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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

West, Georgia A.
Clara Winters Everett,   pp. 112-113 PDF (403.9 KB)


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one of which was Clara Winters, were obliged to hunt
for their cows every morning. One day they were so
cold he called them into his house and told them to stay
there and get warm and he would find the cows.
    At the age of fifteen, Clara Winters became a teacher
in the rural school near their home and earned money to
educate herself. The family moved to Oshkosh so she
and her sisters could attend High School. After finishing
the High School, she attended Rockford College, at that
time a Seminary. She graduated in 1865 and secured a
position as teacher in the high school at Oshkosh. In
1869 she married John Everett, Principal of the High
School. Her father had died and she and her sister,
Hannah Winters, were supporting their mother, an in-
valid sister and an aunt so Mrs. Everett continued to
teach. In 1873 Mr. Everett died leaving Mrs. Everett
with two small children. A few years later, on the death
of the younger sister, Hannah Winters, had to give up
teaching to take charge of the home so Mrs. Everett be-
came the sole support of the family.
    Mrs. Everett was an excellent teacher. She was con-
sidered the finest latin teacher in the states and when
she wished to resign after teaching forty years the school
board persuaded her to teach half of each day. This she
did for five years more. Finally in 1910, after teaching
forty-five years in the High School, she resigned com-
pletely. She died in the fall of 1913.
    Clara Winters Everett was a very faithful teacher
and helped to build up a first class High School. She
was a favorite with the students as well as with the
teachers. Every morning she entered upon her school
work with such energy and goodwill it was radiated to
those about her. She was an inspiration to the students
to work and make something of themselves. The school
increased in number from less than one hundred in 1865
to 800 in 1910, and owes to Mrs. Everett much of its in-
creasing excellence.
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