HAROLD WILLIAM IBACH (1906-1993)
Spring Valley, Fillmore County, Minnesota, 1950
Pine, original pained decoration with sand and red glass gems, height 19 inches
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Although we are squarely rooted in the well established and classic tradition of eighteenth and nineteenth century American folk art, on certain rare occasions we venture into a special piece made in and reflective of the twentieth century. Such works must possess the quality, spirit, sincerity, and charm that, in our opinion, defy datelines. We consider this carved and painted wooden figure entitled “Kitty” to be just such a piece. Kitty was made by Harold William Ibach, a craftsman, printer, and keeper of an “odds and ends” shop in the town of Spring Valley, Minnesota, population 2479 in 2010. Harold William Ibach was the son of William Ibach (1870-1947) and Mattie Ibach (1868-1943). He was born August 30, 1906 in Spring Valley, Minnesota, and died May 2, 1993, unmarried. He was recorded as a self-employed woodworker with his own shop in the 1930 and 1940 Federal Census. He also operated a printing business, and was a civil defense director for Fillmore County in 1967.