1970 - Stierle "Town's Pet"?
For 42 years she clothed needy Hodgenville pupils; noiv ... Teacher Is Town's Pet By KYLE VANCE Courier-Journal Courier-Journal Courier-Journal Staff Writer , HODGENVILLE, Ky. Tote up those 42 years of teaching first graders and there are scillions of noses blown, nearly as many toilet crises, and a few spanked bottoms. The accumulation of love can't be measured, but Hodgenville showered all it could muster last night on its beloved "Miss Sarah," who has devoted a lifetime to the three R's and a "B." The "B" is for benevolence, because Sarah Stierle put a very high premium on the happiness of her children. A poorly clothed child, she believed, was I' an unhappy one. So she clothed those who needed it. Miss Stierle called "Miss Sarah" by nearly everybody was forced into early retirement by what her doctor calls a "mini-stroke" "mini-stroke" "mini-stroke" soon after she started her 43rd year at Hodgenville Elementary School. All of those years were given to teaching teaching the wee ones 5-, 5-, 5-, 6- 6- and 7-year-olds 7-year-olds 7-year-olds 7-year-olds 7-year-olds and a few hundred of the 1,500 she taught remembered her at last night's appreciation appreciation program. "A lot of people were provoked by the way she spent her money for others," said Mrs. Geneva Marcum, who has known her since childhood. "I'm afraid she's not ready for retirement. ' "She kept that desk of hers stocked with underpants and socks. She bought dresses for the girls and sweaters for tba boys." Miss Sarah is a little bothered by it all. "Others have done the same thing," she said at her home. "I haven't done enough of that, and I didn't do it for recognition. I just wanted to see them (children) have a chance." Miss Sarah, who is up and about again and complaining only of soreness in her See 'MISS SARAH' Back page, col. 1, this section