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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 18, 1920.)
At a meeting of the directors of the Ringgold County Fair, held yesterday afternoon in the Farm Bureau office, it was unanimously voted to grant no questionable concessions at the fair to be held in Mount Ayr September 29, 30 and October 1. It is proposed to eliminate all games of chance and every distasteful feature and provide for the people of Ringgold County in addition to the exhibits of livestock, poultry, agricultural products, fruits, products of the oven, pantry stores, fancy work, etc. a program of educational features and wholesome entertainment.
Then necessary blanks for making application for Victory Medals have been received by Mount Ayr Post #172 of the American Legion. The blanks have been placed in the hands of Frank Wilson, who will be pleased to assist the soldiers, sailors, and marines in making application for the medals. Applications should be made between September 1-15. Every solider, sailor, or marine is entitled to a Victory Medal.
After being in session 4 days the grand jury which served at the August term of the district court concluded its investigation Friday evening. Five indictments were returned, all of them against young men of Maloy and vicinity, charging gaming and betting. Nineteen young men are charged with violation of law by participating in games of chance and betting.
Obituary in this edition was, Alice J. Palmer Gallaugher.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 23, 1945.)
Barker and Webb announce the purchase of the furniture store formerly owned and occupied by W. Moore on the SW corner of the square. Many new lines of merchandise have been added, a complete service department will be maintained.
The search for new cases of tuberculosis in Ringgold County will be renewed this week when Mrs. Ann Garrard, public health nurse, will begin a canvas of persons who are known to have been exposed to this disease. The medical society president explained that the purpose of the nurse’s visits is to invite those who have been exposed to tuberculosis to have the skin test and likewise X-ray, if their doctor believes the latter step is necessary. Dr. Flancher said, “By skin tests and X-ray, modern science finds tuberculosis even before symptoms of the disease appear. Found early by these means, the disease can be more easily cured.
Marriages: August 10, Doris Sheldon and Harold Olney…August 18, Vesta Ingram and Raymond Still…August 14, Ann Baylor and S-Sgt. Loren Goldner…August 18, Sgt. Viola Temple and Lynden Lee Guess…August 15, Beulah Ballard and Frank Higgins…August 3, Bernice Stewart and Richard O’Dell.
Births: Born on Saturday, a son, Howard Dean, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Nickles…August 15, a son, to Pfc. and Mrs. Darwin Miller.
Obituary in this edition: Wilbur Leroy Sutherland.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 6, 1970.)
New Taxi Service Established Here. Community residents who find themselves in need of transportation now have that service available. William Jensen of Leon who has operated a taxi company for the last year announces in this issue of the Record News that he is establishing the Mount Ayr Cab Company. An office has been set up in Johnny’s Railroad Salvage store on north Taylor Street. Jensen said the service will provide both local and out-of-town transportation.
Marilyn Triggs of Liberty Belles will represent Ringgold County in the 4-H dress revue contest at the Iowa State Fair. June Jackson of the Busy Workers was chosen first alternate and Mary Jane Davenport, a member of the Jolly Jinglers was selected as second alternate.
Two young men who were absent without leave from a naval station in California, were apprehended Saturday near Diagonal by a Iowa Hwy. patrolman, Ronald Piel of Creston and Deputy Sheriff, Laverne Worthington. David Beard, 21, of Diagonal and Donald Ellis, 19, of Oxnard, CA were brought by the officers to the Ringgold County jail in Mount Ayr, where they were held in custody until Monday for authorities in Des Moines.
Marriages: July 18, Gloria Kastl and William Shafer…June 21, Paulette Davis and Randy Weddle.
Births: July 30, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Lamaak…August 1, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Melborne Fletchall…August 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stephens…August 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward McAlexander…August 3, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kohler…August 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Clark…August 3, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Snow…Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bennett, adopted a 5 month old girl, she will be named, Rhonda.
Obituaries in this edition, Donald Verle Stull, Donald O. Nichols…Ella Stephens Richardson and Raymond Glen Sheldon.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 3, 1995.)
Iowa State University Rural Development Initiative asked Ringgold County residents what they perceive are threats to the future of Mount Ayr. Like responses from the typical Iowa communities, loss of small businesses, loss of family farms and lack of jobs lead the list, but Mount Ayr residents felt that several items were more severe than those in the typical Iowa community. The loss of small business was listed by 53 percent of Mount Ayr respondents, 48 percent responded that the loss of family farms and lack of jobs were severe threats to the community. percent.
Births: July 21, a son, Cody, to Rob and Kelly Stackhouse.
Obituary in this edition was: Dennis Ray Kerns.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 29, 2010.)
On Saturday July 17, nearly 150 people packed the Sun Valley Club Steak House restaurant for a highly unusual event “Cash for Clunkers,” a fundraiser for the Ellston Legion Hall and public library. The Clunkers were people over the age of 50 years. In addition to offering services the Clunkers made the event even more unusual by getting into character. Three adult men dressed in hard hats and combat boots selling themselves as Dirt Busters brought nearly $200. A rural Ellston man (dressed as a very curvaceous woman) was “cleaning house” with his antics. A retired school superintendent drew $175 for his fishing expertise. A local man who just turned 70 dressed in bib overalls and boots offered himself for four hours of work, bringing only $90. This same character then stripped down and offered himself for four to six hours of partying brought $225. “It was a lot of work to organize but it was truly a community event,” says Leanna Rist co-chair of the event. “Not only did we raise $6,500, almost enough to complete the building, but it was something different and definitely fun for everyone.”
Raiderettes making Pride of Iowa All Conference teams include, Becca Pennington, Bailey Myer, Erica Kemery, Jordyn Grose, Erin Budach, Jensen Stewart and Tiffany Wimer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Kevin Wayne O’Malia, Charles Arthur King and Cora E. Spencer.