IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

DOROTHY SPROUT PLACE (1921- )

NORTHN

MEMOIR, 1993

1 linear inch

 

ACQUISITION:

The» memoir (donor no. 547) was donated» by Dorothy Place in 1998.

ACCESS:

The memoir is open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PROCESSED BY:

Doris Malkmus, 1999.  [WORD 7 PlaceDorothy.doc]


 

»Biography

            Dorothy Sprout was born on July 8, 1921, to LeRoy and Edith Sprout near Emmetsburg in northwestern Iowa.  She grew up on farms and graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1938.  While in high school, she took a teacher certification course and taught rural school.  When World War II began and her classmate and future husband, Harlan Place, left for officer training, she visited him at the Air Force bases where he was stationed.  They were married July 19, 1944 in Emmetsburg.  After their marriage, Dorothy Sprout Place moved near the bases where Harlan was stationed, returning to Emmetsburg, where the first of her five children was born.  After the war, the parents of Harlan Place retired to Emmetsburg and Harland and Dorothy Place moved onto the Harlan family farm which they farmed for thirty-five years.

            Dorothy and Harlan Place were busy in the family farming enterprise.  Dorothy Place was active in the Freedom Township Women’s Club, which her mother-in-law helped to organize.  She and Harlan Place retired to Emmetsburg.  

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            The Dorothy Place collection consists of one item, a fifty-nine page reminiscence entitled “The War Years, 1938-1945 -- The Story of How World War II Shaped My Life.”  Written in 1993 from diaries kept after her graduation from high school and until she and Harlan settled on his family farm after the war, the reminiscence provides a personal narrative of a farm woman’s experiences of courtship, work, travel, marriage, and young motherhood during World War II.  It gives an insider’s account of the daily life of a young wife living near military bases during the war and of the enduring friendships that developed between the families of servicemen.

 

Related CollectionsBegin text here:

 

Edith Sprout memoir

            Edith Sprout was the mother of Dorothy Sprout Place

 

Freedom Township Women’s Club (Palo Alto County)

            Dorothy Place was a member of this club from 1945 to 1998.

 

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