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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 30, 1920.)
Speeders Take Notice: Some of you seem to have forgotten the penalty that you are subject to for fast driving in the streets of Mount Ayr. Now listen, we will most certainly give you the limit if you are brought before us, as we have given you timely warning. This Means You. Now, Heed, for we have several spotters watching you.
Buffalo Bill, although absent in the flesh, is still a vigorous personality. The people of Davenport point to the old house in which the Cody family lived when William was a baby. During all the years of his eventful life he always spoke of Iowa as his home. The monument erected to his memory on Look Out Mountain in Colorado Springs, CO is nothing like as forceful in recalling his life and deeds as in the new ship named “Buffalo Bill.” John Barton Payne signed the recommendation as his last act in the capacity of head of the shipping board and as he laid down the pen he said: “Buffalo Bill is no longer a man…he is an institution.”
Marriage: Last Tuesday Edna Whitson and George Rex were united in marriage.
Births: June 29, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson.
Obituaries: Hattie B. Howard Baker, George Vansickle and Doris Ann Morris Cole.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 5, 1945.)
D.D. Dolecheck’s grocery and general merchandise store in Diagonal was broken into Saturday night and miscellaneous articles were stolen. The burglar also ate some sweet rolls and drank pop while he was in the building. Mr. Dolecheck’s uninvited visitor left a pair of old shoes in exchange for the two new pairs of men’s shoes stolen. A report on the full extent of the damage done is not yet available.
County attorney’s information was filed Saturday, June 30, against Betty Hulquist, 25, and Beverly Lounsbury, 19, of Los Angeles, CA, charging them with operating a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner. The 2 women, who were hitch hiking to Des Moines from Los Angeles, took the 1937 Chervolet Coupe, belonging to C.P. Olson, Saturday morning and drove it to Mount Ayr where they were apprehended by Sheriff Todd and Deputy Sheriff Hoover.
Service Selections: Staff Sgt. Rolland Hensley, 25, the only son of Mrs. Pearl Hensley, of Kellerton, has been MIA since May 26, following a night mission over Tokyo…Two months after officially notified that their son Tech Sgt. Robert Gallbraith, was reported MIA over Holland, Mr. and Mrs. John Gallbraith of Kellerton, received word Thursday that another son, Ensign John Gallbraith, was on a plane which crashed into the sea east of Mayport, FL. Robert’s plane was shot down April 15 and fell into the sea just off the Dutch coast. Little hope for the safety of either of the boys is held by their parents.
Marriages: June 30, Virginia Lamb and Albert Cox were united in marriage.
Births: June 28, a son, Billy, to Capt. and Mrs. W.E. Barron.
Obituaries in this edition were: Marvin Neil Olney, Clementine Susan Scott Clark and Charles C. Hucke.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 18, 1970.)
Some Ringgold County residents who were eligible for additional homestead credits in years past may find they no longer qualify. That’s the effect of change in the homestead tax credit law made by the last session of the legislature. The changes, made to make the law easier to administer, reduces the credit allowed for the 351 persons who applied in Ringgold County last year, according to county assessor, Chas. Hetzel. The new law provides for people over 65 or totally disabled to receive a “double homestead” instead of the current “age and income benefits” that have been effective since 1967.
News of Men in the Armed Services: Mrs. Roy Bucy of Kellerton was privileged to talk to her son, Pfc. Larry Huss, via shortwave radio on June 9. She reports she could hear him well and he was fine. The weather was very hot and humid there, but he enjoys his job as a finance specialist with the 101st Airborne Division and is stationed at Camp Campbell, Phu Bai South Viet Nam, which is next to the DMZ (Vietnam’s Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, is the area around the former border between North and South Vietnam. Historically it was a narrow band of terrain extending from the Laos border to the coast, five kilometers on either side of the Ben Hai River, roughly on the 17th parallel north of latitude. The area saw heavy fighting in the war).
Marriages: May 31, Lynda LaRue Main and James Lott…May 24, Nancy Nickles and John Fauler…May 31, Royce Nelson and Lavonne King.
Births: June 11, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knapp…June 13, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Martin…June 13, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Booth…May 21, a son, Kent, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Andrew.
Obituaries in this edition: Bertha Manila McGregor Ruby, Everett James Galloway, Carrie Mae Scott Johnston, and Lewis Fred Nordman.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 15, 1995.)
A discussion of the pros and cons of obtaining a special health clinic designation from the federal government and a cheerful financial report comprised the bulk of Monday’s meeting of the Ringgold County Hospital Board.
Ringgold County’s share of the $54.4 million in property tax relief to pay for mental health expenditures distributed to counties will be $109,201 for the 1996 fiscal year.
A break in the weather has allowed some planting of crops to begin in Ringgold County this week, but farmers are far behind in crop planting. Many farmers have given up on corn and are seeking to plant as many soybeans as possible while there is still time
Births: Brad and Marisa Matney are the parents of a daughter, Ashley Lynn, born June 9.
Obituaries in this edition were: Namoi L. Johnston Creveling, Robert “ Bob” Shouse, Meredith Paul Pratt, Joanna Marie Boese.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 10, 2010.)
Clearfield girl wins trip to South Africa World Cup. McDonald’s the official sponsor and official restaurant of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, is giving a lucky child from Clearfield the chance of a lifetime with a trip for two to the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer matches in South Africa. Eight-year old Brynn Nickle’s mother, Stasia Nickle, entered McDonald’s Player Escort Program Sweepstakes on her daughters’ behalf earlier this spring and is one of only two U.S. winners. Nickle will escort a US men’s national team player onto field prior to the highly anticipated USA vs. England match, Saturday June 12.
Births: May 14, a son, Brody, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark England…June 3, a girl, Brianna, to Chris Allen and Melisa Schroeder.