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HELBIG, Esther

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HELBIG, Esther. An educator in the Dubuque public schools, Helbig served as the secretary of the Northeastern Iowa Teachers Association. (1) She taught at IRVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in 1927 and in 1928 she was listed as a primary teacher. (2)

Helbig was elected president of the Iowa State Teachers' Association in 1929 and in 1930 was a featured participant at a meeting of representatives of every Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in the city. She was serving as the principal of MARSHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in 1948. (3) The same year she served as chairperson of the legislation committee of the Dubuque Parent Teacher Association and member of the executive committee of the Dubuque Adult Education Forum.

Outside of her career, Helbing was active in the Girl Scouts. A committee member of Troop 10, she received a ten year pin in 1942. (4) She was also a member of the League of Women Voters, Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, American Legion Auxiliary, and the public affairs committee of the YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.W.C.A.)



1. "Dubuque Teachers Attend Meet," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, March 20, 1921, p. 47

2. "Nearly 2,000 Attend Northeast Iowa Convention Here," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, October 18, 1928, p. 2

3. Magee, Fauncine, "Fifth, Sixth Graders Learning First Aid in Marshall School," The Telegraph-Herald, October 17, 1948, p. 17

4. "Scout Council Names Officers," The Telegraph-Herald, January 31, 1952, p. 15