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Letters to AHSAA

From Judy Clark Kidder '57 1957 AHS Alumna
March 11, 2007

Dear AHS Alumni Association,

I would appreciate you including this in the next newsletter - Mrs. Struble had a wonderful influence on a lot of Ames students during her many years there.

Thank you,

Judy Clark Kidder AHS 1957

Beth Struble Elder
August 16, 1911 - June 5, 2006

Beth Struble Elder, beloved Ames elementary school teacher, passed away on June 5, 2006, in Mason City, Iowa at the age of 94. Mrs. Elder received her teaching certificate from the State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa in 1931. Her first teaching position was in Elementary School. In 1951 she became the first principal of Meeker School. She moved to Hot Springs, AK in 1952 to care for her aging father, and returned to Ames in 1955 where she taught in the elementary grades for the next 10 years. During that time, she continued her education, receiving her Bachelors degree from Drake University in 1959. In 1966 she married Don Elder and moved to mason City, IA. Her daughters, Mary Jean Struble Peters (Class of '53) and Margaret Ann Struble Norris (Class of '57) both graduated from Ames High School.
Web editors note:  Mrs. Struble was my 4th grade teacher at Meeker Elementary school from 1965 to 1966. Thank you, Judy, for letting us know about Mrs. Beth Struble Elder. Below are some scaned photos of Mrs. Struble's 4th grade class most likely taken in the Fall of 1965, outside on the North side of Meeker Elementary School. Ed Hendrickson Jr. AHS 1974
Thumbnail Mrs Struble 4th Grade class 1965 (no names) Meeker Elementary Ames Iowa. Meeker is to the right in this photo 4th Grade 1965. See larger Thumb of Mrs Struble
4th Grade class 1965 with names Meeker Elementary Ames Iowa4th Grade 1965. See a very large image w/names
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