S: George & Vivian Heikens Family 1940-1976
FC: The George & Vivian Heikens Family | 1940-1976
1: Vivian Gordon, George Heikens Married Monday, April 15, 1940 In a quiet ceremony at the Catholic rectory Monday morning Miss Vivian Florence Gordon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Florence Gordon of Cherokee, became the bride of George A. Heikens, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Isaac G. Heikens of Spencer. Miss Norma K. Gordon was her sister's bridesmaid and the bride's cousin Robert Garvin of Marcus was the best man. The bride's navy blue sheer costume suit and "Gone with the Wind" hat were accented in shell pink and she wore two white orchids. A lavender-pink orchid and a pink hat accented the bridesmaid's navy sheer costume suit. A wedding breakfast was served to the bridal party at the Gordon home after the ceremony. A decorated three-tiered wedding cake and individual ice cream corsages in pastel shades were festive touches to the menu. Mr. and Mrs. Heikens departed Monday on a southern honeymoon trip through the Ozark mountains of Missouri and southeast via Kentucky to Florida. Mrs. Heikens' going away costume was a navy sheer wool jacket dress with navy straw sailor.
2: Following a wedding trip to the South, traveling through the Ozark Mountains and through Kentucky to Florida, George and Vivian resided at 1008 Burnett Street in Ames, Iowa.
3: Heikens Iowa FSA Director P.G. Beck, regional farm security administration director in Indianapolis announced appointment of George A. Heikens, former state tenant purchase specialist, to Iowa FSA director with headquarters in Ames. Heikens has been serving as acting state director since resignation of H.W. Anyway last May. H.L. Young, assistant tenant purchase specialist at Iowa state will serve as acting tenant purchase specialist until successor is appointed to fill Heiken's former position. | 1940
4: FSA Families Grow More Ames, IA--The low-income Iowa farm families who are borrows from the farm security administration are planning record crop and livestock production increase as their contribution to the war effort, according to George Heikens, state FSA director. Heikens reported Thursday that on the basis of reports by 1,562 farm families out of the 12,00 who are borrowers of the federal agency, the FSA group would stop up production over last year appreciably in 1942. These increases on a family basis would amount to: Hogs, 14 per family; Eggs, 404 dozens; Chickens, 46; Milk, 669 gallons; Gardens, substantial increases. "These increases are especially significant, Heikens said because they show to what extent the small farmers of the nation can produce in times of need and if given encouragement and such financial assistance as is required." Increased production by small farmers is more necessary and possible now than ever before because as a rule they have the labor available within the family and the necessary equipment which is not being used to capacity, according to Heikens.
5: Vivian was a member of the Ames Women's Club, serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Club's History and Literature Department. She was also an active member of the Club's Art, Drama, and Evening Departments. Vivian also was recognized by the U.S. government for her assistance with the registration of friends and neighbors for military training and service. | 1941
7: "Pete Wettach of Mt. Pleasant took this picture in 1941. He was a friend of ours and the FSA Supervisor and stayed with us when he came to Ames. We were still at the Judge Lee house. One night he told me to squeeze in beside George in his big chair and 'loosen my hair'." --Vivian | 1941
8: George Andrew Heikens, Jr. August 24, 1942
11: The family spent the first few months of 1943 in their home in Des Moines. In May, they moved to the farm near Spencer, making them close enough to celebrate George Jr.'s (fondly known as Corky) first birthday with George's parents Isaac and Lena in Fostoria. Another notable event of 1943 was Vivian's sister Norma's marriage to Leo Hunt. | 1943
12: Mary Kathleen Heikens June 19, 1944
15: Corky celebrated his second birthday with his Grandma and Grandpa Heikens' in Fostoria. Several other children from Fostoria attended the party as well. | 1944
16: Barbara Ann Heikens October 16, 1945
22: 1946 Happenings With children ages 4, 2, and 1, 1946 was a busy and sometimes exhausting time. Despite their busy family, both George and Vivian made time to exhibit at the annual Clay County Fair. George showed Durocs in the open Duroc show and Vivian exhibited flower arrangements, mantel pieces, and table arrangements. George made a bid for Congress, although he was not elected.
