Edwin K. “Ed” Barker

Age: 81. The first West High principal (1968-79), local apartment owner, through four decades has substantially impacted local youth and a community of renters. An Indianola native educated at UNI, Iowa State University and Stanford who served in the Army (1951-52), he came to Iowa City in 1968 to head West, where he was popular among […]

Elizabeth Tate

Bettye Tate used to think she got quite a deal. She bought that 12-bedroom house on South Dubuque Street with a $10 downpayment in 1939. In all, it cost $3,300 for the house that became a home to Tate, her husband, Junious, and hundreds of male African-American students during a period when the University of […]

Sparks fly at Liberty Iron Works

Written by Kathy Weiss In his own metallic way, Dale Merrill is populating Iowa with extraordinary wildlife, from giraffes and zebras to moose and bison, while his Mount Vernon showroom is home to exotic species, gigantic dragonflies and huge spiders. No, Dale isn’t a bounty hunter on the Serengeti or a Disney Channel filmmaker. He’s […]


250 12th Ave # 100, Coralville Our second year of the furniture store category sees a new winner: Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design. Dwell features a wide array of furniture from all over the world, and carries a wide collection of lighting as well. Tune in on Jan. 6, 2012, when the store is […]


2346 Mormon Trek Blvd # 2000, Iowa City Our first year of the real estate agency category goes to Lepic-Kroeger Realtors, who boast of being Iowa City’s largest and oldest locally owned real estate company. Founded in 1972, the company was involved in more than $300 million worth of the almost $1 billion in local […]

Stuff, Etc.

2818 Commerce Drive, Coralville, 1027 Hwy 6 East, Iowa City. The best thing about consignment stores is that you can shop and make money all at the same time. At Stuff Etc, consigners simply bring their “stuff” in and staff prices it while they wait. When their item sells, they receive half the proceeds, which […]

Grant Wood

It’s one of the few paintings in the history of art that is instantly recognizable — a father and daughter standing together in front of a white Iowa farmhouse. Iowa artist Grant Wood took pride in the fact that he lived his entire life in one region and showed his affection for the Midwest in […]

Bob (Robert L.) Welsh

Age: 83. Community and seniors activist during four decades, retired First Christian Church pastor (1965-92), played key roles in Iowa City achieving national recognition as an outstanding place to live, particularly for seniors. From “Citizens for a Better Iowa City” support of council-manager government, chair of the city’s first cable-television committee and first housing commission […]

E.F. Lindquist

E.F. Lindquist worked on all aspects of academic testing and educational measurement, and along with Ted McCarrell, founded ACT. He developed procedures for test construction and design, scoring and reporting and interpretation of results. He was a pioneer in translating statistical concepts and terms in a language appropriate to educational research. And he developed a […]