Strictly speaking, Iola was not a town. In 1854 the settlers in the northern part of Clay Township petitioned for
a postoffice, and one was established at the house of Joseph Clark, in section 31, township 76, range 18, with
Mr. Clark as postmaster. To this postoffice was given the name of Iola. Mr. Clark was succeeded in 1856 by David
T. Durham, who held the position until the office was discontinued, the one at Durham taking its place in supplying
mail to that part of the county.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Also see -Towns and villages with links
City of Knoxville
City of Pella
Marion County, IA
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