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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 3, 1920.)
Yesterdays election resulted in a sweeping victory for the republican party. In Mount Ayr the returns were received at the Mount Ayr club rooms, a Western Union station having been established there, and the messages as they were received were thrown on a screen on the east side of the square. It was early evident that the national republican ticket was victorious, all the telegrams indicating a landslide for Harding and Coolidge, and later messages only confirmed the early reports.
An Iowa primary road guide, covering all the important numbered highways is being printed by the State Highway Commission. All primary roads of the state are now designated by numbers. Ninety-seven of the 99 counties are either painting the numbers on the telephone poles or have already completed the job. The numbers are expected to displace the use of tourist trail names except on the more important routes. The guide will give the number of the roads and will make it easy for the person traveling out of his own home community to pick his route by number.
Marriage: October 15, Sarah Parker became the bride of Howard Sneadaker.
Obituary in this edition was, Mabel Fern Jackson Farmer.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 29, 1945.)
Joe Dalton, a discharged veteran, announces the purchase of the Green & Horn wiring supplies and electrical shop. The removal of the electric wiring and appliances to his new location, formerly known as the Kibbe building, one-half block east of the NE corner of the square in Mount Ayr. The Brenizer Grain & Seed Company was sold last week and will be operated under the trade name of the Mount Ayr Farmers Supply Company.
Day Shafer, chairman of the local rationing board, was officially notified Tuesday that the office of War Price & Rationing Board 80 in Mount Ayr will be closed as of December 31, 1945. All permanent records will be transferred to Leon, Iowa and it is assumed that the office there will serve the needs of Ringgold County.
Births: November 16, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hunt…November 23, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Lane.
Obituaries in this edition were: Adda Florence Sherrill Duncan and Ema A. Cass Bastow.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 12, 1970.)
Guy Defenbaugh of Mount Ayr may have been born 800 years to late judging from his expertise with a bow and arrow. Robin Hood could have used such an archer. Guy a student at Northwest Missouri State College, used a bow and arrow to bag one of the largest bucks ever in this vicinity last week. A 12 pointer that field dressed at 243 pounds.
News for Men in the Armed Services: Specialist Four Kenneth Schaefer, 21, whose parents are, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Schaefer and wife Cathy live in Diagonal, recently received the Army Commendation Medal while serving with the 515th Transportation Company near Gia Le, Viet Nam. Specialist Schaefer earned the award for meritorious service as a truck driver in the company…Army Specialist Four Elbert Watson, 21, son of Mrs. Alberta Watson of Diagonal, recently was assigned to the Ninth Medical Laboratory near Long Binh, Viet Nam, as s shipping and receiving clerk.
Marriage: September 5, Sharon Smith and Donald Jones were united in marriage.
Births: November 7, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Allen…November 7, a son, Jason, to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Duffield…November 10, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. John Barber.
Obituary in this edition was: Francis A. Reger.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 9, 1995.)
Activist from across the midwest are being invited to a public meeting to be held Saturday, November 11 at the Community Hall in Maloy to discuss non-violent action directed against corporate hog farming. A campaign of action “ in the tradition of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony and Cesar Chaves” has been proposed by the Strangers & Guests Catholic Workers Community in Maloy against large corporations raising hogs in industrial-style confinement complexes and in favor of family farms and a cleaner environment.
President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test Presidential Award winners were announced at Mount Ayr Community Elementary school recently. They included: Dustin Larson, Kristen Wilkey, Samantha Hensel, Drew Yoder, Brian England, Jared Armstrong, Austin Adams, David Hymbaugh, Nick Johnson, Mark Hymbaugh, Chance Greenman, Matt Schmidt and BayLee Stull.
Births: October 29, a daughter, Paige, to Matt and Julianne Daughton…October 31, a son, Kyler, to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Farnan…October 24, a daughter, Miranda, to Lance and JoLynne Lane.
Obituaries in this edition were: Willard Voy Wright and Robert Vaughn Parrish.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 4, 2010.)
When flames fanned by strong winds set half of the west side of the Grant City, MO square on fire Wednesday, October 27, fire departments from all over southern Iowa and northern Missouri were called in to help. Blockton and Mount Ayr departments were among the county departments that were part of the 17 fire departments responding to the blaze to try to help provide water to keep the fire fighting going when hydrants proved to not be able to keep up. Destroyed were Martha’s Place Flowers & Gifts, Mrs. Pick’s Cuts and Piece Quilt Shop, the old Times-Tribune building and Grant City Auto Parts. The cause of the fire is still unknown but it was not thought to be arson.
A ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming Ramsey’s Supper Club to Mount Ayr was held by the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce on Friday.
Obituaries in this edition were: Edward Franklin DeBoard, Lynden Lyle Franklin Gilliland, Dr. Richard Reel, Donald Max Richmond and Mary Lou Mathney Walkup.