Remembering Irving B. Weber
Irving B. Weber lived his entire life, and almost the entire 20th Century, in his beloved Iowa City. His family roots were deep into the beginnings of Iowa City, as his maternal great-grandparents settled in Iowa City in 1839. His paternal grandparents came to town in 1857. Irving was born in 1900, the momentous beginning of a new century. He was educated in Iowa City public schools, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1922.
Irving B. Weber is remembered for many things. He was the University of Iowa's first All-American swimmer. He was a founder of Quality Chekd Dairies and served asits president until his retirement in 1966. Irving was an active member of the Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club and was the local school board president in 1952-53. In 1994 Irving B. Weber Elementary School was named in his honor.
Irving B. Weber may be most remembered for the over 800 articles he wrote for the Iowa City Press-Citizen beginning in 1973. Irving's view of history was not one of a dull retelling of facts and names. He told what it was like to grow up in Iowa City, the best places to buy penny candy, the joys of cooling off in Melrose Lake in the summer, and of sledding parties on closed-off streets. He recorded for future generations the story of Iowa City as no one else could. In 1989, in gratitude for his work in recording local history, Irving B. Weber was named as Iowa City's Official Historian.
In 2006, Lolly Parker Eggers published Iowa City's Irving Weber: A Biography (Trafford Publishing). Eggers' book chronicles Weber's life and provides information about 20th century Iowa City.
Irving B. Weber died in 1997, barely missing a century of life. Living true to character, his last days were spent writing history and listening to Iowa basketball games on the radio.
Irving B. Weber was instrumental in helping Iowa City preserve its history. Please help the Iowa City Public Library honor Irving Weber by sharing a special memory or story from his life.