|KEENE STATE TODAY||VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 2 Winter 2003|
Cassie Haven Sweet and Helen Bronson Preble '25 keep in regular contact. Cassie writes that Helen is concerned about the bears that are regular visitors to the bird feeders. Cassie was surprised and pleased to receive a beautiful birthday card from KSC president Stanley Yarosewick and his wife, Mary-Lou.
Helen Bronson Preble wrote a very interesting letter to Norma Wright Walker '51 about relatives of her husband who settled in the Portland, Maine, area before the Revolutionary War. His branch of the family descended from the brother of Edward Preble, commodore of the USS Constitution. He had no children, but one day Helen and her husband were visiting the ship and one of the staff remarked how much he resembled the painting hanging in the stateroom. Helen's husband explained the family relationship. Helen turned 99 in October.
IN MEMORIAM: Harriet Cooper '25 passed away at 100 years of age on August 28, 2002. She was a talented art and mechanical drawing teacher.
Georgiana W. Werner's death last June was the subject of an article in the New York Times in September. Georgiana's body was found in a closet in her brownstone in Harlem; her hands were bound with electrical cord and she had been strangled. Police suspect she was the victim of a robbery, but the crime has not been solved. After graduating from Keene Normal School, Georgiana earned a master's degree from Boston University and was a teacher in Harlem, where she lived with her husband, the late Ludlow Werner, former editor of a leading black newspaper. She may have been one of the first African Americans to attend KSC.
IN MEMORIAM: Eleanor C. Burns '26 died July 23, 2002, in Concord, NH. She taught in the Newport school system. She also worked at Gordon, Brampton, and Dartmouth woolen mills in Claremont.
IN MEMORIAM: Beatrice Fairfield '26 passed away at her home in Dublin. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Dublin for 26 years.
IN MEMORIAM: Georgiana Werner '26 died in June 2002 in New York City. She earned a master's degree at Boston University and was a teacher in Harlem.
Rosella Brown Lowe writes from Hinsdale, N.H., that she enjoys outings with her son, his family, and their dog. She is delighted to be walking outside so often as the weather permits.
Elizabeth Harrison Thomas joined 96 retired teachers and guests at the Christmas luncheon meeting held at the Best Western Hotel in Keene. Always nice to see you, Betty.
IN MEMORIAM: Bertha Wright Fenton '27 died September 17, 2002, in Franklin, N.H. She taught home economics at Pinkerton Academy in Derry and was matron of the Merrimack County Home.
Elizabeth Welch now lives at Langdon Place in Keene. She has a cozy apartment and has made some new friends. Miss Elizabeth had Norma Walker '51 as a visitor recently. Miss Elizabeth and her two brothers lived on a farm in Hancock, N.H., quite near Norma. In addition to running the farm, they ran a boarding house where many visitors returned every year. The farm is now an example of life in the early history of Hancock, and schoolchildren come to see the workings of the farm. Miss Elizabeth taught school and often substituted in Hancock, so it is special that her farm is used as a teaching tool today.
Muriel Aldrich Lane attended her first Golden Circle luncheon in June at the Cat 'n' Fiddle with 83 other alumni and guests. She received her Golden Circle medallion and a yellow rose corsage. We hope to see her at future luncheons.
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