By Molly Moser
“When I was a kid – a few years ago – the Princess Theater was in the old rock building across from The Landing. That was back in the silent film days,” says Kermit Dubbels, who is being honored as Super Senior in the annual Stars and Stripes parade. He purchased the Princess Theater in 1954 and ran it for over a decade.
Dubbels was born at 9:30 in the morning in 1923, delivered by midwife at his parents’ home in Guttenberg. “When I was growing up, it was wonderful. We spent all summer on the river, we played sandlot ball games; we’d shoot marbles, play out in the street, and beg ice from the iceman. Good old river ice.”
He spent three years in the Army, then returned to Guttenberg and eventually married. “She was a Cedar Rapid-ian,” he laughs. “She lived next door to my aunt.” Kermit and Beverly had five children: Greg, Diane, Debbie, Tracy, and Linda, who now live all across the U.S.