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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record -News, Thursday, December 14, 1921.)
At a meeting last Wednesday the board of supervisors of Ringgold County awarded the contract for the general construction work on a new county home building to be erected on the site of the present county home in Liberty township, the contract price being $21,000.
The contract for heating and plumbing was $4,284.50.
The supreme court rules that a large class of alleged patent medicines are nothing but an inferior grade of intoxicating liquors.
The special concoctions involved were “Beef, Iron & Wine” and “Stearne’s Tonic,” patent medicines manufactured by the National Sewright Company. Sheriff Robb of Polk County, seized 25 cases of these “bitters” from druggist in Des Moines and Judge Utterback pronounced them to be intoxicating beverages even though having a government permit and the druggist appealed to the state supreme court and that body sustains the contention of Judge Utterback.
Obituaries in this edition: Daniel Hacker, Riley Ewing, and Sarah Elizabeth Hayes Flick.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 12, 1946.)
An order was placed Thursday by Mayor O.B. Mack for two large neon signs with the inscription “MT. AYR.” One sign will be installed over Hwy. No. 169 at the Art Moore corner and the other one will be placed over Hwy 2 near the Shafer Service Station.
The over all size of the signs will be 3 1/2 feet by 12 feet with letters 12 inches high, total cost $522.12.
Darrell and Bill Johnston announce they have purchased the Mount Ayr Cafe from Mrs. Darlene Huffman. Possession was given Tuesday.
Marriages: November 30, Imogene Cooper and James McMahon; November 28, Pauline Comer and Philip Henn; December 7, Maxine Smith and Carden Butts.
Births: December 6, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knapp…November 25, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Corrll.
Obituaries in this edition were: Charley F. Campbell, Peter Mosier, Ellen Forbes McKibben, William Ellis McDowell, Elzy Edwin Fitzgerald, Clara Dillon Spoonemore and John Horton Bailey.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 16, 1971.)
The Mount Ayr Raiders had little trouble subduing Chariton’s wrestlers here Saturday night in a non-conference match 42-5.
The junior varsity won their match 39-15. Match results are as follows: 98#, Mark Triggs pinned Carroll Smith 1:05; 105#, Allen Schafer beat Kurt Stone 7-4; 112#, Kenny Reynolds pinned Mark Atcheson 3:14; 119#, Kent Blunck beat Scott Hager 19-6; 126#, Larry Bishop beat Rich Exley 4-1; 132# Duane Burchett beat Jeff Vincent 6-0; 138# Merl Comer pinned Jeff Kent 0:42; 145# Bob Bryan lost to Burt Beals 4-3; 155# Laverne Starkey bet Brian Moon 4-3; 167# Brent Geringer beat Bob Beals 5-3; 185#, Dave Stewart beat Joe Amos 7-1; Heavyweight Dan Cross drew with Lee Long 6-6.
Mount Ayr residents are requested to turn on home lighting displays by 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday December 21; that’s when patients in Clearview Home will be taken on a tour of the town by members of the First Christian Church.
Marriages: September 25, Bonnie Lantz and Joe French; October 29, Cindy Brand and Richard Snethen; September 5, Cheryl Thomas and Larry Grose.
Obituaries in this edition were: John Ballew and Carrie E. Oxford Dennis and Mary Francis Clayton Kelley.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, Decenber 5, 1996.)
When Charles and Connie Manus host the open house Friday for the Lodge, to the first phase of the new use they are making of a historic Mount Ayr building, people will have the opportunity to see how the concept can work in Mount Ayr.
The old I.O.O.F. building north east of the square is being renovated from a building standing empty into more spaces for visitors to the community to stay-a real need in Mount Ayr- as well as possible commercial uses.
Mike Kemery of Blockton recently returned for Wyoming where he bagged a mountain lion on a hunt. Kemery hunted in Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming and came away with the trophy, which he is having mounted by a taxidermist.
Births: November 20, twin boys, Joe and Jake to Brent and Martha Ricker.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 1, 2011.)
Awards for outstanding cooperators, lifetime achievement and 25 years of service were presented when the Ringgold County Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners held their annual awards luncheon recently at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr.
Awards were presented to Jim and Willeta George of Diagonal for the districts outstanding cooperator this year.
Seven year old Ali Main, daughter of Chad and Jen Main of Grimes, shot her first deer while hunting on Jack Main’s farm south of Mount Ayr with her dad.
Births: October 19, a daughter, Rogan, to Chris and Tory Parker.
Obituaries in this edition were: Francis Harlan Ayres and Zoe Elliott Nichols.