VIRTUAL MUSEUM: Sylva Hewitt Kerr’s diploma


Sylva Leona Hewitt’s 1905 diploma from Willamette University’s Normal School

This is the announcement of the graduation in 1905 of Sylva Hewitt from the Willamette University Normal School.  She is a James Andrew Hewitt descendant and became Sylva Kerr, mother to Margaret Kerr Farris, James Kerr, Marjorie Kerr Bauer, William Henry (Hank) Kerr, Mary Alice Kerr Murray McClain, Kerwin Kerr, Sr., Jean Kerr, and Conrad Kerr.  [Henry Hewitt and Elizabeth Matheny>James Andrew Hewitt and Mary Jane Rose>Sylva Leona (Hewitt) Kerr]


Normal School refers to a teaching degree.  Grandma taught in several districts including one where the one-room schoolhouse had so many students she asked her father, James Andrew Hewitt, to join her as a second teacher. At one point, she bought herself a Model T Ford to drive herself to her schools.

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