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.