Early Twentieth Century “College Girl Prospectors” Explore Near Arctic Circle

“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. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people. Her work has been recognized by International Literacy Association, American Library Association, National Council for Social Studies, and FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Visit her website at: www.cherylmullenbachink.com

The Webster City native and former Des Moines Register reporter planned to travel with a college friend to fulfill their dreams of prospecting for precious minerals in Lake Athapapuskow in Manitoba.

Women Candidates Give A Close Race In Iowa’s 1922 Elections

“Booze was not the issue at all, it was woman suffrage,” JR Kane, newly elected mayor of Charlotte, Iowa, claimed in explaining his win in a city election in 1922. Women had won the vote through the 19th amendment to the Constitution.

Iowa Woman Reports On The “Real Life” Of Post-World War I Europe

“We start out sometimes and find a body but not a trace for identification. But we just won’t give up. We know some mother back home will be glad we stuck to the job.”

Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people. Her work has been recognized by International Literacy Association, American Library Association, National Council for Social Studies, and FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

Klondike Gold Rush Beckoned Iowa Men

“This letter may be pretty hard to read by the time you get it. Our ink has long since frozen up and bursted,” Henry Lamprecht wrote to his friend, Hub Phillips, back in Eldora, Iowa, in March 1897. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people. Her work has been recognized by International Literacy Association, American Library Association, National Council for Social Studies, and FDR Presidential Library and Museum.