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Della Marie Koppenhaver papers

Identifier: IWA0436

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Scope and Contents

The Della Marie Tenly Koppenhaver papers consist of photocopies of typescript reminiscences and measure one linear inch. These reminiscences include an account of farm life in the 1920s that relate typical chores women performed in the farm family and her childhood memories of her sister Alice Tenley Hora. The accounts relate a variety of details about her family, their Dunkard religion, and the advent of technology in the 1920s. Other details include descriptions of women's clothing, laundering, butchering, canning, egg production, and family networks.


  • Creation: 1958-1981


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The Tenley family moved to Iowa from Mt. Carroll, in northwestern Illinois. Della Marie Tenley was born on November 12, 1904, the youngest of nine children. She grew up on a farm in Cedar County, Iowa, and married neighboring farmer Everette Koppenhaver in 1923. They moved to a farm near Martelle, Iowa and raised four children. They retired from farming in 1968 and moved to Martelle. She moved into a care center in Anamosa in the late 1980s.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Two reminiscences of Alice Tenley Hora, an Iowa farm woman, detailing farm life in the 1920s.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 641) were donated by Debra Storm in 1999.

Doris Malkmus, 1999.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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