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|Born Norma Delores Egstrom in Jamestown, North
Dakota, Miss Peggy Lee was confirmed at Saint John's Lutheran Church, the big ELCA church
on First Avenue. I know that fact because I directed the church choir there for several
years and always proudly pointed out her blonde Scandinavian
tresses among all the German-Russian confirmands hanging on the walls of the
fellowship hall in the basement of the church.
It has astounded me how uninformed many of Jamestown's current residents are about the incredible career of this singular singing legend born to a Midland Continental Railroad family in the southeast part of Jamestown.
Thus I dedicate this collection of Peggy Lee links to Norma Egstrom, a woman who left Jamestown as an abused and unloved stepdaughter, but who has never stopped acknowledging and giving honor to her NoDak roots.
|The photo of Miss Lee featured on this page is from the collection of the Stutsman County Memorial Museum in Jamestown, ND, where the actual dress can also be seen. It is a marvelous gown of black beadwork and lace over a flesh-toned undergown with a weighted train that fans out and keeps its shape.|
Copyright 1998 by Kate Stevenson
Last modified 10/26/05
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