Bio: Dickey, Blanche (Tribute to teacher - 1914)

Contact: Ann Stevens

Surnames: Dickey, Crothers, O’Neill

----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 11/19/1914

Dickey, Blanche (Tribute to teacher - 14 NOV 1914)

Seldom do the people of any community have the opportunity of giving expression to their love and good will for any one person and it is seldom that one individual is deserving of a general community recognition. Neillsville was therefore fortunate in having the opportunity of paying tribute Saturday night to one who, as it were, has mothered the greater proportion of its young people and given them the best of her life in following their careers from their first entrance into the public school to young manhood and young womanhood. The spontaneous recognition of all the good that Miss Blanche Dickey had accomplished in Neillsville was a beautiful thought and endeavor and the evening spent at the high school will forever remain in the minds and thoughts of all who were present. Miss Dickey was inveigled to the high school building Saturday night by a number of friends and there she was greeted by present and past pupils, their parents and grandparents and it is especially notable that numbered among the gathering were former pupils whose children are now Miss Dickey’s present pupils and whose grandparents were there to join the public demonstration of respect and honor.

Miss Dickey has been a teacher in the Neillsville schools almost continuously for nearly thirty years and these years of labor among the children of the city could have had no more fitting recognition than the one given her Saturday evening. A fine program had been arranged for the evening and it consisted of musical numbers and brief talks by the guests. Mr. G.E. Crothers presided as through his long years of association with the public schools was especially fit to voice the sentiments of the patrons of the schools. Prof. [missing word], principal of the schools, spoke of her from his knowledge of her daily work in the schools. Judge O’Neill paid Miss Dickey a beautiful and glowing tribute in his usual happy manner and there were other [missing word] talks by friends of the honored guest. She was also presented with a birthday book in which all the guests
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