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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record -News, Thursday, January 11, 1922.)
Ellston News: E. Dempsey opened his harness and shoe shop at his place April 11, 1921, and at the close of the year had repaired 2,152 shoes, which certainly is a good starter for the first nine months in a new location.
There has been a great amount of misunderstanding in regard to the Primary Road law of Iowa.
There are those who think money expended on the construction and maintenance of this road system is derived from taxes levied on property. This is not the case. The following explanation is an endeavor to give the people vitally concerned a clear understanding of the new law, where the money comes from and how it is spent.
The Iowa Highway Commission was established by law in 1913 and consists of three members, two appointed by the governor and one the Dean of Engineering of Iowa State College. These commissioners are paid by the day for each day actually employed in the work of the commission and in addition necessary expenses incurred by so doing.
No commissioner can receive more than $1,000 per year.
The purpose of the primary road law is to divide the highways of the state and of each county into a primary and secondary system.
The primary roads are the main market roads which connect county seats, cities and market centers and the secondary system comprises all remaining county and township roads.
In order to meet the expense of construction and maintenance of the primary system, a primary road fund was created.
This fund consists of all Federal Aid allotment which are met with all motor vehicle fees. No other money goes into the primary road fund except the Federal Aid allotment and the amount made available by the state from motor vehicle fees.
Marriage: January 6, Forest Morgan and Beulah Fitzgerald.
Births: December 24, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Linder…December 31, a daugther, Loreeta Maude, to Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wehrle…January 2, a daughter, Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. Allan Humphrey…January 10, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Murphy…Mr. and Mrs. Earl Saltzman are proud parents of a daughter.
Obituary in this edition was, Henry Havelock Wilson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, Jamuary 9, 1947.)
The 1941 Chevrolet fourdoor owned by Otis Bryns, of Athelstan was struck Saturday night at 8 o’clock by a fast passenger train at the railroad crossing east edge of Maloy.
Bryns had slowed down for the rough crossing and didn’t see the approaching train. His car stalled on the tracks. He looked out just in time to see the train and all five passengers jumped to safety.
The car was carried down the tracks for 80 feet. Other occupants of the car were Gene Cordell and Curtis Smith of Athelstan and Dorothy Maxewell and Mary Wetherly of Bedford.
Marriages: January 5, Vera Harlan and James Minnick…October 18, 1946, Delores Hanks and Burl Reynolds.
Births: January 6, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ganum Findly…January 3, a son, Ronald, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm Overholser…December 26, a daughter, Marjory, to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Payton…December 31, a son, Stephen Mark, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Irvine…January 1, a son, Andrew, to Mr. and Mrs. Barton Abarr…December 30, a son, John, to Mr. and Mrs. Max Haidsiak…December 27, a son, John, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schuster…Saturday, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McCay…January 6, a son, Gail, to Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Miller and January 2, a son, Brian, to Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Nichols.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 13, 1972.)
A Ringgold County girl has been invited to compete in the Miss Iowa Pageant, which has been scheduled for March 1-4 in Ames.
She is Roseann Wurster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wurster of Tingley.
Honored by the Mount Ayr Lions club Monday night for their 4-H record keeping activity are Elaine McAlexander of Beaconsfield and John Allen of Tingley.
News of Men in the Armed Services: Airman Donald J. Huff son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Huff of Kellerton, recently completed his US Air Force basic training at the Air Training Command Lackland AFB, TX and has been assigned to the Chanute AFB, IL for training in aircraft maintenance.
Marriage: Lucille Consoliver and Freeman Lee.
Births: January 6, twin girls, to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Niday.
Obituaries in this edition were: Doris Anne Hammans, Mamie R. Abarr Herren, Everett Elswick, and Ruby Lois Smith Bowen.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 2, 1997.)
Bruce Ricker, D.O., a native of Ringgold County, will be returning to Ringgold County to begin his practice of family medicine on January 2, 1997, with Dr. Yogeh Shah at the Mount Medical Clinic.
Mount Ayr Raiders boys basketball squad has a good pool of senior leadership this season. Senior members of the team this season include, Jason Ford, Jason Hinz, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Sackett, Marco Erni, Justin Frost, Cody Cochran and Nathan Howie.
Marriages: July 20, 1996, Jennifer Grell and Chad Main…December 22, 1996 Charles Page and Rose Deming.
Obituaries in this edition were: Shirley Marie Lewis Lorimor and Leila Emma (Lee) Perlenfein Civitate.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 5, 2012.)
Area fire departments have been busy over the past short period with fires and accidents.
The biggest fire loss came Friday, December 23 at 2:43 p.m. when a home at 306 S Lincoln Street caught fire. The Mount Ayr Community and Union township fire departments fought the blaze at the rental property home owned by Rick and Lora Stull of Mount Ayr.
According to the Ringgold Fire department, the blaze gutted the interior of the home, making it a total loss. Cause of the fire was suspected as electrical.
Fireman also responded to a vehicle fire at the home of Larry and Kim Overholser in Benton.
The Mount Ayr and Union township fire departments also responded to a fire at the Amish school house near Jackson Corner on J55 & US Hwy 169 south of Mount Ayr Thursday December 29. Class was in session with some 50 students in the Jackson corner school building when wool insulation in the attic began smoldering from the heat of the chimney of the buildings wood stove.
Obituaries in this edition were: Sister Nan Ross BVM, Jimmie Dean Bammer, John E.W. (Jack) Bonebrake, Anna Mast, Lela Ione Pershin Dukes, and Clarke Eldon Perkins.