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A Sense of Wonder
Honoring Hundreds of Cousins Who Have Worked 
in Our Nation's Public/Private Education Field


~ Administrators and Teachers ~

Nelson, William  Career: Educator at Southmoreland (PA) School District, Westmoreland County, PA.  Lineage: Lawrence Earl Minerd.

Nesser, Bonita (Goodwin)  Education:  California University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1996). Career:  Substitute teacher in the Uniontown (PA) Area and Laurel Highlands School Districts circa 1997. Married Stephen Simon Nesser (see his entry).  Lineage: Stella (Minerd) Hager

Nicklow, Douglas Arthur  Education: Penn State University; California University of Pennsylvania (B.S.Ed., 1975); University of Virginia; Virginia Polytechnic Institute; George Mason University. Career: Taught chemistry, earth science and computer programming at Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, VA (1975-81).  Created first advanced placement chemistry course (providing college credit) for Loudoun County Schools. Member of the board of directors of Loudoun Education Association, Leesburg, VA. Lineage: Warren Dempsey Younkin Sr. 


Albert Novak

Novak, Albert J., Jr. Career: Seen at left, is vice chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Office of Institutional Advancement (2003-present). Joined Pitt in 1997 as associate vice chancellor for corporate and foundation giving. Active in the university's $1 billion fundraising campaign. (Also see entry for Adam Novak on the "Support Staff" page.) Lineage: Jonas Rowan


Jane Nusz

Nusz, Jane (Felder) Career: Taught at public schools in Geary and Okeene, OK as well as at Oklahoma State University. Has received "Teacher of the Year" honors and other education-related awards. In 2003, was chosen by Phi Mu as Oklahoma City's Panhellenic Woman of the Year, based on her many contributions to her sorority and to the community. Among other activities, currently serves as Acting State Treasurer of the Oklahoma Association of Mothers' Clubs. Lineage: Laura (Brown) Barnum.

Ohler, Richard Lewis  Education:  California University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1970); University of Pittsburgh (1988).   Career:  Taught at these Pennsylvania schools: sixth grade at South Connellsville Elementary (1967-68); mathematics at Duquesne High School (1970-78); vocational-technical at McKeesport High School (1978-80); vo-tech at Steel Center (1980-92); and director of vocational education at Greene County Vo-Tech School (1992 ).  Married Arlene M. Moore.  Lineage: Kathryn (Miner) Burkholder

Oliver, Maud (Goff)  Career:Taught music in Hopwood, PA (1910).  Married John Oliver. Lineage: Emily H. (White) Goff

Overholt, Violet Grace (Erwin)  Career:  Taught fourth grade, mostly at Youngwood (PA) Elementary school (1914-17; 1945-55).  A plaque in her honor hangs in the Ruth Love Memorial Room at the Youngwood Community Center. Married Arnold Overholt, who was President of the 1930 Minerd Reunion.


Benjamin Franklin School, Uniontown, PA


Packan, Albert D.  Education:  California University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1966); West Virginia University (M.A., 1971).  Career:  31-year career, including as Principal of Turkeyfoot Elementary school, Confluence, PA (17 years) and Principal of Benjamin Franklin School, Uniontown, PA.  Retired 1997. Married Rita Charnovich (see her entry). Lineage: Thomas Michael Minerd

Packan, Albert T.  Education: West Virginia University (B.S.). Career: Taught kindergarten in Howard County Schools, MD. Lineage:  Thomas Michael Minerd

Packan, Angela  Education: California University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1996).  Received 1996 Distinguished Woman Graduate of  California University of Pennsylvania Award.  Career:  Substitute teacher at Uniontown Area, California Area and Laurel Highlands (PA) school districts.  Lineage: Thomas Michael Minerd

Packan, Rita (Charnovich)  Education:  California University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1969); West Virginia University (M.A., 1973).  Career:  Taught third grade at Menallen Elementary school, Uniontown, PA (more than 28 years).  Married Albert D. Packan (see his entry). Lineage: Thomas Michael Minerd


~ Flashback from 1846 ~

March 10, 1846 -- John and Sarah (Ansell) Minerd, farmers who lived at Hexebarger near Kingwood, Somerset County, PA, sold a small tract, "on which was erected a small house," to the Upper Turkeyfoot Township School Directors.  The directors owned the property for the next 21 years.  The exact site of this early country school has not been located.


