50 Years Ago
An 80-acre site was purchased yesterday by the Iola City Commission for an industrial park. The acreage, which is across from the Wichman Ford Agency on U.S. 169 about a mile north of town, cost $36,000. The citys investment will increase substantially as utilities are brought to the area. The money was taken from an industrial fund created by the sale of a portion of the land owned by the city adjacent to the Iola Municipal Airport. The same fund was used to buy the land sold this year to Iola Molded Plastics for expansion of its boat plant. This sale returned about $30,000 to the fund and made the new purchase possible, Mayor Jack Hastings said.
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