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NOVELLA  DOROTHY  BREDBENNER

 

 

Novella Clark - Novella - Martha 1934    

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NOVELLA  DOROTHY  BREDBENNER

  1917 - 2007

 

PERSONAL  HISTORY:

Born:  September 8, 1917 - in H. J. Klemme house on 2nd Street in Klemme, Iowa

Daughter of:  Clark Bredbenner (1889-1928) and Martha Lau (1885-1962)
married August 9, 1916 in Klemme, Iowa

Died:  January 30, 2007

SCHOOL:

Klemme Public School:

Graduated from 8th grade:  May 1930

Activities:

Declamatory - 4 years

Student Council - 2 years
Class Treasurer - Senior year
Band - senior year
Story Telling Club - 4 years
Plays - Leading role of 'Erma Lowrie' in "Tiger House" - senior year

Awards:

Certificate of Superior Scholarship in Every Pupil contest in American Literature eligible for State Contest - junior year

Graduated:  May 1934 with 21 classmates - Class Valedictorian

OTHER CLASSES:

Piano - 1925, 1931 - 1936

Figurine Painting - 1949, 10 lessons
Beginning Typing - 1951, 17 hours
Photography - 1951, 10 weeks

CHURCH:

Klemme Methodist Church:

Baptized:  March 31, 1918

Confirmed:  July 8, 1928
Church Vacation School:  Junior 1929, Intermediate 1930, Senior 1931
Epworth League:  1932, 1933, 1934
Purple Arrow:  1935
National Methodist Youth Conference:  1938 - Boulder, Colorado
her FIRST solo trip out of the state of Iowa
Women's Society of Christian Service of Klemme - Charter member
Camp Quest - associate Director
Standard Bearers
Bible School Director
Sunday School Teacher
Bible School Teacher
Bible School Director
Historian
Administrative Council
Iowa Annual Conference
Lay Delegate
World Methodist Conference
Church Centennial Committee - 1993 - Chairman
Klemme United Methodist Women - Vice President; 1983-1986:  President; 1987-1990

Des Moines First United Methodist Church:

Board Member 1973

Des Moines Area Religious Council
Des Moines Area Church Women United - Vice President; 1960-1961, 1965, 1978: 
Director; 1966-1967:  President; 1972
Des Moines Career Sunday School Class - President; 1966
Wesleyan Service Guild, Christian School Relations - Conference Chairman; 1958-1961: 
Vice President; 1965

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Hancock County Genealogical Society
Hancock County Historical Society
Federated Women's Club
Federated Garden Club
Klemme Garden Club

COLLEGE:

Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa:

Started classes - 1934:  1 year

Classes - 1939:  1 year, received Two year Elementary Degree
Classes - 1942:  1 year
Classes - 1944:  Junior year
Classes - 1947:  Senior year
March 1948, received BA Degree in Elementary Education with honors
1953 - Awarded one of five National J. N. (Ding) Darling $1000 Fellowship Awards
Classes - 1954:  1 year;  August completed her thesis and received a Masters Degree

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES:

Kappa Phi Club:

1939:  Became a member
National Kappa Phi Conference in East Northfield, Massachusetts - her FIRST
Attended 27 National Councils
1951-1955:  National Alumni Secretary
1965:  Golden Anniversary Fund National Co-Chairman
1988:  Awarded Kappa Phi Sweetheart of the year
Official national photographer for many years
Held many local chapter offices
TEACHING:
1935-1936:  Riverside School, Avery Township #3, Hancock County, Iowa - 3 years
1940:  Allison, Butler County, Iowa - 1 year
1942-1944:  Red Cross Certified Instructor
1944:  Brooks School, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa - 2 years
1946:  Greenwood School, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa - 1 year
1948:  Maple Grove School, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa - 5 years
1954:  Hubbell School, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa - 27 years
1981:  Retired
HOBBIES:
Entomology; Butterfly collecting
World Traveling
Photography
Klemme Town History
Philately; Stamp Collecting
Geology
Klemme Methodist Church History
Genealogy
TRAVEL:

Modes of Travel:

Car, Bus, Train, Boat, Prop Airplane, Dog Sled, Jet Airplane, Elephant, Horse w/Carriage,
         Helicopter
Novella never did learn to drive a car

Countries and Locations visited:

All 50 states, all Continents except Antarctica; much of Canada, Mexico, Central America; Europe - 5 trips to Europe from 1971-1996:  (1971) England, Russia, Hungry, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein - 11 countries in 10 weeks; (1990) Germany, Hungry, Czechoslovakia; (1996) Bavaria:  Asia - (1983) China; (1992) Thailand, Nepal:  Pacific Islands - (1983) Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji Islands:  Africa - (1986) Kenya:  South America - (1994) Ecuador, Galapagos Islands; (1996) Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay.
Oberammergau Germany Passion Play - 1970, 1980, 1990.
Worlds Fairs - 1939 New York, 1962 Seattle, 1964 & 1965 New York, 1967 Montreal,
1968 San Antonio, 1988 Brisbane.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS:

Des Moines area Education Organization:

Science Teachers Club - President 1949-1950, 1959
Education Association - 1950
Social Studies Club - 1949-1950
Hubbell PTA
Classroom Teachers Association
Health Science Curriculum Committee
Des Moines Audubon Society
Iowa State Education Association
Iowa Association of Science Teachers - President 1955
Iowa Conservation Source Book - Editorial Committee Member
Central Iowa Mineral Society
Association for Childhood Education - Delegate 1961
National Congress of Parents and Teachers
National Education Association - Delegate
National Science Teachers Association - Session Participant 1958, 1960; Regional Representative 1962
Ding Darling Chapter Izaak Walton League - Board Member 1959-1960, 1978-1979;
Vice President 1961, 1975, 1976; President 1963; Historian
Iowa Teachers Conservation Camp - Participant 1950, 1952
Alpha Delta Kappa - Chaplin 1966-1967
Beta Beta Beta
Kappa Delta Pi

 

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Klemme Iowa  1889-1989 1989