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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 1, 1923.)
The daily papers have been printing recently stories about specimens of tall corn in various parts of the state whose entire are lies within the great corn belt of the world, but up to this time no specimen has been reported which equals the one left at the Record News office Saturday evening by L. W. Sackett.
Mr. Sackett has twenty acres which was planted on the 10th of May and with the view of selecting a sample that would be representative of the field he chose for exhibition one stalk which measured 12 feet and 6 inches in length and brought it to town.
Nashua, Chickasaw county, has a valuable asset in its vicinity, “The Little Brown Church in the Vale” near that place being the mecca for thousands of visitors.
In a single day, the last Sunday in June, nearly four hundred people registered as visitors at the church and the whole month of June showed a registration list of 1,764 persons.
There in this famous sanctuary during June; the largest number on any one day being on June 20, when seven ceremonies were conducted by its pastor.
These couples come from all the surrounding territory and even from other states to be married in the little church made famous in song the world over.
Marriage: July 27, Leota Lawhead and Earl Sparks.
Births: July 25, a daughter, Betty, to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Maricle.
Obituary in this edition was infant Thelma Lucille Morse.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, July 29, 1948.)
The Board of Supervisors of Ringgold County will sell at public auction on Thursday August 5, 220 acres of the county poor farm located four miles north of Mount Ayr on Hwy. 169.
The building proper, all the out buildings and 20 acres of land which the buildings are located will be retained by the county.
Sheryl Konopasek, 3 year daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Konopasek, of Riley township, was taken Monday evening to Des Moines, where she entered Blank Memorial Hospital for treatment of polio. It is the first reported case of polio in Ringgold County.
Freeland’s Department Store announces removal sale-this sale event is being made in order to clear merchandise from the north side store before moving to the new department store building on the east side of the square.
Marriage: July 16, Majorie Miller and Ira McDonald…June 20, Patricia Gilreath and William Johansen.
Births: July 20, a son, Lawrence, to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wood…last week a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Trullinger…July 22, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Reynolds. Obituaries in this edition were: Clayton Martern Anderson, Ella Brown Ross, William Logan Dungan.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, August 2, 1973.)
Named queen of the 1973 Ringgold County Fair last week was Gail Lee of Diagonal. First runner up was Angie Fisher of Mount Ayr and second runner up was Linda Dolecheck of Kellerton. Melanie Trullinger was named princess.
In dairy judging on Wednesday, the champion Guernsey heifer was shown by Patrick Weeda…Carol Weeda of Mount Ayr exhibited the champion Hampshire ram and ewe in the sheep division. David Weeda showed the champion Oxford ram and ewe and Jim Freeman the Suffolk ram and ewe winner.
A sister/brother combination won major honors in the 4-H and FFA swine show. Diane Triggs 14 and Kevin Triggs 11, showed the champion market individual, 210# spotted champion pen of three.
Richard Swanson, 20 of Hamburg drowned Saturday in Sun Valley Lake near Ellston. Swanson and his parents were guests in the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Swanson.
Marriage: July 24 Linda Hartman and James Russell.
Births: July 23, daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Jackson…July 27 a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Joel McClure. Obituaries in this edition: Wilbur Lynch, Carlin Everton Hageman.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, July 23, 1998.)
Hyneks to sing for new Hy-Vee TV commercial-It only seems fitting that performers from Beaconsfield, home of Hy-Vee’s first grocery store, will be singing the store’s praises in a new commercial.
Joe Hynek and his sisters Amanda and Amy won the regional “My Hy-Vee” Sing, Smile, and Win contest held at the Hy-Vee in West Des Moines.
A Diagonal man is facing a number of charges following a string of incidents across the county Friday, July 17.
Law enforcement officials say William Powell of Diagonal caused a disturbance, hit a vehicle, and left the scene, wrecked a vehicle and stole a tractor in a series of incidents.
Ringgold County Sheriff’s office and Division of Criminal Investigation are looking into the death of an infant in Ringgold County. On Saturday at 11:25 p.m. the Union County Sheriff’s office received a telephone call from a rural Diagonal resident regarding a small child falling. An ambulance transported 15 month old Bailey Graham, to Greater Regional Hospital in Creston, where Graham was pronounced dead.
Births: July 8, Caylea, to Clint and Nicole (Oxley) Housh.
Obituaries in this edition were: Robert Gene Osborn and Mildred Lavern Lang Richardson.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, August 1, 2013.)
A little bit of Mount Ayr history stands no more as the building on Hwy. 2 that most recently was home to Romano’s Pizza has been demolished.
The PCSB Bank has purchased the property and will build a new branch office at the location, although plans for construction have not been set.
According to local historian, Mike Avitt, the building on Hwy. 2 had first opened in May 1965 as a Dog n’ Suds franchise drive-in. Over the years it had also been home to the B & M Drive-In, The Red Carpet Inn, The Raider Inn, the Mount Ayr Diner and likely some others.
Logan Wimer is reigning Reserve National Cutting Champion, a title she earned at the National High School Rodeo Championships held July 14-20 in Rock Springs, WY.
A 1996 graduate of MACHS has received special commendation from the U.S. Army for his service in Iraq. Army National Guard specialist, Bryan Miller, son of Lloyd and Suzanne Miller of Tingley, was cited for his meritorious service as a member of the 2168th Transportation Company. Miller completed 25 convoy missions covering over 19,000 miles, all accident and incident free.
Obituaries in this edition were: Garry Cecil Bjustrom, Judith K. Blunck Snedeker and Pauline Gray Wood.