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Snapshot of History

September 28, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT In October 1882, The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors purchased land in sections 17 and 20 of Liberty Township for the purpose of constructing and operating a county Poor Farm. Ringgold County’s population was increasing rapidly at this time and that meant the population of poor, feeble-minded, widowed, and orphaned was increasing,…

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Snapshot of History

September 21, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT I had a fair amount of success researching Riley Township. Most townships in Ringgold County had a railroad, a state highway, or an incorporated town, but not Riley. Riley Township is located at the southeast corner of Ringgold County and was named after Robert H. Riley, an early settler in Athens Township.…

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Snapshot of History

September 14, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT I spoke at the Mount Ayr Public Library during Ayr Days on the topic of ghost towns. A keen student of Ringgold County history pointed out my omission of Polen during my talk and I admit I thought it would go unnoticed. I took this week’s picture on April 3, 2010 in…

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Snapshot of History by Mike Avitt

September 7, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT The Redding Post Office has undergone a remodeling since I took this photo July 2, 2005. I found some more information on the early days of Redding and the post office there so let’s get started. I was looking for the earliest days of Maloy when I stumbled upon an article in…

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Snapshot of History

August 31, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT I was asked to put on a picture slideshow at the Mount Ayr High School class of 1962 reunion to be held during Ayr Days. I don’t know how to do that so I made prints of some pictures I had from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s. And this week’s photo…

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Snapshot of History

August 24, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT I was asked to put on a picture slideshow at the Mount Ayr High School class of 1962 reunion to be held during Ayr Days. I don’t know how to do that so I made prints of some pictures I had from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s. And this week’s photo…

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Snapshot of History

August 3, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT Waubonsie was a member of the Potawatomi tribe and was born about 1760. He worked both with and against the United States of America during his career as Potawatomi leader. About 1845, the U. S. government built Waubonsie a house near Tabor, Iowa and it is believed by some that he died…

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Snapshot of History

July 27, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT I took this week’s picture on August 6, 2011. The bath house is no longer there but the pool has been there since 1963. The first official “swimming beach” was opened at the old city reservoir in 1940. Certified Red Cross life guards offered swimming lessons and a sand beach provided swimmers…

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Snapshot of History

July 13, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT In Benton’s early years, this train station was open 24 hours a day; such was the importance of the Chicago Great Western Railway. Benton’s depot was dismantled in 1948 and a replacement depot, consisting of half a boxcar, was placed in its stead. I have been asked to speak at a railroad…

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Snapshot of History

July 6, 2022

BY MIKE AVITT Thanks to Max Varner, son of Alvin Varner and grandson of O. C. Varner, for this week’s picture. The players are unidentified but, of course, that is coach Omer Clay “Pop” Varner in the back row on the right. And I believe the player in the front row on the far left…

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