A look back in time

45 Years Ago

December 1973

The newly formed Iola Explorer Scout Post 75 held its first organization meeting last week, which got the post chartered by the Quivira Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The post is sponsored by local law enforcement agencies under a statewide program initiated by Attorney General Vern Miller. Young persons, boys or girls, who are interested in law enforcement will get an inside look at actual police-sheriff procedures through the Explorer Scout program. Advisors of the scout group are Sheriff Glen Cooper, Police Chief Everett Shepherd, Deputy Ivan Van Houden, the Rev. Bill Deckinger, Highway Patrolman Mark Westgate, Undersheriff Gary Garver, Leslie Andres and Bill West.


Model Wholesale Grocery has sold its inventory to Joe Nemer of Wichita and will go out of business here after over 24 years of operation. John Masquelier, president, said efforts to sell the business to someone who would continue operations here failed. Eight persons are employed by the firm which supplied groceries to independent grocers in a wide area.


Reductions in the number of boats being manufactured has cut into production at Rich-Mar Industries, located near the Old Lehigh Cement Plant site. Richard Crabtree, plant manager, said the firm, which manufactures aluminum gasoline tanks for boats, had to lay off six, leaving only himself and two others to fill what few orders are left. Crabtree speculated that boat plants were cutting back production because of the lack of motors, materials, and skepticism about upcoming fuel shortages.

11 — HUMBOLDT — The city council here last night voted to proceed with plans to extend sewer service to three areas at a total cost of $270,000. The projects include an extension to the industrial site, the Wakefield Addition, and the swimming pool area.

17 — Ray Pershall, president of Allen County State Bank, has announced that an auto bank will be built by the bank this spring at the corner of State and Buchanan streets. Three persons will be hired to operate the motor bank which will accept deposits, payments on loans, check-cashing, withdrawals and a night depository.

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