|Miss Lora Little, 1924|
The first of the three educators we'll look at has already been mentioned in a post, and was the inspiration for this one. Lora Little (1890-1963) was the first child of William and Ida (Moore) Little. (Ida, if you'll recall, may or may not have been the girl who (temporarily) saved her baby niece/nephew from the fire that killed her sister, Mary Whiteman, and her nephew, in 1866.) From the best that I can tell, Lora grew up in the northwestern section of Mill Creek Hundred, near Corner Ketch. By 1910 (according to the census), she was already employed as a teacher. It doesn't specifically state where, but unless she was commuting into Newark, the closest school at which she could work was the Union School (#37) on Corner Ketch Road. According to one account from a former student there, Union School downsized in about 1921, shedding its upper two grades and keeping only grades 1-6. Whether this had anything to do with her move or not is unknown, but in the only reference I could find to her teaching years, in 1922 Miss Lora Little was having success teaching in Stanton.
I can't find anything definitive, but I assume she taught in the public school in Newark. One of the few references I can find lists her as a 5-6 grade teacher in Newark for the 1936-37 school year. She would have been approaching 70. She probably retired not long after that, and passed away in 1952. Shortly after her death, the new elementary school just east of Newark was named in her honor. And although I realize she worked outside of MCH, we're going to assume her success had to do with her early years here and claim her.
|Marshallton School, c.1900|
Anna spent the rest of her teaching career in Marshallton, eventually moving into the much larger Marshallton Consolidated School when it opened in 1932. As with Lora Little in Stanton, I just have to wonder how much she might have had to do with having it built. Mote continued teaching until 1938, and when a new school was built on the other side of Kirkwood Highway in the late 1950's, it was named in her honor.
|Entrance to the Anna P. Mote School|