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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 14, 1920.)
Through a deal consummated last week the trustees of Faith Lodge #179, A.F. and A.M., traded the building and lot owned by the Masonic Lodge on the west side of the square to George Allyn for the two south rooms of the Huggins building on the southwest corner of the square and H.H. Wilson purchased the building and lot formerly owned by the Masons, the building and lot adjoining north, belonging to the John Horne estate and the building just across the alley south. The Masons plan to convert the upstairs rooms of the Huggins building into a lodge hall and the lower rooms now occupied by the Mount Ayr Implement & Motor Company, will be finished and will probably be converted into store rooms. Announcement is made that the post office, which now occupies the building owned by Howard Tedford on the east side of the square, will be moved September 1 to the west room of the Huggins building on the northwest corner of the square, now occupied by John Wall & Sons grocery store and the east room of the same building, now occupied W.Moore’s Furniture store, has been purchased by John B. Currie, who will move his stock of jewelry and Edison phonographs from the east side. The purchase by Dey W. Middlesworth of the Merrill store building on the north side will change location of the Red Cross Pharmacy and J.W. Luce will move his stock of drugs and druggist sundries to the east room of the Timby building on the northeast corner of the square, recently vacated by Freeland & Loutzenhisher. Dates for changing locations have not been announced.
Marriages: July 4, Ava Johnson and Rolland Buckley.
Births: July 8, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. earl Stutesman…Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Black are the proud parents of a daughter born last week…July 13, a son, Charles William, to Dr. and Mrs. C.C. Lawhead.
Obituaries in this edition were: Elizabeth Bowerman Ambrosier, Sara Soles Haggan, Josephine Liggetts Rusk, and Cora Anna Latta Hayden.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, July 19, 1945.)
Returning veterans of World War II, who wish to establish themselves as farmers, may receive help from the county AAA committee in obtaining new machinery and equipment, said Ron Lepley, chairman of Ringgold County AAA committee. The applicant must present ample evidence of U.S. military service and discharge; must have made an honest but unsuccessful effort to obtain second-hand machinery; and must own a farm or operate a farm as a tenant to be eligible for the preference rating.
The distinction of being cited as one of the world’s outstanding Rexall stores is one that has come to Horne’s Rexall drug store (along with the added distinction of being on Rexall’s annual Honor Roll). The award is made by the International Association of Rexall Clubs.
Marriages: July 6, Norma Hailey and William Edgerton…June 16, Mary Kluesner and Billy Reed.
Births: July 2, a son, Alan, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Payne…June 19, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Holland…July 10, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stevenson…July 11, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Nixon.
Obituary in this edition was, George Walter Venn.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 2, 1970.)
Arlen Hughes was appointed Friday by the board of supervisors as Ringgold County Attorney, effective as of that date. He will fill the unexpired term (January 1, 1971) of William M. Warin, who resigned as of June 1.
Checks in excess of $1 million were in the mail Wednesday for many Ringgold County farmers participating in the 1970 feed, grain, and wheat programs. Farmers in the county this year are retiring 26,800 acres of crop land in order to earn the feed, grain and wheat payments. In addition to retiring land for payment, farmers are also required to keep the land in a conserving use and control weeds.
Marriages: June 6, Lelia Goodale and Gary Sheets…June 7, Linda Dufty and Richard Clennin III.
Births: June 24, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weehler…June 24. a son, to Mr. and Mrs. James Walling…June 26, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Cloud…June 29, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Gail Matthews…June 30, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Darwyn Hale.
Obituaries in this edition were: William Perry Bill Woollums, Loanna Eileen Foley Woollums and Jodane Marion Woollums.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 29, 1995.)
A case on what to do with parts of a gun determined by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to be illegal had action in Ringgold County District Court Monday. A Colt AR-15 rifle modified with M-16 parts to make it a “machine gun” in ATF terminology was seized in the arrest of a juvenile in Mount Ayr in November of 1993 by the Mount Ayr police department. The ATF report said the gun was illegal for a citizen to possess without special permits and due to extensive modifications could not be changed back to a legal weapon.
Marvin Woollums of Mount Ayr won the Mount Ayr horseshoe pitching tournament held on the courts in Judge Lewis Park Saturday. Woollums took the Class A title with a 4-1 record and ringer percentage of 52 percent.
A project to install longitudinal subdrains on Hwy 169 from the Missouri state line north to the junction with Hwy 2 is scheduled to begin this week. Manatt’s Inc. of Brooklyn is the contactor for the $118,424 project. Work began June 28 and is expected to be completed by the first part of April.
Births: June 25, a son, Hagan, to Craig and Brenda Willis.
Obituaries in this edition were: Kenneth Franklin McGehee, Dorothy Kathryn Cooper Wurster, and Beulah Clark Munger.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 24, 2010.)
A team of exceptional athletes, many of whom are wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans representing all military branches, left from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA on May 22. On Monday, June 28, they will arrive in Mount Ayr as part of World T.E.A.M. Sports’ inaugural bike trek across America called the State From Sea to Shinning Sea. The goal of the ride is to honor the courage of service men and women, recognize the strength of the American spirit and challenge perceptions of how the nation views athletes. The ride will conclude in Virginia Beach, VA on July 24.
Five local Mount Ayr Community high school musicians will tour Europe with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music, July 3-18. Band members Tom Hosfield, Luria Staats, Ian Abarr, and Jessie Ricker and choir member Courtney Cox will be taking the tour. MACHS music director, Greg Storhoff and wife Crystal, will be on the tour also. The local students are part of a select group of about 400 school muscians from across Iowa. The Ambassadors have a 16 day concert tour covering England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein.
Marriages: Jacquline Baker and Justin Bacon were untied in marriage on October 24, 2009.
Births: June 18, a daughter, Teyanna, to Misty Erickson…June 16, a daughter, Claire, to Matt and Katie Routh.
Obituary in this edition was David Richard Brooks.