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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 7, 1922.)
Jarnagin’s Weekly-Unusal News Items of General Interest Gathered From All Parts of Iowa…Ringling brothers, the great showmen, were formerly residents of northeastern Iowa and it is from that section that they started upon their career. Mrs. Al Ringling recently visited her sister, Mrs. Dames, at New Hampton. The Al Ringling residence at Barbaboo, WI., costing one-half million dollars, has been donated to the Sisters of Charity by Mrs. Ringling and son, for a hospital. It was at Baraboo where the Ringlings put their shows an winter quarters for many years and it is here that Golmer brothers, cousins of the Ringlings, winter their aggregation. Al Ringling, a few years before his death, presented Baraboo with an auditorium costing $100,000.
Marriages: June 4, Alta Main and Sampson Sime…June 7, Grace Worthington and William Schonemann…June 2, Emma DeBolt and Warren Watkins…June 4, Edna Needham and William Davidson.
Obituary in this edition was, Walter U. Pine.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 5, 1947.)
Brady Beaman has leased his dry cleaning plant. The Mount Ayr Cleaners to George Jackson, effective June 1…Mr. and Mrs. Max Bliss yesterday purchased the H.H. Wilson Company grocery store in Mount Ayr, possession having been given at noon. The Wilson grocery is one of the oldest established businesses in Mount Ayr and has been owned and operated by A.B. and T. Harry Liggett since 1918.
Marriages: May 29, Martha Richards and Warren Horne…May 17, Shirley Duncan and Weston Plagman…May 31, Marjorie Wilkinson and C. Glen Barnett…May 31, Namoi McAlexander and Don Johnston…May 17, Catherine Ingram and Lowell Laurence…June 2, Ella DeVries and Lyndon Ferber…May 29, Lenora Bowen and Herman McCalla.
Births: Mr. and Mrs. Dwight England are the proud parents of a son.
Obituaries in this edition were: W. Blanch White, Adam Sheets, Daisy Enned Roach Scott, Jess Lininger and Jacob Dickson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 8, 1972.)
There will be a new look soon in the county courthouse yard. A 26’x34’ concrete slab was poured and will have a shelter erected on it to provide shade for visitors. The courthouse yard is a sunny place since the removal of all the elm trees.
The Ringgold County Conservation Board has announced a gift of approximately 15 acres of land including a 3 acre pond, located approximately one mile south of Diagonal, which is to be developed as a county recreational park. A gift to the county conservation board from Fred and Pearl Kokesh of Diagonal, the area will be known as “Kokesh Park.”
Births: June 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Davis.
Obituaries in this edition were: Fern Sanders Scott and Betty Jean Butler Lesan.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 29, 1997.)
Four young women led the graduating classes at Ringgold County area high schools when top academic honors were announced this week. For Mount Ayr, Jennifer Newton was named valedictorian and Erin Smith was named salutatorian. The Diagonal school district named Jennifer Schlapia as valedictorian and Becky Lumbard as salutatorian.
The number of 18 year olds who earn a two year college degree and graduate from a communtiy college before they receive their high school diploma are few and far between. But Mount Ayr community high school student, Joe Hynek of Beaconsfield did just that.
Sarah Ruth Sucher, granddaugher of Ruth Egly of Mount Ayr, was crowned the new Miss Iowa Teen USA 1997 at Cedar Rapids on Sunday April 20.
Junior Melissa Eighmy placed second to four-time 400 meter hurdle champion Jodi Hagedorn of northern Iowa as the Mount Ayr medal winner in the girls state track meet in Des Moines over the weekend.
Births: May 20, a daughter, Stephanie, to Bill and Angie Boord.
Obituaries in this edition were: Arlo Clay Stewart, Opal Lucille Clay Greene, Mary Walker Dufty and Wyatt Arends, Jr.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 7, 2012.)
New shelter house for Judge Lewis Park has been constructed and dedicated in memory of Ardie Winemiller. Her grandchildren, Devin Winemiller, Dillon Winemiller, Ali Etoukhy, Taylor Wilson, Hunter Wilson, Tucker and Sarah Winemiller, presented the check to the Judge Lewis Park board on Sunday.
Larry Teply, high school and middle school principal and athletic director fo the Diagonal Community school district, will be retiring this June after 34 years of service.
Births: May 31, a son, Collin, to Jeremiah and Holly Howell.
Obituaries in this edition were: Charles Edward Haley, Alberta Lorraine Liles Nichols, Lloyd Guess and Bernice E. Denney Webster.