A Lane Tech graduate once commented that “she had good ears and she would catch you talking, even in a whisper!”
Her name was Miss Dorothy Schumacher, and was the capable and well-known Lane Technical high school librarian who served students well for at least 30 years.
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She was born on Thursday, January 2, 1896, the daughter of William Schumacher 1865-1941 and Alma Banholzer 1875-1944. Her father was born in Germany and was a shipping clerk for a wholesale house. Her mother born in Illinois.
It was in 1896, the year of her birth, that Utah was admitted as the 45th state. In June of that year Marconi applied for a patent: the radio, and Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline powered automobile.
As a child she grew up at 403 Willow Ave. in Chicago, not far from the “Old” Lane. She attended Northwestern University in 1917 as a liberal arts student. For most all of her adult life she lived at 644 N. Long in Chicago.
The 1930 census indicates that she was already a high school librarian, possibly at the old Lane Tech building at Division and Sedgwick. The 1940 census shows her income to be only $2000 a year as a school librarian at the new Lane.
She then continued her work when the new school opened in 1934 at 2501 W. Addison and appears to have stayed there for her entire career into the 1960’s. For decades, She helped students read, discover, and research. There were many if not hundreds of library aides that worked with her over the years.
Dorothy Schumacher died June 13, 1986 in The Admiral, a retirement community at 909 W. Foster. She was t 90 years of age and had remained single all her life. She was buried June 16 in Glen Oak Cemetery, Westchester Illinois.
I am sure that many Lane students who graduated between 1930 and the 1960s will well remember her and her dedication to her school.
If any of my readers remember Miss Dorothy Schumacher, the lifelong librarian who faithfully served Lane Tech high school so well, please quietly whisper a comment below.