Teacher Feature: The Late Norma Creger | Waverly Logs

As a young woman, Norma Eggleston attended the one-room schoolhouse in Lafayette Township, just south of Plainfield, from grades one through eight. The small school was used to educate all the children of the farm in the region. She graduated from country school in May 1944. After eighth grade, she went from ninth through twelfth grade in the Waverly school system. At that time, she could be driven to school with some of the various neighbors who had driver’s licenses. Norma was a farm girl to the core and was very active in the Do-R-Best 4-H club, serving in various officer positions. She enjoyed working with the other students. In 1948, Norma completed grade 12 and graduated from high school.

Norma was knowledgeable, driven and had her sights set on becoming a teacher. After graduating, she immediately enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls. At this point in her life, she decided to attend college for one term, from June to August. That would suffice and qualify her to teach grades one through eight. That fall, she was hired to teach at the one-room schoolhouse in Douglas Township, about seven miles east of Plainfield. She taught there until May 1949, then decided to return to ISTC, Cedar Falls, for the next two years. 1949 was a busy summer for Norma as she had the honor of becoming the Bremer County Dairy Queen, at the Bremer County Fair. Despite these commitments, she continued her education and graduated with her two-year degree in August 1950. The following month, Norma was hired to teach first grade in the Osage school system.

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