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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, August 30, 1922.)
In an early day Jesse Hiatt, a Quaker from Indiana, secured from the government a tract of land near what is now Peru, in Madison County.
In improving the raw prairie tract he set out an orchard, the varieties of apples desired being those on the old home place in Indiana.
Among these were several Bellflowers, in that day a popular variety.
One of these died and from its roots came a vigorous sprout which Mr. Hiatt permitted to develop into a tree. In due time it bore fruit and the quality was so unusual and so attractive that Mr. Hiatt submitted samples at an apple show conducted by Stark Brothers Nurserymen, or Louisana, MO. That was 1894.
When C.M. Stark discovered the excellent qualities of the apples, he made a trip to the Hiatt orchard and secured the exclusive and perpetual right to produce scions from the tree. Mr. Stark changed the name of the variety which Mr. Hiatt had called Hawkeye, to the Delicious and over 7,000,000 of trees of this variety have since been delivered over the world.
It is the most popular apple grown and it commands huge prices. The original tree, which first bore fruit in 1872, 50 years ago, still stands but decay at its heart has forced liberal use of cement and bolts to keep it alive but it still bears fruit in this condition.
Marriage: August 4, William Campbell and Elizabeth Brown…Thursday evening Donna Swigart and Wilbur Greimann were united in marriage.
Birth: Friday morning a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Marler.
Obituaries in this edition were: James Dulany, (4 yrs old), Samuel C. O’Neil and Mrs. J.C. Mahaffey.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, August 28, 1947.)
Donald L. Euritt, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Euritt, of Poe Township, was fatally injured Tuesday morning between 11-12 when the tractor which he was riding overturned with him.
The Ringgold County Honor Roll, with its 1,070 names, and 35 gold stars which has adorned the courthouse yard near the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in Mount Ayr for approximately 5 years, was dismantled Monday by Robert Askern.
Since the board has served its purpose as a constant reminder of this service rendered by Ringgold County men and women for the protection of our homes, our liberties and the American way of life, it was deemed advisable to dismantle and store.
Marriage: August 16, Margaret Yashak and Marvin Sobotka…August 23, Phyllis McGrath and Frank Vulcanco.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 7, 1972.)
The late summer attraction-Appreciation Days- comes to Mount Ayr this weekend. And another big crowd is expected to attend the event.
Ed Hutchinson of Mount Ayr and Phil Herrington, of Maryville, MO won the Mount Ayr best ball golf tournament with a 65. The event was played over the Mount Ayr Golf and Country Club course on Labor Day.
Injuries jinx has sidelined four senior Mount Ayr Raider football players for varying periods, adding to the difficulties faced by the new head coach Gary Wimmer and his assistants.
Quarterback David McNeill is out for the season with three cracked ribs; lineman Dan Cross suffered a broken wrist and will be out for a month; half- back, Malcolm Eighmy suffered a broken collar bone and will be out for a month and Randy Smith has a slight shoulder separation which will sideline him for a indefinite period.
Marriages: August 13, Terri Johnson and Dick Cole…August 26, Vickie Schafer and Richard Andrews.
Births: August 28, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward McKinney…August 31, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bond…September 2, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Poore and September 3, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Allan Kinney.
Obituary in this edition was, Ida May Fuller Nickles.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, August 14, 1997.)
The landscape of Ringgold County along Highway 2 has been taking on a whole new look as shoulders are widened, hillsides along the highway cut down, culverts replaced or lengthened and low places filled in.
The construction work is costing some $3.3 million with $2.25 million going for shoulder grading, $636,000 for shoulder building and $426,000 for culvert replacement.
Showing the carcass champion in the Ringgold County Fair swine show was Justin Faris of Mount Ayr..Cole Willis showed the champion Angus heifer…and Jacque Baker showed the top junior bucket calf.
Birth: August 7, a son, Derek, to L.J. and Tanya Hembry.
Obituaries in this edition were: Roy Cooper, Doris Beede Corll, Bernard Dunkeson, Harold H. Kinney, Arthur P. King and Alice H. Hawkins.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, August 30, 2012.)
Enrollment up at Mount Ayr Community but down in Diagonal, Clearfield districts.
Mount Ayr Community had an increase of 20 students, Clearfield had a decrease of eight students and Diagonal showed a decrease of five students, according to the figures.
Good crowds shared with five county families that performed live at the Princess Theater for the theater’s fifth annual gala Saturday and Sunday. The gala helps raise funds for the theater and its many projects.
Tracee Knapp of Redding will be attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL. Knapp was named national alternate delegate at the state convention in June.
Mount Ayr Raiders won the inaugural “Battle for the Rock” football game by downing Nodaway Valley 48-24 in Mount Ayr Friday August 24.
Births: August 21, a son, Konner, to Mr. and Mrs. Matt Fletchall.
Obituaries in this edition were: Goldie Pearl South Stark, Tyrone James Briner, and Gerald David Zoller.