Florence Watts

Florence Watts

In honor of Women’s History Month, today’s column is a revised and expanded piece that first appeared in 2012. The subject is Florence Watts, who made major contributions to cultural and educational institutions in Vincennes, winning praise for her work as an amateur historian. Watts turned her considerable energies toward making her adopted city a better place to live.

Florence Goold was born in Chicago on October 31, 1887, to John E. and Jane Everett Goold. She attended Wendell Phillips High School at Chicago from 1902-1906, graduating as valedictorian. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and went on to do graduate work at the University of Chicago. She would embark on a career as a teacher, teaching both French and dancing.

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