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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 4, 1920.)
About a year ago the Mount Ayr post office passed from the class of small town post offices. At that time it stepped up from third class to second class and is now entitled to city delivery of mail. With the post office about to enter it’s new and more commodious quarters it appears to us that the time is right to take this matter up with the proper authorities. Lamoni, Lenox, and nearly every county seat town in the state are enjoying this service. The Commercial Club of Mount Ayr can do something really constructive in putting this over. It will never come to us unless we go and get it. The first step is up to us. All in favor say “aye.” Alright Commercial Club let’s go!
The importation of Mexicans to work on various industries in Iowa is causing trouble. The Santa Fe railway had over 200 of them under contract at Fort Madison, but after the concession made the railway by the immigration department these people had to be released at the close of the war, as the claim was made that they were replacing white labor that had been summoned to military duty but were now ready to assume their former positions. The big beet sugar interests at Mason City advertised in Mexican papers for labor and 12 men responded, but when they reached Mason City they preferred to go to work for the railroads. Immigration officers were appealed to and the Mexicans were placed under arrest. Then it was that they put in a claim for services already rendered and this must take its course in courts pending a legal interpretation the men are permitted to remain in the city.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 9, 1945.)
War Ration Book #5 to be issued in December. The War Ration Book #5, “smaller than a dollar bill” and containing just half as many stamps as the last book issued and new “A” gasoline ration books will be distributed in December, according to a recent OPA announcement. The book will contain 48 red stamps for use in the meat-fats program and 48 blue, processed food stamps, each kind being numbered from 11-58. Also included in the book will be 12 shoe stamps, numbered 11-22 and 12 sugar stamps numbered from 23-34. The book will also contain 72 “spare” stamps, 24 of them green stamps, numbered 35-58 and 48 of them brown stamps numbered 59-105.
Carl and Ed Ford, sons of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Ford of Tingley, have purchased what is known as the C.D. Johnston farm, consisting of 160 acres and located one mile south of Tingley. They paid $150 per acre. The purchase was made from the Samuel J. Kent estate.
Marriage: July 30, Kathleen Garrett and Cpl. Robert H. Sefrit…June 30, Albert McConnell and Esther Weber.
Births: July 31, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rychnovsky.
Obituary in this edition was, Oryl Clair Richey.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 23, 1970.)
News of Men in Service: Army Specialist Four, Merritt Padgitt, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burbin Padgitt of Kellerton recently received the Bronze Star Medal in Vietnam. Specialist 4 Padgitt was presented the award for meritorious service in connection with military operations against hostile forces in Vietnam while assigned as a communications section clerk in headquarters company, 2nd Battalion of the 25th Infantry Division’s 34th Armor near Tay Ninh.
Farmers in Ringgold County are reminded they may not harvest their diverted acres that are signed up in the 1970 wheat and feed grain programs, Marshall Barker, chairman of the Ringgold County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation (ASC) committee said. Barker also reminded farmers not to allow grazing on their diverted acres until after the “prohibited grazing” period. Here in Ringgold County, this period ends August 31, 1970.
Members of the 1970 Raiders baseball team were entertained at a hamburger fry Friday evening in the home of their coach, Larry Giles, Mrs. Giles and family. Included in the courtesy were Lynn Rinehart, Bill Burchett, Andy Sackett, Carey Crowson, Jeff Brown, Bob Johnson, Bob Bryan, David Henderson, David McNeill, Dewaine Jackson, Gordon Bradley, Larry Bishop, Ed Adair, Doug Hymbaugh and Jerry Shaw.
Births: July 18, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene White…July 19, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Jones…July 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hunt..July 16, a daughter, Annette, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sickels.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 20, 1995.)
Ringgold County Sesquicentennial Commission will receive $4,000 grant from the Iowa Sesquicentennial Commission to help fund putting up signs marking the Dragoon Trace through Ringgold County. The Dragoon Trace was a historic trail that ran north and south through Ringgold County, connecting old Fort Des Moines in Des Moines with Fort Leavenworth, KS. It had statewide impact because it was the trail used when the Sac and Mesquaki Indians were removed from the state in 1845, a year before statehood. It was originally made by the migration of animals, such as buffalo and deer. Because the Native Americans knew the animals had searched out the best place to cross the creeks and rivers, they too traveled this narrow path. Later used by the pioneers, this was the road to change Iowa’s civilization.
The east wall of the Mount Ayr Record News building collapsed Friday morning, leaving the stud wall of the building exposed and the bricks of the wall formerly shared with the building next door in a heap in the empty lot to the east of the Record News building.
Kim Gregg was crowned 1995 Ringgold County Fair Queen and Shawna Creveling of Ellston was named county fair princess.
Births: July 7, a girl, Brook, to Billi and Rick Oglevie…July 12, a son, Connor to Greg and Cathy Brown.
Obituaries in this edition, Dorothy L. Moore Dytrt, Herbert L. Green and Floyd Raymond Egger.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 15, 2010.)
Bob Johnson of Tingley and his dog, Ruby, won the 2010 U.S. Border Collie Handler’s Assoc. National Cattle Dog Finals Competition held in Scotsbluff, NE recently.
Katelyn Warin of Maloy was named Ringgold County Fair Queen and Olivia West of Kellerton was named fair princess.
Births: Oct. 22, 2009, daughter, Elisa, to Jamie and Lisa King…July 3, a son, Brayden, to Shawn and Megan Reuter.
Obituaries in this edition were: Avis Maxine Groves Bucy, Frances Ann Thompson Fell, and Jerry Lee South.