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One Hundred Years (From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 15, 1922.)
A Des Moines bank has just celebrated it’s 50th birthday and in honor of the occasion had baked the proverbial birthday cake.
The cake stands 66 inches high, is 72 inches long and 40 inches wide and weighs 1,100 pounds. It has 5 layers of graduating length and width. The two lower layers bear 50 electric candles.
Here is the recipe as given out by Frank Watts the baker: 270 lbs. flour, 150 quarts of egg whites, the product of 6,000 eggs, 240 pounds granulated sugar, 200 pounds of icing and 240 pounds of butter.
During the war the name German Township, Hancock County, was changed to Liberty by action of the board of supervisors.
The event created considerable friction at the time and now an effort is being made to change the name back to German. The residents are mostly Germans and have petitioned for the old name to be restored.
The township contains splendid farms and men of wealth.
Marriages: February 22, Florence Prentis and Oscar Campbell.
Births: A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Deiberts…March 9, a son, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Millsap…March 4, a daughter, Hannah, to Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Daughton.
Obituaries: H.H. Lynn, Emmor James Moore, Marvin Claire White, Willis Brown and Samuel McElwayn Tennis.
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 13, 1947.)
A new creamery will be established soon in Mount Ayr, under the ownership and management of George Mosbarger.
The business will be operated under the firm name of the Ringgold Dairy Products Co. The Timby building, joined by the C.L. Horne hardware and the Frank Clarke Insurance agency, has been rented by Mr. Mosbarger and will be made ready for occupancy April 1st.
Petitions will be soon circulated throughout Ringgold County by the women’s division of the Ringgold County Farm Bureau, requesting the board of supervisors of Ringgold County to sell what is known as the county farm, 4 miles north of Mount Ayr on Hwy #169, the funds from which would be used to help build the county hospital.
Marriages: February 27, Louise Feree Dulany and LeRoy Alexander…March 7, Virginia Keenan and Fredrick Siverly.
Births: March 5, a son, Richard Edward, to Mr. and Mrs. David Hill…March 8, a daughter, Leigh Ellen, to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Rice…March 5, a daughter, Diane, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Saltzman… March 6, a son, Jon, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thompson…March 9, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Young…March 4, a son, Allan, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Elliott…March 9, twins, a boy and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Brown.
Obituaries in this edition were: Oscar Albert Watson, Clarence Home Yashack, Fred Jezek, Luther L. Gartin, Kate Ward Carr, Noel B. Seney and Alfred B. McChesney.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 16, 1972.)
Vandals damaged or broke off 12 traffic control signs in Mount Ayr over the weekend.
Included were several stop signs at heavily- traveled intersections, as well as speed limit signs. Mayor Raymond Hutchinson pointed out that not only did removal of stop signs constitute a danger for motorists, the cost to the city of replacing the signs was considerable.
One of the largest confirmation classes in recent history joined the Mount Ayr Methodist Church Sunday. Eighteen class members include: Tim Swinton, Sharla Anderson, Debbie Reynolds, Marcea Gilkerson, Barbara Wagenknecht, ReNee McCullough, Kristy Drake, Linda Link, Kristeen Glick, Patricia Pierson, Teresa Pierson, David Roed, Steve Smith, Mark Erickson, Crae Geist, Brenda McCullough, Chuck Long and David Perry.
Births: March 7, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stevenson…March 7, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Stevenson…March 6, a daughter, Jennifer, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bowman…A daughter, Carrie, to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Campbell.
Obituaries in this edition were: Leo Solomon Hellwitz, Alma Wiley, Fern Loretta Tyrrell Irving, and Emeral Jay Wheelen.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 6, 1997.)
Richard and Susan Tidman of Beaconsfield were featured in the February 22 issue of “Iowa Farmer Today”, a magazine received around 72,000 readers.
The article gave information on the Tidman’s lamb farming process and published several pictures of their work. The Tidman’s manage a 300 ewe commercial herd on their farm.
Melissa Winkler of Mount Ayr placed second in the state in the 12-13 year old age group of the Elks Club Hoop Shoot held in Grimes.
Births: February 25, a daughter, Christina, to Mr. and Mrs. John A. Overholtzer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Roland Rue Roush, Raymond Drake Jr., Glayds Grant Ayers, Sidney L. Stumbo, Margaret Mary Worthington Bopp, Linda Kay Maudlin Fletchell, Glen Wosley Frame, Ivan William Rainey, and Marcia Ann Case Warham.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 3, 2012.)
Firefighters from the Mount Ayr volunteer fire department were called to the blaze at the Crain Medical Clinic Tuesday morning.
It first started in bushes outside the medical clinic, burning in the bushes and mulch along the south side of the building. The fire was put out without causing any major damage to building.
Six Mount Ayr community high school girls participated in the All Iowa Drill Team that performed at the girls state basketball tournament last week. Participants included, Megan Doubleday, Madi Hosfield, April Shields, Maggie Jennett, Kylie Wilson and Taylor Lynch.
The 2011-2012 Raider basketball team had one of the best seasons in many years as they finished with a 20-3 won-loss record.
The Pride of Iowa announced their All-Conference girls basketball teams for 2011-2012 season. Mount Ayr Raiderette, Taylor Still was selected to the first team and Claire Andresen was a member of the second unit.
Births: February 26, a son, Max, to Shannon Hartman and Luke Graves…February 27, a daughter, Piper, to Gary and Tristin Lillie.
Obituaries in this edition: Richard Ruckman and Mark Stone.