60 years ago
february 23, 1956
Elgin Hotel, a Marion landmark since the early “boom” days of the 1890s, was sold this week by Mrs. A.J. Sparks to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lundgren of Salina. The new owners will take over management on March 1.
Eagle Scout, the highest award in Boy Scouting, was presented to three boys from Marion Troop 102 last week in an impressive Court of Honor. The boys are Michael Seaton, Junior Wiebe, and Earl Winter.
The M and H Recreation operated here for several years by Mr. and Mrs. Harry House, has been sold to C.C. Cooper of Wichita. The Houses had just completed installation of four bowling alleys do be in connection with their pool hall in the YMCA building when everything was destroyed by the disastrous fire in 1954.
Mary Lou Conyers, popular Marion High junior, was crowned 1956 basketball “Queen of the Court” last Friday evening. Her three attendants were Nancy Keazer, Kay Navrat, and Margie Bernhardt.
Larry Gene Heidel asked several school friends in Monday after school to help him celebrate his eighth birthday. Guests included John Schmersey, Lonny Stage, Charles Hedrick, Maurice Williams, Wayne King, Bobby May, Steve Knalson, Vernon Kelsey, Wally Bledsoe and Norman Bowers.