Mount Ayr baseball team

A nice and old group photo made better because the names are on the back. Mount Ayr High School’s baseball team of 1908 has some interesting young men so let’s see who they are. Back row, left to right: Paul Spurrier (Captain), Clint Allyn, Stanton Tennant (Manager), Grant Hayes, Arlo Moore, and Charlie Horne. Front…

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Drag Day in Mount Ayr about 1910.

  This week’s picture should look familiar to the readers. It appears on page 48 of the Mount Ayr Centennial Book and I ran this photo in the September 22, 2011 Record-News. This is a higher quality original photo. Before roads were paved, farmers were paid to drag the “farm to market” roads in their…

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Building at 102 N. Fillmore

Taylor (Still) Greene recently purchased this building and asked me about its history. Let’s get started. This building was erected in 1938 by Dr. J. W. Hill. Dr. Hill first came to Ringgold County in 1915 when he opened an office in Ellston. In 1923, Dr. and Mrs. Hill came to Mount Ayr to establish…

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Former Casey’s in Mount Ayr

Barb (Kennedy) Supinger asked me if I had information on the armed robbery that took place at Casey’s General Store on January 18, 1977. I remembered reading about it a couple of years ago as I often read old newspapers and thought I would revisit that fateful evening. Oh, yes, Barb was the cashier that…

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Christian Church in Mount Ayr

I love it when I get a new picture and this 107 year old photo is new to me. It shows the last service held at the original Christian Church on August 3, 1913 by the Christian congregation. This church was located at 204 E. Madison. The Christians (Church of Christ) had let the contract…

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High Point Methodist Episcopal Church around 1910.

I’m back from Costa Rica where I joined the MOVE (Men Of Vision Evangelize) Ministry team to build an Open Bible Church at Nazareth, Costa Rica. I hope to write about this effort next week. The High Point M. E. Church was located five miles east of Wishard Chapel or one mile west of Blackmore…

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North Taylor Street in Mount Ayr in 1914.

What we see is local citizens hamming it up for the photographer. This photo is one of about 15 pictures that were salvaged from glass negatives discovered when the Mount Ayr Record-News moved from 119 N. Taylor to 122 W. Madison in 1988. Most of the other photos were self-explanatory but I couldn’t place this…

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Ellston Building

I took this week’s photo in Ellston on July 23, 2010 after the exterior of the building had been completed. A similar photo appears in the Mount Ayr Record-News dated July 8, 2010. The building is located right on Main Street. The Ellston Centennial Book has a fairly detailed history of the American Legion Post…

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Snapshot of History by Mike Avitt

This photo was at the Mount Ayr Depot Museum when I joined in 2001. There is lettering on the wagon that appears to say,”A. D. Chance.” This would be Dorington Chance and the man in the wagon could be Dorington or one of his sons. A huckster wagon, seen here, was a traveling store which…

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Kellerton Assembly of God

I’ll pick up where I left off last week. Fry Chapel was dedicated in the fall of 1887 and a report of the finances was made public. Total cost of the building, including furniture and fixtures, was $1,100. There was still $300 of debt to be dealt with but that money was raised during the…

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