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Iola Register

Address: 302 S. Washington Ave
Iola, KS 66749
Telephone Number: 620-365-2111
Second Telephone Number: 620-365-5861


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4th Generation Owner

Motto: A daily history of Allen County since 1897.

Charles F. Scott became publisher of the Register in 1882 at the age of 22, just a year after he graduated from the University of Kansas. His partners in the weekly newspaper were his brother, Angelo, and E.E. Rohrer. He bought their shares over the next three years.

After experimenting with a newspaper in Lawrence and as the Washington, D.C. correspondent of the Topeka Capital-Commonwealth, Scott returned to Iola to stay until his death in 1938.

Angelo C. Scott succeeded his father as editor and publisher in 1938. He had been working at the newspaper since his graduation from KU in 1921, serving, in turn, as reporter, columnist and business manager. His weak heart limited his physical activities as he grew older but he rarely missed a day at the Register until he sold it to his nephew, Emerson E. Lynn, jr., in the fall of 1965. He died May 30, 1968 of heart failure at the age of 68.
Emerson Lynn, Jr. grew up working as a Register carrier. His father was city editor and his mother later became wire editor. While he and his family spent four years away from Iola while his father recuperated from pneumonia and tried to earn a living in California during the Great Depression, Iola was always home. He graduated from Iola High School in 1942.
 In 2001, Emerson and Mickey were overjoyed to discover that their daughter, Susan, would buy the Register from them and allow Emerson to continue writing editorials from an upstairs office if he would agree not to meddle. Both kept their promises. 
When Susan Lynn signed on the dotted the line, she become the fourth generation at the Register’s helm. 
Emerson Lynn Jr., who became one of Kansas’ best-known editorial writers as the longtime publisher of The Iola Register, died in 2013 after a career in journalism spanning more than 60 years. He was 88.
Susan continues to keep the Iola Register a daily newspaper despite the tough economy Kansas has experienced the last few years.
In 2018, Susan's son, Timothy Stauffer and his wife and young daughter moved back to Iola and as a 5th generation family member, Tim is now working at this historical newspaper, just as his ancestors before him.  Iola is thrilled and very lucky to have a newspaper filled with such rich family history!
The Iola Register is published Monday through Thursday and the Weekender is delivered on Saturday mornings.  The Register also operates Iola Register Printing which is open (as is the newspaper business office) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

contact info
Donna Houser
205 E. Madison Ave
Iola, KS 66749
Phone: 620.228.0439
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