A Look Back in Time

50 Years Ago — February 1970


February 25, 2020 - 10:24 AM

The Santa Fe Depot in Iola, long a landmark just south of Madison Avenue on the west side of town, was ordered demolished in 1983 by Santa Fe Railroad officials. Register file photo

Dale E. Saffels, chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission, said the KCC has been informed by the Interstate Commerce Commission that the application for reconsideration by the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway for the discontinuance of their passenger trains numbers 211 and 212 between Kansas City and Tulsa has been denied. Santa Fe is ordered to continue for a period of one year from the date of Oct. 8, 1969 to operate these trains. Saffels said a definite need exists for these trains if the southeastern section of our state is to continue to grow and develop. The trains serve approximately 28 towns and cities in Kansas, including Garnett, Iola, Humboldt and Chanute.


Mrs. Hazel Suffron Green, who will retire this year after 50 years as a teacher and administrator, has been nominated by the District 257 Teachers Association for the Master Teacher Award sponsored annually by Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. Mrs. Green’s nomination came in recognition of her exceptional school service, outstanding community service, and participation in professional organizations, according to James Yates, principal of Lincoln School where Mrs. Green now teaches. She began teaching in 1920 in a rural Allen County school. The following year, her Iola teaching career began in the Garfield Elementary School, where she had once been a student and where her former teacher, Mrs. J. O. Allen, was now her principal. She became principal of Washington School in 1930 at a monthly salary of $110. In the fall of 1939 she became principal of McKinley School and in the fall of 1947 she was assigned to Jefferson School as principal. Mrs. Green remained principal of Jefferson until her retirement as an administrator in 1965. For the past five years she has been a second grade teacher at Lincoln School.

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