Auctioneer Ralph Smith asked for a higher bid as he sold a pick up truck in the parking lot at the Walton Foundry. “A lot of memories went down the drain Monday,” said Gene Walton, reflecting on a personal property dispersal auction sale at the foundry. Walton, whose father R. C. Walton purchased the foundry in 1938, was associated with the foundry for 35 years, much of the time as its owner. The foundry, weakened by declining oil-related markets and other financial problems, closed earlier this year. Gray iron castings had been a stable industry in Iola since the turn of the century.
Kelly Welch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Welch of rural Moran and a senior at Kansas State University, has been named a Rhodes Scholar. He was one of four selected from a group of 12 candidates from six Midwestern states for the prestigious honor. Welch will go to England and Oxford University in early October.