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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 28, 1923.)
J.L. Sheelsey suffered a severe injury to his hand Saturday when cranking his car. His hand struck the number plate which cut through 2 of his fingers and it was necessary to take several stitches to close the wound.
The restaurant of Baker and Co. was broken into Friday night and $30 in cash stolen. The boys were attending the P.T.A. program at the school house and the thief gained entrance through the back window and escaped with the loot.
Fortieth Session General Assembly: Ku Klux Klan to be curbed-A bill pending that is based upon a law in force in Tennessee which is intended to curb the alleged acts of the Ku Klux Klan.
The original bill by Senator White, was discovered would make Halloween disguises a crime, likewise the equipment work at a masquerade ball or a “Callithumpian” (a noisy boisterous band or parade) parade on July 4th.
The new bill takes into account the intent rather than the act. The bill provides that any person, masked or in disguise, who disturbs the peace or intimidates any person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor by a fine of $100-$500, thirty days to 6 months imprisonment or both.
Entering the premises of any person or demanding admission while masked or in disguise is made prima facie (based on the first impression) evidence of guilt of assault with intent to commit a felony. The penalty for conviction on this charge is 10 years in the penitentiary.
Marriage: Saturday evening Mabel Wilson and Harold Gochenous.
Births: March 5, a son, Marion, to Mr. and Mrs. Delaver Roberts.
Obituaries in this edition were: Elisha Calvin Gaines, Thomas D. McQuigg, Arthur William Hutchinson, Mary Bonner Patrick, Charles David Sconce.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 25, 1948.)
Board offers contracts to all teachers. Increases in salaries total $2,450. Teachers elected, secretary to the superintendent and custodians named and the salaries they will receive for the ensuing year are announced. Hugh Steele, superintendent, $4,400; George Williams, principal, $3,400; Eldon Bergstrom, $3,900; Floy Bliss, $2,100; Ilo Williams, $1,750; Mary Fullmer, $1,900; Haorld Craig, $3,800; Rowena Derickson, $1,900; Oren Elmore, $3,300; Bernice Lehmkull, $2,300; Hazel Lesan, $1,900; Bertha Midgordon, $1,950; Mildred Moore, $1,950; Grace McCauslin, $2,650; Bertha Smith, $2,100; Lorene Triggs, $1,900; O.C. Varner, $3,300; Ted Defenbaugh, $2,100; Howard French, $1,560 and Frances Dickerson, $1,530.
Senior Biographies: This week’s senior girl is Barbara Buck, 5’ 2 1/2” tall and noted for her red hair and dark brown eyes. The subjects she is taking are English Literature, Sociology, Shorthand I and Typing II. Barbara is fond of skating and dancing and spends a great deal of her time in this manner. She plans to secure a position as a secretary when school is out.
Marriage: February 22, Lucille Gripp and Leland Maharry..March 17, Deloris McCombs and Doyle Reynolds..March 12, Annabelle Campbell and LaVerne Brown..March 20, Ima McAninch and Elda Lowrey.
Births: Saturday, a daughter, Marilyn, to Mr. and Mrs. Elton Brown…March 15, a son, Allen, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Nelson.
Obituaries in this edition were: Charles N. Gray, Fannie Leona Peppard Stuck, and Carrie Florence Oliver Saville.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 29, 1973.)
MACHS senior, Lynn Keenan has sold a poem to a nationally circulated magazine, “Straight,” a religious magazine published in Cincinnati, OH. Merlin Wilkins creative writing instructor submitted the poem.
Vital statistics records for the period from January 2 to March 26, as compiled in the office of Clerk Rollin Noble and his deputy Eileen Lesan, list 11 births, 20 deaths, 4 marriages and 3 marriage dissolutions.
Dusenberg and Daly Co. of Clear Lake installed new 8” water mains last week that run from Taylor and Jefferson Streets, six blocks northwest to West and Washington Streets. The 8” replaces the present 4” main.
News of Men in Armed Services: US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Donald Poore has received his second award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for aerial achievement in southeast Asia. Colonel Poore earned the medal as an AC-19 gunship navigator during a mission in July 1972, when he and his crew attacked enemy supply routes and destroyed three vehicles and damaged numerous others.
Births: March 21, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Siverly…March 24, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coulson…March 17, a son, Eric, to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Dolecheck.
Obituary in this edition was: Earl David Adair.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 19, 1998.)
Future of the Grand Valley elementary school building was discussed when the Grand Valley school board held its regular March meeting, Wednesday, March 11. A budget proposal was received from the Iowa Schoolhouse Preservation Foundation for a plan to use the school building for community business and other activities.
Sale of Dugan’s Service, a filling station that has been in operation for over 60 years, has been announced this week. Mount Ayr Oil Corp, a business owned by Lynn and Kathy Rinehart and Donna Routh, has purchased the station which is next door to Lynn’s Texaco Food Mart along Highway 2 and 169 in Mount Ayr, which is owned by the same corporation.
The station was owned by Earl Dugan and his son-in-law, Ed Mercer, and was purchased from Ed and Helen Mercer. Gerald Summa will continue to operate the station, as he has in the past, until May 1. Lynn Rinehart said his business hopes to keep the station open as a full service station offering tire repair and other automobile service.
Raiderettes fall in first round of state tournament. It was the first time that 5-on-5 girls basketball team had reached the Iowa State girls basketball tournament and only the second time in history that a girls team from Mount Ayr had earned a trip to state.
Births: March 15, a son, Cory Ryan, to Jim and Amy Suedmeier.
Obituaries in this edition were: Shirley Lee Zuck McBride, Chester Duane Waller, Cecil Curry Mercer, Sebren “Gray” Bill Webb, and Lewis Marion Rush.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, March 28, 2013.)
Members of the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce welcome Doug Rohrer, new owner of the Workout Place at a recent ribbon cutting.
KAAN All-Stars honored-Jacob Still, Taylor Still, and Braydee Poore were named to the 2013 KAAN All-Star Basketball teams.
Obituaries in this edition were: Maurice “Jake” Hunt and Geraldine May Wainwright McDaniels.