Frances Leda "Auntie Leda" Stratton (1878-1973) is on the right with an unknown friend. This expression must have been invaluable in controlling her first grade classes! No doubt, they also hung their heads in contrition.
"Everyone knew her as Auntie Leda and remembered her fondly as their first grade teacher. 'Come, come, little folks,' she'd say, clapping her hands briskly, "do be quiet for me now." The children almost always would.
Small and wiry, she never tired. Was one secret of her patience her constant knitting? She never dropped a stitch while closely eyeing the blackboard and her pupils. Generations later, newcomers to the town objected to the practice. Former students who recalled their kind teacher with the clicking needles and large class were annoyed by the criticism.
Miss Stratton taught until she was 84. Her record of 63 years of continuous teaching stood as a national record. When applying for social security in 1963, she discovered that she was still listed as "Baby Stratton" in the Lee records. The town clerk then added her name, Frances Leda. (Her birth in 1878 was premature, and for weeks her parents had feared to name her.)
Until she was 90 Auntie Leda shopped downstreet, a birdlike figure who darted in and out of the supermarket aisles, chatting with her former pupils. She had cared for at least 2,200 children."
Consolati, Florence. See all the People. Lee: self-published, 1978.
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