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Frank Spindler



   Frank Nicolas Spindler was best known for his writing in psychology. He was born in Logan, Ohio, in 1865. His family moved to Knox County in 1867. Frank attended public schools in Mount Vernon, but dropped out of high school to work as a clerk for The C. & G. Cooper Co., later known as Cooper-Bessemer. After several years working he went to Oberlin Academy to finish high school and continued his academic work in Oberlin College and Harvard University. With a master’s degree from Harvard in 1896 he began a teaching career in psychology and education. He married Florence Hatch from Wisconsin in 1908. The Spindlers had three children.

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Sophia Herrick



   Sophia McIlvaine Herrick was a talented writer with multiple interests. She was born Sophia McIlvaine Bledsoe in Gambier, Ohio, in 1837, the eldest child of Albert Taylor and Harriet (Coxe) Bledsoe. Sophia’s father, a southern educator and writer, was teaching at Kenyon College at that time. Sophia was largely self-taught in her early years, with the guidance of her aunt Margaret Coxe, first in Cincinnati and finally in Dayton. From her 11th year until her marriage she lived with her parents at the University of Mississippi and the University of Virginia.

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