Snapshot of History: Place’s

BY MIKE AVITT Businesses move and they always have. Place’s moved to this location at 104 N. Fillmore in 1978 and then moved again seventeen years later. Casey’s General Store had been at 300 W. South Street since 1975 before making their first move this year. But some businesses are still waiting to make their…

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Snapshot of History: Sun Valley Lake

I’ve got an older Sun Valley Lake brochure that looks like it is from the 1970s because of the colors and artwork. I believe it is from about 1982 as it describes the golf course that was then under construction. The Sun Valley Golf and Country Club opened in May 1984. About a month ago…

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Snapshots of History

BY MIKE AVITT At the Mount Ayr High School Reunion a few weeks ago, Connie (Ryan) Ferguson approached me with a request. Her Class of 1969 would celebrate their fifty year reunion with a walking tour of the Mount Ayr square and would I go along and identify every business as they were in 1969.…

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Snapshots of History – Allendale Baptist Church

BY MIKE AVITT I think Allendale’s official population is about 55 but something big is happening there and I’ll tell you about that in a minute. Dave Hardy sent me this picture of the Allendale Baptist Church in its early days. I believe the photo was posted on the Facebook group, Worth County Progress Organization,…

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Snapshots of History

by Mike Avitt This photo is in rough shape but it is still very clear. A picture very similar to this appears in the February 26, 1931 Diagonal Reporter newspaper. The players are in the same position in the newspaper photo so I have their names. The front row is: Ben Camden, John Varner, and…

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Snapshots of History: Mount Ayr High School

BY MIKE AVITT I scanned this photo from the collection of LaViece Barker many years ago. It’s high school reunion time so I’ll tell some stories about that. I went to my first Mount Ayr High School Alumni Reunion in, I believe, 2005. It might be 2006 but I remember I was the only one…

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Snapshots of History

I was flipping through an Arispe Centennial Book recently and saw information about Frank and Marilyn Eighme’s gas station in Arispe. They entered into business at this location in January 1970. This got my interest so let’s take a closer look. Many of my readers may recall an article about Frank’s Service in “Our Iowa”…

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Wishard Chapel Methodist Church in 1962.

The Mount Ayr Depot Museum recently received two scrapbooks from the James Pollock family tracing the history of Wishard Chapel. These scrapbooks are full of newspaper clippings, photos, programs, records, and other historical information. Thank you to the Pollock family! Wishard Chapel is located four miles north of Mount Ayr on Highway 169. A few…

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Ringgold County Courthouse about 1912.

This is Ringgold County’s first brick courthouse built in 1883-84. The east-facing  tower was 102 feet high. This courthouse was condemned in 1921 and razed in 1922. Low-quality material and a settling foundation were the reasons given for the condemnation. The bell tower in the foreground served as both a curfew bell and fire alarm.…

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Country scene near Mount Ayr

This picture postcard was at the Mount Ayr Depot Museum when I joined many years ago. I have never run it before because I don’t know the location. I initially believed it was the bridge just south of the Mount Ayr Water Treatment Plant but the shadows are all wrong for that. The back of…

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