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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 8, 1922.)
Jarnagin’s Weekly: A large force of men is employed in wrecking the remnants of the buildings at Camp Dodge and it will not be long until not a vestige will remain of what was one of the greatest army camps in America, capable of housing at one time 60,000 men and providing hospital facilities, recreation centers, libraries, community houses and YMCA and other huts for the convenience of the men.
Camp Dodge cost the government $10,365,120 which proves that war is an expensive proposition.
It looked like forty years ago at the Middle Fork church Sunday afternoon. Instead of seeing automobiles in the church yard there were teams hitched to wagons, carriages, and buggies. In spite of the mud the people turned out to Sunday school preaching.
Several hundred gallons of pure Iowa water were taken with the football team from Iowa City to New Haven, CT, when the men went to play with Yale. The men drank nothing but Iowa water from the time they boarded the train at Iowa City until they returned 5 days later.
Fear that a change of water might disagree with the players as they go from one section of the country to another prompted the Iowa athletic board to arrange to carry a 5 day supply for the 25 men who made the trip.
Marriage: October 14, Howard Kipper and Marie Spencer were united in marriage.
Obituary in this edition was, Albert Ervin Stephens.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 6, 1947.)
Raiders suffer first defeat in fourteen games. The Raiders lost their first game this season, being defeated by Clarinda last Friday night, 7-6.
The touchdowns were both made on blocked kicks. Ingram blocked a Clarinda kick in the 3rd quarter and Chuck Richards covered it over the goal line. In the last quarter, a Clarinda man got through the Raider line and blocked Richard’s kick. Their fullback covered it, but there was considerable argument about the play. It seems the ball was out of the end zone when he fell on it.
Although 31 of the 31 days of October were recorded as clear, a total of 7.61” of rain fell during the month. H.L. Cornelison, local weather observer, states that this is the largeset amount of precipitation record during October in a number of years.
On October 1, 1.25 inches fell; October 3, .76”; October 8, .30 inches; October 25, 1.04 inches; October 26, .42 inches; and on October 30 and 31, 3.74 inches. Temperatures during the month ranged from a high of 90 degrees on the 6th to a low of 34 on the 29th.
Births: October 27, a daugher, Patricia, to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Johnson…October 25, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Arlo Beggs…Born Monday, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Sollars …A daughter, Janet Lynn was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Snethen.
Obituaries in this edition were: Velma Sticklemand Ostrander, Alden Thomas Hankins, Belle L. Pfoff Bartow, David William Thompson, and Robert C. Holden.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 9, 1972.)
The Ringgold County Extension Manpower center has a new home. Formerly housed in the Extension service conference room in the Mount Ayr post office basement, the center moved Friday to the building formerly occupied by the ASCS, a block east of the square at 101 N Polk.
Larry Ruckman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ruckman of Centerville and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Terwilliger of Mount Ayr, recently won top salesmanship prize of a 10 speed bicycle awarded by the Centerville Paper.
Marriage: October 7, Patricia Weeda and Marlyn Tindle.
Births: October 30, a son, Scott, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schwienhart…October 28, a daughter, Lisa, to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Petersohn.
Obituary in this edition was, Loring E. Geist.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 29, 1997.)
The Mount Ayr-Diagonal Raider football team? That’s what area fans will be cheering on for the 1998-99 football season if details can be worked out between the two schools for a sharing arrangement. That was one of the new areas of sharing agreed to in principle when the Mount Ayr Community and Diagonal Community school boards met in a joint meeting Wednesday October 15.
How many students live in the areas of the Grand Valley Community school district served by the new district. Ninety-eight live in what will be the Mount Ayr Community school district, 74 live in what would be the Central Decatur district, 10 in the Lamoni district and 10 would live in what would be the Murray district and three live in the area that has yet to be decided.
Births: October 14, a son, Levi, to Larry and Kristy Jarred.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 8, 2012.)
Ringgold County Engineer, Zach Gunsolley, and the secondary roads department are asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals responsible for a recent outbreak of vandalism to county road signs.
A 74 year old woman reported missing Friday, November 2 has been found. After an extensive search by members of the Ringgold County Sheriff’s department, Emergency Management personnel and over 600 volunteers, Shirley Martin was located by a search party at 2 p.m. Saturday approximately 3/4 mile northwest of her residence in a ditch surrounded by brush.
She had spent the night in the elements. Martin was conscious when found. She was transported to Ringgold County Hospital and then airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines for observation.
Births: October 23, a son, Joel, to Darin and Darla Dolecheck…November 2, a daughter, Zoey, to David and Jamie Grandfield…November 3, a daughter, Obreigh, to Cory Gaunt and Lindsey Kinney.
Obituaries in this edition were: Annie Pearl Morrison Davis, Graysen Kaelee Greenland, Lillian Isabelle Sickels Guthland, Donald Dean “Buck” Weaver.