Page, Carrie (Neiman)  Education:  University of South Florida (B.S., 1988). Career: Has taught for seven years at Plant, Young and Sligh Middleton Schools in Hillsborough County, FL. Married Steven Edward Page (see his entry). Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe

Page, Leah Catherine (Thorpe)  Education: Lebanon Valley College (B.S., 1954). Career: Taught elementary education in Peekskill, NY (1954-57) and Conewago Elementary school, Northeastern School District, York County, PA (1961-96). Married Fred Page. Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe

Page, Steven Edward  Education: University of South Florida (B.S., 1987). Career: Has taught for nine years in Gaither, Madison and  Buchanan Schools in Hillsborough County, FL. Married Carrie Neiman (see her entry). Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe

Pakele, Jeanne Marie (Boyd)  Education: University of  Texas at Arlington (B.A.). Career: First grade teacher at Huntington Beach (CA)  School District. Married Peter Michael Pakele. Lineage: Levi Rose

Patterson, Esther Elizabeth (Thorpe)  Education: California University of  Pennsylvania (1923). Career: Taught fourth grade for one year and art and vocal music for two years at  Clairton, PA. Married Dr. William L. Patterson. Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe


Nellie Peters

Pennington, Jack Norwood  Education: Missouri Western State College (B.S.). Career: Substitute teacher for more than 12 years at St. Joseph School (MO). Lineage: Christina (Younkin) Nedrow.

Peters, Nellie (Burditt)  Career: Seen at left, was a longtime educator in Carroll Township, considered "strict and well-respected," said the Toledo Blade, "who first taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Oak Harbor after graduating from Bowling Green State University... She would later rise to school principal, and would receive a master's in education from BGSU in 1965." Among Nellie's students were Spanish-speaking children of itinerant Mexican farmers brought from Texas to labor in western Ohio tomato fields for H.J. Heinz Company. Married Luther Peters. Lineage: John Minard Burditt.

Philp, Guy L.  Career: Professor at the College of Horticulture and Agriculture at the University of California at Davis. Married Mabel Bailey (see her entry).

Philp, Marian Margaret Sill  Career: Music teacher in Sacramento, CA. Married Allan Bailey Philp. Lineage: Mabel (Bailey) Philp.


Florence (Hart) Pfeifer and her class in about 1923, likely in Beaver County, PA



Steele School, Beaver County, PA

Pfeifer,  Florence (Hart)  Education:  California University of PA; Geneva College.  Career:  Taught at Poplar Run School, Fayette County, PA, and at Mullins School, Steele School, Ohioville (Smith's Ferry), Fairview School (Western Beaver District) in Beaver County, PA, for 33 years (1916-27; 1942-63). The photo seen here shows the dilapidated, one-room Steele School in 1984, shortly before it was demolished. Married Morris Pfeifer.  Lineage: Sarah Ellen (Enos) Hart

Pfeifer, Melissa Ann  Education: Penn State University (B.S., 1997). Career: Completed student teaching at Quaker Valley, Sewickley, PA, in 1997. Lineage: Sarah Ellen (Enos) Hart

Pifer, Mildred (Mountain)  Education:  Indiana University of  Pennsylvania (B.S.); University of Pittsburgh (M.Ed.). Career: Taught at  Greensburg, PA for many years. Lineage: Viola Ray (Younkin) Mountain.

Pitts, Anita (Plants)  Education: New World College (1985); Gadsden State Community College; Jacksonville State University. Career:  Taught pre-school and kindergarten for four years in Birmingham and Centre, AL; studied elementary education at JSU circa 1997.  Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants 

Plants, Betty (Clark)  Education:  St. Petersburg Junior College (1970), University of South Florida (B.A., 1972).  Career:  Taught in these FL schools:  Orange Grove Elementary at Seminole, Kennedy Middle and Ponce de Leon Elementary at Clearwater. Married Edward L. Plants (see his entry). Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants

Plants, Rev. Donald E.  Education: Jacksonville State University (B.S.); University of Alabama at Birmingham (M.Adm.). Career:  Teacher or principal at Locust Fork High School, AL; Real Life Christian Academy, Salem, OH; West Bank Christian Academy in New Orleans (which he founded); Grace Christian Academy in Oklahoma City, OK; Brooklyn Park Christian School in Minneapolis, MN; and currently subs at Plant City, FL. Married Norma Jean Hill (see her entry). Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants

