Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mrs. M.E. Clark's Select School for Young Ladies, Nashville Tenn

Young ladies from well-to-do families were often sent away to boarding schools.  Miss Fannie L. Moran was no exception.  She attended Mrs. M.E. Clark's Select School for Young ladies in Nashville, TN and also Price's School in Nashville.  Today's find from the collection of Moran papers includes the front cover of Fannie's school tablet which she signed and dated Dec 17- 1888.  On the inside of the cover she listed the date as Dec 18-1888.  The inscription shows that she was attending Mrs. M.E. Clarke's School and she also listed the names of perhaps some of her classmates and where they were from as well.

Here is a letter dated Aug. 28, 1889 from Mrs. B.A. Johnson, Principal to Fannie Moran (b. Oct 23, 1872 - d. May 3, 1955) exhorting Fannie to become a "thoroughly cultured woman" and that Fannie might be "a sincere Christian, no woman's life is complete without full communion with the church, and of course I mean the Methodist Church".  Fannie was 16 when this letter was written.  
(full transcription is at the end of this post.

Here is the backside of the letter with an explanation 
as to why Mrs. Clark located her school one mile east of the Nashville city limits.  

Transcription of the letter dated Aug 28, 1889, Nashville, TN
From Miss B.A. Johnson, Principal, Select School for Young Ladies
To Miss Fannie Moran

My dear Fannie,
I have only time to acknowledge the receipt of your sweet letter, am fully repaid if my letter re-established pleasant and friendly relations between us.  I wish you abundant success in your pursuit of knowledge.  I know your mind and what you are capable of accomplishing and shall be disappointed if you do not make a thoroughly cultured woman.  Above all I trust you may be a sincere Christian, no woman's life is complete without full communion with the Church, and of course I mean the Methodist Church.  Write me some time Fannie of your efforts in this direction (corner torn off so a word or two are missing) to your mama.  I shall certainly expect to see (missing corner) when in Nashville, telephone me 993. (then on the left side written vertically she says) Ever read Emerson's Traits of Character?  Much love from your (corner missing)
Bessie Johnson

Fannie Moran went on to become the State's first Democratic national committeewoman after serving as Tennessee legislative chairman for the American Women's Suffrage Association.  She was also active in her church and various clubs.  I'm fairly certain that Fannie Moran exceeded the expectations that Bessie Johnson expressed in her letter to Fannie.


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  2. "I have acquired a Mrs. M.E. Clark's Select School for Young Ladies Nashville, Tennessee 1885-1886 Which is announcement and catalogue (exact spelling in the book). Inside the book was an obituary from one of her students that graduated from her school. She worked with Red Cross. Her name was Mrs. Sidney Crockett. If anyone is interested in viewing it and maybe purchasing it please let me know." Mrs. Sidney Crockett was Mrs. Clark's daughter. There is a signature on the front. I am not sure if it is Mrs. Clark's or Mrs. Crockett.