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Henthorn, Alice Birdie

Alice Birdie Henthorn

Notes for Alice Birdie HENTHORN-150

BIOGRAPHY: Alice Henthorn was educated in the public schools of Ripley County, IN and attended old Moores Hill (now Evansville) College for about 2 years.

She taught school in the Ripley County Public Schools and in the Indianapolis Public Schools for many years.

In 1918, she went to Washington, DC where she was employed for many years by the federal government. She worked first for the War Department and later the Treasury Department, until her retirement in 1938.

After leaving Ripley County she lived in Cincinnati, Chicago, Indianapolis and Washington, DC.

She was Matron, U.D. and First W. Matron, Electa Chapter No. 135, O.E.S. Milan, IN. She was Past President, General M. Emmett Urell Auxilliary, United Spanish War Veterans, Washington, DC.

When her husband's health broke circa 1913 she returned to employment, working until the time of her retirement.

OBITUARY: Rites at Milan for Mrs. Bruner
Teacher in Ripley County Schools for 17 Years, Dies Near Washington, DC

Mrs. Alice H. Bruner, teacher in the Ripley county schools for 17 years, died Saturday in Prince Georges county, Md., near Washington, DC. She had been ill for some time and had been in a hospital since March 16.

Born on the Henthorn farm just west of Milan on the Versailles and Milan pike, Mrs. Bruner was the former Alice Belle (Byrd) Henthorn, daughter of James Wilson and Fannie Catherine Henthorn, the youngest of 10 children. Her parents were among the earliest settlers of Ripley county, her father coming from Boone county, Ky., and her mother, the daughter of Peter Williams, coming from Worcester county (near Snow Hill) on the eastern shore of Maryland.

The deceased was educated in the public schools of Ripley county and attended Moores Hill college, after which she began a career of teaching. In 1893 she was united in marriage to Milton Ellsworth Bruner of the Springdale neighborhood, who survives her with two children, Kenneth Henthorn Bruner and Pauline May Bruner (Mrs. A. Robert McCallum Jr.) both of Silver Spring, Md.

Entered Civil Service

Answering the call for trained personnel in 1917, Mrs. Bruner entered the Federal Civil Service in the War Department, working as a section chief in the Quartermaster General's Office. Thereafter she was transferred to the Loans and Currency Division of the United States Treasury where she served until 1938 when she retired on account of physical disability. From that time she resided with her son, Kenneth H. Bruner, president of the East Sligo Valley Citizens Association in Silver Spring, Md.

Active in religious and fraternal work, Mrs. Bruner was a member of Foundry Methodist Church in Washington; a past president of the General M. Emmett Urell chapter, Spanish War Veterans' Auxillary; matron, U.D. and first worthy matron of Electra chapter, No. 135, O.E.S., Milan.

Prayer services were conducted Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Frederick Brown Harris of Foundry church, at the residence of Mrs. McCallum at Silver Spring. The body was then brought to Milan where funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon in the Laws Funeral Home by the Rev. Maurice Eicholz with the final rites of the order of the Eastern Star under the auspices of Electa chapter. Interment was in the Moores Hill Cemetery.
(Source: Versailles Republican, Versailles, Indiana, Thursday, April 3, 1941; The Osgood Journal, Osgood, Indiana, April 3, 1941; The Washington Star, Washington, DC, Monday, March 30-31, 1941; and one other not identified.)

Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

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