The legend of the Corn Fed Girl

SHE WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI!

A few miles below McGregor, Iowa, along the Mississippi River there lived a stern old gentleman by the name of Dee.

Dee kept a lumberyard for the steamboats that traveled up and down the river.

Dee’s daughter, Mary, was famous as the most beautiful woman along the Mississipi among the men who worked on the river. In tribute to her wholesome appearance, the rivermen gave her the title of the Corn-Fed Girl.

Mr. Dee was a retired riverman himself, and knowing the woman-crazy nature of such men, he kept Mary secluded like a nun. He also kept a rifle and a pack of dogs When a boat pulled into the Dee lumberyard, rivermen made bets on whether they could catch a glimpse of Mary without being shot or bitten.

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