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The class of 1953 proudly dedicates this First Lady to Mr. Elmer
Mr. Quaintance, better known to Whitneyites as "Elmer," is plan-
ning to retire after completing this year as supervisor of the mainten-
ance department of Whitney.
Elmer was born in Portage, Ohio, in l883, where he attended
Portage grade and high schools. In this same town he married Ida
R. Heminger. Next August Mr. and Mrs. Quaintance will celebrate
their golden wedding anniversary. just before World War l, they
established a residence in Toledo.
Mr. and Mrs. Quaintance have been blessed with five children:
Ruth, Wayne, Maxine, Helen, and Betty. Ruth was in the army, and
is now employed at the Overland. Wayne has followed in his father's
footsteps, he works for the Board of Education. Maxine is a book-
keeper for the Congress of Industrial Organizations, while Helen
works at a Save-Way. Betty, the youngest, is a housewife with three
children. Altogether they have nine grandchildren. One of them,
Donna Barker, graduated from Whitney three years ago, and is now
employed as a machine operator at the Toledo Trust Company.
First, Mr. Quaintance was a farmer, afterwards he worked at the
Big Four Coal Company where he was a foreman fourteen years.
Later, he came to the Board of Education where he worked for twenty-
seven years: one year-at all of the schools, two years--Homeville
portables, eight years-DeVilbiss, two years-Gunckel, fourteen
Asked how he liked his work he replied, "l'm crazy about Whit-
ney. lt's the nicest and the best of schools. ln an all girls school one
doesn't have so much trouble. In the fourteen years that l've been
here, no one has ever said an unkind word to me. Some may have
wanted to, but they never did." He especially enjoyed being the lone
male in the building. lf he could have his choice of jobs, Elmer would
come back to Whitney.
Among other things, Elmer enjoys fishing and puttering in his
garden. After retiring, he intends to do odd jobs around his home
and for other people.
In the future as we recall memories of school days at Whitney,
each of us will have a warm spot in our hearts for Mr. Elmer Quain-
tance, who besides doing a good job, always had a smile and kind
word for everyone.
We, the class of '53, wish Mr. Quaintance happiness and success
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