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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, May 4, 1921.)
With the end of the war have come many revelations of the unusual methods used by the Germans to spread their harmful propaganda in the countries and of the clever work which often frustrated their well-laid plans. In one case, mentioned in Popular Mechanics Magazine, what appeared to be an old and worn copy of he works of Homer proved to be a volume of attacks on British rule in India. Only the first few pages of the book were printed with the words of the ancient poet. The remainder, though in Greek type like the beginning, was filled with diatribe. The volume was addressed to an educated Hindu capable of translating the Greek into an Indian dialect.
It will be remembered that a stranger giving his name as J.M. Brown deposited $6,000 in a bank in Cedar Rapids. A few days thereafter he drew out the amount. While the teller who was at the window when the withdrawal was made was at lunch, the fellow again entered the bank and drew out the same amount, the man on duty at that time not knowing of the previous withdrawal. Brown or whatever his name is, has not been located. The bank carries burglary insurance and made application to the company for $6,000 overdraft, but the insurance company refuses the claim, charging the bank with carelessness. The bank has brought suit against the insurance company.
Births: April 30, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Burnard Saville.
Obituaries in this edition were: Harriett Maria Littell Rider, Saddie Rebecca William Stone and Elva Arlena Saltzman Anderson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 2, 1946.)
The Commodity Credit Corp. on April 19 directed Secretary of Agriculture Anderson to purchase 50 million bushels of corn for export under the direction of the Emergency Famine Committee. Commodity Credit Corp. will pay .30 cents above minimum ceiling price for this corn until such time as the corporation has acquired title to this 50 million bushels of corn.
Service Selections: Park Rinehart, Radioman 3rd Class arrived Monday from San Francisco, CA and is spending a 20 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Rinehart.
War expends uses of cotton products- The Army alone requires 11,000 separate cotton products. Items other than clothing which are in demand include insect nets, fuel hoses, self sealing gas tanks, and all of the surgical dressings for the wounded. In addition cotton fabrics are put to many unseen uses. In the electric power and communications systems of the newest super-dread naught, 436,000 yards of sheeting were consumed. More than 200 yards of cotton cloth are used in the plastic parts of one of our bombers.
The war has also expanded the demand for cotton in other ways. More cotton bags have been needed to carry foodstuffs. In peace time burlap was imported from India and used for foodstuffs bags; but with restricted shipping, cotton fabrics have been called upon to fill this need.
Births: April 24, a daughter, Gloria, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Johnston…April 27, a son, Marion, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Palmer…April 21, a daughter, Beverly, to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Merritt…April 27, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rupe…A daughter was born Saturday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wion.
Obituaries in this edition were: Anna Belle Tallman Duffield, Lena Belle Bartholow Allen.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 6, 1971.)
The first half of property tax payment of Iowa Southern Utilities has just been delivered to Ada Rogers, Ringgold County Treasurer, by Leroy Blessman. Property taxes of the company for the year will total $2,908,820.
Advanced plans are underway to conduct an experiment for a cooperative ground and air study of possible southern corn leaf blight during the 1971 growing season, according to a joint announcement by the US Department of Agriculture and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and selected corn belt states.
One of the sites selected for this study will be Ringgold County. The area surveyed will be a strip one mile wide bordering Hwy. 2 on the south and running from one mile east of Mount Ayr to the east edge of Benton. All farmers in this area have been notified of the project. They have been alerted as to information that will be needed.
Lesa Perry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Perry of Mount Ayr is the recipent of this year’s Arion Award.
Marriages: April 10, Debra Rinehart and Jerry Sobotka…April 4, Meredith Schlapia and Duane Dredge.
Births: April 27, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jeanes…April 28, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Norris…May 1, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mathes…May 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Sackett.
Obituaries in this edition were: Ora Mae Brown, Nettie May Omer Seaton, Myra Frances Bowles, Lewis Larson, Charles Franklin Reed, and Otto Orr Saltzman,.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 2, 1996.)
A Mount Ayr resident re-appointed to a state board by Governor Terry Branstad has been confirmed by the Iowa Senate. Catherine Ward will continue to serve on the Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences Examiners.
Dan Roe, presently of Pittsburg, KS, and a former Mount Ayr resident, has been named as superintendent of the Central Clinton Community school district, effective July 1.
The state experienced its first significant rainfall since March 24 on Sunday April 28. Sixty-two hundredths of an inch of rain fell state-wide on Sunday and early Monday. This is still slightly below the weekly average of eight-tenths of an inch for this time of the year and totals for the month are still well below normal.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mildred Shay, Darrell Shaw, James Jethro Griffith, Lela Myrtle Stephens Harvey and Roger Franklin Payne.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 28, 2011.)
New Iowa FFA degree recipients from the MACHS FFA chapter include, Drake Schafer, Matt Sobotka, and Ashley Phelps.
Jordan Klejch, son of Gary and Linda Klejch of Mount Ayr, was named the winner of the 2011 Arion Award as the top band student in the MACH school senior class.
MAC Raiders, Cade Lambson, Braydee Poore, and Dustin Pritchett will be participating in the 2011 edition of the Drake Relays. Cade and Dustin will participate in the shot put and Braydee will compete in the high jump.
Obituaries in this edition were: Gerogia Dale Webb Campbell, Doloris “Dee” Maggard Hammond and George Lewis Saville.