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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, October 19, 1921.)
Fire of unknown origin, which started at midnight last night in the W.L. Frisby building on the east side of Main Street, completely destroyed two brick buildings in Kellerton, together with the equipment of the Avery Johnston Barber Shop, the stock of the Smith Millinery store and the stock of general merchandise owned by W. W. Farmer.
The building in which the fire started was a community house and the origin of the fire is a mystery.
Since the old court house was condemned several weeks ago speculation has been indulged to some extent as to how long the old building would stand if left exposed to the natural elements, but no one has offered any information purporting to be of a definite nature until last Saturday when Mayor George Wright received a post card which reads as follows: “The court house will fall at exactly 2:29 a.m., Friday, October 21, 1921. If anyone doubts this and has a wad of money to wager on it communicate with the undersigned.
Tingley News: Work has commenced Friday on the new elevator for the Farmers Union Co-operative Company. It is to be 26’x42.24’ and 72 feet high.
Marriage: October 12, Grace Harris and Frank Sharping.
Births: Born Wednesday, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Denhart…October 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Brown…October 12, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Diggo Rasmussen.
Obituary in this edition was John M. McMullen.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 17, 1946.)
“Dorothy’s Beauty Shop” is the name selected for the new beauty shop which will open Monday in the new office building north of the Sandwich Shop in Mount Ayr. Dorothy Seevers proprietress.
There are 1,733 farms in Ringgold County on January 1, 1945 according to report of the Bureau of Census received by Milton Henderson, Ringgold County Extension director this week.
This compared with 1,853 farms on April 1, 1940, the date of the last census. The average size farm increased from 180.2 acres to 194.5 acres.
George Irving returned Thursday from Jackson, WY where he enjoyed 2 weeks of hunting. He killed a 2 year old, 550 pound elk which he brought home.
Marriages: Thursday morning Ethel Cabaret became the bride of Frank Sladek.
Births: October 13, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Gilbert…September 18, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cavendar…September 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Cavendar…Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Powers are the proud parents of a son.
Obituaries in this edition were: Charles Wesley Seevers and Lura Lou Johnson.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, September 30 & October 21, 1971, missing so I will be filling in with October 15, 1896 to stay on track with dates. One Hundred-Twenty-Five Years)
Flowery Glen school house in Liberty township, situated just north of Mel Bennett’s farm, was burned to the ground sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.
The fire was of an incendiary origin but as yet there has been no clue discovered as to the perpetrators.
The teacher, Miss Ethel Sneaker, closed the school Friday evening and there had been no fire built that day, so there can be no possibility of the fire catching from the stove. The building was a good one and was insured for $275 and the contents $100.
The White House is being newly carpeted and the prevailing color is old gold. Mr. Bryan’s preference in regard to the matter have not been considered, since it is supposed that his eyes will not gaze upon it nor his feet walk over it (Democrat candidate running for president).
Births: Born Sunday, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Middleton near Lesan…Born Monday, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Foster…October 2, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Smith…October 10 a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. John White…October 9, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Swad…October 6, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Stiles.
Obituary in this edition was, Emma Alberta Long.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, October 17, 1996.)
Brittany Roe was crowned queen and Cody Cochran was crowned king for activities at Mount Ayr Community high school annual homecoming over the weekend.
Church bells rang every fifteen seconds while about 40 people gathered for the Domestic Violence Awareness vigil Sunday evening in the Ringgold County courtyard.
Dr. Duane Mitchell, of Mount Ayr, was re-elected vice-president of the board of Southwestern Community College in Creston at the board’s reorganizational meeting in Creston recently.
Gene Poppe, president of Mercantile Bank, announced this week the addition of Vicki Sickels of Mount Ayr to the bank’s lending staff. Sickels assumed her duties as general lender Tuesday October 8.
Obituaries in this edition were: Marilyn Yvonne Willey Mohr and Truman Wallace Dulany.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, October 13, 2011.)
Mitch Krenk, a standout tight end at the University of Nebraska and who played for a short time with the Chicago Bears, spoke to the Ringgold Raider football team 2 days before being honored at the White House for being part of the Bears Super-Bowl championship team in 1985.
Gordon Winkler, chief executive of Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, was named the recipient of the “Excellence in Leadership Award” at the Iowa Hospital Assoc. annual meeting in Des Moines Wednesday October 5.
Births: September 29, a son, Harrison, to Mr. and Mrs. Brad Auge…October 3, a daughter, Ava, to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Moss.
Obituaries in this edition were: Vernice Pauline Adams Adkisson, Wilma Jean Grimes Pottorff, and Leonard Lee Still.