Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover

Remembering Stellar Iowans: Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover - Article by Timothy Walch remembers two famous Iowans, namely, Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover.

From the site:

For many of us, 1999 will be little more than a countdown to the end of the 20th century and a running start to the new millennium. We will plan and fret about the future, among other things. Some of us will pray, others will party, and still others will wrestle with the dreaded "Y2K problem" over the next 12 months.

But this year also will be a special one in Iowa for a completely different reason. In one of his last official proclamations, Gov. Terry Branstad declared 1999 to be "The Year of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover" here in Iowa. During the year, we will commemorate special anniversaries of many of the important passages in the lives of these two remarkable people.

Foremost, we will celebrate the births of both Hoovers -- Mr. Hoover in West Branch and Mrs. Hoover in Waterloo -- 125 years ago this year. Unknown to each other as children, they migrated west -- he to Oregon, she to California -- in the 1880s. Sadly, like so many children born in Iowa, neither Hoover came back to live in the Hawkeye State.

The Hoovers first met, almost by chance, in a classroom at Stanford University. Like many of us, they eventually fell in love and married. But theirs was a special union. In fact, I believe their marriage was one of the great partnerships of American history.

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