MsC 827

Collection Dates: 1955 -- 1981
.25 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries


Harry Walsh from the dust jacket of How to Write Columns

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information


Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

John Milton Henry was born in 1895 on a farm in Silver Creek Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He attended elementary and high school in Macedonia, Iowa, and as a child, published a newspaper, hand-printed on ruled paper. While still in high school, he became a correspondent for a Council Bluffs paper. After high school, he attended the University of Kansas where, as a special student, he finished the journalism program in three years. He returned to Macedonia to operate a one-man newspaper, but after a year joined the staff of the Council Bluffs Nonpareil. He stayed there thirteen years, eventually becoming a manager, and then became managing editor for several radio stations in the Council Bluffs area.

He joined the WWII effort late but, because of his managerial experience, he was assigned to head the personnel board at Camp Colt, on the battlefield at Gettysburg. Here he worked in a tank corps under the indirect supervision of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Active in Republican politics, Henry was involved in the Taft and Wilkie campaigns. Because of his radio, newspaper, and political activities, he knew a large number of people and was hired by the Des Moines Register to do public relations work as their Public Affairs Editor. Part of Henry's job was to counter a perception that there was an antagonistic relationship between the Register and the smaller papers in the state. One of the ways Henry accomplished this was to print columns made up of items taken from small town newspapers. In the process, he became recognized as an expert on column writing and eventually co-authored, with Olin Hinkle, a college textbook on the topic. (How to Write Columns, Greenwood Press, 1952). He was also a syndicated columnist and roving correspondent for Drew Pearson's "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column. While at the Register, he became acquainted with Jay N. "Ding" Darling, the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist. Henry was involved in the publishing of several books of Darling's cartoons, including Ding's Half Century and As Ding Saw Hoover.

Henry died June 6, 1981 in Des Moines.

Jacque Roethler 2005

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of manuscripts for The Mounted Drill Team, an oral history interview with Henry, copies of several articles, one copy of "The Green Sheet," and a few clippings.

Acquisition and Processing Information

Guide posted to Internet: August 2005



"The Iowa Award"

"The Weekly May Tread Softly -- But They Can Pack a Potent Column"


"The Green Sheet"


The Mounted Drill Team

Oral history interview, Bob McCown, March 20, 1979, Iowa City, Iowa

Audio cassette


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