DIXON – Woodrow Wilson was in the White House, Mad King Otto had just been kicked off the Bavarian throne, Ghandi was rabble-rousing with Indian miners in South Africa, and Pancho Villa was raising hell in Mexico 106 years ago, when Stella Grobe entered the world.
Stella was born Nov. 13, 1913, on a farm in Maryland, then moved with her family to a farm on Bloody Gulch Road in Dixon.
She attended the one-room Country Hill School through grade eight, graduated from Dixon High School in 1932, and started work as the school’s office secretary. She later worked as a Lee County court reporter, then as curator of the Loveland Community House museum.
She married Kenneth Grobe in January 1941; he died on Nov. 6 1994.
The year before she lost Ken, Stella started working at the Lee County Historical Society, dedicating her time to researching the rich history of Dixon and Lee County.
Stella retired in 2003, which is when the society’s research center was named in her honor, but continued to volunteer until her 100th birthday in 2013.
Help her celebrate this amazing milestone: Stella loves to get mail, and cards may be sent to her at 620 N. Ottawa Ave., Dixon, IL 61021.