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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Eames, Ruth B.
Anna Moody Flack,   pp. 72-73 PDF (391.3 KB)


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              ANNA MOODY FLACK
              Author-Ruth B. Eames
                      Elkhorn
  Mrs. Anna Moody Flack was born at South Hadly,
Massachusetts, July 30, 1830. She was the seventh of
ten children of Spencer Moody and Wealthy Montague.
Her ancestry was of the early pioneer New England
sort. She began teaching school at Northfield at the
early age of fifteen years. Later she entered and duly
graduated from the famous Holyoke Seminary.
    After a few years teaching at Eaton School, New
Haven, Connecticut, she came to Lake Geneva, W-s-
consin. In 1859 she organized and took charge of the
Seminary at that place. In the first four years fifty pupils
were enrolled. Soon having outgrown the original
quarters, a stock company was formed, and with the
proceeds built a $7,000 structure which still stands on the
original site. At times the number of pupils reached 150.
    From Lake Geneva Seminary she was called into
other educational fields. At the time when the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin inaugurated the idea of co-education
in that institution, Miss Moody took the first young
ladies to Madison and helped them to enter the school
as students.
    She was called to teach in the 2nd Wisconsin state
normal school at Whitewater in 1868 as principal of
the preparatory department and later to Platteville Nor-
mal, and at Madison, but lastly to the 3rd state normal
at Oshkosh where she occupied the position of precep-
tress for a number of years.
    She was married at Lake Geneva, January 26, 1882,
to David Lytle Flack. She died October 1, 1909 after
sixteen years of widowhood.
    Her gracious personality, her wholesome influence
and broadly-wise instruction to those students fortunate
enough to come within the range of her helpfulness is
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