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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The First Hy-Vee

BY MIKE AVITT This week’s picture should look familiar. It was painted onto the Peggy Whitson rock on the southwest corner of the Mount Ayr square by Bubba Sorensen. Ken Robertson emailed me some time ago asking for a picture of Beaconsfield for Bubba to use on the rock. I sent this photo and forgot…

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Kokesh Farm and Supply Store

I got a letter from Illa Heslop of Creston with some interesting newspaper clippings. I will focus on one of those clippings this week. In the 1970s, Harold Roberts, editor of the Creston News Advertiser, penned a column called, “’Round the Community.” Illa sent me one of his columns from 1978 about Pearl Kokesh, a…

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Snapshots of History

BY MIKE AVITT The west side of the Odd Fellows Hall, 102 E. Madison, had many more occupants than the east side. I don’t have a record of all renters and lessees, but I have quite a few so let’s get started. This storefront was a drug store in the late 1880s and early 1890s.…

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Mount Ayr’s Independent Order of Odd Fellows building in July of 2005.

BY MIKE AVITT The IOOF building was built so long ago I don’t have a record of its construction but I would guess the early 1880s. This week, we’ll look at the occupants of the ground floor, east storeroom, at 106 E. Madison. My plat maps from 1893 and 1898 say this address was occupied…

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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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