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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 9, 1921.)
W.E. Walter of Rice Township had an experience one day last week that he does not want repeated for fear the results might be more serious.
He was on his way to town and when near the J.W. Shiel farm, a colt ran alongside his team. The team became frightened and started to run. They had gone but a short distance when they broke loose from the buggy and Mr. Walter was pulled over the dashboard. His shoulder struck the ground first and that particular part of his anatomy received the worst bruises.
Leasonville Hunter’s Contest: A hunter’s contest was held recently at Leasonville. Leaders were chosen for each side, Arthur Carr for the south and Gay Terwilliger for the north. Each leader had the privilege to choose ten men for their respective sides. The men chosen for the south side were: Frank Huntsman, Lloyd and Ray Davenport, Fred Morrison, Ray and Charlie Middleton, Lorven and George Axtel, John and Ray Vanderflute and Sam Culver. From the north were chosen: Gay Muck, Day and Warren Terwilliger, Orville and Mr. Main, Lloyd Minnick, Mr. Willis and little Bert Creveling.
The agreement was, that the side getting the fewest rabbits had to entertain the other side and their families. Both parties started at noon., with the south winning by getting 217 rabbits and the north 130.
Marriages: February 8, Madge Wallace and O.G. Dixon were united in marriage.
Obituaries in this edition were: Agnes Richardson Booth, August H. Freeman and Edward Columbus Dant.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 14, 1946.)
Members of the armed forces and dischargees will battle for high honors in an “army-navy” basketball game Saturday night in the Tingley gymnasium.
The game is sponsored by Dewey Post #516, American Legion. Starting line ups are as follows; for the Navy-Harry Skarda, Billy Breckenridge, Paul Alexander, Dean Garland and Lawrence Hicks. For the Army-Dean Breckenridge, Don Donner, Don Scott, Clair and Lawrence Johnson.
Guy L. Todd and Howard E. Todd, father and son, entered into an agreement this week whereby they became co-owners of the Todd Hardware. The store will continue under the same trade name. The Todd Hardware is successor to the Kinsell Hardware, one of the oldest established businesses in Mount Ayr.
Marriages: February 7, Ruth Pyle and Fred Knosby…January 3, Bonnie Richards and Robert Pratt…December 27, Trivilla Darlene Dulany and David Irving.
Births: February 11, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bickel…February 2, a daughter, Charlene, to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Pratt.
Obituaries in this edition were: Charles A. Campbell, Malaha Hannah Williams and Homer LaRue Main.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 18, 1971.)
MACH school and junior high will operate on a new scheduling system next year-the “modular scheduling.” Modular scheduling is simply a variation in scheduling which provides increased flexibility for teachers and students in individual scheduling.
Under the present system, we have seven class periods a day at 50 minutes each. Under the modular system, we break the day down into modules of 15 minutes each. In each day, then there will be 28 modules or division times.
Under modular scheduling each student is assigned to a homeroom teacher along with 15-18 other students. That teacher has the responsibility of keeping track of the academic progress of each of his students. Each day each student submits to his homeroom teacher a schedule of where he will be that day and what he will do with time he is not in class. We are planning to have a student lounge, but its use will not be unlimited. We will probably limit each student to one module of 15 minutes in the morning and another in the afternoon.
There will no doubt be some confusion next fall for the first few days until we all get used to the new system. The biggest problem will be the terminology learning the new lanuage. That and remembering what day of the six day cycle it is. It maybe more difficult to keep track of where students are, but the administration will attempt to handle that. (Personal note: the lounge was great, believe me when I say very few students were in there for only 15 minutes twice a day. It was very easy to cut class. I found out later that the principal had my parents phone number on speed dial, I was always on the missing list. Modular scheduling was discontinued I believe the year after I graduated, which was 1974.)
News of Men in Armed Services: Army Specialist Five, Marvin Gregg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Gregg of Mount Ayr recently received the good conduct medal while serving with the 59th artillery in Milwaukee, WI.
Marriages: January 24, Rita Barker and Larry Hunter…January 10, Mary Kay Miller and Keith Lambert…August 21, 1970, Alice Minnick and James Beaver.
Births: February 11, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lambert…February 14, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schaefer.
Obituaries in this edition were, Mitzi Wanda Saville (infant) and Garland Sams Hansen.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 15, 1996.)
A resolution signed by the Ringgold County Supervisors Tuesday, February 13, paved the way for Ringgold County to have a county attorney, which was vacated when Arlen Hughes died unexpectedly in January. Clinton L. Spurrier has come foward and offered to perform the duties of the office of Ringgold County Attorney until such time as he can establish residency in this county.
Deanna Groves of Mount Ayr will be opening a redemption center in the east end of the building formerly occupied by Mount Ayr Mill and Feed Store on W. Adams Street.
Raider 145 pounder Andy Shields was the only Mount Ayr wrestler to survive the Class 1A Sectional Tournament in East Union Saturday.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 10, 1971.)
Bob Strange was named the new Maintenance 1 director for the city, a decision to increase water rates to match increase in cost made, a plan to change Loch Ayr leasing and maintenance plans dropped, a snow removal complaint and recycling question and a Saint Patrick’s Day parade were approved when the Mount Ayr city council met in a long session Monday night.
Brooke Rychnovsky, a MACH student received first place honors in the Knights of Columbus free throw contest locally at the Creston YMCA on January 23 and also at the district level in Osceola February 6.
Cade Lambson was able to wrestle and took the sectional wrestling tournament title at 215 pounds, the bright spot for MACH Raider wrestlers Saturday at Greenfield.
Obituaries in this edition were: Luella Ann Olson Carpentar, Nina Grace Carman Elliott, Eleanor Louise Campbell Miller, Ervin Spencer and Carl Eugene Woollums.