Pamela Myatt Crawford and Laura Ann Myatt Helmers are the granddaughters of Charlotte Cundill Myatt, the daughter of Will and Ella (Cassin) Cundill. Pam and Laurie are the two great-granddaughters of Will Cundill’s eight great-grandchildren. Due to the stories told, literature, poetry, photography and a few family possessions preserved by their Aunt Laura Ann Myatt Schultz, Pam and Laurie are able to present this exhibit and poetry reading honoring the life of Will Cundill, Maquoketa photographer, Poet laureate, and Jackson County Hall of Fame member.
Maquoketan Pamela Crawford has lived all save seventeen of her 70+ years in Maquoketa or on the home farm 10 miles SW of Maquoketa. She is a lifelong music educator, teaching choral/vocal music for 34 years in Iowa public schools (21 at Maquoketa High School) and the past “retired” 15 years piecing together community college humanities instruction, church music direction, and teaching studio piano/voice lessons. Pamela earned her BS from ISU in Ames, her MME from Drake University, and further credits as a summer honors fellow at Northwestern University. Pam and her husband David collectively are blessed with daughters Angela and Karma Quick, Kelli and Kristi Crawford, AND eight grandchildren.
Maquoketa area native Laurie (Myatt) Helmers became a Minnesotan in 1982, and she lives on a horse acreage south of Rochester with her husband of 43 years, John–a retired civil engineer. Their son, Myatt, lives nearby and comes often to visit his horse! She is a graduate of Hamilton Business College, NIACC, and WSU with a degree in health education. Currently semi-retired, Laurie teaches piano lessons, plays the organ for church, sings in chorale, and is heavily involved in theatrical productions. She enjoys travel, trail riding, playing scrabble, and spending “sister” time with Pam.