Early colony’s days were numbered


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January 31, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Diane Eickhoff speaks Tuesday in Iola about an early vegetarian colony in Allen County.

When idealism clashed with pragmatism, Octagon City, meant to be a refuge for vegetarians south of Humboldt, failed to take root.

The husband-and-wife writing team of Aaron Barnhart and Diane Eickhoff gave that take Tuesday evening at Iola Public Library. 

The duo are in the process of writing a chronicle of the vegetarian colony’s brief existence and the life of Henry Clubb, the idealist who meant to create the meatless utopia in Kansas. “We’re trying to tell the story in a fresh way,” said Eickhoff, author of more than 20 books. 

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