Allison Ware (1880 – 1956)

Allison (Al) Ware
Added by: idahonetto

Born in Santa Rosa, California in 1880, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with subjects for a legal career as well as one in education. He passed the California Bar examination but became a teacher at the San Francisco State Normal School. As chairman of the section on education of the Commonwealth Club, as a lecturer at Teachers’ Institutes and Conventions, and as an author and public speaker, he was in close contact with the problems of elementary, high and normal schools.

Under Ware’s leadership, the preparatory department of the Chico State Normal School decreased, while the professional department grew. Due to the increase in the number of high schools the preparatory department gradually closed. Ware also was instrumental in the establishment of the model rural training school.

In August 1917, Ware took leave to attend the Officers Reserve Training Camp in San Francisco. In November 1917, he was assigned to the 53rd Infantry in Nogales and he offered his resignation which was rejected. In May 1918, his resignation was accepted.

In 1919 he was discharged from the Army and set up a law practice in Chico. His first wife, Maude Boyne died in 1954 and he married Pansy Laughlin. Allison Ware was honored at Chico State Homecoming in 1956 and died in November of that year.

Source: FAG volunteer Idahonetto, via email June 5, 2016.

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