Fair’s “Healthy Baby” winner – 90 years later!

Rowena Underwood Morgan

JEFFERSON, Iowa, July 17, 2016 — Rowena Underwood Morgan from Jefferson walked through our historical building at the Greene County Fair on Saturday, July 16, looking for a particular item she’d heard was in one of our displays.

Back in 1926, Rowena lived in Greenbrier Township, in the southwest portion of the county, and her parents entered her in the 1926 Greene County Fair “Healthy Baby” contest. She won, 90 years ago.

As you can see in the picture, she found the silver trophy that was given to her. We’re not sure how we wound up having it on display among the antique tools, farm equipment, farming information and household items we have in our fairgrounds building.
Rowena is now 91 years old, so she has definitely lived up to her title!
She remembers that Meredith Shriver was the male winner that year; that Dr. Jongewaard was the examining doctor doing the judging of babies at the fair, and that she cried when he tried to examine her teeth.

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