Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fearless Females - Education

March 26 — What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.

I wrote earlier about my mother's education at Goldey College and her Aeronautical Secretarial course. I don't think any of my grandmothers or great-grandmothers went to school beyond high school. My 2x great-grandfather's sister Julia Creedan worked as a nurse and a teacher, so I would guess that she had some advanced education.

My paternal grandmother Anna Lee Pulskamp graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Celina, Ohio in 1928.

Anna Lee is shown above with her sister Emma Lee. The article to the right was published in the Lima News on June 2, 1928. Graduates were Pacifica Forathoefel, George Howick, Eugene Maher, Anna Lee Pulskamp, Emma Lee Pulskamp, Bertha A. Spieler, and Marcella Spriggs. The class motto was "'We' Did It". The flower was a white rose and the class colors were green and white. The baccalaureate was delivered by Rev. Edwin Kaiser, professor at St. Charles seminary and diplomas were presented by Father George, pastor.

Anna Lee's Certificate of Graduation was signed by Sister M. Redempta, Principal and Rev. George Hindelang, Superintendent.

The inside of the certificate showed her classes and grades. She certainly had a well rounded education and made 95 or above in all of her classes. I was especially impressed that she received a grade of 100 in German Classics Translations. That sounds tough!

Anna Lee used her training in typewriting and stenography to find work as a secretary at the Farm Bureau after graduation.

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