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Latta, Bertha



  • Existence: 1884 - 1960

Biographical Information

Bertha Latta was the daughter of Professor William C. Latta. She graduated from Purdue in 1907 with a BS in Science. Her thesis is titled Materials for a History of Tippecanoe County, Indian. While at Purdue, she was involved with organizations such as the Philalethean Literary Society, the Tennis Club, and was on the staff of the Exponent student newspaper. Though Purdue's Home Economics Department was not founded until the year after Latta had graduated, she proceeded to create a short course in home economics at the Fairmount Academy in Fairmount, Indiana. After teaching high school for several years, Latta became the Indiana State Supervisor of Home Economics Education for seven years. By 1924, Latta had become interested in the insurance industry. She worked in Lafayette for a few months before becoming the district manager of the Peoria Life at the South Bend office. In 1926, she established a branch in the Lafayette district and acted as head.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Bertha Latta papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 9, Placement: 04
Identifier: MSA 159
Scope and Contents Three Indiana State Department of Public Instruction publications and one journal clipping.
Dates: 1919