Plants, Edward L.  Education: Bowling Green University (B.A.);  University of  Connecticut at New Britain; University of North Carolina at Raleigh; University of South Florida.  Career:  Taught and/or coached sports at Portage Township, Bowling Green, OH; Liberty Township, OH; Richfield Elementary and Revere High School, Akron, OH; Largo Central Elementary and John F. Kennedy Middle School, Largo, FL (1953-85). Honored on a plaque at Memphis St. Jude's Hospital for decade of work promoting Math-A-Thon. Married Betty Clark (see her entry). Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants

Plants, Janet (Babcock)  Education:  Kent State University (B.S., 1973). Career: Taught at Ridgeview Elementary, Ashtabula, OH, for more than 22 years. Married David L. Plants. Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants

Plants, Jeannette (Caldwell)  Education: Gadsden State; Community College. Career: Owned and directed Little Folks School for three years and taught kindergarten for five years in Centre, AL. Married Rev. Donald L. Plants. Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants

Plants, Marshall  Education: Gadsden State Community College. Career: Briefly taught drafting at Gadsden State. Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants.

Plants, Norma Jean (Hill)  Education:  Jacksonville State University. Career: Has taught high school for 13 years at Locust Fork, AL;  New Orleans, LA; and Oklahoma City, OK.  Married Rev. Donald E. Plants (see his entry). Lineage: Ollie Margaret (Miner) Plants

Plants, Ollie Margaret (Miner) Career: Said to have taught in Washington, PA prior to marriage. Married John Lawrence Plants. 

Podraza, Eugene Francis  Education:  Tusculum College (B.A., 1967); Edinboro (PA) State University; Jagellonian University, Poland.  Career: Taught at Delran (NJ) Junior High School (1969-71); teaches in Trenton (NJ). Public Schools (1974-present). Married Krystyna Nadurski (see her entry). Lineage: Charles "Ralph" Minerd


John W. Pratton's book

Podraza, Krystyna (Nadurski)  Education: Jagellonian University and Krakow Teachers College, Poland (1966). Career: Taught in the Linguistics Dept. of Krakow Teachers College, Poland. Bibliographic specialist in Slavic languages at the Princeton University Library (1979-present). Teaches Polish at Mercer County (NJ) Community College (1977-present). Married Eugene Francis Podraza (see his entry.) Lineage: Charles "Ralph" Minerd

Pratton, John Wilgus Sr.  Career: During the 1940s and early '50s, managed the Wayman Adams summer art school in Elizabethtown, NY, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Later moved to St. Augustine, FL, where he conducted art classes and was active in local art association. In 1955, authored the book Portrait Painting for Beginners, reprinted at least twice. Married Daisy Bruce. Lineage: Mary Catherine (McKnight) Pratton

Prinzing, Debra Lynn (Foote)  Career: Teaches first grade in IL. Married Erik Charles Robert Prinzing. Lineage: John Homer Whetzel.

Rammelsberg, Amanda Dawn (Reynolds)  Education: Otterbein College (B.S., 1993). Career: Former English teacher at Big Walnut High School (OH). Married Steve Rammelsberg. Lineage: Arnold Overholt.


Helen Reihart

Reihart, Helen (Wyandt) Education: Simmons College (1918). Career: During World War I, was recruited by one of the Harvard Medical School pathologists to become a medical technologist.  She joined the Navy, worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Chelsea, MA, and was recruited in 1923 to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was one of the first 100 persons to obtain national certification and registration as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry. Helen set up the first formal laboratory in a single small room in the basement of Poynter Hall and began immediately to train others to perform tests.  By 1937-38, in cooperation with J. Perry Tollman, M.D., she developed a formal nationally accredited medical technology program. In addition to her founder's role in the clinical laboratory, she later served UNMC as a research technologist in virology and cytogenetics. It was her virology lab that confirmed the first case of polio in Omaha. Today her legacy lives on through a UN Medical Technology Founders Scholarship Fund used to award scholarship assistance to deserving students. A formal portrait of her is on display in the laboratory at UNMC, listing the names of all scholarship recipients. Lineage: Martha (Purinton) Wyandt.

