FAWCETT, D. FRANK. - Principal of the Stuart school of Springfield, and a leading educator of this State, was born in Clinton, Ind. He was educated carefully, attending public school in both Indiana and Illinois, after which he took the scientific course at Westfield College with class of 1883, graduating therefrom. Still later he took the classical course at Otterbein University, Ohio, Class of 1889. With a life of thoroughly preparing himself for a life of teaching, he went to Harvard and the University of Chicago for special studies. Having fully equipped himself, he began teaching district school and afterward at Taylorville, Ill., and so completely did he prove his ability, that he was offered and accepted the principalship of schools at Morrisonville, and later at Rockton and other cities, from which he was called in 1910, to take charge of the Stuart school of Springfield,
On August 22, 1899, Prof. Fawcett was married at Jacksonville, to Lillie W. Griffith, born three miles east of Mechanicsburg, Sangamon County, Ill. Two children have been born to Prof. And Mrs. Fawcett, one now living, Harriet Pleasant Fawcett. She was born August 6, 1900.
Prof. Fawcett is a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. While he is a member of the United Brethren Church, his wife is a Methodist. In politics, Prof. Fawcett is a Republican. Having spent all his life preparing for and carrying out the work he felt he was destined for, Prof. Fawcett is fitted for it by inclination and careful training and brings to it the powers of a sagacious, cultivated and highly receptive mind. The pupils under his fostering care show the effect of his methods and stand among the best trained in this part of the State. (Since this sketch was written Prof. Fawcett has removed to Seattle, Wash.)