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June 5, 2019 - 10:13 AM

60 Years Ago

June 1959

The Iola Coca-Cola Bottling Co., 204 N. Washington, the county’s oldest business of its type, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this month with an open house and a dinner for company employees. The Hon. James A. Farley, former postmaster general of the United States, will speak at the dinner. Farley is now chairman of the Coca-Cola Co. board of directors. The banquet will be held in the Community Building in Riverside Park. Ralph Copening of Iola is president and general manager of the business which was founded in 1909 by his father, John M. Copening, who is no longer active in the firm. His other sons, John and James, are both executives in the business.

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