A look back in time – July 1961

50 Years Ago

Around Town

July 8, 2021 - 9:59 AM

Iola’s governing body has decided to apply for participation in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System which was established by the 1961 Legislature. Following an explanation meeting, city employees voted 60 to 5 in favor of joining the program which will be initiated in January, 1962.


The establishment of a mental health clinic, supported jointly by Neosho and Allen Counties, seems assured, Charles Gray, president of the Allen County Mental Health Association reported to the group last night. The commissioners of both counties have agreed to include a half mill levy for the clinic in their 1962 budgets. The levies were authorized by a mental health bill passed by the 1961 Legislature.


Iola is the undefeated champion of the south division of second district American Legion baseball. Don Page is the team’s manager. Spencer King pitched the winning game. The district tournament will be in Paola in a few days.


Menegay’s Restaurant, at the entrance to Majestic Motel on North State Street, will open for business tomorrow morning. It is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Glen Menegay who have long operated the cafe, Menegay’s Fine Foods, at Washington and Madison. 


Iola Bowl Inc., has purchased the Bowling Palace on West Jackson and will build a new 12-lane bowling plaza north of the Iola Skating Rink, said Marvin Boyer, spokesman for the firm. The new building will be a Butler Steel structure, with a rock front facing the highway. The very latest design of Brunswick bowling equipment, including subway cluster ball returns, will be installed.