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Looking Back Published 6/8/23

One Hundred
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 13, 1923.)
Slain By Bandits- George R. Cole, who lived for many years in Ringgold County, IA, was waylaid and killed in Kansas City, KS May 30 as he was going home.
Facts to Remember: Iowa’s annual apple crop is worth more than that of any of the Pacific or Mountain states~ Iowa’s wool is worth more than California’s strawberries~~ Iowa’s honey is worth more than the annual products of all the gold mines of the United States. It is worth more than all the out put of anthracite coal in the U.S. Again it is worth more than all of Canada’s or Argentina’s wheat crop~~ Iowa’s egg production is worth more than all the oranges raised in the U.S.~~ Iowa’s hens produce more wealth each year than all of Colorado’s mines~~ Iowa’s cattle are worth more than the entire tobacco crop of the U.S.~~Iowa has seven million head of cattle, including the largest herd of Whiteface Cattle in the world~~Iowa has eleven million head of hogs~~Iowa has the second largest gold fish farm in the world~~Iowa has the prize winning sheep herds of the world~~ Iowa is the second largest honey producing state in the Union, while its honey crop is valued more than the any other state~~ Iowa’s horses are worth more than any other state-~~ Iowa’s horses are worth more than the cotton crop of any state even, Texas~~Iowa has 1,400,000 head of horses including one-half of the Belgian horses raised in the country-Iowa has exported more horses for service in European wars than any other state~More persons in Iowa are engaged in breeding purebred horses and cattle than any other state~Today Iowa breeds one-fifth of all the Percheron horses in the U.S., one-sixth of all te Shires in the U.S., one-forth of all the Clydesdales in U.S., and one-half of all Belgians in the U.S. The per capita wealth of the U.S. is $3,345, while that of U.S. is $1,965. Iowa’s soil produce more wealth each year than all the gold mines of the world.
Marriages: June 7, Mary Blackmore & Homer Johnston..June 6, Mary Price & Herbert Brand..June 1, Harvey Reed & Margaret Archibald..Saturday, Michael Grogan & Bernice Eason.
Births: June 6, a son, to Mr. & Mrs. William Jackson..Sunday night a son to Mr. & Mrs. Rothmer Scott.
Obituaries in this edition were: Caroline O. Cook and Sophronia Bruce Onstot.
Seventy-Five
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 10, 1948.)
Eldon Main was elected president of Mount Ayr Lions Club at the regular meeting held last Wednesday evening, June 3 at Glen Echo.
The voters at the special election held Monday in connection with the primary election overwhelmingly endorsed the proposition to issue bonds in the amount of $17,000 to establish a county public hospital in Mount Ayr.
Three young men-one from Ringgold County and two from Talyor County left Saturday from Des Moines for San Diego, CA where they will be stationed at the US Naval Training Station. James Everett Mercer of Redding, Robert Eugene McCreary of Conway and Dean Harlan Harvey of Blockton went Friday evening to Des Moines and on Saturday enlisted in the U.S. Navy for a period of 3 years.
Marriage: June 6, Neva Matthews & Robert Fisher.
Births: June 4, a son, Gary to Mr. & Mrs. Earl Gaule…June 2, a son, Stephen, to Mr. & Mrs. James Arneal…May 31, a daughter, Peggy, to Mr. & Mrs. M. Steward…May 21, a son, Ted, to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pratt.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 14, 1973.)
Meals on Wheels will start here June 18 for the aging and disabled in Ringgold County. That’s the word from public health nurse, Mrs. Gail Hightshoe.
Fern Reynolds of Mount Ayr won the Mount Ayr women’s invitational golf tournament Thursday shooting a 90 for tops in the field of 25 women.
Karen Elliott, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jack Elliott of Mount Ayr was installed as Worthy Advisor of Mount Ayr Assembly #160 Order of the Rainbow for Girls in ceremonies held May 27.
Marriage: March 30, JoAnn Parsons and Don J. Huff…May 25, Teresa Fleagle and Lowell Edward Adams…April 8, Linda Adams and Homer Howard.
Births: June 10, a son, to Mr. & Mrs. Earl Kern…June 11, a daughter, to Mr. & Mrs. Richard Williams.
Obituaries in this edition were: William Arthur Duffield, Homer Theadore Long, Samuel E. Sime, Adeline Francis Scott Sweeney, Arlo G. Woods, and Georgia Nell Denhart.
Twenty-Five
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 4, 1998.)
It was the end of an era for Grand Valley Community School district when elementary students left their school for the final time on Monday afternoon. The Grand Valley school district will be dissolved and merged into surrounding districts effective with the end of the fiscal year in June.
Citzens Bank was welcomed to Mount Ayr Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce. The bank is located at 100 E South Street in Mount Ayr.
Ann Walkup of Redding has been chosen by Unit #172 of Mount Ayr to attend the 53rd annual session of Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.
Births: June 1, a son, Collin, to Dale & Valerie (Klejch) McClaran…May 18, a daughter, Vanessa, to Justin Robertson & Chanh Charewunsouk…May 30, a daughter, Joselyn, to Jessica McGahuey & Justin Frost.
Obituaries in this edition were: Trudis Hilton Adams, Velma Helen Munyon Taylor, and Nellie E. Heffner Zarr.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, June 13, 2013.)
Four Ringgold County teens have qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo after competition at the state rodeo finals held June 7-9. National qualifiers include Riley Weehler, roping; Morgan Quick, cutting; Logan Wimer, cutting; Cody Stackhouse, steer wrestling.
Mount Ayr school board approved plans for creation of a Mount Ayr Community school Hall of Fame.
Ringgold County has the second oldest Iowa population. At 23.6%. Ringgold County is tied for 2nd in the state in percentage of population age 65 or over. Monona County located between Omaha and Sioux City also counts older Iowans at 23.6% and Calhoun County, located west of Fort Dodge leads the state with 23.8%.
Births: June 4, a son, Blaine, to Ashlie Robb and David McLain.
Obituaries in this edition were: Donna Joyce Ferguson Morrison, Mabel Lucille Florea Shields, Loren Ivan “Butch” Sobotka.

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