On June 21, 1898 Miss Bessie Swartz became the wife of T.C. Cherry. She was born in 1871 and died March 19, 1951. They met in 1896 when she joined the faculty of the Southern Normal School. The couple had three children:
- a daughter Mrs. John Breast
- T.C. Jr.
Mrs. Cherry taught English at WKU from 1923 through 1950. Gordon Wilson wrote a tribute to her in The April 6, 1951 issue of the College Heights Herald.
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