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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 28, 1922.)
One of the biggest events of the kind ever held in southern Iowa and northern Missouri will take place at Leon on July 2, 3, and 4.
$2,000 in purses are to be awarded in a baseball tournament in which four of the best semi-pro teams in the middle west will participate.
The competing teams are Leon, Osceola, Bethany and Ridgeway. All are salaried teams and they play real baseball.
The $2,000 purse will be divided four ways, the first money will be $650. People from all over southern Iowa and Missouri are arranging to attend the event.
The time is coming when everyone will own a receiving set of some kind and will be enjoying the many concerts and lectures which are being broadcasted every week from some station or other.
The people of today are waking up to the fact that this world is not standing as still as one might imagine. In the coming fall and winter months there will be three fold as many radio fans as there are today. The talking machine dealers are beginning to tell the effect of the radio on their victrola sales.
Births: June 20, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Art Smith…June 23, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Fisher…June 25, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Williams…June 23, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wade Coverdell.
Obituaries in this edition were: Sarah Cordelia Melton Sherman and Elizabeth Hill Lorimor.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 26, 1947.)
Five farm families from Ringgold County will go to Ames, Monday, July 7, where the will be guests of the Iowa State College at a farm ownership recognition day program.
The Ringgold County contingent will be among the 300 or more Iowa farm families who have paid for their farms in full, within the past ten years, under the provisions of the Bankheader-Jones Farm Tenant Act. (The Bankhead–Jones Farm Tenant Act of 1937 was passed on July 22, 1937 and authorized acquisition by the federal government of damaged lands to rehabilitate and use them for various purposes. Most importantly, however, the law authorized a modest credit program to assist tenant farmers to purchase land, and it was the culmination of a long effort to secure legislation for their benefit.)
The Ringgold County farm families eligible for the award, and who expect to go to Ames are: Raymond Elliott, Kellerton; Einer Jensen, Clearfield; Harold Keplinger, Kellerton; Wilbur Lay, Kellerton; and Donald Willey.
Activities in Mount Ayr on the 4th of July will include a team pulling contest and a baseball game sponsored by the Ringgold County Post #172 American Legion.
Both events will be held at the fairgrounds. Two hundred dollars in cash prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st $40, 2nd $30, 3rd $20, 4th $10 in each division. Entries are open to the world. Admission price of .50 cents will be charged.
Marriage: June 22, Louise Bird and Raymond Thompson…June 19, Charlotte Williams and John Morrissey.
Births: June 11, a son, Melvin, to Mr. and Mrs. Archie Colter.
Obituaries in this edition were: Edith Gertrude Walters Link, George Irwin Johnston, Samuel Kennedy McKee and Elroy Henry Higday.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 29, 1972.)
Sun Valley Lake is coming into reality. And with it, the prospects of a vast recreation and retirement area in northeast Ringgold County.
Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Anderson, developers of the area northeast of Ellston, are in the process of getting ready for a big 4th of July weekend. They expect quite a crowd of area residents to look over progress on the layout of Sun Vally Lake, Inc.
Seven winners have been announced in the most photogenic picture contest held recently at Horne Hardware. Cynthia Hickman, 8 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Hickman, was 1st place winner; her parents received an 11”x14” full oil. Second place winners were, Shelia Trower, 2 year, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Trown; and Larry McNutt, 2 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McNutt of Kellerton; they received an 11”x14” bronze tone. Gold tone 11”x14” pictures go to Tim Gray, 2 1/2, Annette Blunck, 20 months; Jackie Goodale, 1 1/2 ; and Gregg Mobley, 8 months.
Marriage: June 2, Janet Skarda and Thomas Sheridan…May 23, Connie Fluckey and Alan Gardner.
Obituaries in this edietion were: Kathryn Haver, John D. Bohn and Brad Alan Galbraith.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 19, 1997.)
The lake at the Marlin Fogle Recreation Area is continuing to fill and work is continuing around the lake. When the work is completed, there will be 30 camper spots as well as primitive camping facilities around the lake.
Information and discussion dealing with the dissolution of the Grand Valley Community school district led the items for the Grand Valley school board at it’s regular June meeting Wednesday, June 11.
Maloy Post Office will close on Friday, July 18 after many years of service to the town and surrounding communities. After July 18, Maloy will no longer have a zip code 50852 and will assume Blockton’s zip code, 50836.
Randy and Joyce Vardamen and Tom and Debbie Larson received 1st place in the Sun Valley Country Club, Inc. two couple best shot golf tournament held Saturday.
Births: June 10, a daughter, Teya, to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Still.
Obiturary in this edition was: Derma Jean Keller Campbell.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, June 28, 2012.)
Hoover Angus Farm of Tingley hosted a group of ranchers from South America for the first time in its 84 year history Saturday, June 23. A group of 24 cattle breeders from Brazil visited to view the grogeny of Hoover’s Genex Sires as part of a nationwide tour put on by the artificial insemination beef genetics company, Genex.
The goal of the rancher’s visit was to view samples of what the Genex bulls had produced so that they could breed desired traits from these cattle into their own herds.
A Diagonal student was named a region 8 winner in the state Soil Water Conservation District poster contest this year. Brayden Berger of Diagonal was the regional winner in the kindergarten and first grade division of the contest.
Riley Weehler of Mount Ayr has qualified for Iowa High School rodeo team. He will travel to Rock Springs, WY. July 15-21.
Obituaries in this edition were: Merrill Lyle “Mike” Comer, Lynn Ray Dennis, Richard Eugene Hull, and Luella Holloway Reynolds.