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Harriet Akin

Female 1865 - 1951  (86 years)

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  • Name Harriet Akin 
    Born 9 April 1865  Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 October 1951  DeKalb Junction, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 21 October 1951  Fairview Cemetery, Canton, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Canton Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, October 23, 1951 page 5
      Mrs. Harriette Akin Ferris Dies DAD A NOTABLE CAREER AS A TEACHER AND WORKER IN EDUCATION WORLD Mrs. Harriette Akin Ferris, sister of Andrew G. Akin of Canton, the latter former clerk in the office of the County Board of Elections, of St Lawrence County died one week ago this evening at the home of her nephew, Claude Akin of DeKalb Junction. Mrs. Ferris became critically ill in New York and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Akin went there and brought her to their home at DeKalb Junction where she had been receiving medical aid and care since.
      Funeral services were conducted at the Akin home, Mormon Road, DeKalb Junction, Sunday afternoon at 3:30, the Rev. Robert Clyde Joudry, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Gouverneur, officiating. Burial was made at Fairview Cemetery, Canton.
      She was born April 9, 1865, at Lisbon, daughter of William and Alicia Sparrowhawk Akin. She attended the Lisbon Centre school and at the age of fifteen, entered Potsdam State Normal Training School, which has become New York State Teachers College of Potsdam. She graduated in 1885. She received her first teachiag engagement at Nicholville.
      In October 1888 she was married to Esbon C. Tupper, at the time a Canton businessman, now dead for some years. She taught eight years in Canton Union School. In 1897 she taught at Glen Ridge, N. J., then transferred to New York City in 1898 where she taught for many years, closing her teaching career in that city, advancing to the principalship of Public School No. 119 in 1908.
      She was heartily interested in her work, was an organizer and got results. To her is due the credit of the serving of lunches for the undernourished, which was instituted in her school in 1910 and later swept the city and the state schools. She did this by starting a fund by solicitation to persons interested, $10, $25 or more or lesser I sums. With the money, she bought material to make serving tables in the schools. From this start grew the school cafeteria system. Later warm meals were served, trained girls into the work, finally this grew into a home economics course in her school.
      When the legislature at Albany and the Governor did not respond to better pay for teachers and better state aid for schools, she organized the teachers of Greater New York and introduced the “March on Albany”- Hundreds of teachers of the Greater City appeared in Albany, flooded the Capitol, had consultations with Senators and Assemblymen and got what they asked. This finally happened every time needed relief wasn’t forth coming, she, Mrs. Harriette Tupper at the time was the brains of the movement, and it got results.
      She was instrumental in organizing the New York State Teachers League. When the New York State Teachers Association was organised in 1920 she was elected vice-president. She was on the firing line for better salaries for teachers and worked for the passage of Mullan-Hutchins salary bill for better salaries. She was interested in delinquent children and her work counted in this.
      She retired from teaching in 1935 and then for some years travelled extensively, three trips to Europe, visited the Canada Northwest, the Pacific Coast and Panama Canal Zone.
      In the late years she married Wakyn Ferris, New York attorney. Mr. Ferris is now dead some time. She, visited often at the home of her brother, Andrew G. Akin of Canton and with her nephew, Claude Akin and wife at DeKalb Junction. She spent winters in Florida, but her activities had been so great during her years of youth, middle age and advancing years, that when she was restless and moved from place to place. She left a valuable scrapbook containing letters of state officials and others commending her great service to education and other matters, and many articles concerning her work. She passed in her 86th year, a life of high achievement and fulfilled promise.
      Entries: 735861 Updated: 2006-08-25 10:03:18 UTC (Fri) Contact: prpletr Beeston
      # ID: I197068
      # Name: Harriet S. AKIN
      # Given Name: Harriet S.
      # Surname: Akin 1 2 1
      # Sex: F
      # Birth: Abt 1862 1 2 1
      # Death: 1924 1 2 1
      # Reference Number: 28392 3
      # _UID: D48837263040416E8F829ADBE2629A407C9B
      # Change Date: 16 Aug 2005 at 11:57

      Father: William AKIN b: 2 Mar 1838
      Mother: Alicia Ann SPARROWHAWK b: 6 Mar 1841

      Marriage 1 Ezlon C. TUPPER b: Abt 1862

      * Married: 1 Oct 1885 in Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., New York 1 1 2
      * Change Date: 16 Aug 2005


      1. Abbrev: WorldTree Database: "Cousin, Cousine"
      Title: WorldTree Database: "Cousin, Cousine"
      Author: Jim French
      Publication: Ancestry.com
      2. Abbrev: Gedcom File: ricktallman.ged
      Title: The Tallman Family
      Author: Richard Tallman, Rick@Tallman.com
      Publication: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GED&db=ricktallman&id=I113213==========================================================================
    Person ID I7809  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 January 2007 

    Father William Jr Akin,   b. 2 March 1838, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Alicia Ann Sparrowhawk,   b. 6 March 1841, Sparrowhawk Point on the St. Lawrence River, St. Lawrence Co., NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 December 1924, New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 9 February 1860 
    Family ID F2677  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Esbon C Tupper 
    Married October 1888 
    Family ID F2689  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Wakyn Ferris 
    Family ID F2690  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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