|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 1877|
|Death: ||May 9, 1951|
Myrtle Irons, Art Supervisor, Dies; Services Planned Friday
Services for Myrtle M. Irons, 74, 223 Oak Knolls ave., art supervisor in Rockford public schools for more than 30 years, who died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in Elmlawn sanitarium following a two year illness, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Birpee-Wood funeral home, 420 N. Main st. Dr. John Gordon and Dr. Joseph C. Cleveland, pastor, of Second Congregational church, will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Bluff cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home between 7 and 8:30 o'clock tonight.
A resident of Rockford for 60 years, Miss Irons was born Jan. 3, 1877, in Broken Kettle, Ia., the daughter of Franklin L. Irons and Marie Scovill Irons. The family moved to Rockford from Frankfort, Kas., in 1891 following the death of Mr. Irons.
Miss irons graduated from Rockford high school in 1896. In 1896 and 1897 she did cadet teaching in Rockford elementary schools and from 1897 until 1907 she taught in Kishwaukee and Church schools. Then she left here briefly to study in Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn.
Miss Irons received her B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and in 1935 received a master of arts degree from Columbia university. She served as supervisor of art in Rockford public schools from 1909 until 1942, when she resigned.
Miss Irons was a member of many educational, teachers, and art organizations, the Rockford Woman's club, and Second Congregational church. She was a member of the board of directors of the Rockford Art association and originated free Saturday art classes for talented Rockford children.
An outstanding feature of Miss Irons' work as supervisor of art was the development of her own curriculum which gave all local children an opportunity to develop all lines of art expression. Her program of art education was recognized by art educators as one of the best in the country.
Surviving are two sisters, Minnie L. Irons and Mayme E. Irons, with whom she lived; and several cousins, including Mrs. Frank Feller, Mrs. W.W. Bennett, Charles C. Scovill, Mrs. Jennie B. Richardson, and Mrs. Bernita Foote, all of Rockford.
Rockford Morning Star
Thursday, May 10, 1951
Maria Louise Scoville Irons (1853 - 1933)
Myrtle M. Irons (1877 - 1951)
Minnie L. Irons (1882 - 1957)*
Mayme E. Irons (1885 - 1957)*
Cedar Bluff Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 20, 2012
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