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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 1 Fall 2002
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New Class Notes 1924

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.


1925

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.


1926

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.

For six years in a row, Eleanor Rowell Shaw has attended the Golden Circle luncheon at the Cat 'n' Fiddle in Concord, N.H. For her perfect attendance, she received a canvas KSC Bookstore bag. Eleanor also received a yellow rose for graduating before the rest. Many thanks to her son Carl for bringing her each year.

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.
Helen M. Robie '26 died July 26, 2002, in Marblehead, Mass. She taught in Tilton, N.H., and Medford, Mass.

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.


1927

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 was watching a Red Sox game on TV when Norma Walker '51 stopped by for a visit. They always have a nice chat about Francestown, N.H., and Betty's husband, Sandy.

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.

Rosetta Brown Lowe spent the holidays with her two sons. She is fortunate to have them living close by. This winter, Rosetta enjoyed watching the snowmobilers who stop at the restaurant across the highway from where she lives. But she really looked forward to spring and a chance to go outside.

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.


1928

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.

This is the 75th anniversary year for our class. We would enjoy hearing from you with your memories of Keene Normal School.


1929

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.

Evelyn Warren Bailey of Wayland, Mass., writes that she enjoyed reading the Golden Circle letter telling about Reunion 2002. It made her feel she was part of the activities. Evelyn is still excited about receiving her medallion and had her picture taken wearing it by her granddaughter.

Hazel Stewart Richmond, who lives in Concord, N.H., received an unexpected visit from Norma Walker '51. She proudly told Norma about her very successful children and grandchildren. With all their wonderful accomplishments, she has a right to be proud.



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