“It’s a big deal,” said Mary
Lou McGinn, a member of the Preserve Council Bluffs
organization. “It shows that this is a significant piece of
property that deserves to be preserved, both the property and
the history of its occupants.”
The house was the home of
Jean and Inez (Lewis) Bregant, a diminutive couple who met
during the days of Vaudeville. Jean grew to 45 inches tall and
Inez grew to 41.5 inches tall.
“They were not midgets or
dwarfs, just little people,” said John Edwards, another member
of the preservation group.
After they were married, the
couple moved to Council Bluffs where her parents operated a
grocery store on Eighth Street. On a visit to the local
Woodward Candy Co, to place an order for the store, the couple
met the company founder, John Woodward, who hired them to be
the company spokespersons. They were nicknamed the “Candy
Kids” and ultimately had a twenty-state territory of their
own. Their images were seen on advertisements and company
After leaving the company,
the couple operated the candy department at the city’s Beno’s
store. Eventually, Jean became involved in real estate and
The Bregants lived in the
house until their deaths - Jean in 1944 and Inez in 1969.
The home, built in 1912, is
described as a simple Craftsman Bungalow, popular in the early
part of the 20th Century. Ceilings and doorways were built to
normal height for when normal sized friends came to visit the
Bregants, but the fireplace, bathroom fixtures and kitchen
appliances were scaled to fit the small couple."