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Down Marion's Memory Lane
by By Voanne Hansen Times News · January 11th, 2018

70 YEARS AGO 1948

Ross Young, of Cedar Rapids, has joined the Marion Sentinel newspaper and will have charge of outside sales and, for the present, center his activities in Cedar Rapids. Prior to moving to Cedar Rapids, Mr. Ross was a high school principal and superintendent in a Minnesota school district. Young will join his brother, Ralph Young, in establishing a new organization, Young Bros.

Deposits in the two Marion banks, First National and Farmers State, have reached a combined total of $6,028,136. It is believed that this is the highest total of deposits in local history.

In a recent interview a Marion Sentinel reporter had with Miss Metta Whitcomb, director of the Marion Carnegie Library, he learned that recent reading trends were for non-fiction books and mystery/adventure. As one reason for this, Miss Whitcomb says, "Frivolous writing; we have too few good fiction books today." She also feels that sex in fiction is overdone and approached the wrong way. Miss Whitcomb said that is why people are turning against books that make them feel like they have been dragged through a sewer.

50 YEARS AGO 1968

H. R. Livingston was re-elected chairman of the Marion Park Board at its recent meeting. Mrs. David Scheie was re-elected treasurer. Charles Kremenak, director of Parks and Recreation and at least one board member, are planning to attend a state-wide conference on park management. The meeting will be held at the University of Northern Iowa.

Hours for use of the athletic field skating rink will be from 3:30 to 9 p.m. on weekdays. Saturday and Sunday, hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. During these hours, the warming house will be open with supervisors on hand. Around 1,000 skaters have used the athletic field rink and the one at Longfellow School during the past 10 days.

30 YEARS AGO 1988

This month, Crestview Acres will be honoring Mr. Ed Paul as the resident of the month. Mr. Paul will turn 100 years old on January 16. He was born in 1888 on a farm between Amana and Walford to William and Ida Bealer Paul. At the age of four, Ed took the train with his mother and siblings to Marion and then by wagon with their father to their new home, north of Marion. Mr. Paul especially enjoys music and will occasionally entertain with a song or two. He and his brothers and sister sometimes sang as a trio or quartet at dances and other entertainments. The full article about Mr. Paul can be read through the Marion Library's Online Resources site, in the Marion Sentinel of January 14, 1988.
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