Jodie Norris print shop in Redding

BY MIKE AVITT This photo was donated to the Mount Ayr Depot Museum by, “Friends of Old Redding,” and shows the Redding newspaper office and the old high school behind it. The school building sat on the lots south of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The old school building was sold at public auction February 4,…

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NW Corner of Mount Ayr square

This is a great photo as it was taken before all the frame buildings were replaced with brick. Also, This angle shows us the T. L. Tullis livery barn behind the Huggins & Saville building. I’m guessing this picture was taken by Mount Ayr photographer, M. G. Maxwell, from his upstairs studio at 107 S.…

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Harold Davis Garage

BY MIKE AVITT This is one of those businesses that I had information on, but no picture. That ended last week when John McGilvrey allowed me to use his photo for this article. Dave Neptune was so popular, he was featured in the June 12, 1896 Twice-A-Week News shortly after coming to Mt. Ayr from…

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House on E. Jefferson

BY MIKE AVITT Shirley Hickman ran this photo in her “Ayr Views” column of March 29, 1990. The house was identified as being at 202 E. Jefferson in 1917 but no other information was available at that time. Shirley asked her readers for help and she got it in the following weeks. The home was…

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Ringgold City School pupils and teacher in 1928

BY MIKE AVITT Thanks to Crae Geist for this week’s picture. I’m guessing this photo belonged to his mother, Cleola (Burchett) Geist, as two of her siblings are in the picture. In the front row, left to right, we see: Elizabeth Butler, Agnes Barnhart, Opal Marshall, Betty Burchett, Madge Barnhouse, Bonnie Haley, Inez Marshall, and…

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