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Looking Back by Lora Stull

One Hundred
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 3, 1923.)
Billie Clark, whose father was the former blacksmith for Ellston, was bitten by a rattlesnake while with his father making fence. He was hastened to Dr. Hill, who applied remedies and hastened with him to the hospital in Creston, where he is being treated. Although a very sick boy his recovery is hoped for.
The total precipitation for the month of September, as shown by the report of co-operative weather observer, Alex Maxwell, was 5.75 inches, four .22 inches of which fell on the 29th and 30th.
Ringgold County Beginnings: A peddlers lisense was issued on October 14, 1857, to August Openhiemer to peddle dry goods, fancy notions, etc., for one year with a carriage drawn by one horse. The fee was $25 and was paid to the county treasurer for the benefit of the state~~Procuring stone for the jail and to wall up two public wells was the important business September 1857. It was determined to post up advertisement that they would take bids on September 26 for 45 perches of stone for the jail and walls. (A perch is a unit of measure…one perch equals 16.5 feet, so 45 perch would be 742.5 feet). The award was made on the date advertised to Randolph Sry at $4.95 per perch.
Marriage: September 30, Alma Axtel and John Bonner.
Births: Born Monday a son, to Mr. and Mrs. F. Vansickle…September 26, a daughter Virginia, to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Skinner.
Seventy-Five
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 30, 1948.)
Bobby Ray Pottorff, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Pottorff, suffered first, second and third degree burns Saturday afternoon at the Dick Mickael home, when some gasoline exploded. The boy was taken to Greater Community Hospital in Creston.
Several men Wednesday of last week cut and shocked corn for A.R. Dahlgran, who recently returned home from the hospital in Creston. Among those who assisted with the “good neighbor” deed were Delmar Johnston, Earl Brand, Frank Horne, Rollo Fry, Glenn Pine, Thomas Shields and Alfred Buckner. The corn cutter was brought by Mr. Buckner and Arthur Deibert, who was unable to help, furnished the gasoline.
Mrs. George Irving, who this summer had the pleasure of spending several weeks’ vacation in Mexico, was guest speaker Monday evening at the regular meeting of the Mount Ayr Business and Professionals Women’s Club. Mrs. Irving in her pleasing manner, gave an interesting description of Mexico, its government, customs and people, which was greatly enjoyed by all those in attendance.
Births: Sept. 22, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Brand…Sept. 25, a daughter, Jane to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rupe…Sept. 21, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Vern McBrayer…Sept. 24, a daughter, Patricia, to Mr. and Mrs. Don Cavender…Sept. 22, a son, Harlan, to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Davenport…Tuesday of last week a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Billie Campbelll.
Obituaries in this editon were: George Grant Keller, Jessie Annie Waight Shafer and Will Corll.
Fifty
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 4, 1973.)
Movers from Creston started packing furniture and personal effects of Marie Simpson for removal from the site of the square in Mount Ayr. They will be moved to a house Mrs. Simpson recently purchased from Dave Irving on North Pierce Street. The moving was in accordance with a court order issued by Judge Thomas Brown of Ringgold County District Court, following a year and half of litigation involving acquisition of the Simpson property.
Angi Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fisher of Mount Ayr, was crowned homecoming queen in a special ceremony in the school gym following the football game.
New Farm Bureau officers were elected at the annual meeting September 27. The new officers are Lloyd Angus, voting delegate; Joe DeBarthe, secretary; Mrs. Nadine Hosfield, women’s chairman; James McCreary, vice president; Richard Jackson, president; and Phil Foltz, treasurer.
The 1973-74 boys’ and girls’ basketball cheerleaders were chosen September 13. The boys’ cheerleaders are, Diane Davison, Ann Greene, Kelli Hutchinson, Robin Shreve and Glenda Golliday. The girl cheerleaders will be, Ann Horne, Vicki Irving, Debbie Robertson, Lesa Sickels, and Alyce Reed.
Marriage: June 16, Wanda Robertson and Douglas Hosfield.
Births: September 27, a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Romick.
Obituaries in this edition were: Robert Mahrenholz and Pleasy May Mosbarger Davis.
Twenty-Five
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, September 24, 1998.)
Four Mount Ayr Community students toured Europe this summer with an honor band program. Students participating in the tour were: Laura Jones, Megan Petersohn, Scott Lauristen and Shannon Norris.
New evidence brought to the school board caused the MACH school board to reverse it’s decision on a student good conduct matter in a special meeting Monday afternoon. Landry McGahuey, a junior at MACHS, brought evidence from a blood test to support his contention that he had NOT been smoking when school employee reported she saw him. McGahuey had a blood test done (at his parent’s expense) which showed no trace of nicotine in his blood, (residual amounts of nicotine can be present in blood for up to a year). With the results of the blood test the school board voted 4-0 to support the recommendation of the school administration that the good conduct sanctions against McGahuey be rescinded.
A horse owned by Ringgold County resident took 1st place in a race at Prairie Meadows in Des Moines recently. Miss Home Builder won a 5 1/2-furlong race in 1:06.0 winning purse of $17,350. Al Clough of Sun Valley Lake in Ellston is the owner.
Obituaries in this edition were: James Donovan Bishop, Cleora Aimee Armstrong Foltz and Jane Ellen Sissel Smith.
Ten
Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 3, 2013.)
What began as one man’s challenge to his family has resulted in a much needed addition to Judge Lewis Park. Rick and Lora Stull and their children and grand children have constructed a new sign for the park as a donation to the community.
MACHS homecoming king and queen were crowned last Thursday and Friday. King is Jacob Beamgard and queen is Brook Rychnovsky.
Raiders move to 5-0, prepare for district show down. The Mount Ayr Raiders remained undefeated on the season with a convincing 35-0 victory over Des Moines Christian Friday even.
Marriage: July 20, Larry White and Kathleen Myers.
Births: September 9, a daughter, Tess to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Denker.
Obituaries in this edition were: Pauletta “Pauly” Bailey Burgher, Bertha Anna Ricker Day, and Robert Edward Guthland.

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