The Dysart Historical Society hosted an open house on June 24th in observance of Iowa Museum Week. 94-year old Stella Harrington shared her memories of growing up in Dysart.
Harrington reminisced about her childhood living on Estelle Street, the jobs she held, and family life. "I think how wonderful it was to grow up in a place like I did," said Harrington, "My Dad was a carpenter who worked for 60 cents an hour, supporting three children. We never went hungry, we never cheated, but we were self supportive."
After three years of marriage, her husband was drafted into the service during World War II. He was gone for three years, and she wasn't able to see him once during that time. She had to work hard to make ends meet, but expressed her gratefulness numerous times as she told of her memories. "Altogether, I worked 32 years of my life. It's no wonder I'm sitting here! It's been a wonderful life for me," said Harrington.
Stella Harrington, 94, of Dysart, shared her memories of growing up here at an open house presented by the Dysart Historical Society last week.
Homemade kolaches and refreshments were served following Harrington's recount of her memories. The Dysart Historical Museum, country school and Agricultural Museum were open to the public, and are open every Sunday, May-September, from 2-4 p.m.