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· 7:21pm April 22nd, 2014
Retired Vinton teacher Marjorie Rouse has been named the Vinton Women's Club 2014 Woman of the Year.
The Club surprised Marjorie, who also taught at Garrison and Brandon, with the honor on Tuesday evening during its annual spring dinner.
Marjorie arrived in Vinton in 1947, where she and her husband, Harold moved into a remodeled schoolhouse north of town. The couple farmed until Harold died of cancer in 1958; that year Marjorie began her second career.
She attended the State College of Iowa (now UNI) in Cedar Falls and began teaching fourth grade in Brandon in the fall of 1958. She then taught in Vinton from 1962 until 1970, while earning her bachelor's degree with a major in upper elementary education and a minor in math.
From 1970 until 1973 (when the school furnace broke down), she taught in Garrison. She returned to Vinton in February of 1973 and taught at Lincoln Elementary until retirement in 1982.
The audience at the banquet on Tuesday evening at the Vinton Country Club learned much about Marjorie's life and childhood.
She was born on her grandparents' farm near Jesup, on Sept. 16, 1917. Growing up, she preferred books to paper dolls. She began school in Jesup at age 6; her favorite subjects were math, reading and spelling. Childhood chores at home included doing dishes, milking cows, and feeding livestock.
Marjorie was a Camp Fire Girl; her favorite book in 4th grade was "Heidi."
After graduating from Jesup in 1935, Marjorie received a NYC Tuition Award and decided to begin college with the goal of one day becoming a teacher. She had her first teaching job at age 20, at Lime Creek Country School near Brandon. She married Harold Rouse on Jan. 14, 1939. The Chivaree (wedding celebration) included friends removing the mattress from their second-story window, tying it to a tree and pouring water on it, which quickly froze.
The couple farmed near Independence, then rural Walker. They welcomed their daughter, Margaret, in 1946.
Marjorie is a long time member of the United Methodist Church (first in Brandon, now Vinton). She is a member of the Martha Circle and is active in Mission Stitchers. She also makes quilts, and likes to crochet booties, caps, baby blankets, afghans and prayer shawls. which are donated to shut-ins, shared with family or given to charities.
In her spare time, Marjorie enjoys crossword puzzles and enjoys keeping in touch with friends and family via Facebook and e-mail. She has more than 10,000 names in her genealogy program.
Yet, what she likes best, she says, is visiting with family and friends, many of whom were there to celebrate her Woman of the Year honor.
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