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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, January 19, 1921.)
The Diagonal vicinity raised nine hundred dollars for the relief of the starving children of Europe in an organized drive made last week. In Mount Ayr the Methodist Sunday school has raised a little more than $100 and the Baptist Sunday school has raised $75.
E.S. Downie, of this city, is circulating a petition to be presented to the pardon board asking that a pardon be granted William Stark, Jr., the young man who last fall was arrested for stealing a suit of clothes at the old German house and who upon his plea of guilty was given an indeterminate sentence of five years in that state reformatory. Mr. Downie was at the depot when the young man was arrested and the manners of the young man so impressed him that he wrote to Wayland, MO where Stark was raised and inquired regarding his character. In response he received a letter from the cashier of the Wayland Bank stating that Stark came from a respected family and had always been known as a good, clean young man and had served 2 years in the army in France. The statement in the letter were supported by 5 affidavits of citizens of Wayland, the mayor of the town, bankers, farmers, and business men, who had known Stark all his life. The petition being circulated alleges that the valuation placed on the suit was $40-50, whereas the initial cost was but $25.
Births: January 17, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thompson.
Obituary in this edition was, Isaac B. Cramlet.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 24, 1946.)
Mount Ayr Implement Company now open for business. The new implement firm is located one block north of the NE corner of the square in the building formerly occupied by the Spencer Service Station. The implement is owned by Keith Fisher, John McFarland and Bob Fisher.
What is believed to be the smallest tax list in the county’s history is published in this weeks issue of the Record News. The names of only 27 property owners appear in the list, and only four farms are listed in the townships of Poe, Clinton, and Lotts Creek.
Expressing a desire to provide the most modern store in southern Iowa for the people of Ringgold County and surrounding territory, John E. Freeland announces plans for complete modernization of the double store building on the east side of the square in Mount Ayr which was recently purchased from Lee Timby.
Marriage: January 1, Lousie Towmbley and Glen McCarl were united in marriage.
Births: January 16, son, Lawrence, to Lieut. and Mrs. Paul Skarda…January 20, a son, Larry, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bender…Jan. 17, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lynch…January 15, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. William Dooley…January 7, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Menthorn.
Obituaries in this edition were: Walter J. Ford, Jonathan Ashford Wooden, Bertha Mae Griffith Keller, and John Thomas Pine (infant).
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 28, 1971.)
Grand Valley Community School’s 1971 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow is Nancy Jackson. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jackson of Kellerton.
Two men ordered to report to the Ringgold County Local Board of Selective Service System on January 26 to be sent to Fort Des Moines for induction are David E. Brand and John Roy Larson.
A Diagonal youth has been designated as a candidate for appointment to the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO. Curtis Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Drextel Turner of Diagonal, is one of nine young men in the fourth congressional district designated by US Representative, John Kyl.
Births: January 22, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck…January 7, a son, Daniel, to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Carr…January 7, a son, Craig, to Mr.and Mrs. Frank Goodard.
Obituaries in this edition were: Charles V. Butler, John Christopher Davenport and Coy G. Havely.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 25, 1996.)
A grant to provide a third full-time police officer was turned down by the Mount Ayr city council at a special budget meeting held Monday night.
Residents of nine county area of south central Iowa will be paying fifty cents a ton more to the Iowa DNR because the area has not met recycling goals. The Department of Natural Resources has set guidelines that between 1988 and 1994 landfills should cut the waste going into them by 25 percent. The portion of the state which includes Ringgold County shows a reduction of 24.27 percent, .73 of a percent short of the goal.
Becky Parrish, daughter of John and Patty Parrish of rural Clearfield, will be installed as Worthy Advisor of the Mount Ayr International Order of Rainbow for Girls, January 28.
Area churches will have a new face and voice in the pulpit this Sunday, January 28, and the one speaking may be from a church of a different denomination. Sunday the pastors will be participating in an ecumenical pulpit exchange by which is sponsored annually by the Ringgold County Ministrial Association.
Obituaries in this edition were: Arlen Franklin Hughes, Edrie Irene Day Culbertson, Alice Ida Clark White and Phyllis June Minnick Mercer.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 20, 2011.)
Kinton reports on efforts serving in Afghanistan. Army Major, Tom Kinton, who works with a provincial reconstruction team in Khost, Afghanistan as a civil affairs specialist, recently reported on his latest assignment for the Mount Ayr Record News. Kinton is the son of Doris Kinton of Sun Valley Lake and a graduate of Mt. Ayr Community School. I am serving in the Army with a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). It is led by a US Navy captain, the PRT has around 85 soldiers and sailors, along with two Airforce folks. The main mission is to become skilled negotiators, to prepare us for dealing with the Afghan citizens. Afghans have become accustomed to violence and to living without a viable central or even local government. That’s where we come in. Our job is to connect the local Afghan villagers to their government representatives. Sometimes that means taking the Afghan government workers along on our convoys (or helicopters), to get them in front of the people. Driving here can be very dangerous, and unfortunately the best way to get to work for them is to ride with us.
A weather balloon launched in Omaha, NE, came down in a Ringgold County field this week and was recovered on the farm of Junior Adams, SE of Mount Ayr.
Obituary in this edition was, Rosa May Bryom Miller.