60 years ago
september 20, 1956
Petitions are being circulated in Marion this week asking the city commission to take necessary steps to put the question of issuing bonds for the construction of a municipal swimming pool on a special ballot at the November election.
Plans are nearly complete and prospects look good for one of the finest Old Settlers’ Days in the history of the yearly event. The day will feature the parade led by J.D. Ferrell, outstanding speakers, and other forms of entertainment including a dog platoon from Fort Riley.
Graveside services were held Sept. 17 for Harry K. Rogers, son of Dr. and Mrs. J.N. Rogers, one of the community’s pioneer families. He was always intensely interested in dramatics. Among his many projects was managing an early-day picture show in the old Auditorium. In later days, he developed a unique program for making children intensely conscious of fire hazards and preventive measures putting on shows in schools throughout the states using the name of “Smoky, the Fire Clown.
Little Pam Vinduska, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Vinduska of Marion, is shown as she drew the name of Mrs. Homer Hett out of the hat to win $50 in frozen foods. Looking on are George King, Richard Brodhead, K.C. Wingerd, and Kenneth Rigler. The drawing was the conclusion of a highly successful weeklong display of Frigidaire Appliances by Cook TV at Wingerd’s IGA.