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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 21, 1922.)
Kellerton News: The radio installed by Art and Bert Smith in the rear of their store is now in working order and concerts, lectures, and market reports are being received daily from Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City. It is proving quite an attraction as it is the first one in operation here. The Meadows brothers are installing an outfit in their home that is near completion.
The children’s exercises at the Methodist church Sunday evening drew a large crowd but owing to the storm only about half of the program was given as it became necessary to dismiss the congregation in order that they might reach home before the rain made roads impassable.
During the electrical storm Sunday evening lightening struck the barn of the farm occupied by Don Smith northeast of the city killing 2 brood sows and twenty-three pigs. The freakish tendency of lightening was shown in the fact a hole was burnt through the roof of the barn and while a large quantity of hay was stored in the barn, the only damage was the killing of the hogs.
No marriages, births or obituaries recorded in this edition.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 19 1947.)
The Mount Ayr softball team defeated Ellston aggratation, 12-3 in a game played Sunday afternoon on the diamond at the fairgrounds. The Mount Ayr team connected for sixteen hits, while the losers tallied three. Park Rinehart was the leading hitter for the winning team, with a perfect day at the plate. Rinehart scored two singles, a triple and a walk in four times at the plate.
Poles will be set and electrical fixtures will be installed at the fairgrounds in Mount Ayr to provide light for exhibition and entertainment during the annual show which will be held Monday through Friday August 11 to 15. Plans were also made at the meeting to arrange the north barn for exhibiting cattle and the south barn for showing hogs.
The swimming beach at the old lake will be opened Sunday June 22, according to an announcement by the park board members, Mrs. George Irving, George Baldner and John Beard. The beach will be under the supervision of the life guard, Bob Roe.
Marriages: June 13, Dorothy Calhoun and Norman Reynolds…June 14, Venita Kirby and Leonard Sobotka…June 4, Simone Loeuillette of France and Frank Warrick…Saturday Betty Michelson and Charles South were united in marriage…June 7, Verla Morey and Darrell Monk…June 3, Rosa Rowe and Paul Bennett.
Births: May 27, a daughter, Juanita, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baker…June 10, a son, Alvin, to Mr. and Mrs. Dean Sickels…June 17, a daughter, Marilyn, to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Combs…June 14, a son, Hallie, to Mr. and Mrs. Hallie Moore…June 13, a daughter, Judith, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Roe…June 14, a son, Robert, to Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Barnstetter.
Obituaries in this edition were: Elise Ora Dady Hill, Simeon John Long, and Laura Belle Brining Smith.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 22, 1972.)
The 1970 census of housing counted 2,781 housing units in Ringgold County and 2,110 households had at least one television set. The report also shows that in the county: There were 653 housing units with air conditioning (547 with room units and 106 with central system), 1,858 units with clothes washing machines, 992 with clothes dryer, and 101 with a dishwasher. A total of 2,424 housing units were built before 1949, 171 during the 1950’s, 54 during 1960-64 and 90 within the 5 year preceding the April 1970 census. Utility gas was used to cook the meals in 507 households, electricity in another 1,008 and bottled, tank, or LP gas in yet another 613. There were 2,256 housing units with complete kitchen facilities and 1,129 with complete bathrooms, both for exclusive use of the household. The number of bedrooms in all housing units ranged from none (in 15 units) and one (in 150 units) to four or more in 677 units. Owners occupied 1,884 units and renters 462 units and a total of 433 unit was vacant year round with 27 for sale and 66 for rent.
Marriage: May 27, Marilyn Marler and Cecil Stevenson…June 11, Tim Irving and Kristen Hunter…June 10, Kathy Evans and John Watts Jr…June 10, Gerry Palmer and Curtis Bagley.
Births: June 16, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Craig.
Obituaries in this edition were: Billie Moore Robison, John D. Bohn, Lavina W. Stuck and Lela B. Stephens.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 12, 1997.)
Sponsorship of the new decorative lighting for the Mount Ayr square is progressing rapidly, according to project coordinators, Larry and Debbie Foltz. The four multiple globe lights for the corners of the square have been spoken for and eight of the 16 single lights around the square are also sponsored.
A grant for $3,000 was awarded this week to the committee working on restoration of the train depot in Mount Ayr from South Central Iowa Community Foundation. The mon