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Stineman, Ira - May 1, 1880 - March 2, 1961
Born in Miami County, Indiana; son of Jonas and Lydia Christner
Stineman. Married Alice Louise Allen, also of Miami County, July
1902. Of this union were born four children: a daughter,
Gwendolyn, who died in infancy, daughters Dorothy and Sarah, and a son,
Allen, who was killed in an automobile accident in November of
1960. At the time of his death, he had four grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife on
October 4, 1950. Her birthdate was also May 1.
A graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana, and taught for four
years on the West Coast before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee.
The rest of his teaching career was spent at Knoxville High School,
where he taught science and physics until he retired in the early
1950's. He continued to self-educate through voracious reading,
with strong interest in science and history. Volumes in his
personal library numbered in the hundreds.
During summer vacations from teaching, he worked at the building trade,
constructing houses of his own design and doing most of the actual work
himself. He was an ardent gardener, having equal success in
growing flowers or vegetables. In his last several years of
teaching, he and his wife moved from Knoxville to a small farm in
Halls, Knox County. Upon the death of his wife, he moved to his
daughter Dorothy's home in Johnson City, TN. Some years later, he
single-handedly built a small house near his former farm site, where he
lived for several more years. As his health failed, he went to
live with his other daughter, Sarah, in Falls Church, Virginia, where
he died in March 1961.
His love of teaching extended to his children and grandchildren, who
remember him fondly as the patient, explaining adult who always had
time to answer questions in simple language that even the youngest
could understand and remember. His research into family history,
and meticulous recordkeeping and photo labeling were a legacy for
generations to come.
Submitted by: Jodi Horigan
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