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