February 21, 2001
Sad, in a way
I just read you little article about Persia,
Iowa. I, too, am from Persia, the Iowa town. I, too, am a journalist
by training. I spent a few years as a farm magazine editor and the past
20 working in corporate communications.
When I was growing up in Persia, it was a nice, active town (1954 -
72). There were three grocery stores, a hardware store, two gas stations,
two farm grain elevators, a lumberyard, two barbers, three bars, etc. The
town had a school high on the hill.
What has happened is sad, in a way. The sad fact is Persia residents
refused to invest in upgraded water and sewage systems. There wasn't much
there for young families or children, so they moved out. Today, the town's
residents are mostly old widows.
Anyway, I wanted to respond to your post. It sounded like you had a
fun trip across the US.