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Guide to the Falb Family papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1959-2003
Creator: Falb Family
Extent: 3.00 linear inches.
Collection Number: IWA0607
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Primarily newspaper clippings pertaining to girls basketball at Valley High School, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Alternate Extent Statement: Slides in Box 1.

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 638) were donated by Georgana Falb Foster in 1999 and 2003.

Preferred Citation: Falb Family papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason

Four generations of the Falb family have played girls basketball in Iowa. Born in 1903, Myrtle Kerr played basketball in 1922 in Lime Springs, Iowa. Kerr also played baseball at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa from about 1922 to 1924. Later, she coached basketball at Clermont High School from about 1924 to 1927. Myrtle Kerr married George Falb.

Myrtle Kerr Falb's daughter, Karolin Falb, was born in 1932 and played basketball in Elgin, Iowa from 1945 to 1949. In 1952, Karolin Falb married Leo Lehman. They raised four daughters, Karalee, Linda, Lee Ann, and Kristine, who all played basketball for Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa in the 1960s and 1970s. Abbie Larson, daughter of Lee Ann Lehman Larson began playing basketball for Valley High School as a freshman in 1999. The niece of Linda Lehman, Kate Cline, also played for Valley High School. Brooke Whichter, daughter of Kristine Lehman Whichter, played basketball for Janesville High School.

The papers date from 1959 to 2003 and measure 3 linear inches. The papers consist of a sports collage made by Myrtle Kerr Falb around 1970, as well as newspaper clippings of the Valley High School's girls basketball team. Also included are some miscellaneous news articles on various members of the Falb family.
In IWA: Georgana Falb Foster papers.
Daughter of Myrtle Kerr Falb who was active in Camp Fire Girls, both as a camper and a camp counselor in the 1940s and 1950s.

Browse by Series:

  • Box 1:
  • Brooke Whichter basketball materials - 2003
  • Sports collage, circa - 1970
  • Valley High newspaper clippings (folder 1) - 1959-1964
  • Valley High newspaper clippings (folder 2) - 1959-1964
  • Valley High newspaper clippings (folder 3) - 1998-1999
  • Valley High newspaper clippings: Abbie Larson - 1999
  • Valley High newspaper clippings: Kate Cline - 1970-1976
  • Valley High newspaper clippings: Lehman family - 1970-1976
  • 50th Anniversary newsclippings - 2010-2011
  • Valley High newspaper clippings: Miscellaneous - 1959-1999
  • Miscellaneous newspaper clippings - 1997-1999