50 years ago
september 14, 1961
In spite of the most discouraging type of weather, 2,140 Marion County voters went to the polls Tuesday and approved a $315,000 bond issue for a county home for the aged. The vote was 1,261 for construction, 879 against.
Another new business opened in Marion this week when Mr. and Mrs. Dale Helms started operation of their Timbo’s Drive In. The drive-in is located at the intersection of the Pilsen road and U.S. 56 at the west edge of Marion.
A 24-hour steady to hard rainfall, in places amounting to almost 7 inches, brought Mud Creek waters onto Marion’s Main Street early Wednesday morning creating the first real flood threat to the downtown area in more than 10 years.
Oil and gas reports coming during recent days indicate that several new wells have been finaled in Marion County, and a number more are currently in progress of drilling. There have also been many intentions of drilling filed.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Penland, Marion’s participants in the Old Santa Fe Trail Centennial Caravan last spring, went to Lyons Sept. 9 for the first annual meeting of all those who took part in the two-week caravan that traveled from Mission, Kansas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico.