Clayton and Anna Mae Burdick, better known as Slim and Peggy, moved to Reinbeck shortly after WWII ended. Slim worked as a lineman for Iowa Electric Light and Power. They had 3 little boys with them, Ken, Russell (Buzz) and Jim. In 1948 Elaine was added to the Burdick family. In 1949 they purchased the house at 303 College Street on the west end of town. That is where they called home and raised their kids.
Slim was an active Boy Scout master and Peggy a den mother. Slim was a volunteer fireman for years and headed up the drive for the first ambulance in Reinbeck. He also taught Red Cross First Aid for years.
Every year on the Fourth of July the family, including all the grandkids, as they came along, would sit on the front porch and watch the parade go by.
Front row: Peggy, Elaine and Slim. Back row: Buzz, Jim and Ken.
Slim died in 1991. In 2000 Peggy moved into Westview apartments, not far from her home. She sold the house to the City Park department. This spring the fire department burned the house down to make room for park improvements. Peggy died in 2006.
This fourth of July all the Burdick family would like to dedicate this bench to their parents so that other families may sit here and enjoy the parade just as we did for so many years. They remember their parents with love and affection with appreciation for the town of Reinbeck for nurturing them. They would like to present this bench to the Park Board of Reinbeck and to the residence of Reinbeck.
Ken and Buzz still live in Reinbeck. Jim lives in St Charles, Mo. and Elaine in Galveston, Texas. Slim and Peggy had 8 grandkids and 16 great grandkids and 2 great great grandkids.