Arp to celebrate 100th with July 30 gathering


Vera Ruby (Landt) Arp was born on July 30, 1921 on the farm, the daughter of Hannes and Bertha Landt. Vera had three brothers, Laverne, Leonard and Art and one sister, Alice. Vera received her education at Country School, where she enjoyed learning.

Vera was united in marriage to Paul Arp in 1945 and the couple became parents to three children, twin daughters – Paulette and Joette and son, Mike.

They moved to their family farm near Traer in the 1950’s. Vera is a grandmother to five, a great-grandma to eight and a great-great-grandma to three, with another on the way.

Spending time with her family and friends, enjoying life on the farm, watching her cats play outside, playing cards and reading the newspaper keeps Vera busy.

In her younger years she enjoyed her strawberry patch, her geese, ducks and chickens and helping on the farm.

Paul and Vera joined Peace Church on April 3, 1955. All three of their children were confirmed at Peace and Vera was a faithful member of the Women’s Guild.

And every year as the church readied for the Carnival foodstand, Vera could be counted on to be right there putting oil cloth on the serving counter.

Vera was a member of the Gladbrook AMVET Auxiliary, eligible under her husband, Paul’s, military service in WWII.

Story goes that “It is impossible to even imagine how many, many popcorn balls Vera helped the AMVETS make!”

After that group disbanded, she joined the Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary, where she is a 35-year member. On Poppy Day, Vera could always be counted on to help distribute the little red flowers.

As a longtime member of Peace United Church of Christ in Gladbrook the congregation will be honoring Vera during the 9:30 AM worship service on Sunday, August 1 at the church.

A brunch will be served following the special service. The public is cordially invited to attend Vera’s milestone event.