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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 20, 1921.)
Bernhard Coyne, reputed to be the tallest man in the world, died recently at his father’s rural home near Anthon, Woodbury County.
He was 8 feet 8 inches tall and wore a #24 shoe. The local undertaker sent to a casket factory at Dubuque a special order for a coffin and this had to be made in accordance with measurements sent in. His parents, brothers and sisters were all of medium height. He steadfastly refused to join shows or carnival companies although offered large remuneration.
Yellowstone Park to Open Sunday- A report received at the headquarters of the Burlington railroad states that everything in Yellowstone Park will be “all set” for visitors when the great gates swing open on Sunday morning next at the command of Government Superindent Albright.
All the mysterious hot-water phenomena and other unmatched attractions of this wonder spot of America are showing off in the grandest of style. Old Faithful and all the big and little geysers are spouting in consistent fashion. The famous terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs are said to posses unusual color and beauty this season, while the springs are more attractive than at anytime in thirty years. Particular activity evidence in beaver colonies, especially in the vicinity of Camp Roosevelt. More than 100 buffalo calves were born in the park this spring and the big herd of these ponderous animals now number approximately 700. A feature promoted by the Camp Company and calculated to greatly increase the joy of tourists this year is a corps of young lady guides, thoroughly versed in the geology and natural history of the park. Sylvan Pass on the Cody road in the top of the Absoraka range in the Buffalo Bill country has been cleared of snow through the use of TNT and will be in excellent shape for the accommodations of tourists on the opening date.
Births: June 9, son, Alfred, to Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Jones…June 16, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Clayton.
Obituaries in this edition were: John Nicholas Brown, William Albert Polley and Ellen Finch Robinson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 20, 1946.)
Three big rains totaling 5.21 inches have been reported in Mount Ayr the past week, the largest of which came Monday night and early Tuesday morning. This rain was greatly needed and was a pleasant relief from the high temperatures of Sunday and Monday.
Royce Davis, who recently tendered his resignation as manager of the Rideta Electric Company, Inc., has accepted a position as assistant cashier in the Security State Bank
A boom in house building and house moving seems to have hit Mount Ayr and if continued, promises to alleviate the housing shortage. Twelve residences are in the process of being erected at the present time and four have been or are being moved from farms and nearby communities. The housing shortage can be attributed to an increase in population and to the lack of building during war years and years of depression. The depreciation of older homes has also made the building of new homes desirable.
Marriages: June 1, Wanda German and Roy Jones…May 6, Johanna Sabaliauskas and Frank Willis…May 30, Mildred Webb and Patrick D’Spain…June 6, Leona Herfel and Glen Ogier…June 16, Margaret Sheumaker and Lloyd Wood.
Births: June 16, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lininger…Twins, a boy and girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Beryl Hall…June 14, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. John Wiley…June 16, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Still.
Obituaries in this edition: Bernard Herman Reimer, Anna R Shaffer Black Holmes, Oliver J. Dennis, James Perry Scott, Catherine Jarvis Stephens, and Arbie Lelia Stanley Garland.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 24, 1971.)
News of Men in Armed Service: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Coulson received a call Sunday morning from their son Pfc. Jimmy Coulson, who is convalescing from leg wounds in the army hospital in Tokyo, Japan. Coulson will be confined to the hospital in Tokyo for three to four weeks and then transferred to the army hospital in Omaha, NE, where he will remain until able to return to duty.
Marriages: June 8, Vickie Evans and Barry Wyman…June 6, Diane Webb and Marvin Raisch…May 29, Reba Hunt and Jeffrey Fulton.
Births: June 16, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. William Munyon…June 16, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jones…June 18, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Robinson…June 18, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. William Weddle.
Obituary in this edition was, Mary Garnett Bonebrake.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 20, 1996.)
Ringgold County attorney-appointee, Clinton Spurrier, is “settling in” to the courthouse scene after a whirlwind courtship with officials who were seeking a replacement for the late Arlen Hughes, who died suddenly.
Nancy Ford of Tingley has been hired as the executive director at Heritage Park, filing the position left vacant when Ellen Gregg of Mount Ayr began work at the Ringgold County Extension Office.
Little League Game Reports: Lawhead Dental 8, Diagonal 5…Sean Kilgore, BayLee Stull and Chance Greenman each had two hits…winning pitcher was Sean Kilgore, who struck out 15, walked seven and had four hits….Lawhead Dental 18, Kellerton 3; The team had 20 hits in the game. Bobby Pottorf, Ryan Roe and Joe Rumple each had three. Getting two hits each, including a homerun were Mark Hymbaugh, Luke Still and BayLee Stull. Bobby Pottorff was the winning pitcher with 8 strikeouts and 6 hits.
A new Mount Ayr business was welcomed by the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce this past week. Terrico Mini Storage, located south of Hwy 2 & 169 in Mount Ayr. Owners Kelly and Terri Main.
Marriages: April 20, Shelly Johnson and Kenneth Robertson of Des Moines.
Births: June 10, a daughter, Samantha, to Rusty and Kelley Roseland…June 5, a daughter, Katherine, to Scott and Chris Schrag.
Obituaries in this edition were: Elnora Elizabeth Bush Hoffman and Edna Mae Rauch Lamb.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 16, 2011.)
WoodLink of Mount Ayr has merged with Kay Home Products of Antioch, IL, positioning WoodLink as one of the country’s largest manufacturers of bird feeders, bird houses, hardware and accessories. “Our plan is to build on our prior success and expand the number of brands under the WoodLink and Audubon umbrella,” said David Nylen who will serve as president of the new firm.
A Mount Ayr member of Faith Lodge #179 A.F. & A.M., was recently presented a certificate for 50 years of membership in the local Masonic Lodge. Walter Pritchard of Clarinda makes the presentation to Laurance Bishop of Mount Ayr.
Obituaries in this edition were: Clyde Edgar Brand, Howard Eugene Burgher, Opal Marie Hillebran Webb, and Lola Louise Wright Johnston.