Sunday, December 03, 2006

Two remarkable Madison Central High School teachers who retired before the Class of 1965 arrived on Wisconsin Avenue

I've added some more teacher obituaries this weekend. They're for two teachers members of the Madison Central High School Class of 1965 didn't have an opportunity meet: Benjamin Ashman and Florence Morris, both of whom taught at Central for almost 40 years.

In addition to the information I've already posted (use the links above to read more), I also have some inquiries out for additional information about these two remarkable teachers.

One thing I have learned is that Benjamin Ashman was apparently the uncle of Alicia Ashman, who was a member of the Madison Public Library Board, and for whom the branch library on Old Sauk Road is named. The source of this information is "The Controversies: You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato" section of Stories from the History of the Madison Public Library. If you use the link to go to this story and read it, you'll learn about the role Benjamin Ashman played in fighting censorship at the MPL The segment involving him is about a third of the way down the "Controversies" page and is titled "The Great Censorship Controversy of 1953: McCarthy, The Man, The Senator, The Ism."

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