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Doocy, Mary M.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 263


No history of the educational development of Pike county would be complete without a mention of many of the eminent teachers, who gave their lives to this noble profession of teaching the young. Prominent among others was Miss Mary M. Doocy, who was born at Griggsville, Illinois, and graduated at the high school in that city in 1876. She taught her first school in what is now district No. 60, in the Ingram neighborhood in the northeast part of Perry township. She next conducted successful schools in South Flint and Middle Flint. From there she was employed in the Griggsville schools for several years, and then in the Pittsfield schools for several years, and then in the Pittsfield schools for a number of years. Her last teaching was in the schools of Sangamon county, Illinois, where she taught four years. The last few years she was employed by Hon. David Ross, state secretary of the bureau of labor statistics, and by the mercantile firm of John Lutz of Springfield, Illinois. While in the last employment she was taken suddenly ill, and after a short illness died on the 7th day of August, A. D., 1905, at Springfield, Illinois.

Miss Doocy was a natural teacher. She had splendid talents and tact and always had the faculty of drawing out the minds of the young people whom she taught, and teaching them to think for themselves. She was always cheerful and always looked on the bright side of everything, believing that cheerfulness was one of the essential elements of a good school. Commencing to teach at the age of seventeen she gave twenty-seven years of her life to that profession. She is kindly remembered by hundreds of people, who were once her students.

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