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Education, Education, Education

Categories // Genealogy Research

More than forty-five years ago, my grandmother sent my mom a page from the Citizen Tribune, 28 March 1967, page 3. It was a story about her great-aunts teaching preschool, which was kindergarten for some, in Morristown, Hamblen Co., Tennessee. Luckily for me, my mom saved this and I kept it too.

There were several points presented in this article:

  • The ladies involved were in their eighties and nineties.
  • There was a waiting list for this school.
  • At least one of the ladies had college degrees.
  • One of my second cousins is in the photo, a great-great-niece of the teachers.
  • The photo with the story was four years older than the story.

Miss Clara Mae Sherwood and Mrs. Ida Pearl Sherwood Bettis were children of Lydia Minerva (Fisher) Sherwood and Henry McDonough Sherwood.

citizen tribune 28 march 1967 p. 3 

I knew the genealogical points in the article, but I did not know that Aunt Clara went to Bristol Intermont College, South West Virginia Institute or Chicago University. I did not know she taught in Laurel, Mississippi or Knoxville, Tennessee. I did not know she taught Aunt Ida. I do know she and Aunt Ida had a cool chair lift for the stairs in their house, which "was not a toy." I wonder how many of these children still live in Morristown and can be identified. I also wonder if that chair lift called to them, as it did to me when I was four, like a ride at the carnival, even more interesting than the merry-go-round.

Comments (1)

  • Eric Bettis

    Eric Bettis

    25 July 2017 at 20:52 |
    Ida Sherwood Bettis is my paternal grand mother. Aunt Clara is my great aunt. I can remember every nooks and crany of that house and yard on Main Street in Morristown. My Uncle and father designed and install the chair lift and I got to ride it a bunch! Also got to play in the indoor table sand boxes all I wanted.
    Granny and Aunt Clara where the kindest, sweetest, and most loving women that ever graced God's creation.

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Ida Sherwood Bettis is my paternal grand mother. Aunt Clara is my great aunt. I can remember every nooks and crany of that house and yard...

Eric Bettis Eric Bettis 25. July, 2017 |

I would be happy to forward your name, connection, and email if you wish.

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