SIBLEY—The feel of favor has no longer faded for Marguerite Bothof.
The ninety five-yr-old residents of Country View Manor in Sibley takes time each morning to place on a nice outfit and some accessories.
“It feels good, and people appreciate it,” Bothof stated.
She owned Marguerite’s, an apparel shop in downtown Sibley 1961-ninety two.
Bothof sold the business to her niece, Amy Van Marel, who owns Mister B’s and Lady B’s in downtown Sheldon. Marguerite’s went out of enterprise in 2012.
Located on the corner of Ninth Street and Third Avenue, Marguerite’s and Bothof had power on ladies’ style in N’West Iowa.
People might line up outside of the store for her sales. Twice a yr Bothof would have a massive sale.
Customers who lived as a ways away as LeMars made positive they stopped at Marguerite’s to get the today’s style and the employees provider that became the shop’s trademark.
They could stroll out with clothes, wintry weather garments, spring clothes, earrings, sportswear, swim suits, hats and greater.
“Sibley was a small metropolis,” Bothof stated. “There had been now not numerous shops. I wanted to make certain I had the whole lot anybody desired. I had a bit little bit of the entirety. I had formals too but now not for long. I had coats for all ages. Everybody had to go happy, and they had to like their outfit because if they did no longer find it irresistible they weren’t going to put on it. People still say they’d a laugh. They had been appreciative of the fact I wanted them to be happy.”
She might attend 4 to 6 marketplace showings every 12 months to get the garb that could grace the racks of Marguerite’s. At the showings sales, humans might show their garb pieces to keep proprietors to peruse and purchase.
“I might go to a marketplace and spend three days there,” Bothof said.
Marguerite’s drew the business and employment of different ladies in Bothof’s circle of relatives.
Not handiest did Bothof pave the way for fashion; however also for women in commercial enterprise.
She turned into the first girl member of the Sibley Chamber of Commerce and one of the few ladies keep owners on Main Street in the Sixties.
When Bothof opened the store, she had an accomplice, Ovey Valla. Bothof became the only proprietor in 1967.
The transition to shop owner started after she moved to Sibley in 1961. It becomes not a massive jump as Bothof already had to enjoy working in fashion retail.
She started operating in retail at Hollander’s five-10-25-Cent Store in Sheldon for 20 cents in step with an hour in 1944 before operating at The Grey Shop in Sheldon for five years. From there Bothof became employed as a customer at Wolff’s Department Store and stayed there for thirteen years.
“Wolff’s changed into a first rate activity and I appreciated the work but I had to combat for each improve,” she said. “A man might get greater and they’d tell me ‘Well he’s a person.’ and I would say ‘I don’t care.’”
Bothof became born in Little Rock in 1923 and attributes her energy to her mother, Henrietta, who died in 1981.
Henrietta raised seven girls on her own after her husband, William, died in 1940.
Bothof became 16 whilst her dad died. She changed into the second one oldest of the seven children so a part of her job was supporting her mother increase the younger girls.
As she displays on her life, Bothof can’t consider she labored in apparel retail for 50 years.
“There’s been loads of modifications in style,” she stated. “They are right and but I like the antique style.”