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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 12, 1922.)
Former resident of Kellerton killed near Jaqua, KS, slayer gives self up to sheriff…One of the saddest tragedies ever occurring in Cheyenne County was enacted last Sunday evening about 5 o’clock when Lewis Scheller was shot to death by John Adams.
Both parties lived in the community about fifteen miles southwest of town and about a mile north of the old Jaqua store.
The killing took place in a field near the home of the two men. Adams used a high powered 30-30 Winchester rifle. Ill feelings has existed between the two men for several years.
The matter of a road leading from the Adams farm through the Scheller farm had caused considerable trouble.
As soon as the fatal shot was fired, or shortly thereafter, Adams went to the home of a neighbor, John Owens and told him of the shooting and suggested that he go and see how badly Scheller was injured. He then started to St. Francis on foot to give himself up, bringing the gun with him.
Buffalo Center, Winnebago County has the distinction of being the first community in Iowa to form a consolidated school. That was in 1896.
Death announcement: March 4, Jacob Egly.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 10, 1947.)
At the Methodist church services in Lenox, Easter morning five pair of twins were in attendance.
All members of the Methodist cradle roll, their parents are members of the same church and all ten of the children have Lenox as their address.
Those in attendance were Jean and Joan Walter, Veldon and Veldeva Cochran, Sonia and Faunia Creamer, Terry and Tommy Bender and Larry and Gary Refer.
Marriages: April 6, Corrine Watson and Harry Stamper…March 19, Helen Hill and Leslie Kimble…March 5, Shirley Miller and Raymond Storer…March 23, Joan Seaton and Ron Atwood.
Births: April 5, a daughter, Leta, to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sullivan…April 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Sheets…Born Thursday a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reasoner…April 5, a son, Robert, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pence…April 6, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rice.
Obituaries in this edition were: Claudia Murlen Beck Reynolds Harroun, Hannah Jane Middleton Zentz, Anna M. Hill Ashenhurst, Ida Mae McLain Norris, and Elizabeth May Nichols Hankins.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 13, 1972.)
Horace Daggett, 40 year old Adams County farmer, has announced his candidacy for state representative from the newly created 96th district, Daggett is a Republican.
Winners in annual Cub Scouts pinewood derby last week are: Jeff White, best design; Randy Townsend, third place; Dwayne Kibbe, second place and Ellis Summa, first place.
News of Men in the Armed Services: Navy Petty Officer Second Class James A. Beavers, husband of the former Alice Minnick of Kellerton, was named Seabee of the month for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
He received the honor for his outstanding performance of duty, initiative, leadership and his example to fellow navymen.
Marriage: January 8, Katherine Deemer and Gregg Reynolds.
Births: April 5, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wilson…April 7, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Stephens.
Obituaries in this edition were: Doyle Lawrence Weeda, Carmen Max Hansen, Jeanie Jane Mackey Higday and Gail Bowlby Strode.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, April 3, 1997.)
Estimates of Ringgold County population show a rebound in numbers in the past few years, but still a decline from the official census in 1990. According to the most recent projection by the US Bureau of Census, there were 5,345 residents of Ringgold County on July 1, 1996 up 26 from the previous year but down 75 or 1.38 percent from the 5,420 found in the 1990 census.
A Mount Ayr community student has been named a United States national award winner in art.
Brad Elliott of Mount Ayr was nominated for this national award by John Newton, a teacher at Mount Ayr community. Elliott will appear in the US Achievement Academy official yearbook, which is published nationally and recognizes fewer than 10 percent of American high school students.
Marriages: November 23, 1996, Allyson Cook and Ronald Landphair.
Births: March 27, a son, Connor, to Scott and Tracy Giles.
Obituaries in this edition were: Myrtle Lee Bodeman King, Lloyd Lester Roach, Howard Daniel Burgher and Elvin Elmo Robertson.
Ten Years Ago
From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, April 5, 2012.)
The Mount Ayr square has a new look with a project to bring former Skelly Station on the square back to its old glory, even if it isn’t a service station anymore. The station on the square closed in the 1980s and had become somewhat of an eyesore before Joe Murphy began a project to restore it.
With the help of a donation from Larry and Rita Hunter and a USDA community facilitates grant, Ringgold County Hospital ambulance was able to be purchase two new E series defibrillators.
Births: March 30, a son, Koven LaCoy, to BayLee and Lisa Stull.
Obituaries in this edition were: Evelyn LaVera Jobst Hunt, Marvin Ray Rice and Ronal Harrison Scott.