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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 25, 1921.)
The President and two ex-Presidents of the United States have joined for the first time in the history of the country, in an appeal for a philanthropic enterprise.
President Harding, ex-President Wilson and ex-President Taft are all in the forefront of the movement to send aid from America to the famine victims of China. (In 1921, a huge famine hit the province of Hunan, one of the most significant agricultural regions of southern China, resulting in serious consequences. At least 54 districts across all parts of Hunan were affected and more than five million locals suffered. Although drought was the most direct cause of the disaster, various other factors, including vector-borne epidemics and military power-struggles among warlords, should also bear inescapable responsibilities .Given its huge destruction, it was possibly the worst catastrophe to strike modern Hunan since the havoc caused by Taiping Rebellion in the mid-19th century.)
The total foreign born white people of Iowa number 225,647 by the latest census.
They come from about forty different countries including the Pacific islands and Atlantic islands. The German born are the most numerous. They lead with 70,642. From other countries, the figures make the following showing: Sweden, 22,493; Norway, 18,020; England, 13,036; Netherlands, 12,471; Ireland, 10,686; Czechoslovakia, 9,148; Canada, 8,528; Russia, 7,319. The figure from Canada does not include French Canadian, whence come 401.
The countries mentioned are the principal sources of the foreign born population of Iowa.
Marriages: May 24, Bertha Laird and Robert Higday.
Births: May 18, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Twombley…May 3, a boy, Harold, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Olson…May 4, a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. John Triggs…May 11, a boy, John, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seevers…May 15, a girl, Leola, to Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Wion…May 2, a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Shaw…May 17, a boy, Clair, to Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Brace.
Obituaries in this edition were: Rumma Haskins Smith, John A. Engle and Pearl Grace Stull Leeper.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, May 23, 1946.)
Town council Thursday night authorized the purchase of a new Huber maintainer to be used on the streets of Mount Ayr. It is a combination outfit with nine-foot blade, broom and five foot mower and is believed to be ideal for use in a town the size of Mount Ayr. It was purchased at a cost of $3,100.
Keith Cole returned home last week after serving with the armed forces during the war. He is the last of three brothers to be discharged.
In view of present feed shortage, it is more important than ever to cull the laying flock very closely and get the non-layers on the way to market. Every time a poultryman goes into the poultry house is the proper time to cull. Yellow beaks and shanks are good indicators that the hen is on vacation.
Marriages: May 10, Jodene Schuster and Elton Brown…May 17, Iris Gloria Culbertson and Vivien D. Norris..February 2, Doris Nordberg and Clarence Culver…May 3, Shirley Dary and Jack Bethards…May 17, Opal Hillebran and Harold Webb.
Births: Friends and relatives received the announcement of the birth of a son, Lewis Dean, to Mr. and Mrs. Ora Cole…A daughter, Linda, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pratt.
Obituaries in this edition were: Gary Wayne Hughes, Elma Owens Reynolds, Charles Arthur Norris, Edgar Waggoner and Henry Elonzo Dant
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 27, 1971.)
Armour and Company has purchased the entire hog buying operation of Nelson Hog Yards, effective April 1, 1971. Easterly Nelson previously owned and operated the business for 21 years.
Rita Ibbotson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Ibbotson, has been selected by the Tingley American Legion Auxilary unit #516 to attend the annual Girls State.
Joy Kiburz of Tingley placed 1st in the 1971 Conservation Speech Contest held May 19, at the Mount Ayr Community school. She won $15 cash award and the chance to enter the regional contest in July.
News of Men in the Armed Service: Eldon Starmer, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Starmer of Diagonal, recently was promoted to army specialist four while serving with the 69th Engineer Battalion near Soc Trang, Viet Nam. Specialist Starmer is a carpentar with Company B of the battalion.
Births: May 19, a girl, to Geraldean Moellenberndt…May 19, a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Roland Peterson…May 24, a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Taylor…May 25, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Combs.
Obituaries in this edition were: Bertha Norris Van Noy, Marion Herrington, Wallace “Jack” Terwilliger, and Mary Edna Taylor Arneal.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 23, 1996.)
Amy Walkup was named valedictorian, Tami Trullinger was named salutatorian and over $30,000 in scholarships were awarded at the annual Mount Ayr Community high school senior awards day held Thursday morning.
Jamie Mason was named valedictorian and Chris Whittington was named salutatorian when the Diagonal Community high school commencement and awards night was held Friday night at Diagonal.
Three Raiders to state in track meet. Casey Smith will compete in the high jump, Clint Dredge in the shot put and Jason Hinz in the 110 meter high hurdles.
Births: May 18, a girl, Keely, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bradley.
Obituaries in this edition were: M. Marie Bennett Miller, Marjory Simpson Johnston, Gaylen Bullock, Ada May Thomas Griffith, Robert Keith McCreary and June Inez Lane Miller.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 19, 2011.)
Dillon Davenport was named valedictorian and Tyler Becker salutatorian of the Diagonal class of 2011 of seven members at graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon at Diagonal.
The Area XIV Agency on Aging, through its network of congregate meal sites, will be distributing Iowa Farmers Market checks for persons 60 years of age or older and have an income of $20,147 for single person, or $27,214 per married couple. Eligible participants will receive ten, $3 checks for a total of $30 to purchase Iowa fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized dealers and local farmer markets.
Logan Wimer and Morgan Quick have finished their spring rodeo schedule for this year. After all three rodeos have concluded, Morgan sits in 7th and Logan is currently sitting in 13th in the all-around standings.
Nine Raiders and eight Raiderettes qualify for state track meet. Raiders competing are: Dusty Lyden, Brett England, Jacob Sobotka, Matt Sobotka, Cody Doolittle, Dustin Pritchett, Brayden Poore and Cade Lambson. Raiderettes competing are: Katelyn Warin, Paige Daughton, Carli Hand, Hannah Saville, Jensen Stewart, Bailey Myer, Madison Hosfield and Megan Doubleday.
Births: May 10, a boy, Jayden, to Elisha Doubleday.
Obituaries in this edition were: Pearl Katherina Porter Jones, Robert D. Loutzenhiser and Lela Marguerite Smith Rinehart.