Details for Fanny Finch Elementary School (Atlas Number 5085001570)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5085001570

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Marker Number 1570
Atlas Number 5085001570
Marker Title Fanny Finch Elementary School
Index Entry Fanny Finch Elementary School
Address 1205 S. Tennessee
City McKinney
County Collin
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 722236
UTM Northing 3674411
Subject Codes women, women's history topics; educational topics; women's clubs
Marker Year 1978
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location 1205 S. Tennessee, McKinney
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Laura Frances (Fanny) Shipe (1866-1942) was born in Woodstock, Va., and educated in Texas. In 1890, after teaching at McKinney's Collegiate Institute, she married Henry A. Finch (d. 1934), later a Texas legislator and mayor of the city. The couple had 7 children. In 1917 Mrs. Finch became one of the state's first women to serve on a school board. A born leader, she helped found such enterprises as the Owl Literary Club and the city's first Garden Club. She and her husband gave sites for a park and a college. This school was named in her honor in 1924.** (1978)***