Union School Class of 1920

Union School Cecil County Maryland
By Arthur Craig Mizner

Mary Selena “Augusta” (Watson) Mizner, born 6 August 1913 and died 7 April 1970, attended Elementary Union School, Cecil County Maryland in 1920. Mary’s parents are Arthur (NMI) Watson and Emma C. (Peterson) Watson. Her mother’s parents are George Peter Peterson and Selena Augusta (Borland) Peterson of Cecil County, Md. The Peterson’s farm was ¼ mile south of the Flint Hill Church and Cemetery or about 1½ mile north of the Union School.

 Geraldine Lucille (Peterson) McKeown provided the current 1920 Union School location. Union School was located on Union School Road that ran parallel to Route 273 from Little Egypt Road to Route 316 just above Appleton Glen (referred to as Appleton to Kemblesville Road). Most of Union School Road no longer exists as a public road as the road was closed when Mr. William Du Pont purchased the land. A small portion of Union School Road is still in public use and is off Little Egypt Road.

 Ruth Eleanor (Swain) Underwood provided the Union School information. The school was a wooden one-room elementary schoolhouse that contained seven grades. Ruth also commented that the Maryland School System at that time only had 11 grades, elementary school had grades 1 through 7 and high school had grades 8 through 11. Ruth remembers the school was still in use on 4 September 1944 when she was married in the Flint Hill Church. In 1945, Mr. William Du Pont purchased the Peterson farm now owned by George Bushrod Underwood father-in-law to Ruth. Mr. William Du Pont also purchased the school property. Both properties were used by the Du Pont family for fox hunting. The school latter burnt and school site is no longer visible. A new Union School was built closer to Route 316.

 The attached Union School Class picture, grades 1 through 7, was made in September 1920. The teacher is Miss Ida Louisa Kimble, born 6 August 1877 in Fair Hill Maryland, along with 22 students. Mary Selena “Augusta” (Watson) Mizner, age 7, is in the middle row second from Miss Ida.  Lilian Brown Watkins is in the center of the front row.

 Mary in her latter years marked the photograph with ink with most of the names. 

If you identify any of the students during your review of the photograph, please let me know so that their name can be added.

 Please contact:

Major Arthur Craig Mizner, USAF Retired
3904 Burkett Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76116-1330

From the photo album of Arthur Craig Mizner

Miss Ida’s Union School Class of 1920

Miss Ida Louisa Kimble

The following is from the library of Geraldine Lucille (Peterson) McKeown.

The Kimble Family

From Z to A


Seruch Titus Kimble, Jr.


Helen Matchett Kimble

Gateway Press, Inc

Baltimore 1984


Death Notice of Ida Louisa Kimble

Funeral Rites Saturday for Miss Ida Kimble

Item 6

Page 188


Miss Ida Louisa Kimble, age 74, retired schoolteacher, died Wednesday, 25 June 1952 in Wilmington General Hospital. She had been ill for some time.

 Miss Kimble lived at 167 West Main Street, Newark, with her sister and only survivor, Evelyn T. Kimble. The daughter of the late John H. and Sarah T. Kimble of Appleton, Md., she was a graduate of the Maryland State Normal School at Baltimore.

 Until her health failed about 20 years ago, Miss Kimble taught in the schools of Cecil County, Md., for 27 years. She was a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association of Cecil County and head of Elk Chapter, DAR. She also was active in Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church and its Willing Workers Society. In addition to her sister, she leaves two nieces and a nephew, one of whom is Mrs. Amos Jaquette of Newark.

 Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at the R.T. Jones Funeral Home, Newark, with interment in Head of Christiana Cemetery. Friends may call Friday evening at the funeral home.


Contributed by Arthur Craig Mizner <acmizner@charter.net>

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