MISS MARY F. McEACHRAN.
The ability with which Miss Mary F. McEachran is discharging her responsible duties as county superintendent of
schools is an argument in favor of the greater participation of women in public affairs. She is a native of this
county and a daughter of Robert McEachran, who was born on the 30th of October, 1840, in Ohio, and removed to Muscatine
county, Iowa, in 1867, locating upon a farm there. Subsequently he removed to this county and took up his residence
upon land in Pilot township. He gained a competence by farming and is now living retired in Marengo. At the time
of the Civil war he enlisted in the Thirtieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was with the colors for four and a
half years, serving under Generals George H. Thomas and William T. Sherman. He participated in many battles, including
those of Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Franklin, Tennessee, and was on the famous march to the sea as far as Atlanta.
He was wounded near Resaca and near Lookout Mountain. His wife, who was in her maidenhood Miss Bridget O'Hair,
was born in County Clare, Ireland, on the 22d of December, 1845, and has passed to her last rest. She was the mother
of seven children, of whom Mary F. is the oldest. James E., the next in order of birth, and John F., are both deceased;
Ellen H. is the wife of J. J. Donohoe, a resident of Williamsburg, this county; Annie M. is a high school teacher
of Prescott, Arizona; Helena A. is also living in that city; and Claire J. is the wife of G. C. Lessard, of Mayer,
Miss Mary F. McEachran entered the common schools of this county at the usual age and continued her education in
the high school of Williamsburg, from which she was graduated with the class of 1897. She began teaching and won
promotion to the principalship of the graded schools at Williamsburg. During her vacations she attended normal
school and thus fitted herself for doing better work the following year. She taught in this county for twelve years
and in Minnesota for two years and from year to year her power as a teacher and her understanding of educational
problems increased. In 1910 her ability was recognized by election to the office of county superintendent of schools
and she has since filled that position with credit. Her long experience as a teacher enables her to aid the teachers
under her in overcoming the difficulties that arise from time to time and she has also succeeded in securing the
cooperation of the parents of the children to a marked degree. She is continually striving to relate the school
work more closely to the actual life and needs of the community and there has been notable advance in the condition
of the schools under her administration.
Miss McEachran is a republican in her political belief, as she is convinced of the wisdom of the policies of that
party. Her membership is in the Catholic church, and she belongs to the Ingleside Reading Club, the Woman's Relief
Corps and the P. E. O. Society. Practically her entire life has been passed in this county and her interests are
identical with those of the community which she serves in her capacity as county superintendent of schools. She
is not only highly respected professionally but has many warm personal friends, who esteem her highly for her many
admirable womanly qualities.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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