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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 27, 1921.)
For the first time in the history of Ringgold County, women will be called to serve as trial jurors in the district court at the May term which convenes Monday, May 16 with Judge P.C. Winters presiding. The two women chosen were, Florence Dalbey and Bess Kitselman.
Mayor’s Notice: April 26, this is a good time to look after that outdoor closet. There are many closets that are in very unsanitary condition and must be looked after before warm weather comes on. Mr. A.G. Dorsett is now located in town and is well equipped to attend to this work for you and he promises me he will be very responsible in his charges. He will also haul all that old rubbish that has accumulated around the place during the winter.
The general wide spread depression that prevails in the prices of all farm products has extended to the corn canning industry.
The state organization of canners has notified growers of sweet corn that only about 40 percent of the normal acreage will be planted this year. The growers have also been notified that the price to be paid for snapped corn at the factory this fall will be $8 a ton, which is $4 a ton less than was paid last year.
Births: April 17, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Derickson.
Obituaries in this edition were: Emmett Liles, Rebecca Jane Abrhams Dinkle, George Mathers Harvey and William Lewis Harvey.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 25, 1946.)
An article in last week’s issue of the Lamoni Chronicle brings more light on the highway issue in Ringgold County and confirms the view of many who contend that if a road south of Creston to Redding were adopted, that the road would be labeled federal highway No 169 and that the present road from Afton to Mount Ayr would be “just a stub” and given some odd label, and that the present road from Mount Ayr to Redding would be abandoned and turned over to the county for maintenance.
Evidently the Emerson plan is not for the establishment of an ordinary road, but instead, embraces a long-range program as part of a proposed four-lane super highway from Kansas City to Des Moines via Creston.
Service Selections: Bill Rusk returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rusk, Thursday April 18, after receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy at Minneapolis, MN. Bill had served 28 months, twenty of which were spent on duty in the Pacific. He was discharged with the rating of Yeoman, 3rd Class.
Marriages: April 4, June Woollums and Clarence Bolinger were united in marriage.
Births: April 18, a daughter, Sue, to Mr. and Mrs. Gar Fowler…April 19, a son, Terry, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Wood.
Obituaries in this edition: Mary Emma Ellis Noble…Irvin Dowell.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 29, 1971.)
The Mount Ayr Airport was used recently in an emergency flight according to Arch Dunfee of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home.
The occasion was Sunday April 18. A patient from the Ringgold County Hospital was transferred to Iowa City Hospital by air ambulance. Flying time was just about an hour.
Thanks to the help of 20 boys and coaches, the Raider football field is now carpeted with a thick layer of sodding. Even though a few of the boys had to get up at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning, it’ll be worth it to play football on the soft grass instead of the hard dirt that used to be there.
Paul Fell had another outstanding day at the Bearcat Relays in Maryville, MO. He cleared 6’4” in the high jump to set a new MACH school record. Only three high school jumpers in the state have exceeded this height this year.
Marriages: April 3, Judy Sickels became the bride of Lannie Howie.
Births: April 23, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith.
Obituaries in this edition: Loula Davis German, Paula Louise Price Ferguson, Brian Allen Jones, and Nellie Donahoe Hoover.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 25, 1996.)
Three MACH school FFA chapter members were named Iowa FFA degree recipients at the state FFA Convention in Des Moines last week.
The new Iowa FFA degree winners are the 135th-138th in the history of the MACH FFA program. The Iowa FFA degree is the highest state honor of the FFA program. Those that were selected are: Amy Walkup, Dustin Wiley, and Robert Martin.
Ringgold County had another birth of a baby this week…but this time it wasn’t in the Ringgold County Hospital, as was the case last week. Holly Kay Karr was delivered in the driveway of Annabelle Knight about 5 miles south of Mount Ayr by the baby’s father, Danny Karr at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday morning.
The top MACH senior in the band each year is presented the Arion Award by the Mount Ayr Lions Club and this year’s recipient was Ami Patel of Mount Ayr.
Marriages: Feb. 10, Heather Weeda and John Gerths.
Births: April 21, a daughter, Shelby, to Wayne and Shelly (Taylor) Whitting…April 20, a daughter, Holly, to Danny and Brenda Karr.
Obituaries in this edition were: Della Viola Nye Korn, Raymond T. Thompson, Melvin L. Brown, Sumiko Norma Nakamura Fifer, and James J. Griffith.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 21, 2011.)
KCCI-TV news anchor Steve Karlin interviewed Peggy Sue’s restaurant owner, Barbara Vaal, Wednesday April 13, for his story segment, “Crusin for Comfort Food” which will air Monday, May 2 during the 5 o’clock news and again during the news at 10 p.m.
A rash of gun thefts from rural residents in Ringgold and Union counties have law enforcement officers seeking the public’s help in solving the crimes. Some 50 guns have been stolen from rural residents in the last five days,twenty of which were from Ringgold County and thirty from Union County.
Obituaries in this edition were: George Wesley Johnston Jr. and Arlo Carl Krumwiede.