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January 31, 2019 - 10:17 AM

40 Years Ago

January 1979

Ross Arbuckle, operator of Iola’s first radio broadcasting station, a pioneer pilot and the oldest Chrysler car dealer in Kansas when he retired in 1967, died this morning at the age of 87. Arbuckle came to Iola in 1917 to work as a mechanic for the Overland Garage. He opened his own shop that year. In 1922 he built a radio broadcasting station with the call letters KFID which he operated from his garage. In 1926 he became the Chrysler dealer for Iola, a title he held for 52 years. The agency is still operated as Arbuckle Motors by his son, Harold. He learned to fly an airplane from his friend Fritz Womack in 1927 and flew his own plane for 12 years before giving up the hobby. He was mayor of Iola for a year and served on the Allen County Hospital Board for six years.

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