Dear Alice (Part 7): 1936 Nanuet Autograph Book

    The next autograph in Alice's autograph book was signed by her principal, Leo M. Smith. Found in American Education, Volume 24 produced by the New York Education Company, 1920 is the following entry is on page 176, " Rockland County. A large and successful meeting of the Rockland County Teachers' Association was held in the Spring Valley High School October 21-22. [1920] In addition to the general sessions there were section meetings for the grades and high school round table discussions for the groups of special teachers in the mathematics, foreign languages, commercial subjects, science, history, physical training, music and drawing. President Charles A. Richmond of Union College delivered a notable address at the final session on "The Higher Aims of Education." the president of the association is Leo M. Smith of Nanuet."


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    Bill Wissinger proves more of an enigma. All of the readily found "William" or "Bill" Wissingers were either too old or too young to have been Alice's classmate. Perhaps Bill Wissinger or a family member will shed light on his identity. 


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Author HistoryKeeper, currently lives in Dover, Delaware, with family, both two- and four-footed. I am a history enthusiast, who has great regard for the past and is especially proud of the Pennsylvania German culture. In addition to Passed Time, I am currently working on a project for the German Historical Institutes Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies ( I also contribute to various newsletters and I am working on another book...or two. Feel free to email me at for questions, comments, information, a shared love of history, an idea, or just because you want to share on Passed Time, but are too shy about getting started. But be aware, Files with Attachments will not be opened, but immediately deleted.


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