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To little Brown School

July 11, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:When I accept that "Hall of Fame" award from the Milwaukee Press Club in Milwaukee on Oct. 26, I am giving full credit to little Brown School in Homestead and your prestigious Iron Mountain High School for making me, as Popeye said, "What I yam today."

Between Miss Lydia Hultgren and Miss Virginia Brunco in Brown School and those Cadillac-class teachers Miss Hartz, Miss Wilson, Miss Bond, Miss Hebert and my forensics coach, Roy Anderson, I got a college education in three years.

I have already had my ode to the gimlet-eyed, hard boiled appearing Miss Caroline Hofer published in this newspaper - when she was flat on her back in bed recovering from what was then major surgery (cataracts) - but I can't say enough for that stern looking lady with a marshmallow heart. Her fourth period civics class the first week in December 1941 was when we learned that three Japanese diplomats were in Washington talking nice so there was a good chance we would not go to war. Six class members died in the war we had so little fear of "going into." My hat is off to them and to the others who didn't make it, as well as to the teachers who guided me through those all-important formative years.

And a curtsy to the people of Homestead and Iron Mountain for maintaining two such wonderful schools. I'll say that at the awards dinner, too.

Marcheta Pearson Steebs,

Sturgeon Bay, Wis



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