Sunday, February 24, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Malvina Evalina Keeler, teacher at Keystone Academy at Factoryville, Pennsylvania


1880s autograph album of Malvina Evalina Keeler, "Eva", compiled while she was a teacher at Keystone Academy in Factoryville, Pennsylvania.  She received the album as a Christmas present in 1879.



The album is approximately 7-3/4" x 5" and contains 79 pages signed by Eva herself, her relatives, friends and students.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

Malvina Evalina Keeler was born 28 April 1860 at Keelersburg, Pennsylvania, daughter of Heister and Lois Adeline (Sharpe) Keeler, who were born in Pennsylvania and in New York respectively.

Eva's paternal grandparents were Asa S. and Elizabeth (Newman) Keeler.  Her maternal grandparents were Elisha and Mary (Bixby) Sharpe.

On 28 May 1887, Eva became the second wife of Edward Fayett Avery, whose first wife, Mary Esther (Harding) Avery, had died in 1883.  I don't believe there were any children from either marriage.

According to the 1900 Census, Edward was a dentist, and Eva was still teaching.

If you have corrections to the information above, or additions to it, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  

Eva's cousin, M. Addie Jenkins of Elmira, New York, signed a page on 29 January 1882.  After a bit of research, I believe that the mother of M. Addie Jenkins was Dinah (Sharpe) Jenkins, sister to Eva's mother Lois Adeline (Sharpe) Jenkins.



Zebedee S. Thahoo of Rangoon, British Burma, signed a page at Keystone Academy on 12 March 1883.



G. A. Transue, Class of 1883 in the Commercial Department of Keystone Academy did an intricate sketch of a bird an spider web.



A. H. Fassett also sketched a bird.



I loved this page, signed by Harriet M. Loomis of Scranton, Pennsylvania, signed on 2 March 1883.  She called herself "Teacher of Yellocution and Roarotory at Keystone Academy".



Alphabetical list of signers: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]


