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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 27, 1922.)
Road workers have been busy this week changing course of the public road running under the railroad bridge out by the Frances Whitson farm road to Ellston, the big curve being considered dangerous in meeting cars.
Jarnagins Weekly: At Oskaloosa a new defense against safe-blowers has been evolved and it works fine.
A report says that ammonia and mustard, forming mustard gas when a bottle containing the concoction was broken, thwarted yeggs, (a safe-cracker, also hobo robber) who blew the safe in the Standard Oil Company office building.
The bottles was shattered when a charge of some explosive cracked the safe. Fumes filled the room to such an extent that the thieves left without securing any loot. The safe, which was new, was badly wrecked.
This is the second similar depredation at the same place with in recent months.
Marriages: August 16, Loveta Defenbaugh and M.A. King.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mary Hartman Bales and William Hardy Fender.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 25, 1947.)
Floyd “Brady” Beaman, for 18 years identified with the Mount Ayr Cleaners, is making a name for himself in the cleaning industry with his recent invention, the Spotter’s Soakers and Spotter’s Mitt.
After working for nearly two years in perfecting the absorbent cover for a spotting board and the mitt for steam spotting, a patent application was made in April of this year.
A settlement was effected last week in the case of Mae Drake and Robert Stewart. Terms of the settlement included $1,000 to the plaintiff, Mrs. Drake, and the dismissal of two suits brought by the plaintiff, one in equity to set aside transfer of property and on in law damages for wrongful conversion of property.
The cases were the outgrowth of disputes over holdings of the late J.P. Fife, who had deeded certain property to Robert L. Stewart, who for many years had helped in the cafe for Mr. Fife and assisted with farm operations.
Mrs. Drake was a niece and the only heir. The property in question involved 171 acres of land, some one mile north of Mount Ayr and $10,000 of personal property, including cattle bonds etc.
Mr. Fife died in fall of 1945 and two years previously he deeded 32 acres, known as the Fife Grove, to the State of Iowa for development of a park to become the state’s property at the time of his death.
Births: September 18, a son John Keith, to Mr. and Mrs. John McFarland…September 19, a son, James, ot Mr. and Mrs. Keith Stevens…September 23, a daughter, Connie, to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon McGahuey…September 14, a daughter, Doris, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Angus.
Obituaries in this edition: John Matthews, Albert Crawford Holland and Frank Jezek.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 28, 1972.)
New officers for the Ringgold County Farm Bureau were elected at the annual meeting September 20.
Officers elected are: Secretary, Frank Hunt; treasurer, Phil Foltz; president, Richad Jackson; vice-president, James McCreary; voting delegate, Lloyd Angus and Enid DeBarthe as the women chairman.
Elected as 1972-73 homecoming queen candidates were: Mary Cooper, Kathy Rickards, Brenda Roe, Cindy Knapp, and Debbie Quick.
The Mount Ay Jaycees have now been re-activated under the guidance of acting president Dick McCauley.
The group is presently planning a membership drive.
Current members are as follows: Bernard Crawford, Mike Yearington, Ronnie Gregg, Dick McCauley, Jim Hurd, Howard Johnson, Rick Stull, Randal Lynch, Don Nichols and Ed Dugan.
Marriages: September 10, Diane Dulany and Lonnie Sharp…August 13, Vickie Virden and Vincent Jackson, August 18, Debra Carey and Jeffrey Stroburg.
Births: September 18, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Weddle…September 21, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Thomas…Sepbember 22 a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hatfield…September 23, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Jones…September 19, a daughter, Rachael, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown.
Obituaries in this edition were: John D. O’Connor and Grace Bryan Arneal.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 11, 1997.)
Trophy Winners were
named in seven divisions at the 15th annual Milt Henderson Running Classic Saturday.
Trophy winners were: Ann McMillen, 2 mile run; Franklin Brown, 2 mile walk; Jenifer Johnson, 2 mile walk; Cindy Swoyer, 5K run; Ron McKay, 5K run; Joshua Flowers, 2 mile run; and David Griffith, 10K run.
Weather cooperated for a little warm otherwise beautiful Ayr Days celebration weekend which drew thousands of people to Mount Ayr square.
The addition of three busloads of visitors from Des Moines, who made the trip with the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department, helped swell the crowd that stayed around most of the day. More than 1,600 people stayed for the annual BBQ.
Births: September 4, a son, Trevor, to Sam and Linda Anderson…September 5, twins, Kirsten and Kyle, to Roger and Lesa Dolecheck.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 27, 2012.)
The Ringgold Outdoor Alliance held its annual banquet and auction Saturday, September 22. Preliminary figures include the Alliance raised over $17,000 from the 45 auction items along with games and raffles throughout the evening.
Ella Waske, daughter of Josh Waske of Mount Ayr and Julie Neas of Kellerton placed 5th in National Pedal Pull held recently at Mitchell, SD.
Caroline McAlexander shot her first buck, an 11 point with a muzzle loader during the youth deer hunting season Friday September 21. Caroline is the daughter of Tim and Sarah McAlexander of Ellston.
Obituaries in this edition were: James Lavon Eason, Erma Pearl Wood Harris, Norma Jean Munyon, and Donald Straight.