Through the years, my mother's doll business brought the attention of many prominent people throughout the country. Hillary Clinton appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and displayed her six favorite Christmas ornaments- my mother's little cornhusk angel was one of those! Hillary Clinton also featured my mother's dolls in the Family Circle Magazine.
Barbara Bush went to a big store in Illinois, and the only thing she bought in the entire store was one of my mother's dolls. The store manager called my mother right away. Everyone was so excited!! President George Bush visited our small town growing up; and at the assembly, the city's most prized gift to him was another one of my mother's dolls.
I remember seeing a map of the world on the wall of my mother's doll shop with pins of where they were being sold... the pins covered the map!! Those years were exhausting and difficult for her but also very rewarding.