This is a typical genealogy request, of a sort I get regularly. It can be a little time consuming to answer, but it helps keep me in touch with our older records, history of the school, and after all these folks went here, and we have a certain connection and obligation to them I think. It's quite possible that grand children or gr-grand children of theirs are students here now, or will be!
grandmother, Sarah Amanda Clark Bird (1866-1964), her sisters Myrta Blanche
Clark (1879-1964) and Mary Helen Clark Bentzien (1873-1955)
and their brother Horace Leslie Clark (1862-1893) all graduated from the
predecessor of SUNY-Brockport. Looking at
the information online from the 1917 alumni list, I found Mary Helen and Horace
as well as Horace's wife Mary Gardner and her sister Christina Gardner.
These four graduated between 1888 and 1994. Christina Gardner lived with
her sister Mary Gardner Clark in Brockport until their deaths and kept in touch
with the Bird family in Medina throughout their lives.
I don't know and would like to learn is when Sarah and Myrta attended, how long
students took to finish, and whether there are other records showing
where they went to teach after graduation. I know that Sarah taught in a
country school in Niagara County, Mary
Helen taught on Long Island but lived most of her life in California, and Myrta
became head of the Englih Department in a high school on Staten Island before
returning to retire on the Clark family farm near Medina.