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(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 21, 1923.)
Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the Union Savings Bank building in Redding Sunday morning.
The fire, which started in the bank, was discovered about 9 o’clock and had gained such headway that efforts to subdue the flames were futile.
The building and contents, with the exception of the vault, were completely destroyed. The grocery stock of Crouch & Combs, which occupied the south room of the building, was also completely destroyed.
In the early 90’s it took 150 bushel of oats to pay the taxes on a certain piece of property. This year on the same property it would take 900 bushel to pay the amount due.
A real old fashion nor’wester struck this locality Saturday night and continued without interruption all day Sunday.
The little silver thread in the thermometer descended, the lowest point reached being -10 below zero. The snow fall was estimated at about 6 inches.
Marriage: March 7, Ruth Cole and Roth Neville.
Births: March 8, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Clark Jennings…Sunday, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lane…March 16, twin boys, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Elliott.
Obituaries in this edition were: Pearl Cox Cook and John D. Willey.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 18, 1948.)
The entire community was shocked Saturday evening when it was learned that Dr. F.H. Landes had died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Sheldon Heights. He was 75 years old.
Dr. Landes had served the Benton and Mount Ayr communities as a medical doctor for more than fifty years.
The Mount Ayr Vets basketball team, capably coached by Herman Fennema, brought its season to a successful conclusion Saturday night by winning the Gold Medal tournament at Arispe. Of the 28 games played during the current season the Vets have established an enviable record of 26 wins.
Marriage: March 14, Dana Brown and Robert Nahkunst… February 21, Kathleen Bellamy and Gene Pond.
Births: March 14, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gordon…March 7, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry.
Obituaries in this edition were: William Sherman England, Franklin Henry Landes, Louraina Davis Watts.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 22, 1973.)
The Fina Oil Station, located on Hwy 2 & 169 in Mount Ayr, will have a new operator starting today. Harold Blades, formerly employed by Smith Oil Company takes over management today. Bob Pottorff, former manager, will go to commercial fencing.
Brent Geringer of the Mount Ayr Raiders won the shot put in the state federation track meet held at Graceland College in Lamoni last Saturday. He won with a toss of 54 feet 8 inches.
Mike Avitt, a sophmore at Mount Ayr Community school was chosen artist of the week. His tree sculpture made him eligible for this honor. It was made of welded metal, wood, wire, paint, glue and flocking.
Don’s Ayrliner weekly specials: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, 18 cents 7 1/2 oz box; A.E. Cottage Cheese, 2 lb carton, 69 cents; Wilderness Pie Filling, 3 #2 cans for $1.00; Morrell Bacon, 1 lb 89 cents; Charmin Toliet Tissue, 4 roll pack 37 cents; Gerber Baby food, 10 jars for $1; Folgers Coffee, 3 lb can $2.59; Pork Chops, $1.09 a pound.
Births: March 10, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Greene…March 17, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Dolecheck…March 5, a son, Douglas, to Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Padgitt.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lester Alfred Motsinger, Elza Lee Fetty, Maynard L. Minthorn.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 12, 1998.)
March snow storm brings activity to a halt Sunday.
This time the weather predictors were right. They said it would snow several inches in southwest Iowa to start the week and Ringgold County officially recorded between 5 to 11 inches on the ground by 7 a.m. Monday.
President of the new Citizen Bank office in Mount Ayr has been announced this week. Kim Greenland has been named president of the new banking facility. It will be located at 100 E South Street across from Lynn’s Texaco Food Mart.
In their first trip ever to the state dual wrestling tournament, the Mount Ayr Raider wrestlers fell to Bondurant-Farrar 43-18 in the first round of the tournament held in Cedar Rapids Saturday.
Three Diagonal Maroons have been named to Bluegrass Conference all-conference teams following the 1997-98 season. Senior Mike Goodale was named to the first team, junior Adam Stephens was named to the second team and senior Zach Gunsolley was named to the honorable mention list.
Six MACH school students qualified to advance to the state Business Professionals of America contest in San Antonio, TX after placing in the top 3 at the state contest in Cedar Rapids. Qualifying are: Cassy Hunt, Brandie Shields, Kristen McKern, Jennifer England, Cara Smith and Jared Trullinger.
Obituaries in this edition were: Lela Maude Collier and Jacob Oma Huntsman.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 24, 2013.)
Steve Kerns a farmer from Clearfield, served as a delegate at the Pork Act Delegate assembly March 8-9 in Orlando, FL. Kerns was named a delegate by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Mount Ayr Raider senior Braydee Poore set a new school record in the high jump at the Iowa State Classic last week. The mark of 6 foot 7 inches breaks the old record of 6 foot 6 inches Poore already shared with Casey Smith.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, farmland values in its coverage area rose 16 percent in 2012, the third largest gain in 35 years.
Births: March 15, a son, Brentley, to John and Ashley Eskridge.
Obituaries in this edition were: Robert Allen Erickson and Karen Lynn Lucia.