The Ottumwa Courier


0326 OTT Iowa history in a cloth bag color photo 1 -T -L -M

Michael Zahs, from Humanities Iowa, presents a flour bag to a group Tuesday during a Reminisce Society meeting. The presentation, "Iowa History in a Cloth Bag," discussed how cloth bags and the marketing of them to women helped families survive the Great Depression and any other hard times they faced. The bags were reused and made into everything from sheets to dresses.

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