A Legacy for "Boots"
Harlan "Boots" Fleming and his wife, Lela Mae "Mrs. Boots," were the proprietors of Peggy's from 1938 to 1972. Other than during his two stints in the service—in WWII and the Korean War—Boots could be found at Peggy's. Drake alumni continue to reminisce about the time spent at Peggy's and tell stories about Boots.
The couple's son, John Fleming, spoke of his gratitude to the Drake students and community for all that his family has received over the years. "Good old Peggy's...When I was a boy, we lived at the corner of 30th and Clark streets. My dad, Boots (that's the name by which most knew him), liked the idea of walking one block to his business. As a kid, I continually explored the Drake campus. All these years later, I'm delighted that Peggy's is still part of the Drake cultural fabric," he says."
John wants to give back to Drake University in memory of his father. Through his estate plan, John is making a bequest to Drake to establish the Harlan "Boots" Fleming Endowed Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be awarded to a Des Moines native attending Drake University. Through John's generosity, Boots' legacy will continue to live on the Drake campus.
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