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Accession #MC2009/98
TopicLear, Mattie: Mt. Morris Faculty and COB Minister,
KeywordsPicture, Diversity, Minority,
TitlePortrait of Mattie Nicholas Lear, Mrs. John Lear
SubtitleFaculty/Staff Mt. Morris College
LocationFlat File Drawer F
CitationPortrait of Mattie Nicholas Lear, Mrs. John Lear , MC2009/98 , Archives and Church of the Brethren Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.
AccessResearchers are responsible for determining copyright status of archived materials where this is relevant to their intended use of the materials.
ProvenanceSee Archivist's Note
Scope and Content1. One portrait of Mattie Lear. This appears to be either an original - or a reproduction - of a detailed drawing, perhaps in charcoal.
Date of Accession29 July 2009
Bio History Note

Mattie Lear taught at Mt. Morris College from 1879 - 1881. On the verso of the portrait is a typewritten history:


1838 - 1903

Mattie Apgar Lear born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, August 17, 1838;

left an orphan at fourteen; married John Lear in December 1858; one daughter,

United with Methodist Church in 1850, with Church of the Brethren in 1862;

licensed to preach at Hudson, Illinois about 1897, though she had preached

for twenty years before.  One of the early students at the state teachers' college at Normal, Illinois.  Wrote much for church papers, taught in Mt. Morris College, 1879 - 1881 and led in organizing the first Brethren Sunday-school in Mt. Morris.  Died on Jan. 1, at Hudson, Ill. in 1903.

Page 193, Brethren in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin, by John heckman and J. E. Miller

Photo picture on page 172 (center of page) of same book.

Note: - Mattie Lear was the mother of Hortense Lear. who lived the latter years of her life at LaVerne, California.  She gave liberally to Hillcrest Homes, (amount listed).

Hortense Lear died on October 22, 1953 at La Verne, Calif.

Archivist Note

A handwritten note with the portrait said that this picture of Mattie Lear, Mt. Morris Teacher 1879 - 1881 was given to the Manchester College Historical Library by Anetta Mow, La Verne, California by the kindness of the R. H. Millers.

Description prepared 29 July 2009 by Jeanine M. Wine.


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