It’s unlikely most Iowans recognized the name August Escoffier, the French chef famous for creating the delectable dessert called peach melba.
“I have never had a sheet of paper mussed, a chair put out of place or lost the slightest object,” said Tama, Iowa, native Helen Jackson as she spoke about the women she oversaw at a munitions factory near Bourges, France, in 1918.
“In my opinion, there is no business in the world so large or so complicated that Miss Millar could not handle it with intelligence and success.
“It’s no place for a young lady,” Agnes Powers’ friends advised her when she announced she was preparing to leave for the northern most regions of Canada in 1929.
BY BONNIE KAY BALDWIN LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC
BY BONNIE KAY BALDWIN LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC

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How did a small town Iowa woman earn the title “African Sheep Queen” in the early 1900s? By becoming owner of a 6,000-acre sheep ranch in Norvalspont, South Africa. Elizabeth Faint, a Kesley, Iowa, native, was taking a break from her teaching job in North Dakota by touring with a group in Europe...
“a little, short, plump, cute, snuppy-uppy puppy who was white and soft and just the size to cuddle…” What toddler could resist a story about this adorable little pup, who went by the name Pinky Pup? In 1928 Pinky Pup and the Empty Elephant was a popular children’s book by Mason City native Dixie...
The Honsey family gathered for a wedding this past weekend and found the time to pose for a five-generation photo. Seated in front: Great-great-grandmother, Berdine Honsey. Standing in back: father, Tell Heesch, holding baby Turner Heesch; great-grandfather, Curtis Honsey; and grandmother, Andrea...
“Iowa Girl to Take Dictation from Polar Explorer, 3,200 Miles Away,” the Waterloo Courier newspaper headline must have caught the attention of readers, who were hungry for distractions from the typical dreary news stories of the day. Deep in the midst of the Great Depression the adventures of a...
There are four performances left of “Pirates of Penzance” which is being held at Forest City High School—7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 26, 27, and 28, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 29. The “Pirates of Penzance” is often credited as the start of modern musical theatre. Written in...
A week-long July Jubilee day camp was held last week at Salem Lutheran Church, sponsored by participating LMAMA (Lake Mills Area Ministerial Association) churches and led by EWALU Camp and Retreat Center staff, Strawberry Point. Three counselors from the camp led the morning activities of camp...
​“Vote Dry October 15th” Those words would appear on the underside of the wings of an airplane scheduled to fly across the state in 1917. The plane’s tail would be painted in red, white and blue stripes. ​The Iowa General Assembly had set October 15 as the day voters would vote to ratify a state...
BY CONRAD BASCOM LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC Puckerbrush Days has been a Forest City institution since before it was even dubbed Puckerbrush Days in 1986. Prior to the name change, the street fair was known as Frontier Days—and the festivities commenced a little closer to the summer solstice in June. Of...
Early in 1948 the Iowa Aeronautics Commission released a survey of aviation in the state. Conducted by a team of professors in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Iowa, the survey revealed there were about 1,000 planes used for private and business purposes in the state and...
The annual 5K Run/Walk was held early Saturday morning, July 14, with over 90 participants. Results were as follows: Overall Winner–Carson Rygh with a time of 20:18 (#92) Female (12 and Under)— Kenzie Childers (#4) Female (13-17)— Hannah Lamphere (#53) Female (18-24)—Paige Kvale (#80)...

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