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Heirlooms: A Teacher's Trunk


My great grandmother, Abby Lulu White, was born in 1881 in Churdan, Greene County, Iowa. After graduating from high school near Rockwell City, Calhoun County, Iowa she became a teacher. I don't know much about her time teaching, but I do have the trunk that she used to pack all of her belongings as she began her career. Well, I do know one other thing about her teaching career: it didn't last very long. She soon married the dashing school superintendent, Lewis Edwin McFarlane, in 1903 and my grandfather was born not long after.

antique trunk
Abby Lulu White's trunk

portrait of young woman, 1900
Abby Lulu White, 1900

Detail of antique trunk
Detail of Abby's trunk


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