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One Hundred Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, November 7, 1923.)
Roy Swigarts Ford caught fire near Ringgold store Friday evening.
The men present succeeded in pushing the car away from the buildings and extinguished the flames with water.
Considerable damage was done to the bed but Roy was able to drive the car home the next day.
The school board at Manchester, Delaware county, early last week passed a resolution that no contracts would be entered in for married women as teachers and any teacher getting married during the school year forfeited her position.
One young woman who had a signed contract before the passage of the resolution got married during the year and now comes the school board aforesaid and asks Attorney Gibson for a legal opinion touching the legality of the board’s procedure.
Mr. Gibson says that such a legislative action and not a decree from a school board would be required to establish the qualifications of teachers. The board does not have the right to forfeit this contract without making itself liable for damages, the opinion states. Contracts of public operations have the same force and effect as contracts between individuals. They cannot be changed at will in the absence of statutes providing for changes.
The attorney general further avers that he doubts very much the right of a school board to refuse to hire a married woman as teachers.(Throughout the nation, the early 1900s through the 1920s was a time when married women were chastised for working as teachers and were expected to resign their jobs. It was considered a disgrace that a married woman would take a teaching job away from a man or from an unmarried woman who did not have a man to support her.)
Seventy-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 4, 1948.)
Graveside services for Pvt. Glee Spencer and Staff Sgt. Doyle Spencer were held Wednesday, October 27, at Rosehill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
The bodies of the brothers, returned recently from military cemeteries in Europe, arrived at Diagonal Tuesday evening of last week, accompanied by a military escort, who remained for the services.
L.L.Larsen and Paul Johnson announce in this issue the purchase of the Ringgold Dairy Products from George Mosbarger, possession having been given the first of November.
The special display of Ford cars and trucks and Fordson tractors being held this week by the Johnson Auto Co., local Ford dealer, is attracting much attention from both residents of the city and those living nearby.
Births: October 27, a daugher, Nancy, to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Trask…October 19, a daughter, Elsie to Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis…October 24, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Donner.
Obituaries in this edition were: Glee Elton Spencer, Doyle Elvin Spencer, and Maurice G. O’Connor.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 8, 1978.)
Burlington Northern railroad is requesting permission of the Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon its rail line between Mount Ayr and Lamoni, according to an official notice appearing in this issue of the Record News.
The section of the line which the company wishes to abandon is from railroad milepost 3.7 near Lamoni, west through Kellerton, to milepost 23.4 near Mount Ayr, a total of 19.7 miles.
Sale of a long time Mount Ayr business, the Real Style Shop, located on the north side of the square, next to Horne Pharmacy, has been sold by Mrs. Homer McClintock, who has owned and operated the business for the last six years. New owner is Mrs. Russell Boyd, who took over the operation of the store November 1.
Two Raiders on Tall Corn Conference team~Mount Ayr had two men listed on the Tall Corn All-Conference team selected by loop coaches last week. Junior, Rich Johnson was named tight end on the select group and senior, Ed Rotert was named as offensive guard. Rotert was also named to the 2nd defensive team as a linebacker.
Marriage: August 12, Tina Bolinger and Jerry Allen.
Birth: November 2, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jeanes.
Obituaries in this edition were: Bert A. Saltzman, Gerald Henry Emig, Earl Bullock, and T. J. “Tommie” Ballew.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, October 29, 1998.)
For the first time since 1980, a person is being charged with murder in an incident in Ringgold County.
A Creston man, Aaron G. Hays who is 20 years of age, is in custody and charged with first degree murder and child endangerment in the death of a 15 month old Diagonal girl, Bailey Graham, that took place July 18.
A Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, man is in the Ringgold County jail after he was arrested for attempting to receive a package of marijuana mailed to him at the Mount Ayr post office.
Louisa County chief deputy, Curt Braby, formerly of Mount Ayr, recently received an award from the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee for his work breaking a drug trafficking organization.
Marriage: September 5, Annette Blunck and Jason Swaney.
Obituaries in this edition were: Robert Arlo Dillenburg, Alice Marie Glendenning Miller, Ardella Marie Newton Smith and Loren D. Greimann.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News,Thursday, November 7, 2013.)
Fire destroys building at Excel Engineering west of Diagonal on Tuesday October 29.
Firefighters from Diagonal, Mount Ayr, Tingley, Ellston, Clearfield, Lenox, Bedford and Creston responded to the report of fire just after 7:30 p.m. The building is owned by Doug and Darla Sobotka.
Residents in Mount Ayr elected Steve Fetty to replace current Mayor, Don Solliday, who did not seek re-election. Current council members Mack Greene and Brent Ricker ran unopposed for re-election.
Ashton Quick and Haylea England, members of the Mount Ayr Sparks drill team, performed at the Iowa State Drill Team Association solo competition held in Newton Saturday, November 2.
After an outstanding senior season during which he placed 1st in every meet in which he competed, Mount Ayr Raider, Noah Larsen was forced to withdraw from competition in the State Cross Country meet Saturday in Fort Dodge due to a suspected stress facture.
Births: October 30, a daughter, Leslie, to Tiffany Hose and Brandon O’Neil…October 30, a daughter, Abigail, to Ethan and Amelia Baker…October 28, a daughter, Grace, to Scott and April Brand.
Obituaries in this edition were: Mary Jane Frederick Armstrong, Beverly Deemer Gillespie, Greta Hawkins Willis, Darrell Rex Snethen, Richard Allen Taylor, Thelma Belle Mickael Tipton.