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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, September 15, 1920.)
More than 1,000 public schools in Iowa are serving hot lunches to their students, according to reports from 83 counties covering 1919-1920 collected by the agricultural extension department of Iowa State College. Consolidated schools have the best showing. Of the 242 consolidated schools reporting, 72 or 30 percent serve hot lunches. About 10 percent of both rural and town schools are following this plan.
How will women vote? Nation’s Biggest Riddle. Every qualified women voter in Mount Ayr is urged to cast her ballot in the Rexall Stores Straw Vote now in progress. In order to insure accuracy and a truthful forecast of local conditions none is expected to vote but once. A women’s vote this year means more than ever before. Why? Because the respective leaders of the two great parties are utterly at sea as to just how the women will vote. Each believes that the grand aggregate of women voters hold the key to the November elections. Millions of ballots will be cast during the months of September and October in the Rexall Stores Straw Vote, and it is our desire to present to the country at large, through the medium of the 8,000 Rexall stores and the newspapers of the country, the heaviest poll of women voters ever registered in a political forecast. Harding? Cox?
Marriages: September 1, Boyd Nevill and Lottie Hartman…Last Sunday afternoon, Maud Kimble and Milo Morse were united in marriage.
Obituaries in this edition were: William Thomas Timby,Jr., Julius D. Clewell, Doris Emaline Elliott.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, September 13, 1945.)
Double parking of autos in Mount Ayr especially on Saturday nights, has been responsible for congested traffic. It is permissible to double park long enough to carry groceries from the store to your car, but the practice of leaving your car for several minutes must be discontinued. Your cooperation is solicited in an effort to maintain orderly traffic conditions, O.B. Mack, Mayor.
A total of 2.13” of rainfall was recorded during the week, 1.91” on Sunday and .22” on Tuesday according to the records of Irene Hood, local weather observer. The hottest day of the year was recorded September 4, when the mercury climbed to 95 degrees.
Ration News: No more canning sugar coupons will be issued by this office after September 30, 1945. Those persons who have not received their allotment should contact this office before that date.
Marriages: September 4, Maralyn McMath and Dale Schlapia were united in marriage.
Births: September 3, a son, Gerald, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Waugh…September 5, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Bear…September 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. R. Boswell…Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Swank are rejoicing over the birth of a son.
Obituaries in this edition were: Darlene Cooper Buchanan, Mary Ellen Thompson Schuster, Fred Wesley McConnell, Fred L. Siverly and Alice Standish Ogden.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 27, 1970.)
A new business will open its doors in Mount Ayr Monday, August 31, Willis Shinkle of Richwood, OH, has moved to Mount Ayr and will open an electrical appliance repair shop in the building formerly occupied by veterinarian Jim Johnson across from Country Boys Lumber.
Mount Ayr Community schools will have five new teachers this year. They are Lowell Blank, Mark Larsen, Phyllis Weitl, Gary Hamilton and Gary Wimer.
Men in the Armed Services: Arny 1st Lieut. Richard Waugh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Waugh of Redding, recently received the Bronze Star Medal near Phu Loi, Vietnam. He was presented the medal for distinguishing himself through meritorious service in connection with military operations against hostile forces in Vietnam.
Marriages: August 15, Carol Davis and Mark Eighmy…August 1, Marilyn Reynolds and James Galloway.
Obituaries in this edition were: Robert E. Kennedy, Beulah Rosetta Ray Matthews and Elmer R. Brown.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 24, 1995.)
Ribbons cut at two businesses…One was for Antiques Etc., a new antique shop owned by Jim and Lila Overholser, located west of Kellerton. The other was for Benton Shear Styling Salon, located in Benton, owned by Malinda Swank.
New Faculty at MACHS. New instructors for 1995-96 school year are: Donna Kemery, Karen Taylor, Suzi Angus, Julie Weidenthaler, Eric Ehlen, Dale Kurth, Betsy Budach, Jane Uhlenkamp, John Flanery, and Brian Weidenthaler. Diagonal Community School has four new teachers. They are: Joe Bevington, Tammy Martin, Shari Hageman and Richard Russell.
Obituaries in this edition were: Walter “David” Maxson, Kenneth Leo Shields and James Willard Ferris.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, Augus 19, 2010.)
Vacant premises utility charges-The city policy of charging property owners for a minimum utility fee for vacant or temporarily vacant premises will remain in effect following a veto action August 2 when the city council met. At the meeting, the council had voted 3-2 to have ordinance changes drawn up to rescind the city code of ordinances eliminating the minimum monthly usage charges for owners of vacant and temporarily vacant premises. Because the council did not have a plan to replace the $43,000 in revenue the charge provided the city utility funds, Mayor Don Solliday said at the meeting that he would veto the plan to rescind the charges. True to his word, he sent a letter vetoing the action to each of the council members before Monday night’s meeting.
Births: August 11, a son, Colton, to Tim and Jennifer Schaefer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Darlene Marie Breeden Beavers, Jackson Merritt Forster, Ila Sutherland Saville, Lois E. Wright Waller, and Robert L. Weeter.