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Snapshot of History

December 1, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT The west side of the Mt. Ayr square was being renovated when I took this photo on October 11, 2012. Deb Larson has been at 106 E. South Street with her insurance business since 2008. At first, she was with Farmers Insurance, but is independent now with The Insurance Station at the…

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Snapshot of History

November 24, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT Last week, I skipped an important player in this series, Deb Creveling. She came to the William H. French Agency in 1994 after Bill’s daughter Amy left. Deb is still there today. So, Firstar Bank became US Bank in 2002. Firstar was the name for only two years. I missed when Citizens…

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Snapshot of History

November 17, 2021

I took this week’s picture on November 18, 2010. We continue our look at Mount Ayr’s banks, insurance and real estate firms. On August 11, 1988, the law firm of Wilson & Christensen moved to 111 S. Fillmore. This business owned Ringgold County Abstract, which moved to 109 S. Fillmore at the same time. A…

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Snapshot of History

November 10, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT This week’s photo was contributed by the Mount Ayr Public Library. I’m going to try and cover Mt. Ayr bank news in the 1980s in one article. The Farm Crisis not only changed the financial landscape of Ringgold County, it also brought in new players. Production Credit Association moved to 122 W.…

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November 3, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT Last week I said A. Palmer handled the abstract books for Clyde Lesan Co. after Clint Allyn died in 1949. Well, maybe not. I don’t know who did the abstract work during the 1950s. In fact, I don’t have much info about Clyde Lesan Co. during this time. But, in 1960, there…

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Snapshot of History

October 27, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT The former Iowa State Bank had new occupants by 1932. Before I continue, let’s go down in the basement. In February 1915, an exterior entrance was built to the basement on the north side of Iowa State Bank at 100 S. Taylor. The basement would be used as a barber shop for…

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Snapshot of History

October 20, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT I must begin with a correction. In the October 7, 2021 Record-News I was given credit for securing Orr Fisher paintings and sketches. Bob and Kay Sickels get credit for; I wasn’t a part of that. I was able to identify most of the photos in Fisher’s photo album, and that was…

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Snapshot of History

October 13, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT This building still stands today and was built in 1892 as Citizens Bank. Day Dunning, who was one of four sons born to Mount Ayr’s founders, Barton and Laura Dunning, hired H. U. Greenlee to do the brick and stone work. Citizens Bank opened its doors in January 1893 with Day Dunning…

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Snapshot of History

October 6, 2021

BY MIKE AVITT Dave and Darlene Irving gave me this picture about ten years ago and they didn’t have any information on it. Now, it’s ten years later and I still know almost nothing. I can see the wood sidewalk and I know these had been replaced by cement sidewalks on Mount Ayr’s commercial lots…

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Snapshot of History

September 29, 2021

  BY MIKE AVITT Although this photo isn’t identified, I feel certain this is owner George Bartow after he restored the old Mt. Ayr House in the early 1920s. The hotel was located at 116 E. Madison. More about George in a minute. The obituary of Frances Ellis says he established the Mount Ayr Hotel…

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