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Some 1940's Woodland Dairy Employees
From a Ames Historical Society Picture: Betty Arneson `40, Dorothy Johnson Shepard, Luella Britson, and Marian Ullestad pose for the camera in front of Woodland Dairy office that stood on Lincoln Way across the street north of the Highway Commission building in Ames. Betty was in the Milford Class of 1940 and obtained a job with the Woodland Dairy shortly after graduation. This view, which was apparently taken just before the girls were fully posed, shows the clothing styles, hair styles (which may have somewhat been influenced by the place of employment), and the architecture style of the modern building. However, modern or not, this building has been replaced with others.

Betty, Mrs Donald Hanson, wrote a book Tidbits, but not Pineapple as advice to pass on to her grandchildren, is pictured in a 2008 Roland Library get-together talking to folks about her book. A number of Story County writers, five from Milford, including Kathy Roberts with her book, Soul Support, were showcased.

Studying the Situation
In the springtime of 1949, Merrill Anderson `49, comfortably poses atop one of Milford's busses while on skip day in Des Moines. It might be that he's helping the driver back the bus up by observing the traffic to avoid further damage to already dented Emergency door. The driver would be quick to point out- that's good driving- the window's not broken. See pages 176, 179.
Resting on the Southwest Lawn
In the spring of 1946, as the schoolyear was drawing to a close, the lawn to the southwest of the School became the site of this gathering of Ila Bailey, Barbara Hansen, and Margaret Matters. They are three of the six girls in that graduating class. Ila was the class President and Barbara was the Sec Treas. They must have been so efficient that no others are listed as holding a class office. Photo from the Ila Bailey Nerness collection.

Miss Matters is wearing her "M" club sweater with six chevrons. Girl's basketball had just begun a year earlier at Milford so there's a little speculation as to how she earned the other four chevrons. Fellows from the time report that they thought the girls received a chevron for cheerleading and so it may be that Miss Matters was a four year cheerleader besides her two seasons of playing basketball.

By the fifties, this policy had changed. A separate "M" was issued with a small megaphone on it.

Marvin Smith II

The Marvin Smith II family lived 2 miles east of Milford School on the NW corner of that intersection. He was a veteran of WWII in the Pacific theater who was a B-24 pilot. He flew 20 missions, participated in six campaigns and has two Air Medals.

He met his wife, Dolores, while in the Army Air Force at Hammer Air Field in California and in 1945 were married in Fresno, California. Hammer Air Field is now the Fresno Municipal Airport. During the mid fifties he farmed in Story County with his Dad and his brother-in-law Ray Lounsberry. He worked in the farm auction business during the winters. His Dad, Marvin Smith, once served as a Story County Supervisor. He and Dolores were the parents of Marvin III'65, Merrie Lyn'67, Ted'70 and Jennifer'73. Marvin III became a third generation farmer in Milford Twp. See pages 70 and 238.

Marvin Smith Jr. died of a heart attack while on a Farm Tour in Peru in 1974.

Tuesday 20 Feb 1872- Supervisors Meet

At the Tuesday Meeting of the Story County Board of Supervisors the Story County Poor Farm was rented to Mr Samuel Christian of Howard Township for a rent of $450 for the year.

Edit: That was for about 300 Acres of ground. Cash rents for good ground in 2009 are in the area of $200 an acre with some higher.

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