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One Hundred Years (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, February 22, 1922.)
Proclamation of Mayor-By the request of the Local Board of Health, made at a meeting held at the town hall Monday evening, February 20, 1922, I am urging upon every resident of Mount Ayr the urgent advisability of the vaccination of every person who has not been vaccinated within the last 5 years.
Mount Ayr does not now have any cases of small pox, but many of our neighbors are suffering from it. We are advised by the state authorities and the local physicians that the ravages of this disease can be prevented by vaccination.
In that event it is the part of wisdom do not wait until the epidemic is upon us. Waste, suffering and possible death can be adverted by prompt action.
As directed by the Board of Health, I, by this proclamation, urge prompt and immediate vaccination…Earl Clouse died Sunday at his home east of Blockton of small pox.
Swift & Co., from their large poultry plant at Clarinda, have recently shipped two car loads of poultry to London, England, consigned to his royal highness, King George, through the Swift agency in London.
The people of Clarinda are curious to know what the royal family intends to do with two car loads of poultry. It is thought that in all probability it is intended for use at the wedding of the Princess Mary and Viscount Lacelles, whose wedding date has been set for February 28.
Every poultry raiser in Page County is “chesty” over the matter, being quite sure that each contributed of the choice fowls sent to the king’s household.
Marriage: February 14, Mildren Keller and Grant Stamper.
Births: February 15, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wendell.
Obituary in this edition was, Alva K. Chandler.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, February 20, 1947.)
Town council men in called session Friday afternoon, voted unanimously to adopt the “dustless, mudless, bituminous” type of surfacing for the unsurfaced streets of Mount Ayr.
Marriages totaling 184, or 64 more than in 1946, were recorded in the Record News during the past twelve months.
Three months, May, June, and August shared top honors with 23 weddings each, while February was in second place with 18.
Marriages: February 9, Mary Clarey and Charles Schlapia…February 15, Maxine Weehlen and LaVerne Worthington…February 12, Ruth Swigart and Neville Dickson.
Births: February 10, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Combs…February 17, a daughter, Mary Jane, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mercer…February 15, a son, Robin, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watts…February 13, twin sons, Ronald and Donald, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shay.
Obituaries in this edition were: George Washington Arnett, Walter C. Seibert, Max K. Cullings, and Hazel Inez Summer.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, February 24, 1972.)
House Highlights: a bill requiring persons convicted of driving while drinking to attend a special school passed the House last week.
It would set up classes for rehabilitation in the area schools in an attempt to help the drinking driver to find himself. If the judge orders the violator to attend, he would have to do so before he could regain his license.
A temporary license would be issued to allow him to attend the classes as well as work, if driving was essential to his livelihood.
Another measure of local interest deals with the branding laws. This would allow the Department of Agriculture to establish rules for local sale barns to record branded or marked cattle.
As most of you know, rustling is a serious problem in our neck of the woods and this could help in tracing stolen cattle.
Three Raiders qualify for state wrestling meet. All three of Mount Ayr district wrestling tournament entries qualified for the state Class AA tournament in Des Moines this week, they are Mark Triggs at the 98 pound class, Kent Blunck a the 119 pound class and Dave Stewart at the 185 pound class.
Births: February 15, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Coulson.
Obituary in this edition was: Alfred (Alfie) Earl Sackett.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, February 13, 1997.)
A Ringgold County artist will be designing the cover for the 1997 Southern Exposures Tourism tabloid publication.
Shirley Wallace of Benton was chosen as the winner for the sixth annual publication of the regional tourism group which includes Ringgold County.
Bonnie Werner and Jeff Tull were crowned queen and king of Diagonal homecoming festivities Friday night.
Keith and Mike Bastow of rural Mount Ayr captured top honors in the doubles event of the Iowa Farm Bureu handicap bowling tournament, district event, bowled in Stuart in January.
Marriages: July 27, Shelly Christensen and Mike Shields…September 28, 1996, Amy Rinehart and Scott Webber.
Births: February 5, a daughter, Megan, to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Binning.
Obituaries in this edition were: Victor Lee Lesan, Homer Shaw, Kenneth G. Hosfield, Roy Isaac Foland and Ava E. Greer Brunner.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, February 16, 2012.)
Three Mount Ayr women are beginning fund-raising efforts to participate in a 60 mile walk for cancer research to be held in August.
Monica Casteel, Amber Fooken and Liz Schafer plan to travel to Minneapolis, MN August 24-26 to take part in a three day walk. A 60 mile distance is covered over three days of events.
Each of the three are committed to raise $2,300 to help with the fight against breast cancer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Shane Swank, 152 pound wrestler won both his matches at districts to move to the state competition in Class 1A state wrestling tournament.
Births: February 8, a daughter, Cecilia, to Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cornnina…February 7, a daughter, Ryleigh, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rumple…February 13, a daughter, Payton, to Robyn Osborn.
Obituaries in this edition were: Norma Jean Blauer Paxson and Perry Vaugh Woollums.