Iowa Women's Archives
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa



PAPERS, 1972-1991
0.5 linear inches


Iowa Women's Archives
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Collection Overview

The papers (donor no.757 ) were donated by Joe Girard in 2001.
The papers are open open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
Processed by:
Margaret Richardson and Lisa Mott, 2004. [ GirardMadge.doc]


Madge Lula Clark was born on July 25, 1904 in Granger, Iowa to Edward Clark and Dora Hotchkiss Clark. Clark had two brothers, Harry and Avery, and a sister, Clara. In 1909 the Clark family moved to Lemmon, South Dakota. Clark was educated in country schools, graduating from Lemmon High School in 1923. In 1925, Clark married Hamilton Eugene Girard in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The couple had two children, a son, Joe, and a daughter, Beverly. The Girards moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1939. In 1943 the family moved to Rolfe, Iowa where the Girards operated a Super Valu grocery store for many years. Hamilton Girard died in 1951. Madge Girard continued to make her home in Rolfe until 1997, when she moved to Humboldt, Iowa. Girard died on September 28, 2000.

Scope and Content Note

The Madge Clark Girard papers date from 1972 to 1991 and measure 0.5 linear inches. The papers consist of a copy of a memoir Girard wrote between 1972 and 1984, with an additional passage written in 1991. [The original memoir is housed in Iowa State University Special Collections Department] The memoir tells of Girard’s childhood and early life homesteading in South Dakota. Her memories include reminiscences of the country schools she attended, church services, social gatherings, and Christmas programs. The memoir also includes information on both the Clark and Girard family histories. In addition to Girard’s memoir, there is a brief synopsis of the work composed by Margaret Richardson, Iowa Women’s Archives volunteer.


Girard, Madge Clark (1 folder)

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Last updated June 4, 2004.