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One Hundred Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, October 3, 1895.)
Court Adjourned: The district court adjourned Saturday after a session of two weeks. Much business was done, yet many cases were continued for lack of time. The terms docket contained nothing of special interest. The case of Dr. S. Bailey vs Pullman Palace Car Co., was tried Thursday and Friday of last week. This was a suit to recover the value of a valise and coat stolen from the doctor last May. Henry & Spence and F.F. Fuller appeared for the plaintiff and E.W. Curry for the defendant. The case went to the jury at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon and the jury was not long in preparing a verdict. They returned with a verdict, giving Dr. Bailey $80 and interest on the same from May, 1894. As winter is approaching the doctor is to be congratulated on securing such a means of replenishing his wardrobe…The case of William Blunck vs. the school directors of Delphos was hotly contested by the parties. The citizens in and about Delphos desire an independent district, while the directors refuse to call an election. Henry & Spence appear for the defendants and F.F. Fuller for the plaintiffs. The case is pending settlement during vacation…A small sized sensation was sprung here Tuesday when our worthy citizen William Graham swore out a warrant for the arrest of Lewis Godfrey of Shannon City, on the charge that he was to intimate with his wife. Sheriff Holland brought the accused man to Mount Ayr yesterday for him to take some action on his side of the case. He accordingly waived preliminary hearing and gave bond in the sum of $600 to appear before the district court next November. Mr. Graham also brought a civil suit against Mr. Godfrey for $10,000 damages for the alienation of his wife’s affections.
Marriages; At the UP parsonage yesterday B.F. Mackey and Miss E.E. Van Winkle were united in marriage…Yesterday Ada Travis became the bride of James Knox and Bertha Adkins and Rev. Abram E. Cory were married.
Obituaries in this edition were: Captain Nathan Miller and J.H. Mitchell.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 25, 1945.)
Service Selections: J.J. Morris attached to the USS Flint writes his parents under date September 5. Excerpts from his interesting letter reads as follows: “Now that censorship regulations are lifted perhaps I can write something more interesting. Since leaving port last time we have been up and down the Jap coast bombing and bombarding. We have been operating with he famous Third Fleet. Three of the big new battleships that went in close and shelled the beach were the 45,000 ton Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin…After the fighting stopped August 15, we stayed right up here and today makes the 67th day underway. Since leaving the Philippines July 1, we are starting on the third month since leaving port and that is a long time out at one time. We were out 62 days at the Okinawa campaign and were out 92 days with just two days in after the first 30 days out, just long enough to load up with ammunition, oil and supplies and back out again. When we got the cease firing orders the planes from our carriers had already been over Tokyo, bombing, strafing and rocketing. We have rolled up over 100,000 miles since leaving the states and I’ve heard that it is the first time that 100,000 miles were ever put on a ship in less than a year. We did it in nine months. A few days after the fighting stopped, all the planes from our carriers in the Third Fleet got into formation and started flying low over our task group as Admiral Halsey was on the USS Missouri in our group. There were around 1,500 planes-fighters, torpedo bombers and dive bombers…It sure was some sight…According to a list that was just put out (which I don’t think was complete), we had in the Third Fleet in this last operation against Japan, eight battleships, 16 carriers, 18 cruisers and 61 destroyers…Fifty-seven men left our ship today to go over on another ship back to the United States and be discharged. Hope I get to go next. September 12: We finally steamed in on the bay on the 10th after being underway for 72 days without going into port…One of the best sights that I saw on the way in was a great big American flag flying over on the shore…Tomorrow I guess I’ll go over on Japan and see what it is like. The town they take us to is Yokosuka. September 24: We are on our way to Eniwetok and when we get there I am being transferred back to the States for discharge under the new point system. Don’t know when I will arrive there but have looked forward to the day when I’m a civilian again for almost 3 years now. I may come back on one of the ships going to Frisco…All I want is to get home and be with you all for Christmas and it looks like I might now…I’ll be one happy guy…Hope to be seeing you soon.”
Births: October 18, a son, Darrell, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mosier.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 8, 1970.)
Mount Ayr’s apartment housing project is moving closer to realization with final contract approval slated for Friday. That’s the word from Meryln Allen, treasurer of Mount Ayr Manor Inc., corporation formed last spring to bring apartment housing to Mount Ayr. A contract for construction of six units has been let to Tom Cord, contractor from Des Moines. Total amount of the contract is $65,000.
The 92 member MACHS Raider marching band added another trophy to it’s collection Saturday by winning second place honors in a field of 9 competing Class B bands at Clarinda Band Jamboree.
Marriages: August 23, Kathy Riekens and Stephen Dennis were united in marriage.
Births: Sept. 25, a daughter, Laura Jeanne, to Dr. and Mrs. Collus Lawhead.
Obituaries in this edition were: Rita Blakey Walters and Doris Ann Johnston Mote.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 5, 1995.)
Satellite televison systems in Ringgold County will be subject to a short period of interference this week, according to Denzil Waug of Redding, who installs systems. The old large systems and the newer smaller systems will be subject to interference from 5-10 minutes in duration from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the systems, from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Primestar and about 2 p.m. on DSS systems. This phenomenon occurs in spring and fall as the sun crosses behind each satellite with a power much greater than the transmitter and takes command of the signal for awhile.
Obituary in this edition was, Doyle Warren Ruby.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 30, 2010.)
Collins Straight sentenced to 59 years after pleading guilty to a string of lesser charges to avoid a murder conviction. Collins, 29, was sentenced Monday in the case that grew out of the death of Luis Fernandez of Omaha, NE., whose body was found in a field NE of Mount Ayr in 2007.
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.8 percent in August, showing little change from the rates reported for the past four months.
Births: Sept. 8, a daughter, Maren, to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Eggleston…Sept. 25, a daughter, Katie, to Dr. and Mrs. Lance Barker.
Obituaries in this edition were: Alberta Lucille Mathis Bastow and Cristian Angel Clymer.