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(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February , 1923)
Kellerton News: Bigger and more extensive plans are being made for the carnival which is to be held here this week.
Many of the booths are already decorated and everything is to be in readiness to start full blast Thursday evening.
There will be attractions galore; the white elephant, the laughing hyena, the wild woman, and the fortune tellers, to say nothing of the judge’s court and Mark Sennetts bunch of beauties.
Everybody is expected and if you don’t come, well, this may be old but it is progressive. “If you miss it, you’ll miss it, that’s all.”
When they were in some of the European countries our American soldiers of democracy marveled at the attention given to the feeding of birds during the winter months, when the ground was covered with snow.
A state game warden appealed to the U.S. post office department to help save the birds that die by the thousands every winter in some parts of the country. The results was an order from the postmaster general to rural mail carriers asking them to help distribute grain along their routes.
It never seems to have occurred to most people that the absence of birds in some sections of the country may be due to the fact that they have been permitted to starve to death during the winter months. Not all birds can fly to West Palm Beach when the north gets cold and dreary, and while there is not much to be recommended in European customs, yet we may all agree that the European thought and solicitude for their birds is something that our countrymen may safely imitate, since imitation in the respect does not endanger us in “entertaining alliances.”
Marriage: Sunday afternoon February 4, Mildred Wherle and Rex Sickels.
Obituaries in this edition were: Charles Albert Siple, Thomas Johnson, Mabelle Strode (infant), Alma Mae Hanson (infant).
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 5, 1948.)
The house on the Rex Anderson farm in Rice Township was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon of last week. Also burned to the ground was the old Rice Center schoolhouse which stood near the barn on the farm and which had been used as a tool house.
Mrs. Maxine Wilson and Mrs. John Sickels assumed their duties Monday morning as operators in the local Bell Telephone Company.
Considerably colder weather moved into Iowa during the month of January causing temperatures to skid to 24 degrees below zero in some parts of the state. It was one of the coldest January’s on record in a number of years.
In Mount Ayr the local weather observer, H.L. Cornelison, reports that on January 23 the government thermometer located on his farm north of the city, registered a “cool” 20 degrees below zero.
Births: A son, to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Campbell…January 31, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Markley…January 28, a daughter,Terry, to Mr. and Mrs. David Foltz…February 3, a daughter, Lois Ann to Mr. and Mrs. William Crawford…January 22, a son, Charles Barton, to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Shields.
Obituaries in this edition were: Dennis Mullin, Charles Raymond Ashenhurst, and William Layman Gustin.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 8, 1973.)
Vickie Fugate is the Grand Valley high school’s 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.
The Raider basketball team clinched the Tall Corn Conference title when they downed the Corning Red Raiders 74-69 in a game played Friday night at Corning.
The Raiders finished their Tall Corn schedule with 11-1 record to give them the undisputed title. This was the 13th consecutive victory for the Mount Ayr boys, who now have a season’s record of 15-2.
Notes from Daggett’s Desk: Members of the Natural Resource Committee are discussing a bill which will be of great interest to hunters. It is a proposal which would allow no other hunting during deer hunting season but deer hunting. In other words hunting such as for pheasant, rabbit, etc. would not be allowed during shot gun season for deer.
Conservation officers have requested this for safety and law enforcement purposes. Species affected by this proposal would have an extension of the hunting season.
Marriage: Patricia Fenton and Frank Dodge III.
Births: January 30, a daughter, Amanda, to Mr. and Mrs. David Tripp.
Twenty Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, January 29, 1998.)
It’s homecoming week at Diagonal Community high school. Queen candidates are: Bobbie Schlapia, Tisha Becker, Becky Mason and Karie Shiflett. King candidates include: James Tull, Nick Carson, Mike Goodale and Jeremy Grace.
The new 1998 Ringgold County beef queen and princess were announced at the annual meeting of the Ringgold County Cattlemen’s Association and Cattlewomen held Monday night.
Rachel Derscheid is the 1998 beef princess and Amy Walkup will serve as queen. The beef queen and princess will help with beef promotions during the coming year.
Work on the restoration of the historic Mount Ayr railroad depot is moving forward thanks to an ISTEA Grant recently received. This grant was to be used for historic preservation and enhancement projects.
Obituary in this edition was, Ella Frances Smith.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 7, 2013.)
Director Kate Zimmerman and Ringgold County Conservation Board have been awarded the Bohunmil Shimek Environmental educator award. This award recognizes a formal or non-formal educator for innovative E E Programing beyond his/her job expectations.
The MACH school team had four wrestlers advance out of last weekend’s sectional tournament. Moving on are Dawson Knapp at 133 pound, Grant Staats, at 126 pounds; Erik Freed, at 132 pound and Shane Swank at 160 pounds.
Five Mount Ayr students won awards at Simpson Jazz Festival recently. They include, April Shields, Jennifer Blair, Madi Hosfield, Caitlin Giles, and Allison Wallace.
Births: January 6, a son, Evan, to Tony and Abby Randles Miller.
Obituaries in this editon were: Ganum Virgil Findldy and Jack E. Hartman.