60 Years Ago
Once in 100 years, is the theme of a centennial to be observed by the Ramsay Department Store in Iola during October and November. Ramsays claim to being 100 years old stems from the fact that Ronald Ramsay, its owner, is the third generation of the family which established a department store, then known as a draper, in Dunfermline, about 15 miles from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. Two of his sons, R. W. Ramsay and A. A. Ramsay, came to America and soon after opened a store in Pittsburg in 1890. They shortly opened stores in Guthrie, Okmulgee, Joplin, Carthage, Coffeyville, Iola and Atchison. The Iola store was opened in 1899.
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