26: 1947 Happenings In July, the family made a trip to Colorado. They also spent time in Cherokee with Vivian's parents, enjoying a trip to the park. Mother's Day was celebrated with George's parents in Fostoria. Other memorable events included: the planting of a perennial border and hedge along their grove, a May snowstorm, an FFA group tour of the Duroc operation, and Vivian's success exhibiting flowers at the fair.
30: 1948 Happenings Corky went off to country school in the fall of 1948, leaving the girls more time to play together at home. "School" soon became a favorite activity for all three children. "Little Orphan Annie", a piglet from a litter of sixteen, was born and raised on a bottle. A storm with hurricane-like winds and hail knocked down more than 25,00 acres of soybeans and corn. The Clay County Fair flower show, one of the fastest-growing in the state and one of the major features of the fair, was moved moved to new, larger, and permanent quarters. The show was given twice as much floor space as formerly was available. George was surprised to hear that his name had been put forward as a possible candidate for state representative. Despite some people's interest in having him run, he was not interested in the opportunity.
34: 1949 Happenings In the fall of 1949, Kathy started school, joining Corky at Summit #5 country school. Kathy and Barbara appeared in Wallace's Farmer and the local newspaper with their pig "Little Orphan Annie." The gilt was one of a littler of 16 and raised on a bottle. Photo in upper right. Kathy competed in a pageant called the Community's Baby Election. George was awarded an honorary Future Farmer degree by the local FFA chapter.\ for his encouragement and support of the local FFA chapter. Included in this help was the gift of a purebred gilt and the use of two purebred sows for the boy's pig project. George also served on the steering committee of the newly formed Clay county Soil Conservation District. Vivian presented a program on soap carving to more than 100 women who gathered at a Farm Bureau handicraft show in Spencer. At the Clay County Fair, Vivian had the winning mantel at the fair's flower show. Vivian was an active member of the Clay County Garden Club. The George Heikens farm was featured in a local newspaper photo with the caption, "When It's Harvest Time Down on the Farm."
38: 1950 Happenings The family took a trip to Minnesota in late June, returning on July 3. The trip included visits to the Mississippi headwaters and Grand Marais, Minnesota. (pictures on previous page) In September, the flower show at the Clay County Fair was called "one of the finest flower shows in the state" in a local newspaper article that noted "interested spectators jammed the floriculture building." The same news article mentioned Vivian winning a blue ribbon on a very large niche with rose chrysanthemums and two rose colored figures as well as for medium, small, and miniature niches. There were 34 niche exhibits that year. In October, Barbara celebrated her fifth birthday with her parents, siblings, and both sets of grandparents. The Jensens--Carol, John, Elizabeth and parents--also dropped in for a bit of birthday cake. (pictures on previous page) Also in 1950, George and Vivian, along with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mayden and Mr. and Mrs. George Schmid, put on a play as the entertainment for a farewell party for Mr. Morris Mett who was stepping down from his position as chairman of the Summit Farm Bureau.
41: In the fall of 1951, Barbara started school--joining her brother and sister at Summit #5. | Corky and friend Jim Thuires put on the "Greatest Show on Earth" for Lucille Thuires, Grandma Heikens, and Grandma Thuires. The "tiger" was none other than Grandma Cat, the kids' pet who had six kittens at home. | 1951
42: School Picnic with teacher Mrs. Gathman, at Gull Point.
43: The kids were busy with their farm animals--cattle, horses, cats, and more. Corky showed his sweet pumpkins at the Clay County Fair and received first place in open class. The children gathered with John Hunt and Lee Hunt's little niece, Bonnie (Jane's daughter). | 1951
44: The family took a trip to the Black Hills with a stop at the Chamberlain archaeological excavation and a visit with Hap McCarty at Custer.