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Guide to the Caroline Ingels papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1937-1999
Creator: Ingels, Caroline (1914-)
Extent: 1.00 linear inch.
Collection Number: IWA0716
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Farm woman and volunteer from Fayette County, Iowa.

Arrangement: One folder, shelved in SCVF.

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. 619) were donated by Caroline Ingels in 1999.

Preferred Citation: Caroline Ingels 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

Caroline Wallace was born near Williamsburg, Iowa, in 1914. Her mother, Mrs. Lois Howes Wallace, had been orphaned while young and raised by an aunt in Illinois. While in Illinois, Lois Wallace attended Illinois University for two years. On her return to Iowa County, Iowa, she taught for two years before marrying and held leadership positions in volunteer organizations.

Caroline Wallace was the oldest of eight children but because of the Depression, she was the only daughter that went to college, graduating from Iowa State University in 1935. After graduation, she married a fellow graduate, John Ingels, and accompanied him to various counties in Iowa where he worked as an extension agent. They chose to return to farming, settling in Fayette County, where they raised three children. Caroline Ingels was an active volunteer, beginning as a 4-H leader before her children were born, and continuing throughout her life. She held leadership positions in many organizations, most notably serving as the first woman moderator of the Northeast Iowa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church and as a state and national president of the Master Farm Homemaker's Guild.

The Caroline Ingels papers consist of a year by year account of Ingels' volunteer activities, a biographical sketch of her husband and children, a 1985 photograph of Caroline Ingels, and several newspaper articles about her. A tribute to her mother, Mrs. Lois Wallace, is also included.

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