Wilfreda Hieronymous

In the 1970s, downtown Iowa City was on the downturn without much hope of improvement. Developer Wilfreda Hieronymus helped change that, leading a charge to revitalize the downtown by building Old Capitol Town Center, Plaza Centre One and the Capitol House Apartments for low-income seniors. “I was raised with the idea that you had to […]

Teresa Smith

AGE: 44. JOB: Kindergarten teacher. DID YOU KNOW? Smith took violin lessons from first through eighth grade. Teresa Smith is second in seniority among the staff at Lucas Elementary School only to Alfreda Dixon, who will retire at the end of the year. Smith taught first grade for 16 years and this year was moved to kindergarten because […]

Dottie Klein Ray

Present day radio interviewer more than 50 years, “driven by curiosity,” provides a regular forum for community issues and activities. Her personal involvement touches many aspects of local life, including service as the first chairwoman of United Way. The Eagle Grove native became the first female Daily Iowan editor while earning a UI degree in […]

Gretchen Harshbarger

1906-1989. Nationally recognized professional landscape architect, author and photographer, leader in founding Project GREEN, moved to Iowa City with husband, Clay, when he became UI faculty after their 1928 marriage, the same year she completed a landscape architecture degree at Cornell in Ithaca. A native of Shenandoah, her mother was a member of the Henry Field […]

Jean Lloyd-Jones

Age: 80. State legislator (House 1979-88, Senate 1989-94), a product of and leader in local liberal Democratic causes virtually from her arrival on the Iowa City scene in 1951. A Washington, D.C., native who was raised in New Mexico and educated at Northwestern (B.S., English, 1951) and UI (M.A., history, 1971), she headed the Iowa City […]

Emma Harvat

Emma Harvat once said that many of the men who were ordered before her thought they could get off easy because she was a woman. She proved them wrong. “A man who visited the jail told me that several prisoners declared they didn’t want to come before me again,” Harvat said in a newspaper clipping […]

Rebuilding history

Written by Kathy Weiss Photos by Reggie Morrow If you Google the “barn guy on Sugar Bottom Road,” your search will invariably lead to Dick Schwab’s barns. Barn building has become an obsession for the 56-year-old retired executive and community philanthropist whose unique round structures dot the 92 acres of land he owns near Solon […]