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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 9, 1921.)
Washington, March 4, President Harding’s inaugural address (in part) is as follows: My countrymen, when one surveys the world about him after the great storm, noting the marks of destruction and yet rejoicing in the ruggedness of the things which withstood it, if he is an American he breathes the clarified atmosphere with a strange mingling of regret and new hope. We have seen a world passion spend its fury, but we contemplate our republic unshaken, and hold our civilization secure. Liberty-liberty within the law-and civilization are inseparable, and though both were threatened, we find them now secure, and there comes to Americans the profound assurance that our representative government is the highest expression an surest guaranty of both. Standing in this presence, mindful of the solemnity of this occasion, feeling the emotions which no one may know until he senses the great weight of responsibility for himself, I must utter my belief in the divine inspiration of the founding fathers. Surely there must have been God’s intent in the making of this new world republic. Ours is an organic law which had but one ambiguity and we saw that effaced in a baptism of sacrifice and blood, with union maintained, the nation supreme and its concord inspiring. We have seen the world rivet its hopeful gaze on the great truths on which the founders wrought. We have seen civil, human and religious liberty verified and glorified. In the beginning, the world scoffed at our experiment, today our foundations of political and social belief stand unshaken, a precious inheritance to ourselves, and inspiring example of freedom and civilization to all mankind. Let us express renewed and strengthened devotion, in grateful reverence for the immortal beginning, and utter our confidence in the supreme fulfillment.
Marriages: March 7, Georgia Greenrod and Millard Ballew…February 9, Floyd C. Campbell and Bernice M. Miller…Saturday evening, Gladys Philpot and Earl Carnes…March 1, Florence Stottlemeyer and Floyd Wall.
Obituaries in this edition: Naomi Lavon McHenry (infant) and Mary Graham Hoffine.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 7, 1946.)
A remarkable record has been established by basketball teams coached by O.C. “Pop” Varner during the past 16 years. They have won their way to 14 out of 16 district tournaments, advanced to the state tournament eight times in 1931,1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, and 1940; won the state meet in 1938 and finished second the following year, and fourth of the eight places in two other state tourneys.
Ships are bringing home three times as many men as fast from twice as far away following WWII as they did after WWI. The biggest moving job in history reached it’s peak in November 1945, when little more than 1,050,000 soldiers and sailors stepped ashore again in the USA. Since then, the rate has dwindled. By next July 1 says the war department, all troops overseas except the 870,000 required for occupation and garrison duties will have been repatriated or will be on their way back. Of the 870,000, 400,000 will be in the Pacific, 370,000 in Europe and 100,000 in the canal zone, Alaska, and others.
Marriges: Hazel Patterson and Allen McMath were married Friday evening…March 2, Marion Maloy and Edward Carr…March 5, Doris Trimble and Paul Hannon.
Births: March 4, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Clark Kinney.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 11, 1971.)
Council passes ordinance regulating town dump. Users of the Mount Ayr town dump will be charged a fee for that privilege under terms of an ordinance passed by the town council at its regular meeting March 3. The ordinance, No. 160 also regulates the disposal of garbage and refuse, regulates open air burning and provides for use of the town dump. It received unanimous approval by the town council.
Ralph Manning, 1970 graduate of MACH is seeing action on the varsity wrestling team at University of Nebraska.
Grand Valley ends with 11-8 record. The Grand Valley Tigers closed out their 1970-71 basketball season at Lamoni Tuesday, February 23, in the state sectional tournament, losing to Mount Ayr in a hard fought ballgame.
Marriages: November 8, 1970, Linda Hill and Lee Foltz…January 23, Carla Ford and David Blanchard.
Births: March 4, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. George Pierson…March 6, a son, to Mr.and Mrs. Ernest Proctor…March 8, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 7, 1976.)
Mount Ayr Community school Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter members placed in the top three in eight events at the BPA state leadership conference in Des Moines early last week. Students qualifying for nationals include, Christi Smith, Renda Smith, Brooke Mitchell, Nicole Murphy, Chip Williams, Julie Cooper, Jodi Smith, Tracy Stewart, Jill Denney and Judi Schlapia. The national conference will be held at Phoenix, AZ May 1-5.
Winners of Green Valley Area Education Agency spelling bee this year was a Mount Ayr Community elementary student. Winning first place was Destiny McNabb, daughter of Sam and Sherri Pruden of Mount Ayr.
Black bear cubs born at Triple “S” Exotic Ranch north of Mount Ayr, which is owned by Bob and Barb Strange. The twin cubs have been sold to individuals.
Births: Feb. 25, a son, Lucas, to Dan and Jennifer Reynolds…March 3, a son, Asa, to Darwin and Sandra Campbell.
Obituary in this edition was: Joan Kathleen Devereux Haning.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 3, 2011.)
Census shows six percent decline in county population. While population of Iowa rose slightly over the past 10 years, only two of the area counties had slight increases when population figures for cities and counties were announced recently.
Ringgold County was in the middle of the declines, showing a loss of 338 people, or a little over 6 percent of its population.
Taylor Fiberglass reaches 50 years. Taylor Fiberglass in Diagonal has been going strong since 1961 and Jack and Dixie Taylor were honored Saturday by the Ringgold County Development Corp. for reaching this milestone.
Four make POI all-loop basketball team. Senior, Matt Sobotka and sophomore, Braydee Poore represented MAC on the 2011 Pride of Iowa all-conference boys basketball first team. Those making the second team were David Showalter and Dusty Lyden.