About the diary writer
- Barbara McDowell Whitt
- Kansas City, MO, United States
- Exactly 100 years after the Civil War, A 1961-1965 Park College Diary was being written. Now, in 2013 you are invited to read the diary pages I wrote 50 years ago. I am currently writing about my junior year at Park College. I grew up on three farms 30 miles from Iowa City. I was the oldest of four daughters and sometimes referred to my sisters as "the kids." We helped our parents but we also had good, wholesome fun - a characteristic I took with me to Park. Park College was 300 miles from West Chester, Iowa in Parkville, Missouri, a small town on the Missouri River ten miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri. In 2000 Park College became Park University.
Here I am back at Park, this time in Stephens Cottage, the women's honor dorm. I spent the day packing - so far I've only discovered one thing I really forgot - my alarm clock. Mom and the girls took me to Fairfield after their first day of school. I got on the train at 6:45, about an hour late. My two trunks, three suitcases, and a box are being checked through to Parkville. Evelyn and Jim met my train. Jim seems so different when Margie isn't around. Barb Page is the only one here now besides me. We got in a good visit. She and Carol Patterson have been here since Monday. I think I'll make up my bottom bunk. Evelyn said she'd take the top. They had the college page ... "compiled by Barbara McDowell" ... in tonight's Journal.