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Transcribed biography of Charles McMurtry


Charles McMurtry came to Porter County in 1929 when he married Leola Bickel, daughter of John Bickel and Ava (Campbell) Bickel. The Bickel and Campbell families were among the early settlers of Porter County.

Charles and Leola were both graduates of DePauw University, and both taught at Boone Grove during the 1929-30 school year. In 1930 they moved to Kouts where they resided for 21 years. During these years Charles was teacher and principal in the Kouts School. He later was elementary supervisor in the Portage Township Schools and the Porter County Schools and succeeded M. E. Dinsmoore as County School Superintendent (1962-69).

Myrna McMurtry, eldest daughter of Charles and Leola, graduated from Kouts high school, received her B. S. and M. S. degrees from Indiana University, taught in LaPorte and Valparaiso Community Schools and at present (1975) is elementary reading consultant for the Valparaiso Community Schools.

Janet (McMurtry) Webber also received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University, taught school in Hobart. She married Bruce Webber. They presently live in Hobart and have two daughters, Karen and Laura.

Martha (McMurtry) Christina graduated from Indiana University and married John Christina, professor of Spanish at Brown University and then Boston University. They presently live in Bristol, Rhode Island and have two daughters, Rachel and Margot.

Submitted by Myrna McMurtry

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 137

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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