Anderson writes second volume of ‘Our Town McGregor’

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McGregor resident and historian Lucy Anderson has written a second volume of “Our Town McGregor.” (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

In 2010, McGregor resident and historian Lucy Anderson published “Our Town McGregor,” a book filled with historical stories and information about McGregor and the surrounding communities.

However, living in an area so rich in history, Lucy realized there was much more to tell, and made plans to write a second volume.

“I started and had quite a bit of it done,” she shared. “Then, I started working, I got married and my health wasn’t well personally and with my family.”

She set the book aside, and, at one point, even considered throwing away her research. 

Lucy’s husband, Al, encouraged her not to give up. This summer, following the tornado, she began writing again.

This second volume of “Our Town McGregor” features some repeats from the first, Lucy said, including history about local Native Americans, Alexander MacGregor and the suspension bridge. 

It will also contain information about what Lucy has dubbed McGregor’s “grand old ladies,” which are the community’s older homes. This time, though, readers can enjoy color photos.

Understandably, volume two will include details and photos—captured by her husband—from the July 19 tornado. But Lucy has also kept the book up-beat with many human interest stories, some contributed by community members.

“I wanted to feature all parts of McGregor,” she said. “I did  some more history of North McGregor (Marquette). I have a couple stories people gave me. I also did West McGregor and South McGregor.”

The book wraps up with “Tales from Friends of Odie,” stories from neighborhood dogs who are familiar with Lucy’s dog, Odie.

“I wanted to end with this, to keep it light,” Lucy said. “I think anyone who has pets will enjoy Odie’s stories.”

Lucy hopes people will also enjoy learning more about the community’s unique history.

“I started writing because I like history,” she remarked. “This is an old town, and it’s got a lot of history. A lot of people didn’t know about it. I want to help people learn more about the history of the town.” 

“I like to relate things to how they are now,” Lucy added, “show how things have changed.”

Now that she’s feeling better, Lucy said more writing could be on the horizon.

“It takes a lot of time, hours and hours, and months and months,” she noted, “but it gets in your blood.”

Those who are interested in purchasing the newest volume of “Our Town McGregor” can contact Lucy at (563) 873-1676.

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