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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 16, 1920.)
Warren G. Harding, US Senator from Ohio, was nominated for president by the Republican National Convention Saturday. The nomination being effected on the tenth ballot. On the final roll call the vote was as follows: Harding 674 7-10; Wood 157 1/2; Johnson 80.4; Lowden 12; scattering 58.9. A motion to make the nomination of Harding unanimous was lost as a result of the objection of the LaFollette delegates from Wisconsin.
Red Cross Notes: The executive board of the Ringgold County Red Cross held a meeting in the library Monday evening June 14. The nurses report for May is as follows: school children examined, 356; defective vision, 130; defective hearing, 73; nasal obstruction, 47; enlarged tonsils, 77; defective teeth, 191; children over 10 pounds under weight, 51. In four parts of the county, five patients have received actual bedside care. This is entirely free of charge. When you subscribed to the Red Cross a year or two ago, you paid for the services of Miss Stallard, who is glad to give her services to anyone, anytime.
Marriages: June 12, Mary Bailey and Earl Adair.
Obituary in this edition were: Duncilla Amanda Harvey Preston.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 21, 1945.)
Three soldiers will relate their experiences in German Camp. Three Ringgold County boys were held Prisoners of War in Germany until they were released at the close of the war, will speak at a special program arranged for Saturday evening at the band stand in Mount Ayr. Pfc. Charles Foster, a POW since February 1943; Pvt. Merle Butler, a POW since December 1944; and Sgt. Floyd Hill a POW since February 1943, will speak about their experiences and living conditions while they were POW in the German prisonwar camps.
D.H. Snedeker purchased Tuesday the Spurrier Cafe on the east side of the square in Mount Ayr. Immediate possession was given M.L. Spurrier has operated the cafe for nearly 12 years.
Rail line to be abandoned. With the abandonment of the 22 mile segment will come better freight service to Mount Ayr and points east. Daily service will be established, effective June 27. The section of the line from Grant City to Albany Junction will have tri-weekly service. Abandonment means a loss of rail service to Redding and Delphos and approximately $10,250 in taxes to the county, towns, and school districts through which the line operates.
Ration News: Ceiling prices for used passenger cars will be reduced four percent on July 1st in accordance with the roll back provision of the used cars sold either dealer or private owners. Charges allowed for extra equipment such as heater, radios, and other inbuilt items are also reduced four percent.
Marriages: October 22, 1943, Cleora Shaw and Alvin Hudson; June 13, Viola Messenger and Raymond Blubaugh; June 1, Maxine Hukill and Elton Pettegrew; June 4, Mary Peterson and Staff Sgt. Frank B. Reasoner.
Births: June 17, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Shafer…June 14, a daughter, Judith, to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Trimble…June 5, twins, Jackie and Janice, to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sickels.
Obituary in this edition was, Myron Q. Sherwood.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 4, 1970.)
William M. Warin, Ringgold County attorney, has submitted his resignation to the county board of supervisors, effective June 1, 1970. Following is his statement: “Due to a change of circumstances it has been necessary for me to resign my office of Ringgold County Attorney.”
Paul Fell and Steve Cole, who will be seniors this fall in the Mount Ayr Community High School, have been selected to attend Boys State June 6-12 at Camp Dodge in Des Moines…Debbie Henry has been chosen by the American Legion Auxiliary, Ringgold Unit #172 of Mount Ayr to attend the 25th annual Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State in Cedar Falls, June 7-13.
Michael Combs, who graduated May 29 from Iowa State University, in Ames, with a major in agricultural business, has accepted a position as territory manager for the Northrup King Seed Co., the duties of which he will assume June 15.
Marriages: May 1, Mary Jane Haley and Ernest Garrett…May 19, Toni Stephens and Ronald Schlapia.
Births: May 29, a son, to Mr. and Mrs, Ernest Mercer…May 30, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Brooks.
Obituaries in this edition: Gail Martin Dalton…Albert Spurrier..John Hinnman “Jack” Eddy.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 1, 1995.)
If the pieces of the puzzle continue to fall in place, Mount Ayr may have a second grocery store again by this winter. That’s the word from Joe Murphy of Mount Ayr who has been working on a project to turn the present Place’s building into a grocery store once Place’s moves to it’s new building NW of the current Place’s site.
Storm fronts with dangerous winds passed through Ringgold County Saturday night, but for the most part the county seemed to have missed the brunt of the tornadoes that did millions of dollars of damage further north. According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was sighted in Ringgold County SE of Mount Ayr, but the Ringgold County sheriffs department had no reports of damage from the storm. The tornado sirens in Mount Ayr sent people to shelter at 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening after reports of funnel clouds.
Krista Shaha, daughter of Kyle and Pam Shaha, graduated May 11 from University of Iowa in Iowa City with a bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy…Lori Sickels Friedman received her doctor of philosophy degree on May 25 from the University of California in Berkeley, CA. Lori’s PhD was in the field of molecular and cell biology and her research was in “Molecular Genetics of Human Breast Cancer: the search for BRCAI.”
Chip Brundage placed third in the discus competition at the state Class 1A track meet in Des Moines over the weekend as the highest finisher among the eight events the Raiders took to state.
Births: May 23, a daughter, Jena, to Kevin and Tammy James.
Obituaries in this edition were: Irene Eliza Wimer Heggs Crigler, Edna Coulson Burgher, Linda M. Troncin Olszewski, Minnie Belle Clemons Frost and Ray Dennis Stewart.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 27, 2010.)
For the second year in a row, Mount Ayr Community Raider, Cade Lambson has won the discus competition at the state track meet. This year Lambson did it in record fashion with his toss of 174’ 7”, breaking the previous MACHS discus record set by Brent Geringer in the 1970’s.
On May 30, the Ellston United Methodist Church will celebrate 50 years of worship in the current sanctuary. The actual “church” has been worshipping as some form of Methodism for over 100 years but the current building was planned and built in late 1950’s dedicated in May 1960.
The MACHS Fine Arts Achievement Award was shared by two recipients for the 2010 school year. Drama director, Shaun Kniep, presented the award to Tiffany Wimer and Maci Sickels.
Junior, Molly Budach will be making her third appearance in the Class 1A state golf tournament next week. She will tee up next Tuesday, June 1 in Adel for the 36 hole two day event.
Births: May 24, a son, Keaton, to Travis and Nicole Swank.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lois Maxine Collier Schaefer, Agnes Hampton Sutherland and Karen Kay Kesterson Vary.