Mary McCumber

  • Longest in terms of service perhaps, was Mary McCumber, who began teaching Latin in old Central in 1908. Charles Fee, 1930, had this to say of her in his autobiography, Two Dollar House Calls: "Latin and Caesar were presented by an elderly spinster who was in love with Julius. To her, Caesar was a man possessed of infinite capabilities and enduring charm." She once admonished a gum-chewing pupil, "Caesar was the only man who could do two things at the same time! Please put your gum in the wastebasket and, perhaps, you might be able to think better!"