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Snapshot of History

September 22, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT The Tingley Opera House was built in 1894 and opened October 15th of that year with Colonel Hepburn giving a speech. Dedication services were held November 10, 1894. This is a double storefront building occupying two lots. The upstairs storefront on the left has four windows, while the right storefront has five…

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Snapshot of History

September 15, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT I took this week’s picture on February 24, 2014, when the old VFW Hall was a dance studio. The building is still standing on East Monroe Street in Mount Ayr. Mount Ayr established a chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in January 1949. Officers were: Lyle Dulany, commander; Bob Hudson, senior…

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Snapshot of History

September 8, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT This picture was taken at the intersection of Center Street and Dunning Avenue looking northwest. In the background on the left is the Swimming Pool parking lot today. The Mount Ayr Commercial Club established this tourist park in 1922. The park was very important as automobile travel had increased greatly after WW…

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Snapshot of History

September 1, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT I don’t have anything planned for this week so let’s look at my “miscellaneous” folder on my hard drive. This folder is mostly for topics that are short or lack details. A blurb in a December 6, 1883 newspaper says Dr. J. T. Merrill has returned from Colorado with several silver bricks…

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Snapshot of History

August 25, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT I scanned this week’s picture from page 31 of Raymond Banner’s book, “ Ringgold City, Iowa 1844-2002: From First Settlement to Forgotten Community.” The photo in the book is credited to Linda Swanson. Ringgold City was located about nine miles south of Mount Ayr on county road P46, and two mile east…

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Snapshot of History

August 11, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT Many of you have heard Jesse James and his gang spent time in Ringgold County. Many of you believe it. I don’t. But, I’m about to tell you why you heard it in the first place. This week’s photo was scanned from a book by Ringgold County artist Holland Foster, who grew…

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Barrow Gang – Snapshot of History

August 4, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT The story of Bonnie and Clyde visiting Ringgold County never gets old so I’ll tell it again. Thanks to Doug Still for this week’s photo. The story is really about Marvin “Buck” Barrow, who was one of five members of the Barrow Gang when the outlaws passed through Ringgold County on July…

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July 28, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT The story of Bonnie and Clyde visiting Ringgold County never gets old so I’ll tell it again. Thanks to Doug Still for this week’s photo. The story is really about Marvin “Buck” Barrow, who was one of five members of the Barrow Gang when the outlaws passed through Ringgold County on July…

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Snapshot of History

July 21, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT Hopefully, you’re familiar with a shop in Chariton, Iowa called Piper’s Candy Store. They have home-made candies and doughnuts, but also groceries. The store still has hardwood floors and wooden shelving. Vintage food and soap packaging is on display throughout the store. This week, we’ll look at Mount Ayr’s connection to the…

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Snapshot of History

July 14, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT I see where Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recently had supper at Rumors in Mount Ayr. While she was dining in Mount Ayr, I was dining in Des Moines. About 6 weeks ago, I met a man named Butch and he gave me Des Moines restaurant memorabilia like matchbooks, coasters, and swizzle sticks.…

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