Agnes Bolte to be honored at 90th birthday surprise party


Agnes Bolte of Walcott will be honored with a surprise party to celebrate her 90th birthday. Friends and relatives are invited to call from 1-4 p.m. on June 24 at the Walcott American Legion Hall. No gifts, please.

Agnes Brus was born June 19, 1928, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport. She married Elmer Bolte on April 23, 1949, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Davenport. He died in 2003.

She first worked at the Blue Brass Bank before her marriage. She then was a homemaker and drove tractor in the fields, pulling the disk and harrow in tandem. Then she drove a school bus, first for Walcott Schools, and later for the Davenport Community School District for many years. She was one of the original employees at the Farm & Fleet store in Davenport when it opened in 1972. She then ran an American Greetings card route on both sides of the river. She went to work for M.A. Ford Manufacturing, making cutting tools, retiring in 1988 after 11 years. She then took a part-time morning job at the original Casey’s General Store in Walcott and later worked at the new store for a short time, before taking a morning job at the Wendy’s at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, where she worked for 18 years, retiring in 2017.

She was photographed on her 88th birthday with a Row Crop 88 model tractor – the tractor she used to help her husband farm.

Her children are Craig (Lori) Bolte of Park View, Diane Bolte of Clinton, Blane (Christine) Bolte of Walcott, and Lisa (Richard) Smith of Draper, Utah.

Her grandchildren are Jennifer Coverdill, Shelly Pauley, Kimberly Bolte, Katherine (Katie) Bolte, Ty Bolte, and Angie Haight. She has six great-grandchildren.