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 […]

Lepic-Kroeger

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]