1897 graduation photograph of Nettie J. Spofford, with an imprint of Class of 1897 of either Merrimac Normal School or Merrimac High School. The photograph was taken by the Oak studio of Merrimac, Massachusetts.
Nettie Johnson Spofford was born in Merrimac, Massachusetts, on 8 May 1879, daughter of Nathan J. Spofford and Mary E. (Shorey) Spofford, who were born in Andover, Massachusetts, and Winslow, Maine, respectively. Another record shows Mary's maiden name as Mary E. Bryant.
Nettie did become a teacher, so that, along with the date of her birth, would suggest Merrimac Normal School in the imprint. She was teaching in Athol, Massachusetts in the early 1900s.
I don't believe Nettie ever married. It appears that she spent years in hospital, at Danvers State Hospital at the time of the 1930 Census and at the Metropolitan General Hospital in Lexington, Massachusetts at the time of the 1940 Census.
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