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Anna May Cole

Former Hampton School Teacher

Hampton Union, Thursday, July 23, 1953

Anna May Cole

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Congregational Church for Miss Anna May Cole, well-known retired Hampton school teacher.

Miss Cole died Saturday in her 88th year at the home of her niece, Mrs. Calvin Wygant of Marlboro.

Born in Gorham, Maine, she was graduated from Mount Holyoke college in 1888 and from Middlebury College in Vermont. She also attended Massachusetts Agricultural College. At a time when it was thought unusual for a single woman to travel alone, Miss Cole embarked on a tour of England, Scotland and France.

She was brought to Hampton by her parents when she was one year old. She taught in Hampton schools for 21 years where she was one of the first teachers at Hampton Academy and High School.

After the death of her father she lived at the family homestead on Winnacunnet road alone where she also ran a greenhouse at one time. After her father’s death she taught 5 years at Atkinson Academy in Fairfax. Vermont.

Miss Cole was the oldest living member of the Congregational Church joining in 1884. She served as a Sunday school teacher and a clerk of the school and church for many years. She was also a member of the Ocean Side Grange and of the Hampton Garden Club.

Besides her niece, she leaves two nephews, Elroy G. Shaw of Hampton and Everett Shaw of Denver, Colorado.

Burial was in the High Street Cemetery. The Sturgis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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