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Ann Marshall

Ann Marshall moved to Emmitsburg over 50 years ago when her husband joined the faculty at Mount Saint Mary's College. Together, they built a home, raised ten children. Ann taught part-time: adult education in town and consumer education at the University of Maryland. When her youngest child was 12, she took a full-time position supervising the adult education program of the Frederick County Board of Education.

She was named Maryland's Outstanding Adult Education Administrator in 1979 and in 1998 was honored as a Distinguished Alumna of Seton Hill College. Ann has written over 200 articles for newspapers and magazines, both local and national. Now widowed, Ann says her family is her heartbeat. Seventeen grandchildren range from Christopher, nearly a year old, to "Veggie Annie" Marshall, early thirties, who is a personal chef in Frederick.

Ruth Richards

Ruth Owen Richards was born in 1917 in Sioux Fall, South Dakota, educated in the public schools of Sioux Falls and graduated from Yankton College in Yankton South Dakota in 1939. She taught school in a small rural town in northern South Dakota for one year.

In 1940 she married John Richards and moved to Emmitsburg, where he had been hired by Mount Saint May’s College to teach Physics and Physical Chemistry. She did most of the substituting in the Emmitsburg School for 10 years, and then took a full-time teaching job at the Thurmont High School and later at Catoctin High School, retiring in 1977

In about 1997 she was persuaded to write for the Dispatch, writing mostly recollections of her early days in Emmitsburg.

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