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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 12, 1920.)
The first Ringgold County track and field meet will be held in Mount Ayr Saturday of this week, May 15 at 2 p.m. Eight schools have entered teams: Benton, Diagonal, Delphos, Kellerton, Maloy, Mount Ayr, Ellston and Redding. The county basketball tournament was a success and the people of the county are invited to help the boys make the track and field meet an annual event.
The Maupin Style Shop has been moved this week from the Merrill Building, east of the NE Corner of the square to the Horne Building on the west side. R.C. Smith is moving his insurance offices from the Hayes Building to the Merrill Building which he recently purchased. The new location will give Mayor Smith more room for the accommodation of his constantly increasing business. The rooms vacated by Mr. Smith will be occupied by Grant Hayes as law offices.
Gun club notes: weather conditions were very unfavorable for a large attendance at the weekly shoot, held yesterday afternoon, nevertheless nine shooters were there to try their hands at breaking the flying disc. The weekly club shoot is held each Tuesday at 4:30. Come out whether a club member or not. There will be plenty of guns and ammunition on the ground.
Marriges: May 6, Jennie Richardson and Walter Lesan…May 9, Orpha Pottorff and Loren Tullis.
Obituary in this edition was, Harry F. Fuller.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 17, 1945.)
Service Selections: Official notification of the death of Pfc. Leland Duffield was received Monday by his wife, Mrs. Jane Anderson Duffield of Mount Ayr and his mother, Anna Duffield of Kellerton. Pfc. Duffield died April 18, at Okinawa and would have been 34 years old in July…Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brand of Poe Township received a message Monday from the War Department conveying the sad news that their son, Pfc. Harold Brand, had died of wounds received April 22 on Okinawa. He was 24 years old…Sgt. John Priest of Decatur listed as missing in action in France since January 19, was one of eight Iowa men liberated recently from Mark Pongau, Allied Prisoner of War Camp in Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Priest of Kellerton…The community rejoices with relatives over the return during the week of three service men who were held prisoners of war by the Germans and because of letters or official notices telling of the release of four others. Sgt. Raymond Brown, infantry, reported missing December 20, 1944, was liberated April 12, he was held at Stalag 4B…Pvt. Lyle Sackett, was reported missing, December 20, 1944 in Luxenbourg and was liberated April 2…Pvt. Leland “Merle” Butler was reported MIA December 16, in Germany and was liberated from POW camp by the 106th Division of the US Third Army…Sgt. Floyd Hill was taken POW, July 1944, he writes his mother, Mrs. H.H. Hill that he will see her soon…Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Abarr of Redding, were notified through the Red Cross Monday that their son Tech. Sgt. William Abarr, a POW since February 14, 1943, has been liberated…Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Teale of Kellerton, were notified Tuesday by the Red Cross that their son Staff Sgt. Wayne Teale, had been liberated from POW camp in Germay, he had been a prisoner since February 24, 1944…Pfc. Ronald Bonebrake was recently liberated from a prison camp in Germany, he had been MIA since December 21.
Marriages: May 6. Ruth Dennis and Doyle Messner…May 5, Jean Crawford and Lloyd Twombley…May 3, Jeannie Kimball and Clyde Morrell…May 20, Bonnie Gregg and Wayne Calderwood…May 22, Faye Marrs and Sgt. Howard Townsend…May 4, Vera Shields and Rex Beede.
Obituaries in this edition were: Jennie C. Kohal Butler, Eva Head Putney, Floyd C. Clark, Fred Cloyd Skinner, and Mary Jane Smith Yowell.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 30, 1970.)
Mount Ayr Manor, Inc. that is the name chosen for the new housing non-profit corporation being organized in Mount Ayr by Raymond Johnston, Glenn Lesan (vice-president), Neil Chicken (secretary), Merlyn Allen (treasurer), board of directors: Leroy Blessman, Jack Terry, W.B. Cunning, Herman Fennema and LBanks Wilson. The new construction of a 12 unit apartment complex will be built with funds made available throught the FHA. According to Russell Booth, area representative of FHA, funds are available for such projects at a 3 percent interest rate for communities of under 5,500 persons. Total cost of the development, put at about $120,000 would be funded through a 50 year loan, repayable from rentals of the apartments.
Defenbaugh sets school record: Ed Defenbaugh ran a :50.4 quarter in the Bearcat Relays at Northwest Missouri State College at Maryville Saturday. This was his all time best and new school record. This eclipsed the record set by Eugene Ricker in 1964 when he ran :50.6.
Births: April 23, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Claire Parkhurst…April 26, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hubbard…April 17, a son, Greggory, to Mr. and Mrs. James Worthington.
Obituaries in this edition were: Ruth B. Willey Grindle, Clyde Chester Jackson, and Lovilla Grace Sherwood Davies.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 27, 1995.)
Each year the Mount Ayr Lions Club presents the Arion Award to the instrumental music student chosen by a committee as the top senior student in the school band program. At the spring concert Monday night, Amy Shafer was presented the award.
Some 50 marchers carrying signs such as “Famiily Farms Not Factory Farms” marched from Poe Hollow Park to Mount Ayr April 19, as part of a caravan and marched to the National Rural Conference in Ames this week.
Three Current FFA chapter members were presented their Iowa Farmer degrees at state leadership conference in Des Moines last week. The recipients were Tim Schaefer, Karen Elmer and Ryan Yoder.
New businesses were welcomed by a ribbon cutting held last week by the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce. They welcomed Precison Cuts, a beauty shop located at 113 N. Taylor, owners Rhonda Garrett and Billie Stringham. Also welcomed was Steve Oxley Tractor Repair located on South Henderson Street, owner, Steve Oxley.
Births: March 13, a daughter, Emily, to Rick and Jody Fox…April 12, a daughter, Caitlyn, to Tim and Debbie Buckner.
Obituaries in this edition were: Leland Dugan and Leland Andrew Dalbey.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 22, 2010.)
Karl Kerns was awarded the Star Agribusinessman of Iowa Award, seven students received the Iowa FFA degree award and 2 groups received competition medals when the Mount Ayr Community FFA chapter went to the 82nd annual FFA state leadership conference in Des Moines April 15-16.
Information about the Iowa Department of Agriculture, energy production, farmland prices, horse slaughter plants and more were topics when the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey made his annual visit to Ringgold County Friday. His visit here is part of his effort to have public forums in each of the state’s 99 counties each year. One of the current issues in meat inspection are proposed federal regulations that would make lockers pull samples of the product they produce. This would have an upfront cost of between $100,000 and $200,000 and then an ongoing cost of some $40,000 a year, something that many small lockers would not be able to afford. “Regulations like this would end up closing lockers like crazy to fix a problem that we don’t have,” Northey said.