Ask most Iolans about Tom Bowlus, and they?ll point to his most visible gift to the community: The Bowlus Fine Arts and Cultural Center.
Fewer know of the Bowlus family?s fingerprints on Iola?s history that date back to the town?s infancy.
Larry Manes, a retired Allen Community College instructor and avid history buff, shared nuggets Tuesday about Thomas Bowlus ? Tom, to those who knew him ? his father?s influence, and finally, the fine arts mecca named after the long-time banker that remains a jewel generations later.