Obituary for William Franklin Hufford

From the Ada Herald, September 19, 1924; page 1:


Former University Profes-
sor and Head of Public
Schools Answers Call

Professor W. F. Hufford, former dean of the O. M. U. Normal School, and resident of Los Angeles since 1910, passed away at his home 3543 E. 6th St., on September 6, after five months serious illness with heart trouble. He was 77 years of age.

Frank Hufford, as he was generally known in Hardin and Allen counties, taught and was engaged in educational work for more than 50 years, beginning his career as a teacher in Allen county at the close of the Civil War. He was superintendent of the Ada union schools and distinguished himself in building up a strong department of education in the University here. He was known and loved by thousands of former students. He was a man of strong character, a tireless worker, and forgetful of himself in his efforts to [five unreadable words].

Mr. Hufford was born in Hocking county, Ohio, in August 1846 [error #1]. He had a spendid war record, enlisting at the age of 15 and serving for 44 months [error #2].

In 1910, wishing to retire from the strenuous work in the Normal college, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, and there taught for several years in the public schools. He also served as a member of the Draft Board in that state during the late war.

Surviving are his wife, Hattie A. Hufford, and one son, Joe, who resided nearby with his wife and little daughter Margaret. M. D. Johnson [error #3] of Los Angeles and C. W. Johnson of Harrod, brothers-in-law, will mourn his passing as that of a brother.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Flowers, on Sept. 9, conducted by his pastor, Dr. E. E. Holmes of the First M.E. church. Interment at Forest Lawn.

error #1: He was born in 1847.
error #2: He served 34 months.
error #3: That should be "N. D. Johnston." The last name was spelled JOHNSTON, and the first name was "Newton."

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