The following is from Historic Ipswich Vol III by Susan Howard Boice:
“This is an old photo of Lucy Ardell Kimball, joined by her mother, Kate, and father, Phillip. Lucy was a descendant of the Jewett, Lord and Kimball families, who were big parts of Ipswich for more than 300 years. Phillip, Lucy’s father, was born in the 1640 Hart House in 1839, and was the son of Isaac Kimball.
This photo is courtesy of Charlene (Wynaught) Maynard, who was related to Lucy through her grand-father.
Some of you may have had Lucy Kimball or her mother as a teacher at one time. Lucy spent 45 year’s teaching, most of it in the first grade where she could start the boy or girl out right!
Lucy was more than a school teacher, she was a friend to everyone. To the motherless child, she tried to give them the love and understanding that was denied to them. To the spoiled child, she meted out the discipline necessary to their well-being. One child asked, “What does God look like?” Her reply in a soft voice was “God is the spirit of all things that are beautiful.”
Miss Kimball was a graduate of the Manning High School, class of 1894. Lucy also taught at the Cogswell School on Payne Street, which was torn down, the Middleton School and for 12 years in the Swampscott schools. On her return to Ipswich, she taught at the Denison School on Meeting House Green, from which her mother had resigned 50 years before.
From 1923-1940, Lucy taught at the Payne School and retired a few months after being on the faculty of the Shatswell school in 1941. Lucy died in 1980 at the age of 105. She left the town of Ipswich with many memories.”
Charlee Wynaught adds, “Lucy Ardell Kimball was my Grandfather’s ( Cleon B. