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Page 13 text:
The class of 1957 lovingly dedicates their First Lady to one of Whitney's
pioneers, Mrs. Elizabeth VonHoff.
ln Rheinland, Germany, lived a large family of thirteen boys and one
girl. The only girl in this family was Elizabeth Hoppe, only two of the boys
are now living.
When Mrs. VonHoff was four a grandmother taught her to knit and
crochet. During summer and winter after classes between the ages of six
and fourteen, she attended a finishing school. There she studied needle-
work for two hours a day. German boys and girls go to school six days
a week with four weeks' vacation during the summer. The hours are from
eight o'clock in the morning until twelve noon and from one-thirty in the
afternoon until four. Saturday school was only opened a half day. Mrs.
VonHoff concentrated on handwork, art, nature study, and getting ac-
quainted with others. After public and high school, Mrs. VonHoff attended
Froebel Seminary and Frederick Wilhelm College in Berlin. Later she served
one year as an apprentice in Cologne.
Mrs. VonHoff was married in Germany and has a daughter Lieselotte
Adelheid Cordier. The Cordiers have a four-year-old, Lisa, to whom Oma
In November, 1916, the VonHoffs came to Toledo. She taught at the
Young Men's Christian Association and Ursuline Academy. Her first job
for the Board of Education in 1919 consisted of teaching adult education
at Scott, Gunckel, Libbey, and a total of twenty-eight other schools and has
taught night school since 1923. For three months in New York she studied
drafting, pattern making, and designing, and obtained her vocational de-
gree at the University here.
Mrs. VonHoff is truly a pioneer, having been with us ever since there
was a Whitney. She taught in the old Vocational Building lwhere the
library now standsl, Webster, and moved to the present edifice in February
Needle work, traveling, and flowers make up Mrs. VonHoff's hobbies.
She prefers living flowers to cut ones. Traveling across the ocean fourteen
times always taking a different route, she has enioyed revisiting her mother
and homeland. Three years ago in December, taking her first plane trip,
she returned to Germany for a final visit with her mother, who has since
Busy teenagers do not see how Mrs. VonHoff, teaching school lday and
nightl, can do so many other things. May the graduates of 1957 profit by
her example of a good life well spent and may Mrs. VonHoff enioy years
of well-earned leisure to pursue her many interests.
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