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George R. Heusinkveld was born May 31, 1917, in Hull, Iowa, to Dick and Ella (De Boer) Heusinkveld. He was a graduate of Northwestern Junior College, Orange City, Iowa (1936) and Central College, Pella, Iowa (1938); he obtained an M.A. in Journalism from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (1939). He wrote for newspapers in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, as well as Guthrie Center, Forest City, Sheldon, Newton, Subula, and Oskaloosa, Iowa. Later, he worked as a Marion County Social Worker, as a director of Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines, and as a salesman for the American Automobile Association. Collection consists of four volumes of handwritten diaries. Heusinkveld begins with family history (1887–1933) and then keeps a daily diary for three years detailing life as a senior in high school and two years at the Northwestern Junior College. He gives detailed descriptions about his family, farm work, church, social activities, school work and current events. One folder contains an obituary, correspondence, transcribed pages, and newspaper clippings.

Journal Entry May 14 1936.pdf (450 kB)
Journal entry and transcript from May 14, 1936, discussing the first Tulip Festival held in Orange City.