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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 31, 1921.)
Every feature of a high class street carnival from doll racks and red lemonade to high class band and orchestra music, will be provided at the carnival to be conducted by the Village Improvement Society at Depot Park Saturday September 3.
An accident happened about 8 o’clock Saturday evening north of Kellerton as a result of which Homer Morse, the 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morse, was quite severely injured and the horse he was riding was almost instantly killed.
The Morse boy, in company with his brother and two of Newt Jone’s sons, were horseback riding about one-fourth mile north of Kellerton when a team and buggy came from one direction and a Ford car from the other. The congestion in the highway caused some confusion and the Ford car collided with the horse.
The young man was thrown several feet and suffered severe bruises on the chest and left leg. It was feared for a time he had suffered internal injuries which might prove fatal, but the latest report is he is doing nicely.
The horse died about a half-hour after the accident.
Births: August 8, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Treichler…Born Saturday, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Dugan…August 27, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Horne…August 25, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Harriman.
Obituary in this edition was: Ella Miller Lynch.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, August 29, 1946.)
250 people attend the farm picnic and sports festival at Fife’s Grove north of Mount Ayr.
Paul Eason of Diagonal won the horseshoe pitching championship, defeating Bill Buck of Mount Ayr in the finals.
Mrs. Roy Sheumaker and Carralou Greene of Mount Ayr were winners in the nail driving contest.
The Rice township team won the county farm softball championship by defeating Tingley 12-9. Rice’s lineup was as follows: Lynden Nichols, catcher; Jack Monghan, pitcher; Park Rinehart on first; Richard Culver on 2nd; Neil Weeda on 3rd; Paul Hannon, shortstop; Elza Fetty, left field; Bill Rinehart, center; and Roland Buck right field.
Tingley’s lineup was as follows: Harold Weeda, cathcher; Elbert Skarda, pitcher; Donald Weeda, 1st; Clair Johnson, 2nd; Raymond Walters, 3rd; Merrill Johnson, shortstop; F. Eighme, right field; Lloyd Weeda, center; and L. Eighme, R. field.
The old family dog on the Charles Adair farm south of Redding lost his life Tuesday night while spreading the alarm by barking and in an effort to convince a calf of the danger of remaining in the burning barn. The barn had been struck by lightening during the storm about midnight.
Marriage: Nioma Lane and Earl Gaule August 14…August 20, Phyllis Chadima and Arthur Lee…August 11, Evelyn Miller and William Manning
Births: August 26, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Vanderpluym, August 19, a son, Lyle, to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Hogue..August 22, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner.
Obituaries in this edition were: Bertie Clayton Pointer, Ethel E. Landphair Geringer and Louise Jane Price.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, September 2, 1971.)
Two Mount Ayr women formed a partnership and have purchased the Hacker Paint and Wallpaper store from Mrs. Josephine Hacker of Mount Ayr.
Mrs. Andy Johnson and Mrs. Calvin Adams took over operation of the store located on E. Madison on Monday morning.
All officers of the Grand Masonic lodge of Iowa were present Friday as the cornerstone of the new addition to Ringgold County Hospital was laid in a special ceremony.
The Taylor twins, Debbie and Annie, 18 year old daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Taylor of Diagonal won 3rd place in the Iowa State Fair talent search competition Sunday.
US Air Force Master Sergeant Jan C. Boyd, son of Mrs. Robert Boyd of Mount Ayr, has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in military operations against Viet Cong forces.
Marriages: August 8, Sandra Stephens and Roger Schlotzhauer…July 10, Carol Woods and Jerry Shaw.
Births: August 25, a daughter, Kerri, to Mr. and Mrs. John Deemer…August 24, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Orren Jackson…August 27, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Karl.
Obituaries in this edition were: Stanton Tennant, Gail Hamilton Pertiet, Clara Sickels Campbell Cornman, Maude Seevers Main, Charles Lincoln Moore, and Dorothy B. Stuck Rhoades.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 29, 1996.)
Community Grocers Inc. of Mount Ayr announced this week that it has signed with Affiliated Foods of Norfolk, NE as its main grocery supplier when the store is opened later this year.
The formal dedication of Three Mile Lake is set for September 4, with ceremony being at 1:30. The Three Mile Lake, north of Afton, provides a back up water supply for the Southwest Iowa Rural Water Assoc. systems and serves much of rural Ringgold County.
Iowa’s sesquicentennial and the centennial of high school education in Diagonal will be celebrated as the theme of the parade for the Diagonals Lions Clubs’ annual Labor Day Celebration Sunday and Monday.
Five Mount Ayr Raiderette softball players were named to Omaha World-Hearld’s Class B all western Iowa softball squads recently. Two players were named to first team, Tara Groves and Jill Denney. In addition Kari Still made second team and receiving honorable mention were Debbie Stephens and Brandie Shields.
Births: August 22, Breanna, to Tom and Tammy (Walters) Walk…August 25, a son, Cody, to Barry and Denise (Walters) Smith.
Obituaries in this edition were: Wilbur LeRoy Walkup, Margaret Irene Buell Schwalbe, and Adra Leah McLeish Maroone.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, August 25, 2011.)
Blockton will be observing the Mormontown sesquicentennial with events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday August 26-28.
The second annual Spoke and Stride triathlon event held in honor of the memory of Steve Myer was held August 20 at the acreage of Bernie Myer and Steve’s sister Shirley Doster south of Mount Ayr. The event consists of a one quarter mile swim, 9 mile bicycle ride and 2.5 mile run walk.
Births: August 16, a daughter, Dallas, to Nolan and Stephanie Newton.
Obituaries in this edition were: Leroy Blessman, Ned A. Foltz, Ruth Margarette Busby Hudson and Robert “Bob” Stutt.