My theme for the A to Z April Challenge is “In-Laws and Out-Laws – Friends of the Family.” I will be researching friends, colleagues, neighbors - those people who came and went touching my family’s lives in both small and large ways.
is for Argene. I never heard my grandaunt Violetta Davis Ryan talk about Argene Louise Lauck; however, they were friends in college. Since Argene grew up in Shenadoah, Virginia, it is likely she and Violetta went to high school together as well.
|Argene Louise Lauck Ranson 1923|
5 Nov 1903 - Aug 1981
Under her Senior picture is this description:
Troubles she’s had? I wonder if that could refer to her mother’s death. In the 1930 census, her father was listed as a widower. Perhaps her mother died while Argene was in school.
And that “Well, listen, Myrtle” – doesn’t that have the innocent ring of 1920s slang?
One of the amusing school activities in the early days at the State Normal School in Harrisonburg (now James Madison University) was clubs based on popular names such as the Mary Club, the Virginia Club, the Elizabeth Club, the Frances Club, and the Louise Club. Apparently Argene was not fond of her name and chose to go by Louise instead, and of course, she joined that club along with 20 other Louises.
Argene, er uh Louise, was also a member of the Choral Club and Athletic Association. Along with my aunt Violetta, Louise joined the High School Club for students seeking certification to teach on the high school level.
And teach she did. After graduation from the Normal School in 1923, Argene Louise must have started teaching right away. In both the 1930 and 1940 Shenandoah, Virginia census, she was teaching in public school while living with her widowed father John Samuel Lauck and her two sisters Myrtle and Audrey. Audrey likewise was a teacher. The oldest sister Myrtle must have been in charge of the household. A younger brother Jennings died in 1938.
Argene Louise apparently married after 1940. That was rather late in life for women of her generation. She is buried in a family plot in the Coverstone Cemetery in Shenandoah, Virginia, the town where she was born and educated and returned to serve future generations as a teacher.
|photos courtesy Jan Hensley|
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