building was, the need of additional
room was soon felt, which need was
supplied by the erection in 1895 of the
building which still stands at the cor-
ner of Howard and South streets.

A great misfortune came to the
schools in February, 1919, in the de-
structive fire which completely destroy-
ed the building on Oak street and left
the schools, for the time being, home-
less. For a time the school authorities
were at sea as to what course to pur-
sue, but through the activity of Super-
intendent O. H. Greist and the gener-
osity of the churches of the city accom-
modations were soon found and the
schools proceeded, under difficulties it
is true, until the present magnificent
structure was completed, which stands

Truedly, who for several years has been
connected with the Ohio State Normal
Institute at Athens. Ohio. where he
has made an enviable record; L. N.
Hines, at the present time President
of the Indiana State Normal School at
Terre Haute, and 0. H. Greist, who re-
cently assumed his duties as Secretary
of the State Teachers' Pension Fund.

I cannot conclude this article without
making more than passing reference to
one whose long years of faithfulness
have contributed so much to the suc-
cess of our schools. Mrs. Anna Clear
bears the proud distinction of having
taught the primary grade for thirty-
three successive years and one addition-
al year after an interval--a record, for
length of service, rarely equaled, and

as a monument to the wisdom
of those who planned and sup-
ervised the construction--the
board of trustees, Clyde N.
Chattin, E. L. Hill and Charles
L. Northlane, aided and advised
by Superintendent Greist.

Space will not permit mention
of all the capable men who
have served as superintendent,
and whose unselfish devotion to
duty did much to give our
schools high rank among educa-

for beneficial and sub-
stantial results, never sur-
passed. The lessons that
she taught and the princi-
ples that she inculcated in-
to the minds of her young
pupils not only influenced
them during their subse-
quent school days, but have
been and still are, the
guiding stars of their ma-
ture lives. And now in
her declining years, after
a life full of usefulness
tional institutions of the state.
Suffice it to say that they compare favorably
with those of other cities of our class. A
few there were who did not measure up
to their responsibilities, but on the
whole it may be said they were well
above the average; indeed, many of
them have risen to eminence in educa-
tional and other fields of labor, notably
Walter B. Page, who became a distin-
guished attorney in Columbus. Ohio;
big, brainy, handsome Frederick F.



it is pleasant to know that her
remaining days are to be spent in quiet
and comfort in an environment of
beautiful home ideals, happy in the
knowledge that she has the esteem and
affection of the many men and women
whose footsteps she directed, in their
youthful days, toward higher knowl-
edge and righteousness.



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