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by By Voanne Hansen Times News · November 30th, 2017


70 YEARS AGO 1947

A fire which began in the Kendall Hardware Store basement on 7th Avenue, just across from the City Park, caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the Kopetsky and Zrudsky Market. The Edison Pharmacy, east of Kendall's, had water damage to its walls. Most of the damage was due to the water the firemen used to extinguish the blaze.

Henry Katz, Marion businessman, is objecting to any proposed changes to Highway 151 as detrimental to businesses in Marion. Katz stated that removing the highway from its present location would leave Marion as a neighborhood shopping center. He believes that if the highway were moved to the edge of town or completely out of town, Marion businesses would suffer.

Otto H. Welper, motor machinist's mate second class, is serving aboard the submarine U. S. S. Argonaut. The sub recently conducted a training cruise for Naval Reservists in the submarine's operating area in Long Island Sound. Welper is the son of Otto Welper, 1493 6th Avenue, Marion, and a graduate of Marion High School, class of 1943.



50 YEARS AGO 1967

The Marion City Council, at its Monday night meeting, approved a rezoning for some land east of South 11th Street from R-2 to R-4 Residential. The council instructed City Manager Peter Crivaro and City Attorney Robert Stone to check into the objections to the rezoning.

The new Marion Sentinel newspaper is advertising itself as a welcome Christmas gift. A year's subscription for Linn County residents is $3.00. For those outside the county, the price is $4.00. The Sentinel office is located at 701 10th Street.



30 YEARS AGO 1987

An intensified effort, in both public and private sectors, is expected to pay big dividends in the revival of Marion's central business district. An agreement has been reached with the Noddle Development Company of Omaha for the construction of a $1.4 million dollar shopping center in downtown Marion. The project is to be called the Marion Square Plaza. It will be built on the south side of 7th Avenue, between 11th and 12th streets and will feature 12 to 15 stores. Demolition of the existing buildings will begin early next year, with the project scheduled for completion in the fall of 1988. Abild Construction Company of Cedar Rapids will be the general contractor.

Virginia Folkers, Marion Independent School board member, is one of 28 Iowa school board members to receive a Better Boardsmanship award. Honors were announced on November 19, at the annual IASB convention in Des Moines. Those honored have been chosen for their participation in specific training programs and who have served their local districts and IASB in a variety of ways during the 1986-1987 school year.
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