A recent addition to my personal collection, this cabinet card photo was labeled as "Grace S Leavitt, East Lexington, Mass, June 1895", and was from a collection of photos of Salem Normal School graduates from that year.
Further research found her to be Grace Sanford Leavitt, the daughter of Alonzo and Emma J (Derby) Leavitt, who was born in Lexington, MA on 5 July 1875. Records of the State Normal School in Salem, MA do show her attending classes there.
Grace went on to work as a clerk for the State House, and would later become head clerk for the Department of Corporations and Taxes in Boston. Moving from Lexington, she afterwards lived in Boston and Canton, MA. She did not marry until late in life, to the widower Nixon Waterman in 1940. He died in 1944, and she passed away in Sharon, MA on 15 Feb 1970.
She was a member of the old NALF organization, becoming the association secretary in 1938, a position she held for six years. She was Thomas line (Thomas Book, pg 103).
- posted by Steve
- Steve Dow (Historian)