Iola Historical Society Offers Veterans Free Pig Roast on Memorial Day

The Iola Historical Society, in conjunction with the Sheveland-Taylor American Legion Post 14, is hosting its 3rd Annual Memorial Day Pig Roast immediately following the annual Iola Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30.

The Memorial Day Parade starts at 11:00 from the Iola-Scandinavia High School parking lot and proceeds to Veterans Park, which continues to be upgraded.  A Memorial Day service will then take place at the park, which is on North Main Street.


After the service, the parade will proceed and end at the Iola Historical Society’s historic village on Depot Street, with the dinner being held at the society’s Machine Shed at 222 Depot Street.


The pig roast starts at noon and runs until 3:00 p.m. All veterans are offered a free dinner in honor of their service. Legion members will be noting the branch and years of service for each veteran attending. The donation for dinner for spouses and the general public is just $10, $5 for children 12 and under. The dinner includes all the trimmings, coffee, and dessert. Sodas and bottled water will also be available for purchase from Iola’s Boy Scout Troop 631.


The Machine Shed is one of seven buildings at the Iola Historical Society’s historic village that will be open for touring during the event. The others are the original Iola & Northern Railway depot; the original Helvetia Town Hall; a replica one-room schoolhouse; a vintage 1930s-era log hunting cabin; a replica fire station containing some of Iola’s early original firefighting vehicles; and the main museum/office. A vintage caboose is also on the grounds, but that is currently being restored and is not available for tour.


The museum includes a display featuring Iola World War II veteran Lee Nelson, who flew 31 bombing missions in a B-17 "flying Fortress" over Germany and Germany occupied France.

Docents will be on hand to answer any questions. The historical society is open throughout the summer on Saturday afternoons from noon until 3:00 p.m. starting May 30 through August 27, 2016.


For more information on the Iola Historical Society, go to www.iolahistoricalsociety.org.

Veteran's Memorial Expansion

Veterans Names Being Added in Memoriam to

Monument at Veterans Memorial Park in Iola

The American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14 will be adding veteran’s names to the large granite Memoriam Monuments at the Veterans Memorial Park in Iola.  The monuments honor all those from the Iola and Scandinavia area who have served in the military with their name being engraved in memoriam after they pass away. 

Currently there are over seven hundred deceased veteran’s names on the monument.  The American Legion has researched and found over five hundred additional names which will be added to the monument once the funds have been raised.  The names include veterans dating back to the Civil War through today.  Due to the large number of names being added, two additional granite monuments measuring 84” tall by 52” wide by 8” thick will need to be purchased and added to the existing four granite monuments that create the memorial.

The American Legion wants to make sure all eligible veterans names are placed on the monument and needs your help to make this project successful.  If you know of family members or other relatives, friends or any veterans that have been residents of the Iola or Scandinavia area over the years who have served in the Armed Forces they are eligible to have their names inscribed on the monument.  Those eligible may have been raised in the area or attended school in Iola or Scandinavia and moved away or may have moved to the area later in life.

Please submit their names along with the branch of service they served in, when they served, when they passed away and where they are buried to The American Legion at the address below along with your name and phone number.  They need not be buried locally to be eligible.

A list of the names that are currently on the existing monuments and the names of those being added to the monument can be viewed in the front window of 175 North Main Street in Iola, the Iola Public Library, and the Scandinavia Public Library.  A list may also be viewed on this website under "Explore".

Five new flag poles will be added to display the flags of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard which will be on display twenty four hours a day to honor those that have served or are currently serving in one of these branches of service.  Sponsorship of one of the new flag poles is $1,500 which includes the cost of the flag pole, concrete work to anchor flag pole, lighting and choice of flag from one of the branches of service.  A plaque will show the veteran being honored and/or unit and the sponsors name if so wished.  Sponsors of the flag poles will need to call Lyle Mork at 715-347-1328 to make sure that particular flag pole has not already been sponsored.

The total cost of the project including the two large granite monuments, the engraving of the names, flag poles, additional lighting and concrete work, is estimated to be $26,000 to $30,000 depending on how many additional names could be added to the current list.

If you would like to contribute to this important project please make your check payable to The American Legion and mail it to The American Legion, c/o Lyle Mork, 295 Blaine Street, Iola, WI 54945.  A letter of receipt will be mailed back to all donors and your donation will be tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent allowable by law.