Reynolds, Chad Wellington  Education: Otterbein College (B.S., 1990); Ohio State University (M.Ed.). Career: Teaches elementary physical education at Gahanna School near Westerville, OH; also is an assistant coach at Otterbein College. Married Cindy Herrun (see her entry). Lineage: Arnold Overholt.

Reynolds, Cindy (Herrun)  Education:  Otterbein College (B.S.). Career: Teaches home economics at Olentangy High School (OH).  Married Chad Wellington Reynolds (see his entry). Lineage: Arnold Overholt.


Dick Reynolds

Reynolds, Ellen Dawn (Trout)  Education:  Otterbein College (B.S.); Ashland University (M.Ed.). Career: Has taught elementary education at Gahanna, London and Worthington Schools near Westerville, OH (1975-present). Married Richard Eugene Reynolds (see his entry). Lineage: Arnold Overholt.

Reynolds, Richard Eugene  Education:  Otterbein College (B.S.); Xavier University (M.Ed.). Career: Director of Athletics at Otterbein College in Westerville, OH. He has served for three decades as head coach of men's basketball at Otterbein, and is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference. In the process, he has racked up more than 500 victories. He is in the top 10 nationally for wins among active coaches, and 12th all-time in NCAA Division III.Seen here, Dick poses with the game ball following his 500th career win in February 2001. Formerly a high school health teacher at Westerville (OH) Schools.  Coached Trevor Younkin of the family of Horton H. Younkin. Married Ellen Dawn Trout (see her entry). Lineage: Arnold Overholt.

Rhodes, Alta Gladys (Jones) Vaxie  Career: Taught at Hillsdale, KS. Married Lee Vaxie and Hubert Rhodes.  Lineage: Nellie (Brown) Jones


Jean (Grimes) Rice

Rice, Jean (Grimes) -Education: Ohio Northern University (B.S.B.A.) Career: Taught at St. Bernard-Elmwood Place City Schools in Cincinnati, OH (1987-1990); technology specialist at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (1999-present). Married Dean Rice. Lineage: John Minard Burditt.

Rockhold, Betty Kathryn (France) Career: Taught school in California. Lineage: Forest Fay France.

Root, Terry Lee Education: Northwest Missouri State University (B.S., M.S.); Missouri University (Specialists Degree). Career: Junior high principal and teacher of physical education, health, driver's training and athletic coach at West  Nodaway, MO; Superintendent at Union Star, MO (10 years). Lineage: Christina (Younkin) Nedrow.

Rose, John W.  Career: Taught at Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA (1915-18). Married Helen Garrow Harvey. Lineage:  Jackson Grant Rose.

Rose, Ralph  Career: Taught at Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA (1914-18). Married Catherine Blubaugh.  Lineage:  Levi Rose

Runyan, Michael Scott   Education:  Kansas University (B.S., M.S.).  Career:  Has taught government and physical education for three years at Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, KS.  Married Nicole Lynn Morton.  Lineage:  Christina (Younkin) Nedrow..

Russell, Jerry R.  Career: School teacher. Married Helen Marie Miller. Lineage: Irene (Miner) Welsh

Rutherford, Trisha Dawn (Burnell)  Education: Linville College. Career: Student-taught teaching elementary school in Oregon circa 1997. Married Ted Rutherford. Lineage: Alfred Arthur Younkin.

Schrock, Paula (Scofield)  Education: Azusa Pacific College (B.S.). Career: Taught at Bass Lake (CA) School District for six years.  Married Will Schrock. Lineage: Orlan Lloyd Miner.

Schurkamp, Kristine Augusta (Krieg)  Education: Central Michigan University (B.S., 1981).  Career: Taught pre-school at Grand Haven (1981-83) and  Fremont, MI. Married Robert Nelson Schurkamp.  Lineage: James Jasper Knight

Scofield, Garrold  Education:  California Polytechnic College (1959); University of Southern California (M.Ed., 1976). Career: Taught elementary education at Somis (CA) School (1966-86) and Summit School , Ojai, CA (1986-present). Married Marilyn Miner (see her entry). Lineage: Orlan Lloyd Miner

Seelye, Aline  Career: Teacher in White Plains, NY, in 1930. Lineage: Mary F. "Mollie" Murdock.

