Helen Harrington was a poet and farm woman born about 1909 who resided in Lamoni, Iowa. Her parents came to the United States from England,and her father worked as a coal miner. When she was a child, her father influenced her a great deal reciting the works of Byron and Tennyson. Harrington's education ceased after high school, but she still managed to have at least 1,700 of her poems published in various newspapers and magazines. She was married to Marion (Red) Harrington; they had a daughter, Dixie. Harrington was recognized throughout her community, from radio appearances and her daily errands around town, acquiring the nickname "Lady from Lamoni."