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By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2015
A.W. Beck Marker
Kansas (Allen County), Iola — A.W. Beck November 10, 1845 - June 18, 1931

A.W. Beck was responsible for the development of the buildings on east Madison from Jefferson to South Avenues (viewed on the other side of this sign). Mr. Beck was an instrumental business leader from 1870 to 1928. He brought many new ideas . . . — Map (db m83701) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Andrews Auto Stores

This building was located at the corner of North Street and Jackson Avenue. It was torn down to accommodate the construction of a new City Hall. Although it says Andrews Auto store, it was said that he had everything, if he could find it. — Map (db m83602) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — 53 — Boyhood Home of General Funston
Frederick Funston, five feet four and slightly built, went from this farm to a life of amazing adventure. Youthful exploring expeditions in this country were followed by two years in the Arctic from which he returned down the Yukon river 1,500 . . . — Map (db m53285) HM
Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Cornstalks at Shannon's

This (circa 1900) photo was taken in front of TB Shannon's business. Note the size of the cornstalks. — Map (db m83609) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Doctor O.L. Garlinghouse (1870 - 1949)

Dr. O.L. Garlinghouse was believed to be ahead of his time in his medical practice. His office was equipped with x-ray and electrotherapy and was located in the building in the photo on the other side of this sign. — Map (db m83549) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — East Jackson Street Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] Notice Iola's 1st horse-drawn ambulances and hearse in front of Culbertson's building. The top floor, as well as the west entrance on the bottom was used for Culbertson's mortuary business, and the east side was an . . . — Map (db m83588) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — East Jackson Street Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] The YMCA was built in this block in 1907. It featured an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, and various sporting amenities. The cost of upkeep led to the building being torn down.

[Bottom photo caption reads] . . . — Map (db m83599) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — East Madison Avenue Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] This picture was taken in the early 50's looking east from the Madison Avenue and South Street intersection. Businesses on the block at that time were Cooksey Drug, JC Penney Co., Hoover Drug, Dr. Philip W. Waugh, . . . — Map (db m83699) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — EP Brigham 05/19/1859 - 08/14/1937

EP Brigham was an entrepreneur in Iola in the late 1800s. He owned various businesses throughout Iola that sold anything from hay, to hardware, to groceries, to china. Brigham started his first business as a fresh butcher where he sold quail . . . — Map (db m83543) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Founders of the Iola Public Library

These women were some of the first ladies of Iola. In the 1800s, they established the first Iola Public Library, located on the second floor of the L.L. Northrup Banking House.

Pictured front row: Mrs. A.W. Beck, Hazel Bowlus (Tom's sister) . . . — Map (db m83612) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Fred Horton 10/31/1864 - 11/15/1940

At the request of L.L. Northrup, Fred Horton came to Iola to drill the oil and gas wells of Allen County. Horton's office was located in the back of what is now the Allen County Historical Museum at the south end of this block. — Map (db m83650) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — General Frederick Funston In Memory Of

This tablet placed by the Frederick Funston Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Humboldt, Kansas 1928 — Map (db m94956) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — George A. Bowlus May 1, 1841 - July 14, 1908

George A. Bowlus started the Bank of Allen County which was the second bank in Iola, located on this block between South Street and Washington Avenue. George was one of several business men who was instrumental in paying for the trolley tracks . . . — Map (db m83672) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Granny Cowden (1814 - 1896)

Granny Cowden was believed to have been the 1st white woman in Kansas. You can visit her grave in the Civil War section at the Iola Cemetery west of town on Highway 54. You can also find out more about her in the Allen County Historical Museum . . . — Map (db m83584) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Intersection of Madison and Washington

[Top photo caption reads] This photo was taken in 1910 when the Ringling Bros. Circus performers and animals paraded around town. At that time, the circus drew a huge crowd.

[Bottom photo caption reads] This is the intersection of . . . — Map (db m83665) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Iola Colborn 1/13/1832 - 1/25/1911

Iola Colborn was the wife of Josiah Colborn, one of the founders of Iola. During a town meeting, a nomination was made to name the town after her. Mr. and Mrs. Colborn owned land from the town square to the river. Iola gave birth to the first . . . — Map (db m83517) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Iola Kiosk

This 1907 picture of the old Iola Kiosk, located on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn, displayed weather data for many years and was also used as a town bulletin board. The structure contained about 3,300 pounds of cast iron and about . . . — Map (db m83716) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Iola Police Department

The Iola Kansas Police Department formed in 1880. These are photos of officers from the early 1900s. — Map (db m83603) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Iola State Bank and Madison Avenue

[Top photo caption reads] Looking west on Madison Avenue, you can see the street trolley cars and the horse and buggies. The architecture of the buildings remains the same 110 years later.

