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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, July 5, 1922.)
Miss Ruth Michael of Diagonal has been selected by the judges as the most beautiful girl in Ringgold County.
Register subscribers have watched with interest the progress of the Register-Iowa State Fair beauty contest. The selection of county winners has bee made from more than 6,000 photos of pretty Iowa girls.
M.L. Spurrier last week purchased from Homer A. Foster his grocery store located in the Odd Fellows building.
The store will be known as the Spurrier Grocery, as it was known when owned by Mr. Spurrier’s father, the late S.F. Spurrier and his brother, E.P. Spurrier and in the conduct of the business the new proprietor proposes to pursue a progressive policy.
A train wreck and head on collision in which 2 standard gauge trains will be crashed together going sixty miles an hour and reduced to scrap iron, was definitely announced today as one of the big features to be staged at the coming Iowa State Fair.
Because of the heavy expense, the wreck will be put on only one afternoon of the fair, Saturday August 26. It will be an addition to the regular entertainment and educational features of the fair for that day.
Marriages: July 4, Alberta Lucas and Otto Bramon…June 9, Blanche Bowman and Ethan Miller.
Births: Born last week a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, July 3, 1947.)
The 3 cent postage rate and all other postage rates in effect June 30, 1947, will continue indefinitely under terms of a bill signed Monday by President Truman, according to information received Tuesday by Postmaster P.J. McGrath.
This innocent-sounding classified ad in the Chicago Daily News, 1887, made news: Watchmaker with references, who can furnish tools. “State age, experience, and salary required.” The man who placed the ad was Richard W. Sears. It was answered by Alvah C. Roebuck. Out of it came the largest mail-order enterprise of them all-Sears, Roebuck and Company.
Marriage: June 21, Sylvia Norris and Russell Phillips…June 9, Vera Cox and Allen Kilgore…June 29, Lorene Stafford and Merritt Triggs…June 15, Ann Duda and Wayne Poor…June 23, Dolores Burdach and William Johnston…June 28, Athena Kinder and Elbert Strange.
Births: June 27, a daughter, Linda, to Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Kinder…June 24, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Laird.
Obituaries in this edition: James W. Tedrow, Clinton J. Lewis, Grace Emily Johnson Mann, William Evan Deemer (infant), and Clara May Stoler Hoover.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, July 13, 1972.)
Arch and Bernice Dunfee announce as of July 1st, the association of Gary and Pat Brown in the ownership of he Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, which will now be known as the Dunfee Brown Funeral Home.
The Mount Ayr Raiders will have a new head coach this fall for the first time in 17 years. Joe McNeill, who has guided the Raiders for 22 years, resigned as head football coach Monday night for health reasons. The board of education has named Gary Wimmer to succeed him with Glen McDonald as assistant.
McNeill recently completed his 24th year of coaching, 22 of them at Mount Ayr; in that time his teams have complied a record of 142 wins, 63 loses and 5 ties.
Marriage: June 4, Jacque Lesan and Guy Defenbaugh.
Births: July 7, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. John Hill…July 8, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. David Hardy.
Obituaries in this edition were: Belle Newman Keller and Bryce Gerald Whisler.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 26, 1997.)
Efforts to raise the $58,000 needed to make the Family Resource Center project a reality will be focused in an evening of fun on the west side of the courthouse lawn in Mount Ayr Saturday.
A grant from DEKKO Foundation has been received to pay up to $29,000 of the amount needed on a matching grant basis. South Central Community Foundation has also added a proactive grant of $1,500 to help raise the rest of the funds.
Lee Hohlfeld, son of William and Norma Hohlfeld of Clive, formerly of Mount Ayr, graduated from the US Army Quartermaster Center and School in Fort Lee, VA June 6.
Warrant Officer 1 Hohlfeld was awarded the Defense Preparedness Association award for being the most outstanding student in all aspects of the course.
Dog owners from nine states brought 122 dogs to Diagonal June 14-15 to take part in the Eastern Iowa Hunting Retriever Associations licensed North American Hunting Retriever Association field test at Fogle Recreation Area.
Oscar Bowen has opened O’s Place, a new garage in the former Bill’s Garage building along highway 2 in Mount Ayr, and he was welcomed with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.
Marriage: June 21, Sarah Butterfield and Brent Thomas.
Births: June 18, a daughter, Caitlin to Mike and Regina Ricker.
Obituaries in this edition were: Ray C. “Buck” Waddell, Dorothea Lorraine Shaw Freel, Leon Norvin Hingeley and Paul O’Grady.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, July 5, 2012.)
Each year Corporate Board Member magazine honors the general counsels for corporations across the nation as part of a gala dinner in New York City.
This year one of the top four honored was Ringgold County’s own, Larry Hunter. Hunter is executive vice-president and general counsel for DIRECT-TV, a leading provider of digital television entertainment in the US and Latin American.
A Ringgold County student, Morgan Quick, has been hamed 2012 Iowa High School Rodeo queen after competing at the state finals in Waterloo recently.
Obituaries in this edition was: Wilma Florence Collier Stewart.