More About "Miss Mary"
Mary G. Hogsett was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1887 to a prominant family. Her father, Professor John J. Hogsett, was the founder and head of the Hogsett Academy, an educational institution orignally located in Harrodsburg. The Hogsett Academy later was moved to Danville to the present site of Toliver Elementary School. Mary G. Hogsett's mother, Mary Johnston Hogsett, was the organizing regent of the St. Asaph Chapter of the Daughers of the American Revolution. She had one brother, Robert A. Hogsett. Robert graduated from Centre College and was an insurance executive in Weley Hills, Massachusetts.
Mary G. Hogsett graduated from the Kentucky College for Women in Danville. For 27 years, she served the school community as the secretary to the superintendent of the Danville Schools. Beginning her career in 1927, she assisted Superintendent Leslie Caroll Bosley and the five superintendents who followed him: E. F. Birckhead, John Howard Biles, J. Marvin Glenn, O. M. Schultz and John Earl Robinson. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Second Presbyterian Church and was very active in both. Hogsett died in 1954 at the age of 67.
A quotation in the 1934 Danville High School yearbook explains Mary G. Hogsett this way: "She wrought all kinds of service with a noble ease."
Information taken from Danville Independent School District: An Historical Perspective Through 2001, by Ruth Arnold Hughes.