50 years ago
june 15, 1967
A record enrollment of 140 Marion County Girl Scouts are having a big time this week in the annual “Yo Ho Day Camp” at the Marion County Park and Lake after being “rained out” of their original location along the Cottonwood River west of Marion.
The first session of the Church League slo-pitch softball games was held Monday at the Marion County Lake. All six teams played simultaneously on three adjacent diamonds. A crowd of interested spectators, estimated at near 300, enjoyed the evening.
Pictured is D. Eugene Enos, principal at Marion Elementary School, as he presents a national Special Olympics award to Doug Kelsey, Marion eighth grader. Doug won fourth place in national competition with a time of 8.6 seconds in the 75-yard dash, fourth best in the nation for 13-14-year old youth.
Cecil Slifer missed the top prize of $200 in this week’s Cash Day drawing. Others winning prizes were A.L. Bogart, $5; Mrs. Ruby Laudner, $15; Fred Suffield, $30; and Mrs. Leroy Cox, $15.
The venerable sport of horseshoe pitching is making a terrific comeback these days, and Marion men have one of the best teams in this area. Marion players include Reinhart Steinle, captain; Byron McCarty, Rex Seibel, Ernest Meierhoff, Tip McFadden, Henry Klein, Harold Swanson, Leroy Bingaman, and Dan Schlotthauer.