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One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 12, 1895.)
A Patriotic Spirit- During the war a patriotic American girl went into a shop to buy some pins. The salesman offered her some of English made, and spoke of their excellence. She asked, “ Have you any made in this country?” He replied, “Yes, but they are not so good as the English.” Her quick response was, “Well, they are good enough for me.” This was a noble spirit. Home manufacturers should be patronized rather than the foreign. And all along the line our articles are as good, and often better, than foreign goods. If truly patriotic they are good enough for us, for we want all benefit to come to our people and country.
Billy Steinkamp, living east of Tingley, says his turkeys are (or were) very attractive, as they attracted some sneak thieves attention and were “pinched” off the roost a few at a time, until his last turkey is gone. Now if there is a more detestable thing on the face of God’s footstool than one of these kind of thieves it would be two of them and they ought to be run down and punished.
Births: December 9, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Owens…December 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stuck…December 9, a son, to Mr.and Mrs. Clarence Teale.
Obituaries in this edition were: Louisa Cox Higgins.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 8, 1920.)
In 1917, the Children’s Bureau of the US Government examined 19,696 boys and girls, fourteen to sixteen years of age, in five different states where child labor is not prohibited. One-fourth of these, like a great many business men, could not write their names so that anyone could read them.
Good news for ex-service men suffering with disabilities which constitute vocational handicaps has been received in Mount Ayr by the American Legion posts, the Red Cross and other agencies co-operating in the work of aiding former service men. Announcement was made that on December 10, 11, 13, 14 any man who believes himself entitled to retraining at the hands of the Federal Board of Vocational Education may have his case decided by appearing in Des Moines on that day, and if he is eligible for some, may be placed in training at once. Local people who received the announcement declared it marked one of the most important steps taken by the Federal Board of Vocational Education in the handling of its job of retraining soldiers, sailors, marines or nurses whose disabilities incurred in or traceable to the service, preventing them from competing successfully in their old employment.
Marriages: December 2, Ema Long and J.W. Fender…December 4, Henry Wion and Herma Anderson…November 20, Emory Straight and Ruth Steele.
Obituaries in this edition were: Sarah Bryant and Daniel Nelson Kelley,
(Seventy-Five Years ago will start again after the first of the year. I am trying to get the dates back in sync.)
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, Decmeber 17, 1970.)
Construction of the 16-bed addition to the Ringgold County Hospital has the green light. The board of trustees of the hospital met Thursday December 10 and approved a motion to proceed with construction at a cost of $473,166.
One of the worst ice storms in recent years hit Ringgold County December 10. Freezing rain started falling in the early morning hours and by noon roads were bad enough to force cancellation of classes at Mount Ayr Comm. schools. At the peak of the storm, Iowa Southern estimated that 15,000-20,000 customers were out of service in 15 counties served by the company.
Sedate women screamed and clapped. Conservative men jumped and shouted. Students went wild. That was the scene Tuesday night as the Mount Ayr Raiders defeated Corning 23-22 in as thrilling wrestling match as was ever staged in the local gym. It was only the second time Mount Ayr has ever defeated Corning on the mat, the first time was during 1964-65 season.
Marriages: Nov. 1, Diane Sickels and Richard Elmer.
Obituaries in this edition: Blanche Randall Perkins, Benjamin Leonard Cracraft and Arlen Louis Thamke.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 14, 1995.)
Winter proved to be for real last week when 8” of snow were reported Wednesday, December 6 and an additional 3” on Thursday, December 7, by the Mount Ayr official weather observer Kurt Randles.
The Dole for President campaign announced the county chairs for the state of Iowa. Linda Sickels of Kellerton has been named county chair for Ringgold County.
Births: December 8, a son, Nathan, to Mr. and Mrs. Todd Smith…December 10, a daughter, to Allen and Susan (Buckner) Post.
Obituaries in this edition: James Edmund Hughes, Diane Lynette Weeda Sorenseon, Thomas Neil Sheumaker.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 9, 2010.)
Two division 1 ratings and a third overall trophy were picked up by the Mount Ayr Community Sparks drill team at state competition in Des Moines.
Peggy Sue’s restaurant in Mount Ayr, in partnership with the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is participating in a program that encourages customers to make healthy choices from the menu.
Freshman and Sophomore attendants for the Diagonal homecoming celebration Friday are freshman, Ashley Matney and Kenneth Weaselhead; Sophomores, Elly Brown and Heath Evans.
Births in this edition were: December 2, a son, Tucker, to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pearce.
Obituaries in this edition were: Adra Leila Morey Bailey… Thelma Jeanne Nelson Brown…William “Bill” Clark, Jr.