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(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 16, 1923.)
The largest class ever graduated from Mount Ayr community school constitutes the class of 1923.
The class is composed of 24 young ladies and 23 young men.
Members of the 1923 class are; Addie Beall, John Beard, Mae Bellamy, Florence Billingsley, Cecil Bowlby, Helen Buck, Esther Cabaret, Reta Cornwall, Charles Defenbaugh, Georgia Denhart, Neva Duffield, Vesta Hacker, Ainslee Hickerson, Garnet Hollman, Howard Horne, Esther Hughes, Ethelyn Hughes, Clarence Lesan, Arthur Logan, Paul McCandless, Burl Main, Hugh Main, William Matthews, Fern Miller, Edna Milligan, Verna Minnick, Jennie Myers, Edith Nairn, Mae Osborn, A.Vernon Olney, Lawrence Reynolds, Gladys Richardson, Jay Robinson, Genevieve Saltzman, Nina Solan, Hazel Smtih, John Spencer, Paul Stranahan, Clyde Trimble, Fern Tyrell, Frank Walter, Mabel Wiley, Mary Williams, Velma Wimer, Wilma Wimer, Harold Wood and Willard Wright.
The nine entries in the Washington township corn yield contest were planted Thursday morning, May 10, possibly the most popular day in the year to plant corn in Ringgold County.
The test plot being handled by Frank Dolecheck is located on the John Dolecheck farm. An entry fee of $1 was charged each contestant to cover the expense of the contest.
The entries are as follows: J.C. Denhart, C.F. Dolecheck, Frank Dolecheck, Jerry Klejch, Chas Robinson, J.T. Cook, S.F. Buck, Bliss brothers and John Clough.
Births: May 9, a son, John, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Knight.
Obituary in this edition was, Andrew J. Morss.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 13, 1948.)
Joseph McNeill, of Algona, has been elected to serve as coach for the Mount Ayr schools, the contract for which position was signed this week.
Mr. McNeill is 27 years of age and married. From 1938-1940 he studied physical science education at the University of Idaho. Previous to entering the armed services in 1941 he coached at St. Cecila’s in Algona and since 1945 has been a student at Drake University in Des Moines, from which institution he will graduate in June.
Local Chapter of FFA makes fine record. The Mount Ayr Chapter of FFA made a splendid showing in various contest events held at the state FFA convention May 6-8.
Three local members, Sam Sickels, John Ruckman, and Jim Pottorff received their Iowa Farmers Degree. Dean Gardner,who served this past year as state FFA Secretary, was one of six boys nominated for the American Farmer Degree.
Forty-Six seniors get Diplomas from MACHS, May 16: Donald Bethards, Vern Brown, Barbara Buck, Max Buck, Mary Cornelison, Lyle Drake, James L. Eason, William Eddy, Joan Foltz, Cyril Greene, Lyndon Greimann, James Jones, Ronald Johnston, Dorothea Kilgore, Garnia Laird, Georgia Lamb, Joan Lesan, June Liles, H.K. Lormior, Dolores Reynolds, Mary Moore, Robert Osborn, Nina Parkhurst, Freeda Payton, Donald Pratt, Doris Pratt, Raymond Prentis, Ramona Reynolds, Harold Rice, Allen Richards, Harold Sandage, Jessie Saville, John Saville, William Scott, Gene Sickels, Samuel Sickels, Ramona Slavik, Betty Lou Strange, Annabelle Stuck, Norma Thompson, Robert Toland, Lola Triggs, Melvin Trimble, R.K. Waller, Edna Walter and Ruth Ward.
Marriages: May 7, Barbara Westervelt and Barton Seney.
Births: May 7, a daughter, Kay, to Mr. and Mrs. Ken Baxter…April 24, a son, Clifford, to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Salmons…May 9, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Burl Reynolds.
Obituaries in this edition were: Ursul Lucille Moore Hollen and W.F. Sconce.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 17, 1973.)
John Kelley has accepted a research assistantship position with the University of Iowa as a scheduling consultant in its computer scheduling program.
For the last 10 years Mr. Kelley has taught in the Mount Ayr Community high school where he served as advanced mathematics instructor for 7 years and guidance counselor for the last three years.
Ginny Skarda has been selected by Dewey Unit 516 of Tingley as its representative to Girls State, which is scheduled for June 3-9 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
A Mount Ayr newspaper boy will witness one of the United States’ greatest sporting spectacles on May 28. He is Tim Swinton son of Rev. and Mrs. Jerrold Swinton, who has won a trip to the Indianapolis 500 mile race.
The largest contingent of Mount Ayr girls ever to participate in a state track meet will be in action on the Drake track Friday and Saturday.
It marks the 1st time since 1969 that Mount Ayr girls have qualified for the state meet. Those attending include: Evelyn McAlexander, Brenda Roe, Sandie Terry, Marla Wilkins, Judy Kiburz, Tammy Solliday, Pam Foltz, Jenifer Parker, Diane Wilson, DeeDee Frost, Kelli Adams, Ginny Skarda and Susan Harover.
Births: May 8, a daughter, Jamie Jo, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Denney…May 9, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Stover.
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May 7, 1998.)
A Mount Ayr Community high school student placed in the top ten in one of five contests entered by Mount Ayr community students at the Business Professionals of America national conference in San Antonio, TX last week. Jared Trullinger, a senior at MACHS, placed tenth in the business math competition to bring home a plaque from the competition.
Over 130 new trees and shrubs were planted around Mount Ayr over the past week during the annual Trees Forever Branching Out project.
Some 50 trees were added to those in Judge Lewis Park. Another 50 or so trees were planted at homes and in other community locations.
News From The Armed Services-Navy Commander, Rob Ward, son of Delores Ward of Mount Ayr recently participated in a training exercise while on a 6 month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf with Commander Destroyer Squadron 22, embarked aboard air craft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
While deployed, Ward’s squadron participated in Exercise Shark Hunt, an undersea warfare (USW) event held off the coast of Spain to train units in the latest USW threat, diesel submarines operating in a shallow water environment.
Obituary in this edition was; Paul Elswick.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, May, 16, 2013.)
After 30 minutes of discussion at a special meeting Tuesday night, the Mount Ayr city council voted unanimously to take over residential garbage service effective no later than June 30.
Supt. Joe Drake displayed a map developed by the Clearfield dissolution committee that shows the redrawn school district lines that will result from the dissolution of the Clearfield school district effective June 30, 2014.
A major concern of the committee is the disposition of the Clearfield school building. The Clearfield board of education has until June 30, 2014, to dispose of the building as it sees fit. After July 1, 2014 however ownership of the building will transfer to the Mount Ayr district as part of the land distribution from the dissolution.
Births: May 2, a daughter, Maci Jo, to Dennis & Sammi Elliott.
Obituaries in this edition were: Beatrice Andrew Boles, Shirley Virgene Brown, Luetta Lorraine Cavin King.