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July 15, 2019 - 10:22 AM

50 Years Ago

July 1969

Iolans may be bleary-eyed when they come to work on Monday as the retail merchants committee meeting showed little sentiment for closing for the day, despite the national holiday declared by President Nixon and Gov. Robert Docking to celebrate the U.S. moon landing. Chain stores received orders from on high to open the doors as usual and the independent merchants thus felt obligated to follow suit. City workers, having multiple projects caused by severe weather, cannot afford to take the holiday. The Register, with the biggest story of century winding up, decided it would not take the day off. But federal offices, county offices, and the banks will be closed.

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