100 years ago
october 17, 1912
Old Settlers gathered in Marion yesterday. The old pioneers swarmed from every part of the county, from neighboring counties, and from afar. The Svitak Band furnished music, which added a new mortgage to the debt of gratitude this town already owes these fellows. Judge Frank Doster made an eloquent and touching address and E.W. Hoch also spoke. Many told of old time experiences.
Considerable damage was done north of Marion last Thursday evening by the big rain and wind storm. In one section, there was a well-defined twister. Henry Skibbe’s house and barn were entirely destroyed. Others who suffered damage were Dave Propp, Reinhard Vogel, Jos. Dvorak, Rev. John Ray, John Clubine, John Hett Jr., and Con Hett.
Joseph Svitak returned a short time ago from a four-month visit at his boyhood home in the old country. It has been 32 years since he came from there and of course, he found many changes. He visited in Paris, Germany and a number of other places.
The Freshmen have been apportioned to the two Literary Societies and each society has organized with the following officers: Zenith, Helen Williams, president; Mary Sacket, vice president; Ed Burkholder, secretary. Excelsior, Theo Thompson, president; Edith Hodge, vice president; Vern Kuhn, secretary. The first program will be Nov. 15.