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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 17, 1920.)
The Red Cross comes to its fourth roll call with its war task still unfinished and its peace program rapidly developing. Never were the world and national needs so pressing and the corresponding opportunities so great. It is only too evident that the world has not been able even to approach re-establishment after the war. Widespread distress and sickness stare us in the face in Europe and the Red Cross is carrying on to the extent of its resources, in an attempt to answer the call for help. How permanent and far reaching that answer shall be, depends upon the mind and the conscience of the American people. The campaign of the fourth roll call is now being carried on in this vicinity as well as all over the world. Every dollar we pay as our membership dues does its double duty, half goes to take care of he foreign troubles, such as taking care of the eleven million war orphans and meets every other need and want in the foreign field while the other half is kept at home in your own county to carry on the work which is to make this community cleaner of disease and establish a higher standard of physical living.
Marriages: Last Thursday, Armistice Day, Opal Jennings and Ernest Sawyer…Last Friday evening, George Williams and Velour Smith…November 4, Carl Abarr and Julia White.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 13, 1945.)
An American Legion post was organized Friday night at Kellerton under direction of W.S. Breckenridge, Commander, of Tingley, and S.W. Holland, Vice-Commander of Mount Ayr. The newly formed organization will be known as the Barnett-Galbraith-Stuart Post, having been named in memory of young men of that community who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War II. Officers for the new post were elected and duly installed as follows: Ted Duffield, Commander; Dean Jackson, Vice-Commander; C.G. Gleason, Adjutant; and Carl Hogue, Chaplin. Duffield, Jackson and Gleason are veterans of WWII and Hogue a veteran of WWI.
Service Selections: After 40 months of service with the U.S. Army Air Corps, Ivan Rainey returned Sunday to his home near Kellerton, having received his honorable discharge December 8 at Scottfield, IL. T-5 Wm. G. Crawford received his honorable discharge from the Army December 2 and returned to Mount Ayr the following day. Crawford spent 30 months in Alaska and 2 months on Okinawa. He received the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon, 5 service bars, a service stripe and Good Conduct Medal.
Marriages: Nov. 26, Lavon McMath and Paul Brown…Dec. 2, Norma Montague and Norman Baxter.
Births: Dec. 6, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Curry and a daughter. Anna Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph O’Grady.
Obituaries: Harold Robert McChesney, Druzella Eva Jane Florea Cobb and Rufus N. Eighme.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thurday, November 26, 1970.)
Motorist traveling Iowa’s highways these days are playing the numbers game. Small green reflectorized markers bearing mileage numbers have been installed along the state’s highways. The markers placed at one mile intervals, have been installed by the state highway commission as an aid in identifying areas which have high accident rates. The numbers start at the state line on the southern border and the western border and indicate the number of miles to that particular border on the highway. On Hwy. 2 in Mount Ayr for instance, it is 98 miles to the northeast border and on Hwy. 169 it is 17 miles to the Missouri border.
Births: Nov. 17, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Reeve…Nov. 18, a son, to Mrs. Linda Mercer…Nov. 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Danny Lutrick…Nov. 20, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Beede…Nov. 21, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Telford…Nov. 13, a son, Jason, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gross.
Obituaries: Keith Duane Kneedler and Raymond Lee Lutz, Jr.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 23, 1995.)
MACHS assistant coach, James Smith, was honored as one of two Class 1A assistants in the state receiving “assistant coach of the year” awards from Iowa Football Coaching Association.
Christopher Nichols, son of Lyle and Mildred Nichols of Mount Ayr, was recently promoted to the rank of major. Nichols is an instructor on the C-130 cargo transport. He is presently stationed at Little Rock, AR Air National Guard (active) at Jacksonville, AR. He trains pilots of many nationalities.
Obituary in this edition was: Fay Edith Packer Pinkerton.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 18, 2010.)
It has been 110 years since a library was open in Ellston. On Monday, November 22, that statistic changes. After nearly 3 years of road blocks, naysayers and coalition building the Ellston Community Library will begin serving residents of northeast Ringgold County when it opens it’s “doors” in the community room of the Ellston United Methodist Church.
Nine year old Christopher Kemery of Clearfield shot a trophy deer on opening day of hunting in Missouri last Saturday. Kemery shot a 13 point buck that had a rack 19 1/2” wide from 170 yards with a 208 rifle. The older buck dressed out to some 300 pounds.
Marriage: September 4, Scott Norris and Laura Snider were united in marriage.
Births: November 13, a son, Kain, to Mr. and Mrs. Blake Karas.
Obituaries: Dr. Cletus E. Tindle, Wanda Fern Jones Bennett, Floyd A. Ferry, Nola Marjory Corll Landphair and John E. Ruckman.