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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 3, 1921.)
On September 9, two-hundred, twenty-two farms will be opened to homestead entry by soldiers of the World War on the North Platte Irrigation Project, WY. and one week later, September 16, fifty-seven farms will be thrown open under the Shoshone Project in the same state.
About 19,000 acres of land are included in the two openings. For 60 days no one but soldiers of World War will be permitted to make filings on these farms.
Friends of Ringgold County will be interested in the following item from the Colorado Springs Gazette of July 27 which tells of the organization at Colorado Springs of an Iowa Society. The organization was promoted by W. B. Buck formerly county agent of this county.
Marriages: Sunday afternoon Beatrice Ervin and Dr. Robert Savage were united in marriage.
Births: July 29, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clark…Born Tuesday, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Walston…July 31, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Davis…July 31, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Forest Main.
Obituaries in this edition were: Edmund Grindrod.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, August 1, 1946.)
A hail storm completely ruined some crops and partially destroyed others in the eastern part of Ringgold County Friday night. The path of the storm extended from the middle of Athens township to a point south of Shannon City and was from two to four miles wide.
The area which suffered complete destruction included the NW quarter of Athens township, the east half of the NE quarter of Poe, th SE quarter of Liberty and west half of the SW quarter of Monroe.
Some of the farmers whose crops were a complete loss were Cecil and Lester Sickels, Loren Rush, Leo and Frank Saltzman, Glen Bear, Raymond Swank, Roy Kling, Ralph Stringham, Frank Davenport, Howard Rice, Orville Main, Day Terwilliger, Russell and Glen Kling, Gene Carr, Joe Wehrle, G. L. Allyn, Henry Moore, Earl Hoover and W. T. Maakestad.
An unidentified car and driver caused an accident Saturday evening about 8 o’clock near the Shafer Service Station in Mount Ayr which damaged two other cars.
Drivers of the two damaged cars, Sam Metcalf of the US Marines and Don Sickels of Mount Ayr were traveling west and east respectively, on Hwy. 2 when another car in front of Sickels cut in front of Metcalf to go north. Metcalf applied his brakes in order to avoid hitting his car and swerved into Sickels who had come to a stop. The right front of both cars were smashed in.
The occupants of the cars also suffered minor cuts and bruises. Riding with Don Sickels were his niece, Helen Sickels and nephews, Larry and Gary Sickels.
Marriages: July 28, Dorothy Wilkinson and Lloyd Dobbe…July 28, Dorothy James and Clifford Randolph…July 27, Annabelle Taylor and Harry Boesch, Jr.
Births: July 26, a son, Glen, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Theinhart.
Obituaries in this edition were: Dr. J.H. McElroy and Louise Hucke Rider.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 5, 1971.)
News of Men in Armed Service: Staff Sgt. Harlan Davenport, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Davenport of Clearfield, helped close the final chapter in combat history of the workhorse of US Air Force tactical air units in Viet Nam.
Sgt. Davenport has served as an aircraft maintenance specialist with the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing which recently flew the F-100 Super Sabre on its last mission in SE Asia. Phan Rang-based air crews flew four fighter-bombers on the final strike to drop 750 pound bombs against an enemy bunker complex and add to the more than 157,000 sorties (When a group of soldiers is sent on a specific mission, it’s called a sortie. A fighter pilot’s sortie might involve a mission to drop a bomb on a target and return to base) logged by the 35th since its arrival in the theater in 1966.
The wing, the last to fly the F-100 in Viet Nam, is being de-activated as the eighth increment of US Troop redeployments of the combat zone and F-100s are being returned to the States.
The Super Sabre the first fighter aircraft to attain supersonic speeds in level flight was introduced to the Air Force inventory in 1954. The versatile F-100 distinguished itself in combat while flying tactical air strikes, close air support for allied ground operations and such special missions as armed escort and forward air control.
About 20 percent of the nations’ older married couples have annual incomes of $6,000 or more, according to a Social Security study. Social Security benefits make up 30 percent of the income in this group.
Births: July 27, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brown.
Obituaries in this edition were: Glenn Adelbert Laird…Eva Mae Sprague Tiemann…John Henry Garrity…Florence Agnes Cornwall Miller.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 1, 1996.)
A new grocery store in Mount Ayr will be a reality. That’s the word this week from Commuity Grocers Inc., the corporation made up of a number of local shareholders.
The management team for the new grocery was announced this week and a target date of November 1 has been set for the opening of the new grocery store in the former Place’s building north of the square in Mount Ayr. Jeff Haugland has been named manager and Don Solliday as assistant manager.
The first annual American Legion fishing tournament was held Saturday and Sunday. A total of 25 two-person teams participated. First place went to Frank Pollock and Matt Still, 58 1/4 pounds. Second place went to R. J. Peters and Jason Lynch with 36 1/4 pounds and third place went to Jeremy and Drew Larson.
Births: July 24, a son, Benjamin Holt, to Tim and Lesa Saville.
Obituaries in this edition were: Tanna Renee Turner Oye, Grant Bernard Brott, Loren Charles Rush, Vernon Lloyd Arnold, Arlin Joe Scroggie and Ona S. Kaster.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, July 28, 2011.)
Ron Tvinnereim, area manage of DeBruce Ag Service Inc., presented a plaque to John Egly, Benton plant manager recently in recognition of Egly’s 27 years of dedicated service to the community and to productive agriculture at Benton.
Among winners in the Ayr Days competition this past weekend in Mount Ayr were: BBQ winners, Smokin Diva team; organization parade winner, DeKuntry Peddler truck; 3-on-3 basketball teams, Brad Matney, Cody Scroggie, and Jake Still; Top car show entry, 1931 Ford Coupe entered by Craig Stump.
Births: July 13, a son, Mason, to Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brand…July 22, a daughter,Lauren, to Jason and Katie Wilkey.