Nettie Depp

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Letter from Nettie Depp to Henry Cherry written April 13, 1914 when Depp was Superintendent of Barren County Schools. She was the first woman elected to any office in Barren County, seven years before woman's suffrage in the United States. She was also the first WKU alum to be elected superintendent of schools. Transcription of letter:

[Note at top] Look on alumni list and change address.

Pres. H.H. Cherry, Bowling Green, Ky.

My dear Mr. Cherry;

Your letter sent to Scottsville has reached me. My prospects for the following year are possibly not as flattering as you would like, but I shall do my best to fill the place I have secured to the best of my ability. I realize that I have work, plenty of work, hard work, work that won't please all to do, but I shall do my best to do the right thing and let it please whom it will.

As you have a good percent of my teachers I shall ask you to insist upon their attendance at the K.E.A. Also ask them to please register.

I notice your name mentioned as a candidate for Governor. I really and truly think the school needs you the worst. Of course if you should make the race, I am for you.

Yours for success,

Nettie B. Depp


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