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(From the Mount Ayr Record -News, Thursday, February 8, 1922.)
The Charles Richardson home across the street west from Sheldon Heights, was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday night.
On account of the prevailing high wind the fire whistle was not heard in many parts of town and only a few persons responded.
Members of the Volunteer Fire Company were soon at the scene of the fire with hose cart and chemicals but the fire had gained such headway it was not possible to save the building which with practically the entire contents went up in smoke.
Income tax facts: Changes in the revenue law are of material benefit to the average family man.
Under the revenue act of 1921, a married person, living with wife or husband, whose net income for 1921 was $5,000 or less, is allowed a personal exemption of $2,500. Under the revenue act of 1918 the exemption allowed a married person was $2,000 regardless of the amount of net income.
Marriages: February 1, Gladys Jacob and Maurice Murphy.
Births: January 27, daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Will Warrick…Born Saturday a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Conklin…February 6, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Johnston.
Obituaries in this edition were: Aaron W. Mathany, Charles Robert Newton, Mike Maloney, and Charles Edward McDowell
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 6, 1947.)
Telephone and electric service is back to normal again after one of the worst ice storms experienced in this part of Iowa in many years.
The storm began early Wednesday morning and by seven o’clock the streets were a glare of ice. After several hours of intermittent service, electric power was cut off about 4:30 p.m. returning again about 11:30.
The lines were so heavily laden with ice, they broke again Thursday morning and services was not resumed until approximately 6:30 p.m.
Marriages: December 28, Cpl. Lowell Aukland and Shirley Land…February 2, Virginia Walters & Kenneth McAlexander.
Births: January 31, a son, William, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. Stull…January 30, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Byron Gunsolley…January 26, a daughter, Dixie, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Campbell…January 18, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zigler.
Obituaries in this editiont were; Opha Lee VanWinkle, Ethel Rummage Rosenbaum, Lulu Dicken Johnston, Edith M. Poore Cole, Bessie May Nelson Crooks, Bert Teale and Charles Lloyd Altekruse.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, Februry 10, 1972.)
In 1955 the Iowa Association FFA established a national FFA chapter award program, issuing a framed certificate with room for 5 years of awards recognition seals.
The Mount Ayr chapter received the top state award for each of these 5 years and was presented a seal for each year to be affixed to the certificate. In 1960 the state association issued a bur oak plaque with 12 spaces for spurs to be added signifying chapter program superior award ratings.
Just recently the local chapter received the 12th spur which has been affixed on the plaque, thus adding 12 more years of superior ratings for the local chapter program of work, a total of 17 years continous superior rating.
Paul Fell, son of Dr. and Mrs. Roy Fell of Mount Ayr, is a member of the varsity basketball squad at Tarkio College, Tarkio, MO.
Births: February 1, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Welch…February 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Brown…February 3, a son, to Mr. and Mrs, Randy Gibbson…February 6, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Weehler…February 7, a daughter, Jennifer, to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Beede.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lynn R. Pollock and William Edward Steinman.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 30, 1997.)
New ownership is being organized for the Sun Valley Lake golf course, it was announced this week.
A non-profit organization is being developed to own the golf course, after it was purchased from longtime owners Quentin and Rita Anderson of Ellston.
Ringgold Resources, owned by Randy and Joyce Vardaman of Mount Ayr, has purchased the course with the intention of transferring it to a non-profit corporation.
Quadruplets were born in Ringgold County recently, but they did not bring much media attention–probably because they were pygmy goats, not children.
Andrew Savage, who lives on a farm northeast of Ellston, owns the goat that had four little ones. Dr. Miller, local veterinarian, said that quadruplet goats are not unheard of but that he had never seen any in his years of practice.
Diagonal and Mount Ayr girls basketball teams are rated in the sixth ratings released by the Iowa Girls High School Basketball Associaton last week.
The ratings are for record through January 22. The Diagonal Maroonettes were ranked 13th in the state in Class 1A with a 12-1 record. The Mount Ayr Raiderettes were ranked 17th in Class 2A with a record of 11-1.
Marriage: September 26, 1996, Noel Allen and Michael Harrison.
Births: January 25, a daughter, Allie, to Mr. and Mrs. Josh Shields.
Obituaries in this edition: Victor Lemoine “Jim” James, Edmund “Eddie” Becker, and Betty Bernadine Nichols Bradley.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 2, 2012.)
Named king and queen of the Diagonal Community school district homecoming celebration Friday were junior, Shad Haidsiak and senior, Bailey Cameron.
A tragedy was averted early Sunday morning when Nick Foltz and his dog escaped from their burning home at 2120-240th Street, through a window.
The cause of the blaze is undetermined and is still under investigation, according to Mount Ayr fire chief Mike Wimer. Smoldering ruins were all that was left of the house.
Marriages: August 11, 2011, Rachel Lesan and Ty Boyer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Norma Talley Hohlfeld and Herman Slyvester Wilkes.