Living History: Mildred ‘Corky’ Swick

MUSCATINE, Iowa–For 91 years, Mildred “Corky” Swick has called Muscatine County her home. Except for one year living in Letts, Swick has spent her entire life in the city of Muscatine. She attended Muscatine schools for her entire childhood, eventually graduating from Muscatine High School. Swick also spent one year at Muscatine Community College, where she particularly enjoyed taking art classes.

Swick’s father, a Muscatine native himself, owned Schmeizer’s Grocery at 102 East Second Street. Swick spent many years working at the store. Swick particularly loved seeing all the children that came in with their families. Always a social butterfly, Swick got along well with all of the store’s customers.

While in school, Swick always liked math, which led her to work as a bookkeeper for Lawrence’s Tax Service. She spent five years in that position.

In 1948, Corky Swick married her husband, Richard Swick, at the United Methodist Church. The couple celebrated 64 years together. Though they never had any children of their own Swick always had a passion for helping kids. Over the years, she helped one of her dearest family friends, a single mother, raise her three sons.

An eager card player, Swick enjoyed getting to spend time playing games with others whenever she had some free time. Growing up, she had lots of fun holding evening card parties for her friends and family at her parents’ house. Throughout her life, Swick looked forward to having company over and to entertaining others. Her welcoming nature made her a friend to all she met.

Swick always felt fortunate to live in Muscatine because she found the size of the city suited her perfectly. Its smaller town feel helped her form close relationships with many people, and she continues to have many friends in town to this day. Now that Swick lives at Bickford, she enjoys the community there too and the opportunities she has to get to socialize with everyone there.