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Louise Zahn papers

Identifier: 018.LZ


The Louise Zahn papers contain documents from 1913 to 1921, from the personal files of Michigan State Normal College student Louise Zahn. The collection includes materials from the education and teaching career of Louise Zahn, before her marriage and subsequent retirement from teaching. This collection is useful to the study of women in college and the teaching profession from the late 1910s to early 1920s.


  • Creation: 1913 - 1921


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Biographical / Historical

Louise Matilda Zahn was born in Michigan August 16, 1900 to German immigrant farmer Christian (Gustave) and Pauline Zahn. Her parents were 39 and 26 years old when Louise was born. She was 1 of 6 children; Louise had 2 older brothers, Benjamin (b.1885) and Clarence (b.1898), and 3 younger siblings, Helen (b.1904), Edwin (b.1907), and Edna (b.1909). Louise Zahn completed the seventh grade by 1914, and attended the Michigan State Normal College in the summer of 1918. She went on to teach at the District #7 school in Northfield Township until her marriage to Walter Herman Zeeb on June 9, 1921. After her marirage, Louise Zeeb quit the teaching profession to become a housewife, and gave birth to 2 children, Donald (b. 1924) and Mary Louise (b.1932). Walter was a farmer, who employed a lodger by the name of Robert Richmond in 1930. By 1940, the family had parted ways with Richmond and employed a hired hand, Frank Kaboch to their farm on Route 5 in Ann Arbor Township. She was the grandmother to Donald's son, Henry, and Mary Louise's children, Linda Marie and Harter Fehrle. Mary Louise died in 1973, and Walter followed in 1975. Louise Zeeb died in Pittsfield, MI on June 30, 1996. She was survived by her grandchildren and her son, Donald, who died in 1997.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 archive box)

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Louise Zahn papers
Mia Colavito
18 April 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197