IMGP0045As published in the Yellow Springs News in August 1936.

Mrs. Hirst, Oldest Antioch Graduate Passes Away

Mrs. Harriet Hirst, 91, oldest alumna of Antioch College and former dean of women there, died at her home on Glen St., early Tuesday morning.  She had been in failing health for several months and had been confined to her bed three weeks.

Mrs. Hirst, who was formerly Miss Harriett Botsford, was born at Milan, O., and came to Yellow Springs when a girl with her parents.  She was the last representative of the Horace Mann era of Antioch College and was graduated from there in 1868.  Following her graduation she taught in the Yellow Springs public schools.  In later years, following her marriage, she was dean of women at Antioch and also taught in the English department.  She was a member of the Christian Church.

Photograph courtesy of the Yellow Springs Historical Society

Photograph courtesy of the Yellow Springs Historical Society

The widow of Thomas Hirst she was the last member of her immediate family.  Three daughters survive: Miss Clara Hirst and Mrs. John Groves, at home, and Mrs. R. O. Wead of Xenia.  A son, George, died in infancy.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Thursday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs.

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