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Laura Temple

Laura Temple was born near Hazen, on August 2, 1865, the daughter of Samuel W. and Annie Smith Temple. She began her teaching career at the age of sixteen by teaching in the elementary schools of Jefferson County. A graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, in 1893, she received her second master's degree in archaeology from the University of California in 1894. Her archaeological research continued in United States, Europe and Mexico. While in Mexico, she studied at the University of Mexico. Later she received another honorary degree from Allegheny College for her extensive research. She was instrumental in the formation of the Sara L. Keen School in Mexico City, which provided elementary, commercial and college level courses for women. Through her service to that school as president of it's board and it's director, she became well-known for her ability as an educator. This lead to her appointment to the National Board of Education.

In her travels in Mexico, she became aware of the need for educational opportunities for the poor girls in the villages. At that time she was president of the Mexican Education Society, and with her influence she succeeded in having a school built to meet this need. The school (Daughters of Juarez) was opened in 1910, and offered elementary studies, home economics, and later a high school department. A few years later, the name of the school was changed to Laura Temple School. After the Mexican Revolution, she founded a farm school for boys, near Mexico City. She spent the remainder of her life in Mexico, dying at her home there on June 23, 1949. This memorial stone is in the Temple Cemetery near her family's home.

"Information courtesy of Dr. James H. Sterrett"

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