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One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 26, 1895.)
The disputed boundary line between the states of Iowa and Missouri is now before the supreme court of the United States for adjustment. The line has been settled by the courts heretofore: but in part of the line between the county of Decatur, IA and Mercer, MO, the monuments have been obliterated and the line must be run anew. This is not a very satisfactory state of affairs. After the line is again established under the authority of the supreme court there is nothing to prevent the same vandalism which has brought on the present litigations from destroying any new monuments which may be made and thus bringing on more litigation.
Benton News: The young cubs that are unsnapping the lines and throwing the horse blankets off the horses while the owners are in the church will have trouble on their hands, for our watchman spotted them Sunday night.
Marriages: Dec. 23, Sarah Gleason and W.H. Main…Dec. 18, A.R. Stark and Hattie Rush…Dec. 18, B.D. Morgan and Louie Stark.
One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, December 22, 1920.)
A granite marker has been placed on an historical plot of ground in what is known as Brittain’s Grove, in Van Buren County supposedly locating the first overnight stop of the Mormons after leaving Nauvoo on their journey to their present home in Salt Lake, Utah.
The census of 1920 gives the number of farms in Iowa as 213,312. Of this number 15.7 percent have unit lighting plants; 5.37 percent have high tension electric service; 14.56 percent have some kind of gas equipment. This makes a total of 36.01 percent of the farms of Iowa that have lighting facilities other than lamps. That means the 76,814 are thus supplied.
Calvin Caywood, 18, and Claude Henderson, 20, were arrested last Thursday on information filed by County Attorney, Frank Reynard, charging them with the crime of burglarizing the Farmers Co-operative store at Ellston. The young men entered pleas of guilty in Judge Fuller’s court and were each given an indeterminate sentence of 10 years in the state reformatory at Anamosa.
Marriage: December 22, Fern Canfield and Claude Stagner…Decemter 11, Lela Blunck and Lloyd Denhart.
Obituaries in this edition were: William V. Patterson and George W. Rains.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 31, 1970.)
On January 11, 1971, the Ringgold County board of supervisors will open bids on a new maintenance garage for the County Highway Department. The building will be one of four that will be built on the new seven acre site located on the SW edge of Mount Ayr. This site was purchased from Charles Swanson for $4,200 this fall and will provide enough area to enable the county to store all of its materials in one central location.
Charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent have been filed against two Lamoni youths, one a juvenile. The charges were filed by county attorney, Arlen Hughes, after the two youths allegedly took a semi-trailer tractor and trailer owned by John Henry early Friday morning.
News of Men in the Armed Services: Navy Petty Officer First Class, Dennis Powell, son of Rolland Powell of Mount Ayr, is serving aboard the internal combustion repair ship, USS Tutilla, operating in the coastal and riverine areas of South Vietnam.
Births: December 28, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lyle.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 28, 1995.)
After months of anticipation, Iowa’s year-long sesquicentennial to celebrate 150 years of statehood is about to get underway with a Sesquicentennial Debut on Statehood Day, Thursday December 28, 1995 in Iowa City.
Recently there was a ribbon cutting held for Unique Boutique Salon in Kellerton. The owner is Kim Moore, cosmetologist.
Two Raider wrestlers won their divisions in the Central Decatur Invitational wrestling meet Friday. Winning titles for the Raiders were Steven Stull at 160 pounds and Jamie King at 171 pounds.
Marriages: June 10, Nicole Oxley and Clint Housh.
Obituaries in this edition were: Esther Ruth Herr Butler and Raymond Lloyd O’Grady.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 23, 2010.)
Walls go up for the new county jail building. After several weeks of preparation, the new Ringgold County law enforcement center and jail is beginning to take shape as wall panels are put in place with the help of a large crane. The first of the panels was put in place Monday. It is hoped to get the building enclosed yet this winter so that the construction can be completed by summer.
Chuck Waske resigned from his position with the city after more than 20 years as a city employee at the meeting Monday night. In his letter dated Tuesday, December 14, Waske said he believed it was in his best interest to accept a new position elsewhere. “This is due to the fact that the city council, mayor, and myself cannot find common ground to perform our duties for the best interest of the town,” Waske said.
Births: Nov. 30, a daughter, Payton, to Jason and Rachel Worthington…Nov. 29, a son, Brogan, to Mitch and Natasha Gourley…Dec. 15, a son, Ezekiel, to Jim and Tami Sickels.
Obituaries in this edition were: Velda Marie Harris Adams, Hazel Mae Collier Gibson, Bernadine Gladys Hoffman Jones and Daughn Reasoner.