Blaker, Eliza Ann Cooper
- Amy C. Schutt
Blaker, Eliza Ann Cooper (05 March 1854–04 December 1926), kindergarten and teacher educator, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jacob Cooper and Mary Jane Gore, shopkeepers. Her Pennsylvania German mother largely carried the burden of supporting the family, which included Eliza and two younger children. Her Quaker father was not a financial success and suffered from ill health after he was wounded during the Civil War. Soon after his death, Eliza enrolled in the Girls Normal School of Philadelphia. Graduating as valedictorian in 1874, she served as a primary and grammar school teacher in the Philadelphia schools. For a short period, she supplemented this work with teaching in an artisans’ night school....