Artifact of the Week — September 15, 2022

Posted by on September 15, 2022

This year Lyon is pulling out all the stops for celebrating its 150th anniversary. With a black- tie gala, the Arkansas Scottish Festival, Lyon College’s homecoming and legendary bagpipes, Lyon has something for everyone! Lyon College is also proud to partner with the Old Independence Regional Museum which will host a Lyon college history exhibit. Check out for more information on events and dates!

The 1929 Index, yearbook for The Student Government Association of Arkansas College

1929 Year Book for Arkansas College
1929 Year Book for Arkansas College

This beautiful green hard-cover edition of The Index has Dorothy Dowzer’s name written on the inside cover. Donated by Frances Rogers, this item has a unique feature: it has pictures of a celebrity within it!

Miss Iris Aileen Dobson was Queen of Arkansas College’s First Homecoming
Miss Iris Aileen Dobson

On page 65 is written

“In the early afternoon a parade of artfully decorated floats and cars traversed the streets of Batesville, ending at Daffin Field, where Miss Iris Dobson, with appropriate ritual, was crowned Home-Coming Queen. Following the ceremony, a football game between the Arkansas College Panthers and the Jonesboro Aggies took place. Between halves a mock football game was staged by the Freshman boys.”

Fame did not end at this coronation for Miss Dobson, however. She was also active in Alpha Phi and the Harlequin Little Theatre, which served her well.

Miss Dobson as Home-Coming Queen 1929
Miss Dobson as Home-Coming Queen 1929

After her studies at Arkansas College, Miss Dobson married Thomas Adolf Korn in 1929 and subsequently became an actress. Her credits include her best known role as Anna Craig Alden on “Little House on the Prairie”. She had a recurring role in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” as well as several film appearances. Her film career spanned from 1971 until 1982, when she died at age 75.     

Lyon College is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with exciting activities and exhibits. Among these are a tour of Lyon and the surrounding community, culminating with a tour of a curated exhibit of interesting Arkansas College artifacts from its earliest days. Come by the museum from October 14 – 23 to see our Arkansas College display!

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