Seelye, Bertram M. Career: Teacher in New York City in 1930. Lineage: Mary F. "Mollie" Murdock.

Seelye, Bertram P.  Career: Principal of a public school in White Plains, NY, circa 1910-1930, including in New York City (1930). Lineage: Mary F. "Mollie" Murdock.

Sellers, Arlis Marion  Career: Taught near Lamar, Colorado. Married Flora Ann Toothaker (see her entry). Lineage: Lester White

Sellers, Flora Ann (Toothaker)  Career: Taught near Lamar, Colorado. Married Arlis Marion Sellers (see his entry). Lineage: Lester White

Sellers, George Washington  Career: Early teacher in Mingonia and Isabel, KS (late 1800s).  Married Nona White. Lineage: Lester White

Sellers, Paul Laverne  Education:  Kansas State Teachers College (B.S., 1927); Pittsburg (KS) State College (M.S., 1943). Career: Taught at Sand Creek , KS (mid-1920s); taught and coached at Athol , KS; Principal of intermediate school at Fort Scott , KS. Married Mary Alberta Downey (see her entry). Lineage: Lester White

Seman, Audrey J. (Bush)  Education:  California University of PA (1961). Taught 10 years at Fifth Ward School, Washington, PA (1961-1972); in OH (1972); in MS (1972-1976); and AK (1976-1999). Correspondent instructor in English and phonics for University of  Arkansas in Magnolia. Taught intensive phonics at Alaska Pacific University (1998). Traveling teacher in US and Canada (1999).  Married Ben Capozza and John Seman.  Lineage: James Henry McKnight

Shaffer, Jessie Everly Education: West Virginia University (1931) Career: Early educator in Preston County, WV, even before attending high school. After obtaining her college degree, was a substitute home economics teacher. Authored a nearly three-page memoir in the 1979 book, Preston County West Virginia History, published by the Preston County Historical Society. Married L. Starkey Shafer. Lineage: Sarah (Carroll) Everly.

Shaffer, L. Starkey Education: West Virginia University (1931) Career: Taught for many years at Gap Mills High School in Monroe County, WV. Honored with a memorial plaque in the school hallway. Named in 1963 as one of Monroe County's "17 "Sports Greats" in the five categories of hunting, fishing, conservation, leader and promoter. An entire page was dedicated to him in the Gap Mills High School yearbook of 1963. Married Jessie Everly (see her entry). Lineage: Sarah (Carroll) Everly.

Sheely, Grace T. (Younkin)  Education: Hood College. Career: Taught home economics at Biglerville, PA. Married Donald C. Sheely Sr.  Lineage: Ira "David" Younkin

Shockey, David  Career: School teacher. Lineage: Martha (Fawcett) Shomaker

Shockey, Mary Jane  Career: School teacher.  Married David Shockey (see his entry). Lineage: Martha (Fawcett) Shomaker

Shultz, Dawn  Career: Taught mathematics at Connellsville Area Senior High School (2002). Lineage: Herbert M. Ream

Smith, Juanita M. (Minerd)  Career: Retired from the Frazier School District and Brownsville Catholic School, Fayette County, PA.   Married Martin A. Smith. Lineage: Clyde B. Minerd.

Smith, Mary Anne (Thorpe)  Education:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1962).  Career: Taught mathematics at Canon McMillan Elementary school, Canonsburg, PA (1962-1995).  Married Thomas A. Smith.  Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe

Smith, Timothy Harlow  Education:  Penn State University (B.S., 1993).  Career: Taught mathematics at Mt. Lebanon School District, Pittsburgh, PA circa 1997. Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe

Snidemiller, Nancy (Newcomer)  Career:  Taught at a private school in Atlanta, GA. Married Robert Eugene Newcomer (see his entry). Lineage: Hannah "Lucy" (Murray) Eicher

Snidemiller, Robert Eugene  Career:  Taught ROTC after 20-year career in the Marines.  Married Nancy Newcomer (see her entry).  Lineage: Hannah "Lucy" (Murray) Eicher

Snyder, Edwin D.  Education: University of Pittsburgh. Career: Taught in Johnstown and Somerset (PA) high schools for 43 years.  Married Maude R. Hechler. Lineage: Amanda (Younkin) Hechler

Sperry, Sam Hillard Jr.  Education: University of New Mexico (B.S.); University of Montana (M.A.). Career: Teacher for six years and a teaching assistant at the University of Montana at Missoula.  Married Janet Sue Hoyt. Lineage: Ethel (Bailey) Peterie

Stauffer, Marian (Walker) Career: School psychologist in Houston, TX. Lineage: Elizabeth (Miner) Lindley.

