60 years ago
january 1, 1953
William H. Carpenter, 89, one of the state’s most successful criminal trial lawyers, and a resident of Marion for over 60 years, died in a Newton hospital Dec. 24 following an operation and illness of several weeks.
The MHS class of 1952 held its first alumni meeting Dec. 27 in the high school gym. Officers chosen for the year were Gordon Wingerd, president; John Newcomer, vice president; and Mary Ann Skibbe secretary-treasurer.
Walter Allen, rural mail carrier on Route 4, will retire Jan. 1 after 39 years with the post office in Marion. Taking his rural route place will be Fred Hayen who has been a Marion city carrier for 30 years. Silas Weidenbener, who has been a substitute clerk-carrier, will go to the city carrier job vacated by Hayen. Taking Weidenbener’s place will be Glenn Conyers, a new appointee in the postal service.
Those present at the annual dance of the Sub Deb group Christmas evening were Shirley Tiemeier, Diana Herbert of Stafford, Ginger Price, Marilyn Reh, Karen Brodhead, Vera Remmers, Glenda Razor, Genny Krch, Nancy Allen, Nancy Burkholder, Maurice Hollar, Leslie Powell Jr., Don Ecker, Gordon Wingerd, J.B. Miesse, John Wooldridge, Joe Sklenar, Jerry Brose, Dwight Fruechting and Jerry Tuell.