Monday, January 16th, 2012 | Iowa History Journal
Carol Morris put her hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa, on the international stage in the summer of 1956 when the twenty-year-old student at Drake was crowned Miss Universe. Earlier she has won the right to compete in the world’s most famous beauty contest by winning the Miss Iowa and Miss USA competitions. After a brief career in show business, Carol married and settled in to a Texas lifestyle and more or less disappeared from the scene. Michael Swanger caught up with her recently and in an exclusive interview she recalls those magic days of long ago.
Readers will also be treated to feature stories on Humboldt’s Harry Reasoner who gained considerable fame for his roles as a television news anchor; the amazing story of an Iowa bred horse named Alix, the most famous race horse in America in the 1880s, and the story of a United States Senator who helped save President Andrew Johnson from being removed from office.
Also included in this issue:
- In basketball and in life, Iowa basketball star and coach, Sharm Scheuerman was a real hero
- How the city of Clear Lake got its name and the many famous people who have played a part in its history
- Viking Pump of Cedar Falls has just celebrated 100 years of incredible success and now has its own museum
- A book review of the devastating flood that ravaged much of eastern Iowa in 2008
- The Iowa History Quiz
- Columns by our regulars – Arvid Huisman, John McNeer and Mike Chapman
…and much more!
3 – Publisher’s Perspective: 1956 was memorable for Many Iowans by Mike Chapman
4 – Ottumwa is home of Iowa’s top Beauty Queen by Michael Swanger
8 – The Iowa Senator who Saved the presidency of Andrew Johnson by Jerry Harrington
11- Iowa Country Roads: Not all Iowans Speak the Same by Arvid Huisman
12 – Iowa-Bred Alix Put Iowa on Racing Map by Roy Marshall
16 – In Basketball and in Life, Sharm Led the Way by Don Doxsie
19 – A Century of Excellence at Viking Pump by Pete Hussmann
23 – The Way We Were: Going to a Movie Theater was a Very Special Event by John McNeer
25 – Humboldt’s Humble Harry Reasoner Loved his Hometown by Phil Monson
27 – What’s In a Name: Clear Lake: From Boone to Holly, now a Water Wonderland by John Skipper
29 – Book Review: A week in June: When the Floods Hit our State by Jessica Lowe
31 – Iowa History Quiz
36 – Letters to the Editor
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