65 Years Ago
An unidentified motorist backed into a gas meter on West Street here early Sunday morning. Gas then seeped into the Iola Milling Company office. According to Fire Chief Ray Chard, a pilot light on a heater in the office ignited the gas, creating a king-sized explosion. The explosion showered glass over a 50-foot area. The force of the explosion was sufficient to lift the southern two-thirds of the building clear off its moorings, and move it over three inches. No immediate estimates on damage were available. Jake Elliott is the owner of the Milling Company.