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Vera Holzhauer



Verona "Vera" Sherberger Holzhauer was born in 1888 in Wilton Junction, Iowa, to George and Josephine Sherberger. After she graduated from high school, Sherberger attended a 10-day teacher's training course that qualified her to go on and teach at many one-room schoolhouses in Maquoketa and in the rural areas surrounding Muscatine. In 1909, Sherberger married Harry Holzhauer and they moved permanently to Muscatine. Holzhauer's daughter, Dorothy Holzhauer Knott, was born in 1910, and her son, Harry William "Bill" Holzhauer Jr., was born in 1919. During World War II, Bill Holzhauer was enlisted in the military and worked with aircrafts in Philadelphia and fought overseas on the Pacific front during the later years of the war. While her son served, Holzhauer volunteered weekly for the Red Cross and oftentimes assisted in organizing and making supplies to send the warfront, such as bandages. In 1923, Holzhauer began teaching Sunday school Mulford Church, she later switched to teaching the ladies' class there, which she continued to do until 1972. Holzhauer played an active role in her children's and grandchildren's lives and oftentimes assisted her daughter with managing her eight children. She also often assisted her daughter in maintaining her used clothing shop, which she ran from the 1940s until 1957. Vera Holzhauer spent a large portion of her time doing housework such as mending, cooking, balancing the household expenses, and, her favorite, quilting. The Holzhauers were married for forty-nine years when Harry Holzhauer passed away in 1958. Verona Sherberger Holzhauer passed away in 1982 in Muscatine, Iowa.

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Vera Holzhauer papers

Identifier: IWA1165

Diaries and account books of a homemaker and Sunday school teacher from Muscatine, Iowa from 1915 to 1959.

Dates: 1915-2000