Pearl of Muscatine: Evelyn Schauland
by Margaret Hurlbert
June 12, 2020

Born on October 31, 1919, Evelyn Schauland spent much of her time growing up with her cousin, Marvin Krieger, and his family. With her mother being Krieger’s mother’s sister, and her father his father’s brother, Krieger considered Schauland a “double cousin,” and “very close to our family.”

In the summers, Schauland would travel with the Kriegers while her parents cared for her aging grandparents. Krieger fondly remembers visiting Yellowstone National Park with her. “Every summer, we would go on vacation and she would go along with us; my father just thought of her as his daughter,” Krieger explained.

After graduating Muscatine High School, Schauland attended Muscatine Community College and later the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated and earned her teaching license, leading to a more than 30 year career in teaching kindergarten. In later years, Krieger said that former students would come thank Schauland for what she did for them every time she went out for dinner.

Schauland married Marlin Schauland, who served in World War II, and had one son with him. They also adopted a daughter together.

Always looking to improve Muscatine, Schauland served on the Muscatine City Council before becoming the first female mayor of Muscatine. During her term of service, Schauland worked to get the US Highway 61 Bypass built around Muscatine. “She was quite instrumental in getting the bypass built in Muscatine,” stated Krieger, explaining that she spoke to the Iowa House of Representatives to convince them of the benefits of the project.

Outside of her time in city government, Krieger shared Schauland liked to find other ways, “to make sure Muscatine was moving ahead.” These included serving on the boards of many local organizations, including Muscatine Power and Water’s board and on the board of the Muscatine Community College Alumni Association.

In her retirement, Schauland lived at Sunnybrook at Muscatine. After her husband’s passing, Krieger helped her to stay active in the community by taking her to dinner each Saturday and church each Sunday. “She enjoyed Muscatine immensely,” he emphasized.

Schauland later moved to West Virginia to live nearer to her son. She passed away June 3 at 100 years old.

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