  • Mina, signed at Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, on 6 February 1880
  • Eveline Aldred of Dimock, Pennsylvania, in Susquehanna County, signed at Keystone Academy on 24 October 1882
  • Stella Aldred of Dimock, Pennsylvania, in Susquehanna County, signed at Keystone Academy on 28 October 1882; "your pupil"
  • E. W. Austin of Center Moreland, Pennsylvania, signed on 21 May 1881
  • Jennie E. Avery, signed at Center Moreland, Pennsylvania, on 5 July 1880; "your dutiful scholar"
  • Courtney C. Avery of Lemon, Pennsylvania, in Wyoming County, signed at Keystone Academy on 28 March 1883
  • Harriet Bailey, signed on 3 May 1883.  "Deeds are fruits; Words but leaves"
  • W. W. Baylor of Fleetville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy, on 12 March 1883
  • Addie E. Bliss of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, at Keystone Academy on 15 October 1882
  • Jennie Briggs of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 19 April 1883
  • G. A. Coray of Pittston, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 2 March 1883
  • Althea S. Corey of Mill City, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 22 March 1883
  • George A. Cull of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 8 March 1883
  • Clara Dana of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 4 October 1882
  • Emma Daniels of South Gibson, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 11 October 1882
  • A. D. David of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, Lackawanna County, signed at Keystone Academy on 7 March 1883
  • S. E. Decker of Schultzville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 2 March 1883
  • Alice E. Dowling of Drover's Home, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 22 February 1883
  • F. C. Evans of Forks Station, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 24 May 1883.  First name could be Fie or Fred
  • Milton Evans, signed at Keystone Academy on 11 September 1883.  Shared a page with Sam H. Sturdevant of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, who signed a page on 8 May 1881
  • Sherman J. Fassett of Scottsville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 3 March 1883
  • A. H. Fassett; beautiful sketch of a bird
  • Maggie Fassett of Scottsville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 28 February 1883
  • Jennie Fitch of McKune's Depot, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy, on 18 April 1883
  • Annie G. Fordyce of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 11 January 1883 
  • George Gearhart of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 8 March 1883
  • Hattie Gorr of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 19 March 1889
  • Annie E. Gorr of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 19 March 1883
  • I. M. Gray of Rust, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 7 March 1883
  • Ettie F. Headley, signed at Falls, on 5 March 1880
  • Alice Hensley of Dalton, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 12 September1883
  • Eva Hitchcock of Forkston, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 15 November 1882
  • Carrie E. Hobbs of Benton, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 19 February 1883
  • Jennie Hughes of Hyde Park, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 28 February 1883
  • E. J. Hull of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 8 March 1883
  • Cora R. Hull of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 3 October 1882
  • Lincoln Hulley, signed at Keystone Academy on 11 March 1883
  • L. L. Hunter of Mill City, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 21 March 1883
  • Grace L. Ingals of Elkdale, Pennsylvania, in Susquehanna County, signed at Keystone Academy on 21 March 1883
  • M. Addie Jenkins of Elmira, New York, signed on 29 January 1882; cousin of M. Eva Keeler.  Her mother Dinah (Sharpe) Jenkins was a sister of Eva's mother Lois Adeline (Sharpe) Keeler.
  • Gertie Jones of South Montrose, Pennsylvania, in Susquehanna County, signed at Keystone Academy on 25 October 1882
  • Malvina Evalina Keeler, "Eva"; album owner
  • Kate Leonard of Jackson, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy in the Fall Term, 1882
  • Harriet M. Loomis of Scranton, Pennsylvania, "Teacher of Yellocution and Roarotory in Keystone Academy", signed 2 March 1883
  • Eva Lowry of Elkdale, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 18 October 1882
  • Ira D. Mallery, signed at Factoryville, Pennsylvania on 2 March 1883
  • Delia Matty of Syracuse, New York, signed at Keystone Academy on 15 October 1882
  • J. D. Maury or J. D. Marty, or ?, of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 8 March 1883
  • J. N. McLaughlin of Jermyn, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy
  • Frank N. Morrow of Schultzville, Pennsylvania, signed on 8 March 1883
  • H. S. Newton of Green Grove, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 12 March 1883
  • Mrs. Amy Nichols of Factoryville, Pennsylvania; middle initial possible S
  • J. E. Perry of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 24 January 1883
  • May G. Perry of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, signed on 24 January 1883.  Also has the date 26 June 1883
  • Joseph L. Plush of Shannonville, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County, signed at Keystone Academy on 12 March 1883
  • Kate G. Polen of Pittston, Pennsylvania, signed at Scranton, Pennsylvania, on 5 February 1882.  Not sure of her surname
  • Eliza Quintin of Hamlinton, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 19 October 1882
  • J. E. Remsen of Alderville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 13 March 1883
  • L. Blanche Reynolds of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 16 March 1883
  • Lou A. Reynolds or Lon A. Reynolds of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 29 May 1883
  • Clarice Reynolds of Wallsville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 7 October 1882
  • F. A. Rifenbary of West Nicholson, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 29 March 1883
  • Cora Rifenbary of West Nicholson, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 29 March 1883
  • Cyrill D. Rosenkrans of Fairdale, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy in 1883
  • Hannah R. Rouse, signed at South Eaton, Pennsylvania, in Wyoming County, on 6 February 1880
  • Della Slocum of La Plume, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 22 May 1883
  • Emma Snyder of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 23 February 1883
  • Jennie Snyder of Dunning, Pennsylvania, signed on 12 May 1880
  • Annie Spencer of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 23 February 1883
  • B. F. Squier of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 12 March 1883
  • Florence Stemples of Mehoopany, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 14 November 1882
  • Carrie Stephens of Niven, Pennsylvania; "your Keystone scholar"
  • Carrie M. Stevens, signed at Factoryville, Pennsylvania, on 12 October 1882; "your loving scholar"
  • Sam H. Sturdevant of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, signed on 8 May 1881.  He shared a page with Milton Evans, who signed at Keystone Academy on 11 September 1883
  • Zebedee S. Thahoo, Rangoon, British Burma, signed at Keystone Academy, on 12 March 1883
  • Cora Thomas of Scranton, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 21 February 1883
  • Jennie A. Tiffany of Fleetville, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy, on 11 September 1883
  • G. A. Transue, Class of 1883 at Keystone Academy, in the Commercial Department; beautiful sketch of bird and spider web
  • F. N. Wetherby, Brown Hollow, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 21 March 1883
  • L. Georgiana White of Waverly, Pennsylvania, signed at Keystone Academy on 21 March 1883
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