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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 3, 1923.)
Recent sales of Ringgold County land more than confirm the opinion generally expressed that the land deflation as far as this county is concerned has passed, and that we have safely rounded the corner agriculturally speaking and are now on the up-grade.
The 200 acres belonging to the Blood estate in Monroe township was put up at auction by the heirs and brought $103.50 an acre cash. The former owner of this land lived in Knox county Illinois and originally purchased 160 acre of the farm in the late 50’s and 60’s. He bought it at the prevailing government price of $1.25 an acre.
Marriage: December 23, Stella Wright and Roy Sheesley…December 24, Letha Spencer and Everett Galloway…December 25, Robert Nicholson and Marie Manning…December 25, William Newlin, Jr. and Jennie Campbell.
Births: December 21, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Grace…December 30, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller…January 1, a son, Walter, to Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Swank.
Obituaries in this edition were: Robert W. Brownler, Rozetta Gartin Phillippie, William Fife, Sarah Catherine Dealton McWilliams and Deborah Bastow.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 1, 1948.)
X.T. Prentis, a member of the state hospital advisory committee attended a public hearing Monday in Des Moines on the hospital building program in the state.
More than 125 persons were in attendance at the meeting when plans were discussed to build new hospitals and extend others in the next 5 years in all parts of the state. It is estimated that 6,000 additional hospital beds are needed in Iowa. Residents of Ringgold county are particularly interested in advancement of the building plans since the county heads the priority list of communities to receive federal aid.
Ten members of the Mount Ayr high school basketball squad accompanied by Coach O.C. “Pop” Varner and George Mosbarger, went to Ames Monday where that night they had the pleasure of seeing two thrilling basketball games played in connection with the coaches clinic.
They saw Iowa State nip Michigan 53-51 and Davenport, defending Iowa prep champion, down Boone 49-40. Members of the Raider squad who made the trip included; Ray Prentis, Cliff Teale, Melvin Trimble, Dean Stuck, Jack Braby, Melvin Ingram, Jim and Clair Eason, Jim Jones and Allen Richards.
Marriage: December 20, Jean Keenan and Karl Wurster…December 24, Lorna Scott and Eugene Brooks…December 24, Avis Stover and Billy Kimberlin.
Births: A son was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Junior McDowell.
Obituaries in this edition were: Wellington Moore and P.H. Heyer.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 4, 1973.)
Christian Lee Wion was the first arrival at the Ringgold County Hospital January 1, 1973. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wion on Lamoni.
Services today for Judge Charles Lewis one of Mount Ayr’s leading citizens for more than 60 years. A community minded citizen, Judge Lewis donated funds for construction of the Clearview Home, donated $10,000 in 1962 toward purchasing of a site for a swimming pool and park, which now bears his name and in 1969 donated $10,000 toward establisment of a municipal airport, also named in his honor.
Two new firms start buisness January 1, 1973. The disolution of a Mount Ayr partnership has led to the formation of two new businesses effective January 1.
W.B. Cunning and his son Dan Cunning have formed W.B. Cunning Co. Inc., which will conduct an insurance, farm management, and real estate business. William H. French and Helen Schardein have formed a partnership to be known as French & Schardein Agency. They will conduct an insurance, abstract, and real estate business.
Obituary in this edition, Judge Charles J. Lewis.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, December 25, 1997.)
Winners were named Sunday in the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce’s annual residential Christmas lighting contest. First place winner was the home of Bill and Rena Smith of 703 E. Monroe; second place was Ron and Betty Conley of 1200 E Columbus; and third went to David and Cheryl Stuck of 104 S Lincoln Street.
Mount Ayr communtiy high school senior, Jared Trullinger has been awarded the McKay Physics Scholarship in the amount of $4,400. Jared will be attending University of Northern Iowa this fall to study physics.
Amy Walkup, daughter of Dale and Sharon Walkup of Redding, will be spending the spring semester studying in the Netherlands on the international studies program administered there by Central College of Pella.
Births: December 10, a daughter, Allysa, to Denise and Chris Dugan.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mildred Opal York Dunkenson, Jerry Lee Hall, Ida Mae Sharp Wells and Agnes Ollie McConnell West.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record News, Thursday, January 3, 2013.)
Local mason, Rick Stull, has completed the foundation and brick work for the new Mount Ayr welcome signs located on the east and west entrances to the city along Hwy 2.
The new year marks the 75th anniversary of Diagonal high school’s boys basketball tournament in 1938. The March 24, 1938 Mount Ayr Record News ran a front page story on the town celebration; “A celebration unparrelled in the history of Diagonal was held yesterday in the towns main street in honor of the Diagonal Maroons, state basketball champions of Iowa and their coach O.C. “Pop” Varner. The team members were: Max Ives, Claire Brown, Marshall Davenport, Miles Nichols, Eugene Pine, Raymond Slavik, Bud Beymer, Cletus Tindle, James Dickens and Lewsi Rice.
Births: December 3, a daughter, Evelyn, to Dr. Jaren and Randi Ricker…December 20, a son, Hudson, to Jaclyn and Andrew Goodson…December 25, a son, Charles, to Todd and Cari Stalker.
Obituary in this edition was Ruth Crees.