12 Books and 99 Years Later: A Conversation With Iowa's Beloved Homemaker Evelyn Birkby

Nov 29, 2018

In 1949, Evelyn Birkby was living on a farm in southwest Iowa, outside of Sidney, when she began writing a weekly newspaper column called “Up a Country Lane" in the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel. She still writes that column, now for the Shenandoah Valley News, and has been for 69 years without missing a week.  

Birkby has just published her 12th book at age 99. It's called "Through A Country Town Cookbook" and is full of her memories of graduating high school in Sidney in 1936 and then returning home to live there a decade later. During this interview, she talks with Charity Nebbe. 

Then, Lona Lewis, a long time friend of Birkby's, and a co-editor on another new book published by the Fremont County Historical Society called View From the Attic, joins the conversation. 

Both books are availble for purchase form the Fremont County Historical Society's website.