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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 5, 1922.)
A terrible accident happened Tuesday afternoon when the 2 o’clock train hit the Floyd Collier car on the crossing just southeast of town.
Mr. Collier accompanied by Alf Cooper was driving along and did not see the train until it struck them. The train backed to the depot with the men and Dr. Hill assisted by Hubert Roush administered first aid and a special car was placed on the 4 o’clock train to convey the injured men and relatives to the hospital in Clarinda.
Mr. Collier is getting along fine and suffered a broken leg and other small injuries, while Mr. Cooper’s life is hanging by a thread.
Mount Ayr is to have a radio station which will be ready for operation the latter part of this week or first of next.
For several weeks Delitt Thompson and H.E. Wall have been working on a wireless station set at the square. They now lack but one tube, which has been ordered, to make the equipment complete.
All the other equipment is in place and as soon as the vacuum tube arrives Messrs. Thompson and Wall will be receiving telegraph and telephone messages within a radius of 1,000 miles.
Births: March 24, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Smith.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lanie Ellen Egly Stephens and Fleming Mansfield Butler.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 3, 1947.)
Twenty years of conscientious service to the people of Mount Ayr and surrounding communities is the record established by Shafer’s Service Station.
In honor of his 20th anniversary of being identified with the business life of Mount Ayr, Day Shafer, proprietor of the service station is planning a celebration for Friday and Saturday.
The West End Service Station was established in Mount Ayr March 1, 1927 by Mr. Shafer, the business having been purchased from Stroup and Batman. At that time there were only 3 other service stations in Mount Ayr.
One of the invaluable fixtures of the business was Howard (Peb) Stone, who has been a faithful employee of Mr. Shafer during his entire business career. Other station attendants, who have always been conscientious in the performance of their duties are Walter Stone and John Denhart, who have been with Mr. Shafer fifteen years and five years, respectively.
Mr. Shafer moved in August 1945, from west Mount Ayr to his present location in the south part of the city on Hwys. No. 169 & 2.
Marriage: March 26, Bonnie Shackleton and Blaine Scott…March 1, Lavon Taylor and Wallace Smith…March 22, Evelyn Caldwell and Merton Knapp.
Births: March 26, A daughter, Katherine, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Maley…April 2, a son, Stephen, to Mr. and Mrs. Hale Johnson…March 31, a daughter, Linda, to Mr. and Mrs. Arlo Campbell…March 26, a daughter, Karen, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Knosby…March 11, a daughter, Diane, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ingrahm…March 28, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parker…March 27, a daughter, Marcia, to Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Brown…March 22, a daughter, Sandra, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wilkinson…March 28, a son, Robert to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Campbell…March 28, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bastow…March 24, a daughter, Shirley, to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mathany…March 27, a daughter, Sheral, to Mr. and Mrs. Darl Bell…March 21, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jones…March 23, a daughter, to Mr. ad Mrs. Jack Slaughter.
Obituary in this edition was, Aaron S. Lynn.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 6, 1972.)
Worthington resigns as deputy sheriff-LaVerne Worthington a valued employee of the Ringgold County Sheriff’s office since 1961, has resigned his position of deputy sheriff effective as of April 14.
On April 17, Mr. Worthington will assume the duties of counselor aide with southwest Iowa Alcoholism Commission, to which position he was named last month.
Robert E. Shay of Maloy is the new president of the Mount Ayr Jaycees, having been elected to that office during a meeting of the organization held Monday evening. He succeeds Ed Dugan.
Pam Jackson has been selected by the Tingley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 516 as its representative at Girls State in Cedar Falls.
Births: April 20, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Danny Kinder.
Obituaries in this edition were: Ferrel Mae Wiley Swartz…Gail Bowlby Strode…Mrs. Carroll Mackey Higday.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 27, 1997.)
A Mount Ayr resident has been named as the recipient of one of this year’s Iowa Friends of Agriculture Awards. Roger Schnoor of Mount Ayr was presented with the award by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Dale M. Cochran.
Five girls from area basketball teams were given honorable mention on the Iowa Newspaper Association’s girls all-state basketball team.
Representing the county on the Class 2A All-State honorable mention list were Mount Ayr Community high school junior, Melissa Eighmy in the back court and sophomore Cara Smith in the front line.
Representing the area on the Class 1A all -state honorable mention list were Diagonal Community high school junior Amber Sobotka and senior Bonnie Werner on the front line and senior Joni Butler in the back court.
Births: March 21, twins, Jessica and James, to Jim and Becky (Weehler) Heilman…March 24, a son, Jesse, to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Ruby.
Obituaries in this edition were: Welba Dean Butler, Cloyde E. Beede, Burl Elton Sackett, Carolyn Alice Wells Bellinger, Rolin “Rollie” Lysinger and Zachary Chet Becker.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, March 29, 2012.)
The new name of the restaurant in Diagonal was a bit too real for comfort Friday when the former G & L Bar & Grill building, which was being torn down to make way for the new restaurant, caught fire and burned.
Fireside Bar & Grill is the name of the new restaurant that Mark and Sue Steffenhagen from Illinois plan to build at the sight located on Main Street in Diagonal.
Mount Ayr will have a new housing option when the Van Buren Square Development gets underway this spring. Van Buren Square will be a group of eight individual town homes built in a block bounded by Grant Street, Garfield Street, Van Buren Street and Hwy 2 & 169.
A split in support from board members for the Ringgold County Group Home’s administrator, Bo Conrad, led to his resignation and at least three board members in a marathon board meeting Monday night.
Births: March 18, a son, Nash, to Nick and Callista Wilkey.
Obituaries in this edition were: Berdean Freda Johnson Beardsley, Mescal M. Gilbert, Irene Lois Cover Snyder.