I cannot believe that it is almost the end of summer. How does it pass by so quickly? Our kids even have classes starting up again this week. So, it is timely that this week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors Challenge is “School Days.” I have chosen my 2nd great aunt, a school teacher, to write about this week.
Mary Clare Logue was born May 16, 1873 to Manus and Ann (Brown) Logue, in Allentown, PA. She was baptized on May 25, 1873 at Immaculate Conception Church in Allentown. Her godparents were Manus McCarry and Hannah McHugh.
Although her father, Manus, never knew how to read and write, he made sure that all of his children went to school. They were all educated in the schools of the Sixth Ward of Allentown. So, it must have pleased Manus when Mary became a school teacher. She first taught at the Sixth Ward elementary school, and then moved up to the Sheridan School, the Stevens School and Hunsicker Junior High School.
Thanks again to Newspapers.com, I was able to find out quite a bit about Mary. Overall it appeared Mary was a respected and well-liked teacher. However early in her career, in 1904, she was charged with assault and battery after beating an 8 year boy who had talked back to her while she taught in the Sixth Ward school. The case was heard in front of a city alderman, and was going to settle the case by having Mary pay $10 in costs. However, she refused, and she was placed under $300 bail instead. This event did not seem to hinder Mary’s teaching career, as she continued to teach in the Allentown schools for several years afterwards.
A teaching position must have been considered prestigious at that time, because it seemed that every little thing that occurred to Mary, made the paper. In 1901, she had the mumps. In 1904, she stepped on a needle. Both incidents were reported by The Allentown Leader. Even her vacations were reported.
Around 1916, Mary left Allentown, moved to Philadelphia, and continued teaching. She died in at the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on November 20, 1956 at the age of 83. She was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham, PA on November 23, 1956.