The second site this week — that of Alex and Ola Babcock Miller — can be found south and slightly west of the center circle. Look for a tall rusticated stone with the names carved on the south surface. Alex was the editor of the Washington Democrat, active in politics and a candidate for governor; Ola, a well-educated teacher and suffragist. She was elected the first woman secretary of state for two terms. In this role she founded the Highway Patrol, inspired by the death of a friend’s son in an auto accident. The State Office Building was recently refurbished and named for her in Des Moines. Ola has a small stone on the site — what does it say on the bronze plaque? The answers to last week’s hunt are: 1. Robert and Phyllis Carter, 2. Cherry, 3. Rownd and 4. Adams.
Welcome to the 2013 Historical Preservation Scavenger Hunt. The City of Washington’s Historic Preservation Commission hopes you will help the commissioners celebrate for the next four weeks. All of the answers to the clues can be found in the two local cemeteries. Please take care as you wander in search of markers and mausoleums.
More detailed guidelines and an entry blank may be found in the Tuesday, May 28, Journal. Photos and clues are published Monday through Thursday for four weeks. Answers will be published the following week.