Obituary : Mae Emaline Hardie

Former Jackson Co. Supt. Mae Hardie Dies in Sparta

Miss Mae E. Hardie, 81, former Jackson County Superintendent of Schools, died Sunday, July 19, at the home of her brother, Frank, in Sparta. Miss Hardie, since she began her career as a rural teacher in Termpealeau County, served 52 years in the teaching profession in Wisconsin. Before retiring in 1958 she had held positions in teaching rural, elementary, high school, and college classes, and in administrative work as supervising teacher and county superintendent in six counties of the state. Following her first position in Termpealeau County she taught in a rural Jackson County school and became principal of the Disco Graded School. She later taught in the Blair Grade School in Wisconsin Rapids High School before returning to Jackson County, where she was elected to three two-year terms as county superintendent. She was supervising teacher in Ashland and Brown Counties and spent ten years in the New Richmond High School training department. She then retired in 1952, but was drafted into completing a supervising teacher position in Dane County. While employed there she was elected as Jackson County Superintendent on a write-in ballot, but retired again in 1958, this time finally. Miss Hardie was not known as a person to sit and do nothing. During her lifetime she traveled extensively in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, and in all but a few of the United States. She was a native of North Bend. She is survived by two brothers, Frank of Sparta and Ray of Taylor. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the North Bend Presbyterian Church, Rev. James Johnson officiating, and burial will be in the North Bend Cemetery.
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