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Down Marion's Memory Lane
by By Voanne Hansen Times News · September 7th, 2017

70 YEARS AGO 1947

The Marion City Council met on Wednesday evening in an informal session to discuss the request from city workers for a raise in salary for next year. Two city employees, Frank Frajman and Howard Porter, had appeared at the Tuesday council meeting and asked that they receive a living wage. Councilman, W. R. Reed, suggested that a schedule be established, which would call for $200 a month for Chief Wachal and $180 for officers, $150 for Porter and foreman, Betzer, and $165 a month and apartment for Ed Card and LeRoy Cooper. Mayor Biddick pointed out that City Clerk Mildred Titus had not asked for an increase of her $90 a month salary. He thought she should receive a $10 a month increase.

For entertainment, Marion and Linn County residents can visit the following establishments: Ce-Mar Acres on Marion Boulevard on Mondays for private skating parties; the Marion Theater for movies every night and matinees on the weekends; pool, billiards and snooker at Phillips Cigar Store; Edaburn's Dine and Dance; Club Hiawatha Dine and Dance; Nick's Scoreboard; and the Club Royale, with dancing every night.

50 YEARS AGO 1967

Six pieces of playground equipment are being installed at Taube Park on 31st Street in Marion. The equipment includes a plastic turtle, a miracle wheel, a set of six swings, a slide, a 4-way climber, and a horizontal ladder. Wilkins School will use this facility during the school year. It will be used by the playground program in the summer.

Mrs. Gladys Burrows, a long-time employee of the Marion Sentinel newspaper, has been named manager of the paper. Mrs. Burrows was born in Marion at 330 3rd Street, and graduated from Marion High School in 1942, She has been employed by several Marion businesses through the years. She and her husband, Joseph, live at 1145 13th Street, in Marion. Mrs. Burrows will replace Tom Downing who has resigned after serving for several years.

30 YEARS AGO 1987

Opening day enrollment at the Marion Independent School District shows 1,666 students, a slight drop over last year's 1,717. At Linn-Mar, there were 2,975 students for the first day, with 39 special education students added. Last year's opening day enrollment was 2,987, not counting special education students.

Businesses in Marion include the following: Weber Paint & Glass, 660 10th Street; Coast to Coast Hardware, 2075 7th Avenue; Sorg Pharmacy, 1138 7th Avenue; Philips Diamond Shop, 777 11th Street; and ServiceMaster by Scott Hansen, 1363 8th Street.
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