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Charlie Carrington wasn’t the first popcorn man in Marion’s City Square Park, nor was he the last. But he was there through the Depression and World War II, continuing a tradition that began in 1914. For twenty-two years, every afternoon from April into November, Charlie came to his little white stand, on the NE corner of the park; a shed...
What a pleasure it is to report the successful launch of a joint project involving Iowa History students at Marion High School, your Historical Society and the Friends of Oak Shade Cemetery. Thanks to an enthusiastic interest in Iowa and local history by MHS history teacher, Jonathan Mitchell, the first week-long unit was conducted during the first week of April this year....
Download the Marion Historical Society newsletter for June 2022. (pdf)
The Marion Noon Lions Club enjoyed eating pizza and hearing a presentation by David Brenzel about the Marion Heritage Center’s current exhibit “The Fuel Question” on Thursday, March 24. The Heritage Center loves hosting groups and helping them explore current exhibits.
A primary benefit of membership in our Historical Society is access to our library. From early editions of the “History of Linn County,” to Marvin Oxley’s diaries, and virtually every issue of the Marion Sentinel … the Heritage Center Library is a community treasure. Unique among its features is the collection of select documentation assembled by Pat Klopfenstein on dozens of subjects...
Bill Reed was a 1934 Marion High School graduate who achieved the status of true American Hero fame and died 10 years later. Now, almost 80 years later, representatives of the Marion Historical Society have been asked to present the case for memorializing Flying Tiger Ace Bill Reed by designating and naming the runway area of the Marion Airport as “Lieutenant...
In 1914, members of the Women’s Relief Corps dedicated a statue in City Square Park commemorating the sacrifice and victory of the Union soldier after the American Civil War. The statue was one of thousands produced and erected in cities across America – at least in the North. Given the fact that more than 100 years have passed and the Civil...
Download the Marion Historical Society newsletter for March 2022. (pdf)
We are proud to announce that our Marion Historical Society board president, Jay Kacena, was inducted into the prestigious 9 Who Care Hall of Fame on February 19. KCRG’s Joe Winters and Nicole Agee hosted a dinner and presentation at the Czech and Slovak Museum. Inductees received a medal, a plaque, and $500 to the...
Many people today have fond memories of Cira’s Grocery Store across Seventh Avenue from City Square Park. They talk about the ice cream on a stick made by Mike Cira’s brother-in-law, Charlie Gallo. This unique confection was made of ice cream “wrapped” on a stick and dipped in chocolate which immediately became hard. Jack Larson says the “lollipops” were made for...
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