Ruth McCorkle Wegner

Ruth McCorkle Wenger was hired in 1930 - 1932 to teach band at Bedford, Iowa but ended up teaching a variety of subjects. The band was considered extra-curricular with practice after school two nights a week and playing for games and pep meetings. She resigned in 1932 to marry Henry Wenger, as married women were not allowed to teach at that time. It was during the depression and all salaries were cut in half. Henry taught part-time at a high school and as a Holton salesman. Henry taught with the parents paying fifty cents for a class lesson and band rehearsal with Ruth assisting. Ruth gave individual lessons while Henry conducted the band.

In 1933 the Wengers moved to Le Mars, Iowa where Henry took the place of three music teachers. Ruth assisted with individual lessons. At the end of the year concert the superintendent gave her a ten dollar bill, probably from his own pocket. The next few years Ruth still supported her husband but during the War Years she was given her own band (1944-47). In the summer she conducted a community group with Saturday night concerts in the bandstand.