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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, September 28, 1921.)
As a result of the inspection of the Ringgold County courthouse by State Architect Liebbe and William Gordan, of Des Moines, the board of supervisors at a meeting last Saturday condemned the building and in compliance with law, there has been posted at each of the four entrances to the court yard, signs which read “Condemned-KEEP OUT.”
People of Ringgold County will be interested in the following dispatch published in the daily papers Sunday, from the fact that one of the victims, Mrs. A. Skroh, was before her marriage, Miss Anna Slavic of Washington Township.
She was the daughter of Mrs. Catherine Slavic and sister of Antone, Joe, Louie and John Slavic. Montevista, CO.-September 24: Six people are dead here tonight as the result of a maniac running amuck. Suddenly becoming insane, L.A. Bailey, a rancher, shot and killed three men and a woman, all neighbors and terrorized the countryside with a repeating rifle.
Run to earth by a posse, he killed himself. During the chase a Mexican boy was accidently killed by the posse. The maniac’s victims were Mr. and Mrs. A. Skroh, Ed Heilman and Paul Bagley, all ranchers and friends of Mr. Bailey.
Marriage: September 24, Marie Bastow and Robert Moore.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gleason are the proud parents of a baby boy born Thursday afternoon.
Obituary in this edition was, Louisa Matilda Pering Fry.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, September 26, 1946.)
The formal dedication of the new American Legion home of Dewey Post, #516 Tingley, was held Friday evening.
The up-to-date building will be used not only as an American Legion and Auxiliary home, but as a community center as well.
Two young ladies, students in Mount Ayr high school, have signified their intentions of being candidates for the title of “Queen of the First National Trail Ride.” They are Miss Garnita Laird of Redding and Joan Christiansen of Mount Ayr. Miss Laird and Miss Christiansen are ardent horse lovers and have many hours of riding to their credit.
Marriage: September 13, Wilma Grace and Donald Dipple.
Births: September 21, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. George Potter…September 20, a son, Robert, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Cavendar…September 21, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. James Haley.
Obituaries in this edition were: Maggie Ellen Holbrook Stevenson, Thomas R. House, Clemena Maxwell Todd and Nance Freel Armstrong Rice.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, October 7, 1971.)
Cherie Roed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chet Roed, was crowned queen of the annual homecoming event at special ceremonies during halftime of the football game. Members of the queens court included: Sandy Frost, Pam Henry, Janet Packwood and Shelia Stewart.
Members of Local 735 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers left their jobs at Iowa Southern Utilities Co. yesterday after negotiations failed to bring agreement on a new labor contract.
The utility has 546 employees, 8 in the area. Leroy Blessman, Iowa Southern local manager said, “ Supervisor personnel have taken over the critical jobs and our operations are moving smoothly.”
Taresa Brooks, a senior in the Grand Valley school, was installed as Worthy Advisor of the Mount Ayr Assembly Order of the Rainbow for Girls on September 26 in the Masonic Temple. Other officers installed were: Worthy Associate Advisor, Donna Jackson; Charity, Joyce Golliday; Hope, Janene McGilvery; Faith, Lora Sickels; Chaplin, Stephanie Virden.
Harley Wilhelm, professor emeritus at Iowa State University and principle scientist at the Ames laboratory of the American Society for Metals (ASM), the election as a Fellow represents recognition of outstanding contributions in the science and technology of metals and materials.
Marriage: September 12, Patty Umbarger and Mick Still…August 1, Lois Dillenburg and Harold Baker.
Births: Sept. 27, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. William Dudek…Sept. 27, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone Briner…Sept. 24, a son, Joel, to Mr. and Mrs. William Dufty…Oct. 3, a daughter, Melissa, to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Landis.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, September 26, 1996.)
Mount Ayr elementary school teacher Marilyn Hawkins was named Iowa Masonic Teacher of the Year for 1996 at a ceremony in Dubuque.
Hawkins was chosen from teachers nominated by some of the 360 lodges across Iowa.
Scratch the idea of the Mount Ayr city council appointing someone to fill the vacancy on the council. The council had voted at it’s September 3 meeting to name Doug Still as the fifth member of the council replacing Frank Mason who resigned. That action was not legal, however, the council found, and looks like a special election is the only option now.
Blake Haugland of Ellston recently traveled back to Minnesota, where he moved from this summer, to compete in a go-kart series race.
The racing series began in June and included five shows during the summer and fall in a three state area—Southwest South Dakota, southern Minnesota, and northern Iowa. More than 20 young men competed for the series of championship. Haugland complied a record of 8 race wins and 2 feature wins to capture the Junior II division championship for 1996.
Births: September 10, a daughter, Madison, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Noble.
Obituary in this edition was: Glenn Pottorff.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, September 22, 2011.)
Farm Bureau names new directors-New officers were named for the Farm Bureau at the meeting. President is Raymond Shields, vice president, Colby Holmes; secretary, Polly Hartsook and treasurer is Joy Goins.
Mount Ayr elementary students in Sites For Learning program took butterfly nets to Fife’s Grove Park north of Mount Ayr to catch Monarch butterflies for tagging in a recent outing.
Mike Warin of Mount Ayr and Joe Warin of Maloy were awarded the Century Farm Award at the Iowa State Fair in August.
Obituary in this edition was: David Oren Allen.