Ezra Stowbody, stingy but wealthy president of the Farmers' National Bank, was a conservative who was particularly opposed to socialists and Democrats. He thought that all Swedes would bear watching. His daughter, Ella, who had studied "singing and oratory and dramatic art and shorthand" in Milwaukee for one year, was a favorite entertainer at Gopher Prairie social functions. Her repertoire, however, seemed to be limited to "An Old Sweetheart of Mine," by James Whitcomb Riley.

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As research for Carol's new Gopher Prairie Dramatic Association, she and her husband attend several plays in

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