“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.


“Woman Mayor Refuses to Sign Big Contract Before Investigating” The headline in Albia’s Daily Times newspaper must have caught the attention of readers in 1922. A woman mayor? And one who was hesitant to spend thousands of dollars in taxpayers’ money? A curiosity, for sure. The woman was Emma...
Several Lake Mills Girl Scouts attended Girl Scout Day at the Capitol, March 28, to see how state legislation works. They had different fun activities to do, pictures with the governor, meeting state representatives, tours of the buildings and more. Pictured above (L-R): Shae Peterson, Bella Jensen...
Most of society would agree that telling the truth is part of our moral responsibility to each other, especially to our parents or spouse.  However, if you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, sometimes telling the truth can do more harm than good. Painful...
Botocudo Men in Brazil
Explorer Travels Deep Into the Brazilian Jungle “An eerie feeling came over me. Suddenly a piercing scream of a dying animal was heard. What it was we did not learn,” Elizabeth Steen, a Knoxville native, told a Des Moines Register Magazine writer in September 1927. Steen was recounting her...
Mama Said Her Bread Was Good “Lois is such a little girl that she had to get on her knees on the stool in the cooking laboratory in order to knead her bread,” an official from the college in Ames said. The spokesperson was describing how Lois Edmonds, an 11-year-old girl from Page County, became...
The Lake Mills Fire Dept. recently received a $1,000 donation from Albert Lea Public Warehouse. Pictured above: Retired firefighter, Bob Storby, accepts the funds from Al Larson.
Vienna, Austria 1916.
Friends in High Places Free Iowa Doctor From Austrian Prison To people in Muscatine, Iowa, in 1916 Dr. D. Powell Johnson was a hometown boy they were proud to claim. He had grown up there, and his mom still lived in Muscatine. A graduate of the University of Iowa in the class of 1888, Johnson had...


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