biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
EDNA GERARD, a popular and highly esteemed teacher of Mabaska County, and residing in Garfield Township, is the daughter of Edward and Margaret L. Gerard, and was born near Beacon, this county, July 19, 1866. At the early age of five years, she suffered the loss of a fond parent in the person of her father, whose biography will be found elsewhere in this work. Miss Gerard pursued her early studies in a country school-house, and at the age of sixteen years entered the High School of Beacon, whence she graduated two years later, in 1884. The following year she attended Oskaloosa College, and with the exception of the time spent there, has been engaged, since 1884, as a teacher, which honorable profession she has followed with flattering success. Miss Gerard also supplemented her collegiate course with a full term at the Mabaska County Normal School, and is a member of the Teachers' Iowa State Reading Circle. After an experience of seven terms in teaching, she has won a place in the front ranks as an instructor, being respected by patrons and loved by her pupils. She is possessed of marked literary attainments, and her cultured mind is a passport to the best society wherever she may have her residence.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy