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Emmet County Farm Bureau Rural Women's Chorus records

Identifier: IWA1002

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Scope and Contents

The Emmet County Farm Bureau dates from approximately 1940 to 1986. The papers are arranged in one series: General. The series consists primarily of song books the choir would sing throughout the state of Iowa for competitions and one newspaper article about the ending of the women’s choir.

These Song Books originally belonged to Opal Hoffman Soeth and were donated on behalf of her daughter. Opal died in 1948, at the height of the chorus’ popularity and they sang at her funeral. The Newspaper Article is about the final performance of the County Women’s Choruses across the state of Iowa in the mid-1980s, their final performances of several county’s choruses opened the Farm Bureau convention. One of the reasons cited for the end of the chorus is there was no longer a need as the chorus had been created before radio and television were widely available forms of entertainment.


  • Creation: 1926-1986


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation began in 1918 and acted as a way to arrange community agricultural events around the county in collaboration with other local farm organizations. The mission of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is to help farming families and communities thrive. The Iowa Farm Bureau Women’s chorus was popular during the 1940s and 1950s in the state of Iowa. They were a separate branch from the Farm Bureau, and offered women a chance to address philanthropy and charitable needs for the community that was outside the scope of farming. They would compete throughout the state of Iowa in song competitions. Opal Hoffman Soeth was a member of the Emmet County Farm Bureau Women’s Chorus and upon her death in 1948, the chorus sang at her funeral.


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The chorus performed at various events and had a state competition. Nearly every Farm Bureau had a women’s chorus in the 1940s and 1950s. They were dissolved in the mid-1980s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1533) were donated by Shirley Pheifer in 2017.

Emmet County Farm Bureau Rural Women's Chorus
Emily Vaughan
2017 September
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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