A look back in time – August 1961

60 Years Ago

Around Town

August 19, 2021 - 9:57 AM

The Iola City Commission accepted the $91,545 bid of Pittsburg Des Moines Steel Co. of Des Moines for erection of a 500,000 gallon water tank. It will nearly quadruple Iola’s water storage capacity. It will be located about a block north of the present structure which is on Elm Street near the railroad tracks. The new tank will give the city better water pressure and fire protection. Iola now supplies water to Gas and LaHarpe and to seven rural districts that serve 300-400 farm families.


Topps Cafe, owned and operated by Joe Audley, is being moved today from the corner of Madison and Walnut to a larger site at State and Douglas. The lot which the cafe has occupied for the past 12 years was owned by the late Thomas H. Bowlus who left it to the city of Iola, stipulating that it must be put to public use. Audley will move the present building to the new site and add a new wing. He expects to open for business in about three weeks.


Jim Yates, who has taught social studies in the junior high school for the past two years, has been appointed principal of Lincoln, Ennor Horine, superintendent of schools, reported. During the existence of the KOM baseball league Yates pitched for the Iola Indians and is still an ardent baseball fan.


Reversing a trend which started nearly a decade ago, the production of milk in Allen County has been steadily increasing during the past two years, Dale Bowyer, fieldman for the Pet Milk Co. told the Iola Rotary Club last night. Bowyer believes the installation of elevated milking stalls, which reduce the labor of milking and increase production, accounts for a large part of the gain. He estimates that more than 100 are in use in the immediate area.