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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 9, 1920.)
Good Milk Ordinance…Published in the Record News today is an ordinance adopted by the town council last week providing for inspection of dairy cows to prevent milk being supplied to users from cows that are tubercular. This ordinance was enacted to provide good milk in Mount Ayr. It is not the wish of the council to make anyone pay a fine for selling bad milk. It is the intention to prevent the sale of bad milk.
For the first time in Ringgold County and maybe the first time anywhere, election returns were delivered by aeroplane yesterday. S.P. Baird, who served as one of the judges of the election in Clinton Township Monday, was charged with the responsibility of delivering the ballots to the court house in Mount Ayr. When he arouse Tuesday morning he found the rain during the night had made the roads so muddy that it was impossible to make the trip to the county seat by automobile. He called C.A. McElvain, who pilots the aeroplane owned by Redding Company and arrangements were soon made to make the trip. The start was noon and nine and one-half minutes later Mr. Baird walked into the auditors office with the election returns.
Marriages: May 30, Alex Baker and Marie Goodwin.
Births: May 26, a daughter, Mary, to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Seaton
(From the Mount Ayr Record News,Thursday, June14, 1945.)
The Assembly of God Church in Mount Ayr, west of Hawkeye Lumber Co., was dedicated Monday when services were held in the afternoon and evening. The church was filled to capacity at all services.
The old city reservoir, north of Mount Ayr, will be officially open to swimmers Sunday, June 17, and will be operated under the same plan as last year. Coach John Champlin will serve as lifeguard.
The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Air Medal has been awarded to Lieut. Robert Miller at the Army Air Forces Command radar school at Langley Field, VA. Lieut. Miller was given the DFC for extraordinary achievement during operational flights totaling more than 200 hours in which exposure to enemy fire was probable and expected. The Air Medal was awarded him for meritorious achievements while participating on bombing missions along the coast of China.
Old feather beds or feather pillows for conversion into new feather pillows for service men and women in hospitals are needed and requested by the local chapter of the United Service Women of America.
Marriages: May 19, Eldon Jass and Aileen Soami.
Births: June 3 a daughter, to Seaman 1st Class and Mrs. William Harvey…June 6, a son, to Cpl. and Mrs. Charles Goodale.
Obituary in this edition was, Stella Keller Mercer.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 28, 1970.)
About 25 persons attended a meeting May 19 in Redding to discuss piping water to farms and towns in southwestern Ringgold County. Those present were strongly in favor of forming a water district soon.
Kathleen England has been chosen by Unit 516 American Legion Auxiliary, of Tingley, to attend the 25th annual Girls State. Paulette Johnson was chosen as alternate.
Winged termites may appear during any month but they are most active in May, June, and July. This is reminder comes for Harold “Tiny” Gunderson extension entomologist at Iowa State University.
Births: May 21, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Andrews.
Obituaries in this edition were: Gladys Opal Combs Thompson, Lela Chloe Jones Dunlap, Harry Logan Shaner, Oscar Henry Schaeffer and Donald L. Campbell.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 25, 1995.)
Water cascading down the spillway at Loch Ayr Lake, the Mount Ayr city reservoir is just one example of the abundance of rain that has caused some flooding in Ringgold County this week. It’s not our imagination- Ringgold County has officially received 10.45” of rain from April 1-May 22. This compares to 7.44” if rain received in the same period in 1993.
Starting July 1, 1995 a new law called Zero- Tolerance will take effect. Zero-Tolerance is a measurement police will use to test the offender. Zero-Tolerance takes a effect after a .02 blood alcohol content (BAC) has been reached. Any driver under 21 years who is stopped and tests as little as .02 BAC will lose their liscense for at least 60 days.
Six new school records were set by the Mount Ayr Community Rebel Raiderettes track team this season…Debbie Stephens holds 3 records, 100 meter dash, :12.75; 200 meter dash,:27.56; and long jump, 16 feet 2 1/2 inches. Jennifer Nelson has one, a new 400 meter dash mark of 1:03.27. The seven flight shuttle hurdle relay team set a record of :56.31, members were Rachel Derscheid, Andrea Stull, Katrina Larsen and Laura Jones. The junior high girls record in the 4×800 relay is now 11:36.66. Team members are, Kari Mitchell, Amber Taylor, Cara Smith and Kim Griffith.
Births: May 13, a son, Jacob, to Mr. and Mrs. Ronche Still.
Obituaries in this edition were: Louise A. Knight Wyckoff, Dorothy Gayle Dalton Matthews and Rita Lavonne DeHart.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 20, 2010.)
Board approves three district superintendent sharing plan. Costs to the Mount Ayr Community school district went up a bit, but a superintendent sharing agreement has tentatively been approved between Mount Ayr Community, Bedford and Clearfield board for the 2010-11 school year.
Brandi Goodale was named valedictorian and Janel Wortman was named salutatorian when the Diagonal high school class of 2010 was graduated Friday evening.
As required by the new law, the US Department of Health & Human Services plans to issue $250 rebate checks to Medicare beneficiaries who have reached the “donut hole” in prescription drug coverage.
Births: April 20, a son, Brayden, to Mr. and Mrs. Wes Mathany…May 9, a daughter, Addie May, to Mr. and Mrs. Josh Powell.
Obituaries in this edition were: Eldon Lavern Boese, Mary Ruby Rogers Crowson, Jerry Dean McAlexander and Vera Korrean Goodale Morey.