Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marilyn Etta Murphy Owen - Teacher

  Marilyn Etta Murphy Owen was born 26 February 1929 in Melrose Park (Chicago), Illinois, daughter of Bert Francis Murphy and Helen Melissa Smith, married at her family's farm 15 June 1947 Donald Richard Owen, died 9 March 2007, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.

Marilyn Murphy - Teacher at the Murphy School in 1946

Students at the Murphy School in 1946
First Row: Judy Beer, Larry Dove and Jerri Inman
Second Row: Richard Inman, Eleanor Rupalo
Back Row: Jim Beer, Bert Murphy, James Knapp

  Following her marriage to Donald R. Owen, Marilyn taught at the Lincoln School in Bellair Township, filling in for a teacher who was ill.  She and Donald lived in their trailer parked on her parents farm in Lincoln Township.  The next fall Marilyn and Donald moved to Iowa City where she taught in a country school outside of Iowa City.

Newspaper Clipping of  Lincoln School Students' 
Visit to the Iowegian
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal of these pictures and clipping by Kelly Jerosch of Centerville, Virginia.  The Murphy School students were identified by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio.  Bert Murphy of Bettendorf, Iowa, provided the background information.

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