Iowa History Journal Volume 5, Issue 4, Now Available

Monday, July 1st, 2013 | Iowa History Journal

In the aftermath of World War II, George Stout of Winterset, Iowa, played a crucial role in America’s effort to save war treasurers from Nazi Germany. Stout’s story is told in a book called Monuments Men, and now that same story is being made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney in the role of Stout. In this issue, writer Michael Swanger tells the story that has captured the imagination of movie producers and military men alike.

In the summer of 1881, a farm girl by the name of Kate Shelley displayed amazing courage as she darted out into a fierce storm to try and save a train from possible disaster on a high bridge near Boone. Carrying a partially damaged lantern, the 15-year old crawled out onto the bridge and was successful in her heroic attempts to avert tragedy. Jeff Stein, one of the state’s foremost historians, tells the story of Kate Shelley and her irrepressible courage.

It’s hard to imagine a person working for the same company for almost seven decades – but that is the true story of Jim Zabel, perhaps the best known radio figure in Iowa history. Zabel died on May 23, 2013, at the age of 91 and left behind a legacy that will perhaps never be matched. IHJ publisher Mike Chapman offers a memorable tribute to the man who loved Iowa until the very end.

Contents
3 – Zabel was Iowa’s biggest cheerleader by Mike Chapman
4 – Winterset native helped save treasures after World War II by Michael Swanger
9 – Incredible courage of teenage girl still burns bright by Jeff Stein
13 – Country Roads: Independence Day down on the farm by Arvid Huisman
14 – What’s In A Name: Tractors played very big role in Charles City by John Skipper
17 – Iowa boxer was a “Great White Hope” by Pete Ehrmann
21 – Book reviews: Plowden’s photos capture the Iowa mystique by Jeff Stein
23 – The Way We Were: Church dinner unites this village for decades by John McNeer
24 – This Davenport auto dealership still riding high by Don Doxie
28 – Zabel’s voice thundered across Iowa many years by Mike Chapman
32 – History is alive and well when the Iowa State Fair blooms
33 – Iowa History Quiz
36 – Letters to the Editor

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