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Down Marion's Memory Lane
by By Voanne Hansen Times News · February 8th, 2018

70 YEARS AGO 1948

The Farmer's Elevator annual stockholders meeting was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Marion last Saturday. This is the 32nd year of operation in Marion. Founded in the spring of 1915 by a group of local men, the company now has a total of 108 stockholders and serves a trading area of about a 15-mile radius around Marion. A board of directors was elected at the meeting, with three incumbents retaining office. They are Lewis Weis, Ralph Beckner, and J. O. Graham. New members are C. D. Wallace and George Munier. Manager of the business is Irvin Ford, who began working for the company in 1925. The business is located on Seventh Avenue in East Marion.

Tipton became Victim No 6 of the Marion Indians basketball team last Friday in the Marion gym. Marion used its height advantage to win, 56-33. Marion controlled the ball most of the time. Lloyd Olmstead continued his reign as high point man for the Indians with 16 points. Don McConaughy and Dick Smith each scored 10 points.

50 YEARS AGO 1968

Dutch Elm Disease took priority at the Marion city council meeting on Monday evening. A lengthy discussion took place after the report given by City Forester, John Van Camp. From June to August last year, at the height of the disease, the city and residents lost 236 elm trees. This is 3.5% of the elms in Marion. Van Camp recommended a program of spraying existing elms by helicopter as the most effective way to combat the disease. He also recommended the city develop a tree-planting program.

RTA bus fares within Marion will be going up 10 cents, beginning Monday, February 12. Fares to and from Cedar Rapids will remain the same.

Thursday, February 8, is the date set for the Linn-Mar School District vote on a $500,000 bond issue to finance the construction of an elementary school in the Bowman Woods area and build an addition to the high school.

30 YEARS AGO 1988

The Marion Maid-Rite, owned and operated by Tom and Ellie Osborne, is celebrating two years in business. The restaurant is located on the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and Tenth Street. Daily special prices begin today and continue through February 17. Special prices include Maid-Rite, 99 cents (regular price, $1.49); Homemade Onion Rings, 99 cents (regular price, $$1.65); Hot Dogs, 75 cents (regular price, $1.15); and free 16-ounce coke with purchase of a sandwich. The Osbornes' philosophy in opening their restaurant is to provide homemade food in a time of fast food eateries.
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