Saturday, August 6, 2011

Edward Huntington Dutcher: Principal 1922 to 1929

Edward H Dutcher (A.B. University of Vermont, 1882) came to the East Orange school system in 1891 to be principal of Eastern School, replacing Vernon L Davey who had become East Orange school superintendent. In the early 1920's, probably at the death of Principal Vrooman in 1922, Mr Dutcher was appointed principal of Stockton, serving as principal of both schools till his death in 1929. At his death he had been principal of Eastern School for 38 years and Mr Dutcher was followed as principal of both schools by Dr. Paul S Miller.

Mr. Dutcher was born August 25,1860 and died March 3, 1929. His obituary (NY Times 3/4/1929) lists spouse Edna Cobb Dutcher* and son Hamilton Dutcher (Edward Hamilton Dutcher from a first marriage to Helen Eugenia Hamilton). A 1900 Phi Beta Kappa catalog lists him as having an A.M. degree. From 1883 to 1885 he led the last years of Barre Academy in Vermont (which was then transferred to the public school system in 1887) and from 1885 to 1891 he's listed as  principal of "Brandon Graded School," another school in Vermont.

*There is a Miss (Mrs?) Dutcher on a 1930's Stockton teachers' list and, since Dutcher isn't a common name,  it's likely that Principal Dutcher's widow Edna Cobb Dutcher is the Stockton teacher. Also, former Stockton student Pat Quinn found a 1930 census listing that shows Edna Cobb Dutcher's occupation as "teacher."

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