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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 7, 1923.)
Locomotive engineers are very much in earnest in an effort to get a bill through the legislature that will compel automobile drivers to slow down when approaching a railway crossing.
They claim that watching for speeders at railway crossings is most nerve racking experience.
According to figures of the state highway commission, 245 automobiles were struck by trains in Iowa during 1922. In these mishaps 284 people were injured in addition to the 66 who were killed.
More startling, perhaps, than even these appalling figures, is the statement that 32 trains were struck by automobiles. These accidents caused injuries to 38 people.
Marriage: Wednesday afternoon, Helen Whitson and Lloyd Gilliland…February 28, Perry Vaughn and Vona German.
Births: March 6, a son, to Rev. and Mrs. E.E. Lister…last week a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Park Ellis…February 17, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Less Harriman…March 3, a son to Mr. and Mrs. James McCowen.
Obituaries in this edition were: William Elmer Reynolds, Myrtle E. Weehler McGehee, Lydia White Moore, Daniel I. Morse, Clyde Raymond Saltzman, Sarah E. Bulson Bradley and Gilbert Mark.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 4, 1948.)
In keeping with a policy of constantly improved service, the United Food Market in Mount Ayr last week installed a new modern meat case 18 feet in length. It was placed at an angle to give the best advantage in display purposes.
In the grocery department a new department has been added for the display of cookies and candy.
The Delphos high school students will have a discussion on advantages and disadvantages of farm life for teenagers Saturday morning, March 6 at 9:15 over KSIB Raido, Creston. We wish to invite the public to listen to Joyce Stoop, junior class president and Rose Campbell, sophomore class president.
Marriage: February 10, Dean Grady and Phyllis Mercer.
Births: February 24, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wood…February 22, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hosfield…February 28, a daughter, Cynthia, to Dr. and Mrs. Arch Murphy…February 25, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Max Tindle.
Obituaries in this edition were: Elizabeth Hersom, Marhta Jane Place McGregor, Henry Wallace Terrell and Joseph Wehrle.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 8, 1973.)
The Mount Ayr Raiders advanced to the state tournament for Class A schools by defeating Underwood at Harlan Monday night 61-55. It makes the first time since 1953 that Mount Ayr has qualified for the boys tournament.
The team included: Kenneth Pickens, David Culver, Doyle Stuck, Leland Dolecheck, Richard Tyson, Earl Pickens, Douglas Swearingen, Carroll Johnson, Jimmy Kimble and Gene Miller. Members of the 1973 Raider squad are: Bob Johnson, Kurt Nichols, David McNeill, David Henderson, Rick Adams, Pat Monaghan, Rich Johnson, Carlin Lawhead, Steve Eason, Crae Geist, Mark Packwood and Bruce Ricker.
A big thrill for 11 year old Kevin Triggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Triggs of Mount Ayr, came Saturday when his 235 pound Duroc pig was named champion of the 20th annual Creston 4-H spring market swine.
Marriage: February 3, Beverly Wallace and William Redlinger.
Birth: March 1, a son. to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Adams Jr.
Obituaries in this edition were: Merle Carlton Reynolds and John Todhunter.
Twenty Five-Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, February 26, 1998.)
John Hendren, vice chairman of Citizens Bank of Leon, announced today that the bank plans to expand its banking services in Mount Ayr. The new bank office will be located in the former First State Bank location on Hwy 2 & 169 to the east of Lynn’s Texaco Food Mart.
A special meeting of the Mount Ayr city council was held Wednesday February 18 to discuss a settlement offer in the personal injury case against the city and police chief, Todd Jackson, brought by Phillip and Stacia Yoder of Mount Ayr.
Three Mount Ayr Raider wrestlers will be taking part in the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines Thursday. Participating at 103 pounds will be Brett Shields, at 135 pounds Justin Gourley and heavyweight, Jermon Alexander.
Births: February 19, a daughter, Cambri, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hartman…February 18, a son, Aaron, to Lesa Overholser.
Obituaries in this edition were: James Merrill England, Roger Dean Stephens and Edith “Edie” Joan Minnick Shoemaker.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, March 7, 2013.)
A report published in a recent US News & World Report, “Best Nursing Homes,” the state of Iowa ranks 9th nationally in the number of five-star (highest ranking) nursing homes in the nation as of January 2013. And of the state’s 103 top-rated homes, two are right here in Mount Ayr. Clearview Home of Mount Ayr and Mount Ayr Health Care both received five stars in overall excellence based upon data from Nursing Home Compare, a consumer website run by the federal center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Vickie Jeanes is retiring from her duties at the Mount Ayr postoffice. After beginning her postal career as a part-time employee at Blockton in April 1983, Jeanes took a carrier position at Mount Ayr on April 1, 1990, replacing long-time carrier Ike McGehee. She carried mail for 16 years prior to being offered the clerk position, which she retained until her retirement.
Births: February 15, a daughter, Kymree, to Darren and Jacque Verbick…February 25, a son, Cory, to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Wintermute.
Obituaries in this edition were: Pauline E. Holland Hansen, Virgil L. Main, and Darlene Nelson Taylor.