the folks who have been using coal for wood cook stoves and plan on switching to new oil cook stoves for the hot summer months will be disappointed. The supply of oil cook stoves is not sufficient to permit the issuance of a purchase certificate for an oil stove for supplementary use, including summer cooking. We have had numerous applications for oil cooking stoves by people who are trying to assure themselves of a cooler cooking service for the summer months ahead, but we cannot justify the issuing of a certificate to persons who have usable cooking equipment when the supply is as limited as it is at present time, and with no relief in sight.
Service Selections: Cpl. Henry Bucks, driver, of Mount Ayr, is a member of the 403rd field artillery battalion, which smashed a wealth of German installations recently in the path of the 5th Army Doughboys who took a mountain overlooking the Po Valley in Italy. The 403rd already had amassed 202 days on the line when it was temporarily withdrawn from combat last November 15. Most of these had served in support of the 85th “Custer” division, but it had been attached for a time to the Second Army Corps. In one 3-day period of violent action, the outfit’s service battery hauled up 425 tons of ammunition for the steaming howitzers…Cecil I. Staats, on the 26th of January, 1945 was fatally wounded while on a combat patrol near Santa Margerita, Samar Island, Philippine Islands. He was wounded during a heroic attempt on his part to save a comrade. Cecil was 25 years old and son of the late Timothy Staats of Redding.
Births: March 1, a daughter, Birdyce, to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Anderson. March 2, a son, William, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parrish.
Obituaries: Maggie Jeanes House, Eliza Mary Stanely King, Homer A. Fouser and Charles H. Zarr.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 26, 1970.)
New car fans used to fall introduction will have a treat in store today. That’s when the new Camaro sports car from Chevrolet goes on display at Andy Johnson’s Chevrolet Company in Mount Ayr. It marks the first time a new car has been introduced in February for the Chevrolet Company.
Ralph Manning, 112 pound Raider wrestler, will participate in the state meet in Des Moines this week.
Staff Sgt. John Walters, son of Mrs. Mabel Walters of Blockton, is decorated with the US Air Force Commendation Medal at McChord AFB, Washington. Sgt. Walters, who previously served at Nha Trang AB, Vietnam, received the medal for meritorious service as a communication specialist. He is assigned to McChord with the 4628th Support Squadron, a unit of the Aerospace Defense Command which protects the USA against hostile aircraft and missiles.
Marriage: February 1, Marie Euritt and Phil Burmeister.
Births: February 16, a daughter, Teresa, to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Main…February 21, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. William Oger.
Obituaries: Nellie Miller McKay.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 23, 1995.)
John Allen of rural Tingley was recently hired as Rideta Electric’s new director of member services. Allen will have an office at the Mount Ayr facility. The position was made available after the resignation of Mike Alley who accepted employment in Colorado.
Two MAC Raider wrestlers qualified for the state wrestling tournament by finishing in the finals at the Class 1A district tournament. Sophmore 171 pound Jamie King and Senior 152 pound Jacobs Knight.
21-The Tingley Friendship Mealsite has now been in existence that long, 21 years. A special party was held Monday, February 13 to celebrate this special milestone.
Obituary in this edition was Harry Duane Jones.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 11, 2010.)
Ringgold County Kids Against Hunger has been sending packaged food to Haiti, another way that Ringgold County residents are seeking to help with the problems there. In the last week, the Kids Against Hunger sent over 23,000 meals to Haiti.
Agriculture and related business accounts for more than 40 percent of the economic activity in Ringgold County, according to an Iowa State University report detailing its effect on the county. Ringgold County has 733 farms with 264,886 acres listed as being farmland, according to the latest figures available from 2007. Farms in the county are larger than average while there is less of Ringgold County’s land in farmland than the state average.
Bob Ricker to be inducted to Basketball Hall of Fame. Mount Ayr resident and former Diagonal Maroon standout basketball player, Bob Ricker, will be one of the seven athletes inducted into Iowa High School Athletic Assoc. Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Obituaries in this edition were: Gwen Livesay Kennedy, Alice Darlene Bruner Larsen, and Joseph Miles Minarik.