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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, June 23, 1920.)
Several years ago Warren G. Harding, the Republican nominee for president of the United States, addressed a chautauqua audience in Mount Ayr. He spoke in many parts of the state and was found the most pleasant speaker brought to Iowa by the Red-Path people. We recall Mr. Harding as tall and straight and completely rounded in form. He stood firm on his feet and had a pleasant voice and manners. He pleased all. His address was optimistic and he indulged in no bitter criticisms of humanity. A stream of goodness ran through his address and he took pleasant views on human life and society. The address was well received. The address and man will not be forgot. He went to the Mount Ayr house and phoned to the writer to ask why Iowa was called the “Hawkeye State.” We have always desired to avoid prevarications and said that the tradition was founded on more than a dozen Indian myths, and none of them true. He politely accepted the reply. He talked to many our citizens and created an exceedingly favorable impression. Of all the addresses made at our chautauqua none were better received than that of Senator Harding. It was full of information and presented by an agreeable man in a pleasant way.
Marriages: Tuesday morning Blanche Long became the bride of Lloyd Swain…June 17, Lena Ogden and John W. Meloy were united in marriage…June 6, Clara Fresby and Hubert Rouch were married.
Births: June 17, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Daniels…June 16, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bayles.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lura May Shaha Doser, Jonathan Franklin Sutherland, John H. May and Hallie Baker.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 28, 1945.)
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Athey of the Redding vicinity, were officially notified this week of the death of their son, Pay Clerk John Francis Athey, who had been a POW of the Japanese since May 1942. He was aboard a Japanese freighter, (which bore no mark to indicate it was carrying POWs) being transferred from the Bilibid POW camp in the Philippines to the Japanese home islands, when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by US Naval forces.
The contouring is definitely on the increase in Ringgold County is very obvious to anyone driving out into the country these days. One sees considerable more corn rows winding around the hill than has been in evidence the past years. Technicians from the local soil district office report that laid out contour lines on approximately 3,000 acres for 90 different land owners. Contouring along with grassed waterways is not advocated as a cure all for erosion but it is a practice that is becoming recognized by farmers as being very important in the fight to control erosion.
Marriages: June 27, Maxine Conway and Wilbur Parks.
Births: June 18, a daughter, Patsy, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Gaule…June 17, a son, Michael, to Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Jones.
Obituaries in this edition were: Walter Graves Braden, George Montgomery Kirby, Addie J. Pratt Utter and Evie Geringer Newman.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 11, 1970.)
With temperatures mounting, Mount Ayr area youngsters will have to swelter for a few days. The Judge Lewis Park swimming pool closed Saturday evening because of excessive loss of water. Pool manager, Lynn Argotsinger said a 2 inch water main feeding water into the pool could not maintain the water level.
Don’s Ayrliner Food Market weekly specials:
Ground Beef – 3 lbs. $1.89….Frying Chicken- cut up -.31 cents a pound, whole .27 cents a pound…Ring Bologna – 3 rings $1…Wilson Crispite Bacon, .69 cents a pound…Velvetta 2 lb box $1.09.
Marriages: May 17, Cheryl Woollums became the bride of Terry Hainline.
Births: June 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ragan…June 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mattox III…June 5, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fifer…June 5, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weehler.
Obituaries: Everett James Galloway, Cecil Keller.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 8, 1995.)
An open house for the South Center Alternative Learning Center in Mount Ayr will be held June 13, located in the eastern part of Mount Ayr along Hwy 2.
Ribbon cutting held at Delphos in honor of opening of Country Store Crafts Collectables and More. Owners Virginia Seaton and Mary Humbert.
Farmers in south central and SE Iowa made little headway in getting their crops planted last week, in spite of a welcome break from incessant rainfall. Most fields remained too soggy from previous rains for farmers to begin planting.
Obituaries in this edition were: Esther Elizabeth Smith Barton and Jeanette Moeller Nunguesser.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 3.2010.)
Damage estimated in millions from storm north of Mount Ayr. It only took an instant to change the landscape on a Ringgold County farm Tuesday afternoon. A tornado touched down briefly seven miles north of Mount Ayr along US Hwy 169 and completely wiped out the large cattle feeding operation owned by Gary Bjustrom on the west side of the road, skipped over some property and then caused a great deal more damage at the property of Terry Weeda on the west side of the road three fourths of a mile on north along the highway.
Births: May 3, a son, Eli, to Brian and Jamie (Haidsiak) Hommer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Everett Lee Kinder and Pauline Willey McCutchan.