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A nice and old group photo made better because the names are on the back. Mount Ayr High School’s baseball team of 1908 has some interesting young men so let’s see who they are. Back row, left to right: Paul Spurrier (Captain), Clint Allyn, Stanton Tennant (Manager), Grant Hayes, Arlo Moore, and Charlie Horne. Front row: Luther Bonham, Ray Goodman, Clifford Hanks, and Charlie Reger.
Paul Spurrier graduated in 1908 and got into the grocery trade before marrying Fern Anderson on January 3, 1916. They later moved to southern California. Paul was the brother of J. S. Spurrier who owned the Mount Ayr Record-News before passing it on to his son Franklin.
Clint Allyn graduated in 1908 and was the son of well-known banker and developer George S. Allyn. After high school, Clint went to work in his father’s bank and learned the abstract trade. In 1915, he joined Frank Sheldon in a firm dealing with real estate, insurance, and abstracts. This business later became Clyde Lesan Company and Clint worked there until his passing in 1949.
The manager, Stanton Tennant is the only one in this photo that appears in the 1976 Ringgold County Honor Roll of Distinguished Citizens. He graduated in 1909 and was a newspaper man his entire life, beginning in Mount Ayr, then Grundy Center, and then Marble Rock. In 1920, he and his wife began publishing the Colfax Tribune and did so for forty years.
Grant Hayes graduated in 1908 and went to college to study law. He is listed in the 1915 Ayrian as being in the grain business with his father. Grant served his country in World War I and then settled into the practice of law in Mount Ayr. Grant’s daughter married George Flagg, a well-known Des Moines attorney, councilman, and community leader.
Arlo Moore graduated in 1909 and went into farming and later moved to Hudson, Iowa. Arlo was a brother to Art Moore who had the Standard Station at the corner of Columbus Street and Highway 169.
Charlie Horne graduated in 1908 and went to Ames College with Grant Hayes but soon dropped out and went to work for I. J. Dalbey. Charlie managed lumberyards at Redding and Decatur City before buying into the grocery business with Arthur and Harry Liggett in 1918. In 1928 he bought the hardware business of the retiring Curtis Keating and established Horne Hardware. Charlie was the son of Dr. William Horne of Mount Ayr.
We’ll have to get to the other fellas at a different date.