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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 20, 1921.)
The Indians on the reservation in Tama County have developed wonderful divers.
The Iowa River runs through the reservation and this stream affords opportunity for developing expert swimmers. These men are in demand when drownings occur.
Natural instinct and intensive training enables them to recover bodies from water and several instances they have resuscitated those thought to be beyond help.
Recently a young man sank beneath the waves in Arbor Lake in Grinnell. A telephone message and an automobile brought an Indian diver from the reservation 25 miles distance but the body had been recovered before his arrival. He gave the great crowd assembled an exhibition of his diving and one of his stunts consisted in remaining under water for four minutes.
Saturday evening, July 9, threshers and farmers to the number of about thirty met at the city hall to discuss prices to be charged for threshing the 1921 crop of small grain and timothy seed.
Ater a short discussion and a trial ballot on price schedules the motion was made and carried recommending a price schedule as follows: oats, 3 cents; wheat, 6 cents; timothy, 25 cents; and rye and barley proportionately. Although this is simply a recommendation scale and there is no enforcing power behind it, it would seem that such a discussion and action can only be beneficial to all parties concerned.
Marriages: July 14, Beatrice Hannely and William Albers…July 12, Ruth Warner and Charles Henderson.
Births: July 12, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Hogue…July 5, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Denney…July 14, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. George Stuck.
Obituary in this edition was: David C. Currie.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, July 18, 1946.)
Miss Peggy Gean Foltz, Ringgold County’s Better Groomed 4-H girl representative, was placed in the blue ribbon class at the state convention held last week in Ames.
The revised mailing list at the Farm Bureau office shows 1,578 farmers in Ringgold County. This revised mailing list has been secured by the Farm Bureau with the aid of the 140 Extension Cooperators. This list includes only those actually living on farms.
Tingley Township leads with 128 farmers, Lincoln ranks 2nd with 119, while Jefferson has 117. A complete list is as follows: Tingley, 128; Lincoln, 119; Jefferson, 117; Monroe, 106; Liberty, 103; Washington, 98; Grant, 97; Athens, 97; Middle Fork, 92; Clinton, 91; Poe, 88; Lotts Creek, 87; Rice, 86; Union, 83; Benton, 80; Riley, 70 and Waubonsie, 38.
Marriages: July 4, Dorothy Sickels and Richard E. Mosier.
Births: July 12, daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Denney…July 13, a daughter, Peggy, to Mr. and Mrs. Willard Liermann…July 15, son, John, to Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Main.
Obituaries in this edition were: George Henry Delp and Hattie Emily Ashley Fuller.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 22 1971.)
News of Men in Armed Service: Keith L. Hunt, who was honorably discharged with rank of Sergeant on December 28, of last year after a 10 month tour of duty in Viet Nam, recently received the Bronze Star and Citation Award. He was presented the award for “Meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Viet Nam from February 1970-February 1971,” by John J. Hill, Jr., Brigadier General, USA and Stanley R. Resor, Secretary of the Army.
Winner of Ridiculous Days costume contest among employees was Norma Lee.
Arv Woollums was the man to beat Friday night at the mid-season championship races at the Ringgold County Speedway. But none of the other drivers could get the job done.
Marriages: June 13, Diane Dailey and Kenneth Wood…June 12, Kathy May and Phillip Campbell.
Births: July 17, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Rinehart.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lucille Shaughnessy Sickels…Mrs. Homer (Jefferson) Denney.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 18, 1996.)
Jess McGahuey of Mount Ayr was crowned Ringgold County fair queen and Kelsey Glendenning of Mount Ayr was named county fair princess.
Ten Ringgold County area youth qualified for the Junior Olympics national track meet in Houston, TX, at regionals in Minneapolis last week and six will be participating on July 25-28. Those who qualified are: Jennifer Nelson, LaDanya Nelson, Mandy Johnson, Luken Triggs, Scott Rumple, Caleb Still, Shane Bishop and Joe Rumple.
No births or obituaries in this edition.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 14, 2011.)
Angus cattle owned by Katelyn Holmes of Benton were some of the top placers at the 2011 Iowa Angus Summer show and Junior Summer show held in Boone recently.
A horse owned by Al Clough of Sun Valley Lake won at one of the longest winning odds of the season at Prairie Meadows racetrack in Des Moines recently. The four-year-old filly named Holly & Fir led wire to wire won by 10 lengths with the jockey never having to use his whip. It was a $7,500 claiming race and the time for the mile was 1:39.8 With the 60 percent share of the purse at $15,268 her earnings increased to $35,790 with long odds on the horse, the 10 cent superperfecta wager paid $2,984. Clough just happened to have such a ticket for the race.
Births: July 11, son, Trevyn, to Justin and Tiffany Gourley.
Obituary in this edition was: William Allen Robertson.