Iola’s namesake honored with wreath

Mayor Bill Maness recalled taking pennies, nickels and dimes to his elementary school class in the early 1960s to help raise money for a memorial to Iola Colborn.
“We were limited to no more than 10 cents a day,” he said.
The school children’s donations raised enough money to build a stone marker, erected in 1964, bearing a bronze tablet telling how the city was named after Iola Colborn, whose grave is directly in front of the memorial.
Phyllis Warren and Irene Smith, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, laid a wreath at the monument Monday morning as part of Iola’s Memorial Day and sesquicentennial observations.
Becky Nilges, Sesquicentennial Committee chairman, noted Iola Colborn was born in West Virginia Sept. 12, 1832 and arrived in Allen County with her husband, Josiah Colborn, in October of 1857.
The Colborns settled on land that two years later became the heart of the Iola townsite.
Several names were mentioned for the fledgling community before the townspeople settled on Iola, in honor of Mrs. Colborn.
She moved to Wallace, Idaho, in 1904 to be near her children and died Jan. 25, 1911, at Spokane, Wash.