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(Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)
Class of 1887 - FRANCIS WAYLAND PARKER (A.M.) Born, Oct. 9, 1837, Bedford, N.H. Son of Robert and Mille (Rand) Parker. In the Civil War Mr. Parker got the title of brevet-colonel. He enlisted with the Fourth New Hampshire volunteers and was made lieutenant before the regiment reached the field. He received his rank through bravery at Deep Bottom, Aug. 16, 1864. He was wounded in the battle and went home. He rejoined his regiment, and while in Sherman’s command was taken prisoner and confined in a Confederate prison at Greensburg, N.C., until the end of the hostilities. After returning from the war Colonel Parker took up his work of teaching. In 1868 he was principal of the district schools in Dayton, O., and applied new methods to the teaching. The board of education, please with the results of his original labor, made him principal of the first normal training school and later gave him the position of assistant superintendent of schools. In 1871, after the death of his wife, Colonel Parker left Dayton and went to Berlin to continue his education. He entered King William’s University, where he specialized in psychology, history, philosophy, and pedagogy. At Quincy, Ill., in 1873, Col. Parker was able to carry out on a greater scale his ideas of grade school education. He was made superintendent of schools, with full control of the system of education. His methods were attacked by members of the school board and his field was never free from opposition. He took a position later as supervisor of the Boston schools, but gave up the place in 1885 to go to Chicago as head of the normal school.

Since his first introduction into educational matters in Chicago Col. Parker had made his presence as an educator strongly felt. One of his first acts as head of the normal school was to secure the raising of the standard of admission and the abolishment of the high school department. His retirement, in 1899, was to accept the presidency of the Chicago Institute, a school which Mrs. Emmons Blaine had planned as an institution where the Parker ideas of instruction might be carried out. A year ago the institute was affiliated with the University of Chicago. The work of Colonel Parker in the educational world has been known for its simplicity of method and its originality. His methods were entirely at variance with the old rules of pedagogy and the schools where his ideas are followed have been models for study all over the country. In the theory of teaching the young he almost entirely discarded text-books. President Harper of the University of Chicago said of him: “He was one of the ablest educators in the country, and one of the strongest and most brilliant teachers. He was a man of remarkable vigor and striking characteristics, and contributed largely to the upbuilding of the school system.” Besides the degree of A.M. from Dartmouth, he received the degree of LL.D. from Lawrence University.

Died, March 2, 1902, at Pass Christian, Miss.

Married, Phene E. Hall, 1864, who died in 1871.
Added 23 Jun 2013



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 168)

Physician and Surgeon of Gulfport. Came from Alabama and settled in Gulfport in 1903, where he has successfully practiced his profession, principally surgery.

On December 5th, 1927 he married Miss Letitia M. Rousseau and from this union there was one son, Edward C. Jr.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 168)

Was born near Brandon, Rankin County, Mississippi, on January 10th, 1881, son of Alex Price and Narcissia Jane Steen; attended the Braxton High School, entered New Orleans School of Dentistry in 1901. Later transferred to Louisville College of Dentistry, where he was graduated in 1904.  He practiced dentistry in D'Lo before moving to Bay St. Louis in 1905, thence to Gulfport in 1906. He has been engaged in the practice of dentistry since that time.

In 1908 he married Miss Misia Nair May of D'Lo and they have three children, Miss Janie May, teacher in Central Ward School, Gulfport; Miss Mary Frances, teacher at Lyman, and Andrew Jerome Price, Jr., student at Gulfport High School. Dr. Price is a member of the First Baptist Church, and has served as deacon twenty-five years; is a Mason, Shriner, and Knight Templer.


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