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Down Marion's Memory Lane
by By Voanne Hansen Times News · March 16th, 2017

70 YEARS AGO 1947

The planning committee for a Marion youth center has been made permanent. The committee will proceed with plans to erect a building in City Park. The structure will be of frame construction, with singled sides and green shutters. It is estimated that the cost will be $6,000. H. J. Hazewinkle said he thought most of the labor required would be donated. The Reverend James Gable of the Marion Methodist Church, is chair of the committee.

Frank P. Goodrow of Marion has purchased the greenhouse business from George Hutton. Hutton had been owner until his retirement three years ago. Goodrow announced he would be handling vegetable plants and flowering potted plants. The greenhouse is located on 5th Avenue near Thomas Park.

The Marion City Council has approved an ordinance which raises the salary of Mayor John C. Mullin. His monthly salary of $75 will now be $100.

50 YEARS AGO 1967

Three streets were listed by City Engineer, Lee Coppock, to be paved in the 1967 No. 1 paving project. They are: Blairs Ferry Road, from Marion Boulevard to the existing county pavement; Lindale Drive, from the Milwaukee Railroad to Blairs Ferry Road; and 5th Avenue, from 22nd Street to 31st Street.

The Pagoda Supper Club is now open for business above the Rose-Mar Lounge. The menu will feature steaks, seafood, and chicken. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the Club will be open until midnight. Owners are Rose and Marv Mai. Location is at 648 8th Street.

30 YEARS AGO 1987

Eastern Iowa now has the services of a freelance librarian, Karen Alderson of Marion. Alderson has earned several degrees in the library field. She stated that the freelance librarians are not in competition with those working in established libraries. They are supplementary. Alderson specializes in providing information to the private sector. When executives and professionals need background research, she can provide it.

Linn County will again have the largest display of blooming daffodils in the state. This will occur on March 23 when the American Cancer Society begins its annual celebration, Daffodil Days. The Linn County display will feature 24,500, blooming across the county.
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