The Ottumwa Courier

August 1, 2013

Hedrick was part of RAGBRAI, too


Ottumwa Courier

---- — I am writing as a longtime subscriber to the Ottumwa Courier to tell you how disappointed, Saturday, when the Courier arrived that Fairfield was your featured story of RAGBRAI. Our town of Fremont had prepared for days ahead looking forward to RAGBRAI being in Fremont. The Lion's Club had prepared for days. They sold T-shirts representing Fremont and served their regular breakfast at the Community Center. The bicyclists started arriving in Fremont approximately around 7 a.m. and didn't leave until early afternoon on their way to Hedrick.

My grandfather's high-wheeled bicycle was on display and attracted much attention. They requested I stand in front of it and many took pictures. The booth I worked in sold pie, cinnamon rolls and drinks.

There was live music, and I was very proud of our community. I grew up in Butler, Iowa, halfway between Hedrick and Fremont. My father ran the elevator and the store building, which carried mainly supplies for farmers. However, there was a postal office in it, too.

Thank you for the Couriers. My parents always subscribed to it and so have we.

Remember Fremont is on the map.

Virginia Dalbey

Fremont