Stouffer, Lisa Renee (Kalp)  Education:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1992). Career: Taught first grade at Longfield Elementary school in Forestville,  MD, circa 1997. Lineage: Jennie (Enos) Snyder

Strachan, Gayle Linn (Nedrow)  Education:  University of Arizona (B.S., 1986).  Career:  Has taught physical education, kindergarten and first grade for 10 years at Echo Mountain Elementary school, Phoenix, AZ.  Lineage:  Christina (Younkin) Nedrow..

Taylor, Judith Kay (Gifford)  Education:  Missouri Western State College (B.S.).  Career:  Taught for more than 20 years in the Avenue City Elementary school in Cosby, MO, and Stewartsville Elementary school in Stewartsville, MO.  Married Thomas Leroy Taylor.  Lineage: Christina (Younkin) Nedrow.

Taylor, Melissa Kay  Education: Missouri Western College (B.A.); Truman State University. Career:  Taught government institutions at  Truman State in St. Joseph, MO, circa 1997. Lineage: Christina (Younkin) Nedrow.


Jack Thorpe

Thorpe, Edwin Thomas Jr.  Education:  Whitewater State Teachers College (1932-33); California University of Pennsylvania (1935);  Boston University (B.S., 1941). Career:  Taught at one-room Pleasant Grove School, Perry Township, Fayette County, PA (1934-39), and physical education at Jones Junior High School and Leeds Middle School, Philadelphia Public Schools (1967-79).  Married Barbara Twitchell.  Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe.

Thorpe, John Swayze "Jack" III  Education: Seen at right, University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1949; M.L.H., 1951).  Career:  Worked at Shady Side Academy,  Pittsburgh, PA (1947-90) as House Master, Dean of Students, Director of Testing, Registrar, baseball coach, rifle coach and teacher of mathematics, science and English.  Circa 1997, was a tutor-trainer with Nantahala Regional Literacy Council, Andrews, NC.  Married Elaine Hewlett.  Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe. See the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature obituary, "Beloved Shady Side Academy Teacher," published on May 30, 2009.

Thorpe, Mary Vanieta  Education: Westminster Liberal Arts College (A.B., 1927); University of Pittsburgh (M.E.).  Career: Taught French and history at New Wilmington (PA) High School; French at Audobon, NJ (until World War II); English and other subjects at Forest Hills, PA (1.5 years); and Spanish at Mt. Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh (1945-65).  Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe.


~ "Willing to Try New Things" ~

"I think our zeal for more learning of many kinds comes from our mother [Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe] who, though not formally educated past the sixth grade, was consistently asking and learning as her children developed and studied.  She was always willing to try new things and continued to be interested in the business of living and using her time and talents wisely."  --Mary V. Thorpe


Thorpe, Ralph Thomas  Education:  Findlay College (B.S., 1952).  Career:  Taught English, science, biology, anatomy, government and physical education/health at  Mt. Blanchard (1952-53), Archbold (1953-55), Bettsville (1955-56), Paulding (1956-57) and Beaverdam (1957-59), OH. Married Rosalyn Daley.  Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe.

Thorpe, Tilghman Isaiah Jr.  Career: Taught for eight years at Allegheny Technical Institute near Pittsburgh, PA. Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe

Tilbury, Eva (Marsh) Career: Received a teaching certification on Feb. 27, 1879 from the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, the first of our family to receive this designation in the Windy City. Married Corwin D. Tilbury

Wagner, Edna (Minerd)  Career: Taught at Gettemy and Frame No. 1 schools in Dunbar, PA (1902-05). Married Johnston D. Wagner. 

