A look back in time
45 Years Ago
1 — A million dollar contract for construction of a manufacturing plant with 116,000 square feet of floor space was signed this morning by Berg Manufacturing Company officials here and Paul LaForge, president of a Parsons construction firm. Bill Johnson, division manager who will be in charge of Berg operations here, said the building will be ready for manufacturing operations by June 15. Berg is expected to provide employment for more that 250 people by 1976.
7 — In the 19 schools making up the east-central district of the state Future Farmers of America organization, 16 senior boys won State Farmer degrees, the top state level award in the Future Farmers of America organization. Five of those are seniors at Crest High School Colony: Dennis Allen, Randy Bunnel, Gary Holloway, Norman Prather and David Warren. Crest’s remarkable success has its roots in District 479’s employment four years ago of Butch Myers as vocational agriculture teacher.
12 — Six male students at Iola High School introduced streaking to Iola shortly before noon today when they zipped across the lawn at the high school wearing nothing but shoes and ski masks. The incident had received some pre-streak publicity and many students from the senior and junior high schools were gathered in the area to watch the display. They were stopped in their get-away car shortly after the incident by the Iola Police.
25 — All seats for the Count Basie Concert at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center tonight have been sold, Dale Creitz, center director, said this morning. Even the tickets for the folding chairs placed in the auditorium to provide additional seating are gone.