Marv Smith moved to Iola in the fall of 1966 to teach at what was then a state-of-the-art science building, shared by Iola High School and Allen County Junior College.
He stayed for the people ? the administrators and the students, his friends and neighbors ? long after that science building lost its luster. He watched as bond issues to build new schools failed and saw other area communities, like Chanute and Garnett, build new facilities and welcome businesses and families.