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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 16, 1921.)
Red Cross Notes: A thorough fumigation and cleaning was given the Delphos school house last Saturday. Temperatures have been taken this week. We hope to keep the school open the rest of the term.
The first cases of scarlet fever will be released from quarantine and back to their former duties by the first of next week…Kellerton has the mumps and Mount Ayr has the chicken pox. We hope some time to have warning cards used for these diseases so they will not run rampant unrestrained through our schools.
Marriages: Gladys Lucas became the bride of Emory Schlapia recently…February 17, Lola Greenrod and Truman Dulany…February 22, Lizzie Michael and LeRoy Stull.
Births: February 10, a daughter, Luella, to Mr. and Mrs. Rollie Stevens…Born Monday a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Armstrong.
Obituaries in this edition were: Jacob A. Saville, Charles Gerald Webb and Cora Barker Price.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 21, 1946.)
In the corner of four counties a tree grows that has drawn many people to see it during the past several years. The cottonwood set out in 1871 by John Jones has four main branches pointing to the four counties, Taylor, Adams, Union, and Ringgold. When surveyors made the new road #25 and graveled it, the course of the road was changed a few feet to save the tree. In early days, young couples went buggy riding around the tree, then remarked they had traveled in four counties.
Marriages: Feb. 2, Thelma Courtner and George Dickerson…Feb. 8, Lois Hansen and Max Reynolds…Feb. 4, Bernice Hammond and Junior Lent…Feb. 10, Doris Main and Elza Fetty.
Births: February 5, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jeanes…Born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lynch, a daughter…February 13, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Whitmore…Born to Cpl. and Mrs. Howard Wood, a son, James…February 16, a daughter, Linda, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Stump…February 18, a daughter, Rose, to Rev. and Mrs. Lauren Gerber.
Obituary in this edition was, Ruby Ellen Emley Yashack.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 25, 1971.)
Old man winter had to remind Ringgold County residents that he still has a lot of power left. After several days of spring-like weather last weekend, a late winter storm rolled into the area late Sunday evening and Monday morning. About 5 inches of snow fell before the storm moved on east. High winds caused considerable drifting in rural areas, but main highways remained open, even though slick.
Men of The Armed Sevice: M.Sgt. Jan Boyd, who returned recently from Pleiker, AFB, Viet Nam, went last week to the Grand Forks AFB in N.D., where he will be stationed while serving with the Strategic Air Command. Sgt. and Mrs. Boyd have been visiting with his mother, Mrs. Alice Boyd, other relatives and friends.
Kent Blunck advances to state mat tourney. The Raider’s Kent Blunck failed to beat Corning’s Tony Jennings in the 106 pound finals of the Class AA district tournament at Audubon last weekend but he did qualify for the state championships by defeating Steve Winslow of Glenwood 8-7 to gain second place.
Marriages: February 14, Peggy Hughes and David Tripp…January 7, Lynn Johnson and Lester Rose.
Births: February 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Lindon Bowen…February 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Smith.
Obituary in this edition was: Cleo Liebig Thornton.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 22, 1996.)
The front of a building in the Mount Ayr business district was torn down Tuesday morning as the building immediately north of the Small Corral restaurant was knocked down and hauled away. Owner, Don Small, said the building was in bad shape. “We found out just how bad it was when we were removing the metal from the top of the building Monday,” Small said. The area will provide a parking lot behind the restaurant.
For the first time in 21 years Mount Ayr Community Raider wrestling squad will not have a participant in the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines, February 22-24.
Marriages: August 13, 1995, Amelia Akers and Francisco Nieto.
Obituaries in this edition were: Inez Louise Lynch Fisher, Christy Marie Nickles, Rose Callista Warin and John Thomas Coverdell.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 17, 2011.)
Problems with the boiler at the Ringgold County courthouse Thursday morning meant that the courthouse was closed for much of the day. Fire departments from Mount Ayr, Kellerton and Ellston responded to the alarm that there was a possible gas leak in the building. The building was aired out and a replacement part for the boiler installed to take care of the problem.
The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa office of the State Medical Examiner and the State of Iowa child death review team today announced endorsement and support of the “100 years, 100 percent” smoke detector campaign, initiated by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of the State Fire Marshall. The campaign’s goal is the installation of at least two working smoke detectors in the homes of Iowa school children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade by the end of this year.
Obituaries in this edition were: Retha Marie Conley Herrold and Leo E. Sams.