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by By Voanne Hansen Times News · November 16th, 2017

70 YEARS AGO 1947

The Marion Rural Independent School Board has decided to hold its $100,000 special bond election on Saturday, December 20. The election site will be Concord School No. 10, located at the intersection of Highways 151 and 13. The additional funding will be needed to complete the new school. The township had previously voted $160,000 in bonds. The new building will house kindergarten through eighth grade. It will be located north of Marion on land purchased from Carl Wallace and A. E. Granger for $6,200.

L. O. Dickey, local grocer, is holding a 36th anniversary celebration this week at his store located on the northwest corner of 10th Street and 7th Avenue. Special bargain prices will be in effect for groceries the entire week. Mr. Dickey started in the grocery business in November 1911. He says he had very little capital at the time and had to borrow $3.46 to have money in the cash register when the store opened.

50 YEARS AGO 1967

Nine deer hunters from the area are pictured in the Marion Sentinel newspaper this week, each with a big smile as they show the deer brought back from their trip to Wyoming. This is the eighth year the hunters have made the trip. The hunters are Dave Soden, Joe Neuhaus, and Bob Zier of Marion; Harry Simonsen, of Robins; Brian Howell, Cedar Rapids; Ed Hartl, Bertram; and Carl Slade, Hiawatha. The trip was made November 3 to 10.

A Marion landmark has been demolished to make room for expansion of the telephone company. The building, next door to the Marion Theater on 10th Street, has been owned by J. O. Biesecker, who moved to Marion in 1926. He started a monument business on 6th Avenue and 10th Street where the parking lot for Murdoch Funeral Homes is today. In 1930, he moved to the present site. Mr. Biesecker retired two years ago.

30 YEARS AGO 1987

Last April, the Marion Independent School Board voted to put two elementary schools, Longfellow and Washington, up for sale. Bids were due by October 30. The board heard, on November 12, that one bid had come in for Washington Elementary. The Cedar Valley Montessori School offered $70,000 for the Washington building alone, excluding the additional space around it. No bids were received for the Longfellow building.

Marion businesses advertising in the Marion Sentinel weekly newspaper this week include Wedding Belles and Beaus, 2300 7th Avenue, Gateway Travel, 795 11th Street; Blairs Florists, 694 7th Avenue; and the Suburban Restaurant, 2240 7th Avenue.
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