[Bottom photo caption reads] The Iola State . . . — Map (db m83519) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — John Walter Scott 8/29/1823 - 1/1/1899

1859 was a monumental year for John Walter Scott. He was elected president of the 1st Iola Town Company, was a county commissioner, and was a member of the legislature. Each of the 60 plus town company members had to make a substantial . . . — Map (db m83554) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Josiah Colborn 02/07/1829 - 06/16/1904

Josiah Colborn was one of the founding fathers and first businessmen of Iola. He was the husband of Iola Colborn, Iola's namesake. — Map (db m83596) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — L.L. Northrup (1819 - 1896)

L.L. Northrup owned the first Iola bank and a huge lumber company. These businesses encompassed almost the entire block. He was instrumental in getting the railroads and financing the growth of Iola. — Map (db m83608) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Madison Avenue and the Allen County Courthouse

[Top photo caption reads] This picture was taken standing in the intersection of South Street & Madison Avenue, looking west. Notice all the different forms of transportation represented in the picture: walking, bicycle, cars, tracks from . . . — Map (db m83681) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Major General Frederick Funston September 11, 1865 - February 19, 1917

Frederick Funston was born in Ohio and moved to Kansas with his parents in the spring of 1868 at the age of 2. Nicknamed "Fearless Freddy," he was of slight build - be sure to check out the life size statue in front of the Funston Home and . . . — Map (db m83656) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — McCook Post No. 51 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial
This memorial in memory of Union soldiers who fell in battle was dedicated on May 31, 1909, and maintained by McCook Post No. 51, G.A.R. In 1998 the statue was refurbished and a new pedestal was erected. On June 2, 2001 this Monument . . . — Map (db m34600) HM
Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Nimrod Hankins March 1, 1831 - Feb 22, 1905

Nimrod Hankins came to Cofachique, Allen County's first settlement and county seat, in 1855 when KS was still a territory. Enlisted into Company E the 9th KS Calvary [sic - Cavalry] when the Civil War broke out and rose to the rank of 1st . . . — Map (db m83657) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — North Jefferson Avenue Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] This building was owned by Dr. O.L. Garlinghouse who had a medical practice on the second floor. Notice the awnings are on the side of the building facing the afternoon sun. Air conditioning was non-existent at this . . . — Map (db m83548) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — North Jefferson Avenue Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] These buildings were developed after 1910. During this period, there were a number of meat markets throughout Iola. With the lack of refrigeration, people had to buy fresh meat daily.

[Bottom photo caption reads] . . . — Map (db m83551) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Northrup Bank

[Top photo caption reads] On the corner is Northrup's second bank building, which replaced Northrup's Lumber Yard that encompassed most of the block. Fire destroyed the bank in January of 1949.

[Bottom photo caption reads] On the east . . . — Map (db m83606) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Northrup Bank and North Washington Street Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] Pictured here is Iola's 1st bank: L.L. Northrup Banking House. It was one of the 1st buildings on the square. The second story housed the 1st Iola Library.

[Bottom photo caption reads] An early 1900s view of . . . — Map (db m83617) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — South Jefferson Avenue Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] East Side Cafe became Harts Lunch by the 1940s and was a local teenage hangout. Both restaurants were a favorite for homemade hamburgers and pies.

[Bottom photo caption reads] Originally, this building had a . . . — Map (db m83545) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — South Jefferson Avenue Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] This photo was taken looking north on Jefferson Avenue. The building on the corner was the 2nd building for the Allen County Courthouse in Iola. Notice the brick streets. Iola housed numerous brick plants during this . . . — Map (db m83715) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — South Washington Street Businesses

[Top photo caption reads] This view is looking north on Washington Avenue from Madison Avenue. These buildings are made of stone and wood, as many buildings were prior to the many brick plants of Iola. Notice the wood plank sidewalks. This . . . — Map (db m83648) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — T. B. Shannon General Merchandise

[Top photo caption reads] T.B. Shannon is pictured on the left. He was a very innovative businessman of the times. His first business was a hardware store, which sold merchandise of all kinds. Through the years, his inventory included . . . — Map (db m83610) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Town of Iola
When the town of Iola was organized in January, 1859 Josiah E. Colborn was one of the founders who named the town after Mrs. Colburn whose given name was Iola She and her husband rest here This tablet is . . . — Map (db m34607) HM
Kansas (Allen County), Iola — Views of Madison Avenue

[Top photo caption reads] This photo was taken in the 1800s of the 2 block area on the south side of the square before the first courthouse was constructed in the center.

[Bottom photo caption reads] 1900 photo is taken of a . . . — Map (db m83651) HM

Kansas (Allen County), Iola — World Wars Memorial
1917 - 1918 The American Legion In memory of those whose final resting place is known to God alone U.S. Army James E. Cook 1944 Rex L. Johnson 1944 A. W. Redding Jr. 1943 Joseph H. Wood 1942 U.S. Navy Howard N. Belvoir . . . — Map (db m72039) WM

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