100 years ago
july 8, 1915
The weatherman certainly did his share toward making the Fourth here glorious this year. The day was so cool that folks wore extra “wraps” in the evening. On the night of the Fourth, the thermometer went down as low as 46.
A.E. Case has received word from J.S. Wise that his father, Tom Wise, is critically ill at his home in Wichita. Mr. Wise was one of the earliest settlers of the county and his very many old Marion county friends hear this news with deep regret.
Ladies of the town who have been taking an active interest in the purchase of a site for a Carnegie Library have listed subscriptions to the amount of nearly $700. They have in mind the purchase of lots on the corner across from the park.
About 35 folks enjoyed a picnic at Locklin’s grove southeast of town Monday and the affair was much in the nature of an “Old Settlers’ gathering. Three who were present have been here for 55 years, having come to Marion—or rather, to the place where Marion is now— in 1860. Those three were Mrs. S.C. Locklin, Mrs. E. Baxter and Mrs. Fred Lewis. Another one, S.C. Locklin, came in ’61 and W.H. Roberts came in ’63. It is of interest to note that while all came to this country in “prairie schooners,” all went to the picnic in autos.