Volume 5, Number 10 - Winter 1975-76

by Ionamae Rebenstorf

lonamae Rebenstorf, newly elected secretary-treasurer of the White River Valley Historical Society, grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She and her husband, the late Bert Rebenstorf, moved to the Ozarksin 1961.

Mrs. Rebenstorf was a member of the Wichita Parliamentarian for the nine years prior to coming to Missoun. Too, she served as parliamentarian for many organizations and as parliamentary consultant to the Wichita Fireman’s Association and to the Licensed Practical Nurses Association.

She served in all offices, including president, of the Hypatia Beta Club of Wichita. Other services included: Eleven years on the Fifth District Board of the Kansas Federated Women’s Club and was Art chairman for the Kansas Federated Women’s Club. In her church she edited the church paper and the Sunday School Bulletin.

After coming to Branson she became known as the Hat Lady. She presented millinery courses. One year the National Association of Manufacturers bought 12 dozen hickory nut dolls to give as favors to the women attending their convention at the Broadmoor Hotel at Colorado Springs.

When she came to Branson, Mrs. Rebenstorf placed her membership in the church of The School of the Ozarks. There she has served in all offices of the Women’s Work, presently chairman of the Resources Committee.

In Missouri she decided to start a new something so bought an organ. She studied under Mrs. Davie Burgess of Springfield and Dr. Thomas Collins of The School of the Ozarks. Now she assists at the Organ at the Presbyterian Church of Hollister and gives private lessons to many.


As a very special hobby she is a philatelist. That she and Mr. Rebenstorf, a member of The School of the Ozarks staff directing the building and grounds program, began six years ago. lonamae now has a world-wide collection with emphasis on U.S. Cornmemoratives. She says she hopes to complete an album illustrating the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

Just for fun she drove race cars and won the first race in which they permitted women to drive at the Cejay stadium in Wichita.

Do come to WRVHS meetings to greet Mrs. Rebenstorf. Already she has spent hours and hours amounting to days and days, making straight the records of the society. She is a hard, but kindly task master, believing that all must pay rent for living and that all who receive the WRVHS Quarterly must pay the subscription price.


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