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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 1, 1922.)
At a special election held Saturday at Delphos, the Iowa Southern Utilities Company was voted a franchise for building transmission lines and the furnishing of electricity for the town.
Twenty-nine votes were cast and 28 of them were in favor of the proposition. Work on the building the line to Delphos will begin at once.
M.H. Danner, representing the Leibsohn Company of Cedar Rapids, purchased yesterday the stock of merchandise of the George A. Slentz Estate, immediate possession being given. The Leibsohn Company operates several stores in Iowa.
Jarnagins Weekly: A.C. Nickell, who owns a farm near Lineville, Wayne County, not far from the Missouri line, thinks he has the largest tree in Iowa on his farm. It is a cottonwood and it measures 21 feet and 8 inches around. That would mean seven feet in diameter. The tree is over 75 years old. Mr. Nickell says that three swarms of wild bees made it their abiding place during the summer.
Marriages: October 28, Glenn Yearous and Esther Gromwell…Saturday evening Georgia Dickerson became James Richard’s bride…October 30, Minnie Anderson and Guy Spicer…October 26, Vella Haviland and Glen Hall.
Births: October 23, a son, Howard, to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Foster.
Obituary in this edition was: William Stanley Anderson.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 30, 1947.)
Nineteen members of the Mount Ayr school band were included among approximately 225 musicians from twenty southwestern Iowa schools who auditioned and rehearsed Saturday at Creston in preparation for appearance with the all-state school band, orchestra, and chorus.
Nine boys and girls were chosen, eight for band and one for orchestra.
Included among the members who qualified for the all-state band were: Carralou Greene, baritone; Ann Spurrier, cornet; Mary Jane Eddy and Phyllis Layton, clarinets; Mary Kay Hetzel, flute; Ed Bryan, bass; Edith Nichols, oboe; and Anna Stuck, bass clarinet. Gerry Galloway, who plays the bassoon, was accepted for orchestra.
Despite the cold and rainy weather, the homecoming queen was crowned during the half of the Mount Ayr-Corydon homecoming game Friday night. The candidate who won this honor was Edna Walter. Serving as her attendants were the other four candidates, Joan Lesan, Mary Ann Moore, Annabelle Stuck, and Dolores McCombs.
Marriages: October 19, Guelda Shrimpton and Marshall Barker… October 25, Marjorie Deluhery and Paul Buck.
Births: Thursday a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Richards…October 16, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Alva Murdock…October 27, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bolinger…October 28, a son, Joy Dean, to Mr. and Mrs. Joy Arnold…October 24, a son, James, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Denney…October 20, twin boys, Gary and Larry, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Shaffer.
Obituaries in this edition were: Clyde M. Sullivan, Lawrence Reynolds, Helen Mildred Smith Kiefer.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 2, 1972.)
Basketball players of yesteryear have recovered long forgotten shoes, patched uniforms and dusted off their best shots for the second annual old timers’ basketball doubleheader at the Mount Ayr school gym Saturday night November 4.
Of special interest to local sports fans will be the appearance of Bruce Jenner of Graceland College, a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. Jenner a track teammate of Ed Defenbaugh at Graceland was one of three decathlon athletes on the U.S. team and finished 10th in the summer games in Munich.
The Mount Ayr Regular Baptist church has received a gift of land given by Clinton and Mabel Rice. The 2.4 acres of land adjacent to Hwy 169 & 2 immediately east of Rosehill Cemetery.
Marriage: October 6, Shelia Wiese and Robert Shafer.
Births: October 24, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Denney…October 25, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Simmons…October 25, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Honn…October 29, a son, Edward, to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Myers.
Obituaries in this edition were: George Paul Flemming, David LeRoy Dailey, Mae N. Gooding, Clara Ellsworth Newbrough, Frank Joseph Dolecheck.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 16, 1997.)
A former resident has been named one of four Iowa recipients of the 1997 Milken Family Foundation national educator awards.
Jerry Waugh, high school principal for the Jefferson-Scranton school districts in Jefferson, received the award in a surprise assembly at the school recently.
For the first time, the annual Ringgold County Crop walk was an indoor affair this year. The weather did not cooperate Sunday for an outdoor walk to raise money to fight hunger so the event was held in the halls of the Mount Ayr Community high school.
Almost 100 people participated in the event, making laps through the school building.
Logan Larson, a second grader at Mount Ayr Community elementary school was named first place winner in the first and second grade division of a statewide farm safety poster contest sponsored by the Wellmark Foundation and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. For his efforts he earned a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
Marriage: June 7, 1997 Jennifer Grant and Michael Myer.
Obituaries in this edition: Virgil Orland Reynolds, Ellis E. Wiley, and Betrice Delphine Landes Luyben.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 1, 2012.)
Hynek starts radio station aimed at listeners in southern Iowa. Joe Hynek is no stranger to creative endeavors. A 1997 graduate of Mount Ayr Community high school he and his sisters Amy and Mandy and his father Bill, comprise the musical group Pumptown, which has released four studio albums and performs at several venues across the state.
In 2006 Joe and his mother Angie wrote and produced an award-winning musical drama, “Farmer Song-The Musical,” which was selected in 2007 to be performed in the International Fringe Festival in New York City.
Retiring editor/publisher/owner Alan Smith and new owner Tom Hawley greeted visitors at an open house held recently in the Record-News office in honor of Smith’s retirement.
Adrian Richards finished in 35th place among the 127 Class 1A runners at the State Cross Country meet held in Fort Dodge October 27.
Obituaries in this edition were: Max Tennat Anderson and Edna G. Bailey Rong.