Wagonrod, Karen (Minerd) Career: High school teacher in Van Wert, OH. Married Dennis Wagonrod. Lineage: John Reuben Minerd


Charlotte Walker's

Walker, Charlotte Zoe Career: Longtime English Professor at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, and has edited two books about the 19th century nature writer John Burroughs. Her volume, The Art of Seeing Things, is pictured here. In her dedication to the book, she wrote: "...to all our farming ancestors, brought to life again in the writing of Burroughs, and all those who carryon today the natural ways of farming that are so threatened in our time." Her extensive list of publications is online, showing among many others that her writings have been published in Ms. Magazine, Good Housekeeping, the Virginia Woolf Quarterly, the North American Review and Woman's World. Lineage: Elizabeth (Miner) Lindley.

Walker, Stan Career: Art teacher at the public school and college levels in Montpelier, VT. Lineage: Elizabeth (Miner) Lindley.

Warrick, April Dawn (Mowry)  Education:  Grove City College (1996). Career: Substitute teacher at Connellsville and Mt. Pleasant (PA) School Districts.  Married John Clyde Warrick.  Lineage:  Albert Ward Minerd

Weis, Tyra (Rose) Career: Elementary teacher in the Pomona Unified School District in California since 1993, and vice president of the Associated Pomona Teachers union. Lineage: Levi Rose.

White, Nina Mae (Sutter)  Career: Taught "educable retarded" children at Wichita, KS. Married Minor Fay White. Lineage: Lester White

Williams, Laura Jane "Jennie" (Minerd)  Career: Taught at Egypt School in Stewart Township, Fayette County, PA (1892).  Mentioned in A History of Mill Run (1970). Married Andrew Williams. 


Phoebe Workman's class at Wick Haven School

Williams, Nancy Lee (Peck)  Education: Findlay College (B.S., 1966); Penn State University (1968); California University of Pennsylvania (M.Ed., 1977).  Career:  Taught at Indian Head (PA) Elementary (1966-67); Carl School, State College, PA (1967-68); and Saltlick (now C.N. Pritts) Elementary, Champion, Fayette County, PA (1968-1997+).  Married John Alan Williams. Lineage: Raymond Miner

Williams, Shirley Jo (Young) Career: Elementary school teacher for many years at Ridge Street Elementary School in Bowling Green, Wood County, OH, and in McClure, OH. Lineage: Edith (Miner) Keeler.

Workman, Phoebe Naomi (Thorpe)  Education: California University of PA.  Career:  Taught grades 1-8 at Wick Haven Grade School (1917) and grades 6-8 at Star Junction, Fayette County, PA (1920-22). Seen here, Phoebe stands in the back row, far right, with students circa 1917 at Wick Haven. Married Howard Alva Workman. Lineage: Clara Jane (Freed) Thorpe


Jacob Wyandt

Wyandt, Jacob Wellington Education: B.S., Tri-State College (1890). Career: Circa 1891-1903, was superintendent of public schools in Angola, IN. In 1903, was named superintendent of the high school in Bryan, Williams County, OH. He "ran a tight ship," reported the Bryan Times, "and believed that a high standard of scholarship by all, and not from a few students, was the measure of a school. He said that 'This complex age demands ever-better training because civilization has always been a race between education and catastrophe'." At the time of his appointment, said the Times

... high schools were growing from a so-called luxury to a necessity. In his 28 years here, enrollment in Bryan high school grew from 90 in 1903 to 365 in its peak year. The Lincoln elementary school building, the auditorium, and the gymnasium were built under his supervision. As more than a few men, he was interested in athletics, and coached in the days when coaches occasionally played on the teams with their students. But his primary interest was in scholarship and a well-rounded educational system. Manual training for boys, home economics for girls, the Zeta Cordia, Hi-Life, oratory, debate and music were added to the local schools during his time. He occasionally took over classes when he felt the lesson needed the added emphasis he could give. Senior literature students will recall his annual instruction days.

Younkin, Alfred Arthur  Career: Said to have taught in Casselman, Somerset County, PA (early 1900s) before moving to Wenatchee, WA, and founding an apple sorting business. Married Lillian Rhodes. 

Younkin, Alice (Pritts) Career: Taught at Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA, circa 1893. Married Levi Grant Younkin. 

Younkin, J. Harvey Career: Taught music at Morgan, Dry Hill, Gibson and Poplar Run, near Connellsville, Fayette County, PA (1890s-1910s).

Younkin, Warren Dempsey Sr.  Career: Said to have taught at Mud Pike School, Fayette County, PA, prior to serving in World War I. President of second Annual Harbaugh Reunion (1927). Married Prudence Albright. 


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