Crazy Quilt BlockBook 4:  Ida Lou's Story

The real Ida Lou - Mikey KingIda Lou's story takes place in Bloomington, IL.  The date is 1918 and World War II is in progress.  Anna, Hattie's daughter, is a "single" mom raising two children, Vic and Ida Lou.
  • Ida Lou is short for Florida Louise. 
  • Mickey King, an aerialist, who was trained by Eddie Ward was the inspiration for Ida Lou. 
  • Ms. King's real name is Marie Florida Gerturde Comeau.
  • Ms. King was 95 when Mrs. Kirby interviewed her. 
  • Although Ms. King no longer has her crazy quilt costume, she did have a trunk full of quilts.
  • The Biech Candy Factory, where Vic works, is still an important part of Bloomington's economy.
  • Eddie Ward's winter home in Bloomington became the Grand Hotel.  It was a popular restaurant that was decorated with circus memorabilia.  It was torn down the summer of 2002.

Things to Do
Crossword Puzzle
Questions and Vocabulary
Order in the Story
Other Ida Lou Activities
Ida Lou's Circus Costume


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