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One Hundred Years
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 31, 1920.)
Whiskey sent to state institutions. The four hundred and eighteen pint bottles and sixteen quart bottles of whiskey seized by Sheriff E. L. Nicholas when he captured a Cadillac automobile last summer and which has since occupied a cell in the county jail, was shipped by express this evening to the Board of Control of State Institutions. Six boxes containing 218 pints and sixteen quarts went to the soldiers’ Orphan Home at Davenport; two boxes containing 100 pints to the Training School for Boys at Eldora; one box containing 50 pints to the Training School for Girls at Mitchellville and one box containing 50 pints to the Soldiers Home in Marshalltown. The whiskey was shipped on order and by authority of a permit to purchase intoxicating liquors for other than beverage purposes, approved by the prohibition director.
Speeders take notice..First and last call. There is an ordinance setting the speed limit in the corporation limits of 15 mph and some are reporting a few are forgetting to shut off the gas when they are out driving. Now it is not the desire of this administration to cause anybody to pay fines, but when you violate the laws, we have no other choice than give you the penalty which the laws provide.
Marriages: Nora McDonald became the bride of Charles Vanderpluym Wednesday afternoon.
Births: April 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Mint Ruby…March 29, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hart…March 23, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Loren Harriman…February 20, a daughter, Zoe, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Elliott…February 29, a son. Robert, to Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Sharp… March 12, a daughter, Thelma, to Mr. and Mrs. L.E. England…March 11, a son, Clyde, to Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Troxell…March 3, a daughter, Ruth, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beymer…March 11, a son, Dayle, to Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Gebb…March 14, a son, Lyle, to Mr.and Mrs. Alfred Sackett…March 2, a son, John, to Mr. and Mrs. J.A. McNerney…March 10, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Strange…March 13, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Graham…April 10, twins, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Patterson.
Obituary in this edition was Carroll Reasoner.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 19, 1945.)
Forty Japanese prisoners of war from the Clarinda Camp will soon be brought to Ringgold County to pick corn which still remains in some of the fields. They will come as soon as weather conditions are favorable for entering the fields. Arrangements for bringing the labor battalion to the county have been made through the county AAA office. The plan is accepted as a measure for solving the manpower shortage that fields maybe cleared and prepared for planting as soon as possible. Ten cents per bushel will be paid and mittens will be furnished in exchange for services rendered. Guards will accompany the prisoners and transportation will be furnished by the prison camp. Roy Lepley, county AAA Chairman, warns that visitors will not be allowed in the fields and that curiosity seekers will not be tolerated.
Service Selections: Staff Sgt. Raymond C. “Sport” Brown, son of Mrs. Martha Brown of Maloy, who was reported MIA since December 20, in Luxenbourg, is now a German Prisoner of War…Four men leave Mount Ayr Wednesday, April 25, for Fort Leavenworth, KS where they will be inducted into the army. They are: Gene R. Hoffman, Kellerton, single; William A. Hobbs, Blockton, father; Laverne D. Brooks, transferred from San Francisco; and Louis P. Votava.
Births: April 16, a son, Howard, to Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Mercer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Jesse Thomas Wheatley, Bessie May Lepley Hoover and Jarodus Nile Miller.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 2, 1970.)
Mount Ayr’s first Eagle Scout in more than 20 years received the coveted Scouting award at an impressive court of honor ceremony March 25 at Mount Ayr First Baptist Church. The recipient was Kurt Nichols, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Nichols and a freshman in Mount Ayr Community school.
Marriage: March 6, Martha Jane Murphy and Collus Lawhead were united in marriage.
Births: March 25, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. William Ogle…March 27, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stephensen.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lota Foster Mosbarger, Alma Sarah Mathes Coffman, Benjamin Reah Robison and Joseph Klejch.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 30, 1995.)
The City of Diagonal, in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Ringgold County Conservation Board and Southern Iowa Resource, Conservation and Development, announced the confirmation of final funding and the kick off of a 44 acre lake and recreational facility at a press conference this week. The lake and park will be located on approximately 230 acres of land located along the NW edge of the city of Diagonal.
Mount Ayr had a $100,000 lottery winner this week for the first time since the state lottery has been held. Roberta Campbell of Mount Ayr won $100,000 in the Power Ball Lottery when she matched all five numbers with the exception of the power ball number. Matching that number would have meant winnings of more than $28 million.
Marriage: March 4, Ericka Shields and Mark Wilmes, Jr. were united in marriage.
Births: March 12, a daughter, Taylor, to Doug and Gina Still…February 23, a daughter, Sierra, to Mr. and Mrs. Rod Stevens.
Obituaries: Donna L. Karr Powell, Lester R. “Bus” Pugh, and Ruth Braby Jones.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 25, 2010.)
It’s March so it must be time for another big hike in electric rates for Interstate Power and Alliant Energy customers. For the second year in a row, the company has asked for double-digit increases in electricity charges for its customers in southern Iowa, including Ringgold County communities.
Steve Kerns, a pork producer from Clearfield, served as a delegate at the Pork Act Delegate Assembly March 4-6 in Kansas City. Kerns was named delegate by Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.
Births: March 22, a son, Nathan, to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Roemer…March 16, a daughter, Avery, to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Greenberg…March 19, a son, Benjamin, to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Coulson.