Charles Emmett Vaughan was born in 1889 on a farm
Owensville, the son of William Riley Vaughan and Anna Pruitt
Charles Emmett was the youngest member of the family.
sisters were Clara and Eudora Rosalind. He attended the
Morgan Rural School in Gasconade County. In 1905 he
entered the old Owensville Academy, or high school, as it was
usually designated, where he prepared himself for teaching,
through the influence of his parents, supported by his high
school principal, Mr. Robert Boyd.
In 1907, at the age of seventeen, he received his
to teach. In 1913 he entered Southeast Missouri State
Teachers College at Cape Girardeau from which he graduat-
ed with the degree of Bachelor of Science and Education. He
completed his education by going to summer school and taking correspondence courses. He majored in history, English and
education. In August 1944 he graduated from Peabody
College at Nashville, Tennessee with a Master of Arts degree.
At this time he majored in the field of English with minors in
history and education. In addition to these two degrees, he
also finished 22 1/2 hours on his doctorate degree at Peabody.
He began teaching in the rural schools of Gasconade
Missouri in 1907 at the age of eighteen. His teaching work in
Missouri comprised thirty-nine consecutive years. His advanced
education work was done by going to summer school and by
correspondence. He spent ten years as a teacher of the following
rural schools of Gasconade County: five years at Cleavesville,
one year at Oak Grove (Schimmel School), one year at Morgan
School, and three years at Wise-man School.
During the school year of 1916-1917, he taught in
school at Ashley, Missouri in Pike County. In 1918 he became
elementary principal at Herman, Missouri.
In 1920 he became Superintendent of Schools at Owensville,
where he taught twenty-one years. In 1941 he returned to
Herman as Superintendent of Schools for five years. In 1946
he went to Kentucky and taught eleven years at the College
in Campbellsville. In 1957 he entered Taylor County High
School in Campbellsville as instructor in English. He resigned
in 1957 due to ill health, after fifty years and three months of
He united in marriage to Myrtle Mitchell in 1921.
school in Owensville a number of years. They adopted a
daughter, Anna Ellen Vaughan. Myrtle Vaughan departed
this life in 1948. Charles Emmett married Olis Lindsey in
1951. They made their home in Campbellsville, Kentucky,
then Joplin, Missouri. Charles Emmett Vaughan departed
this life in 1964.
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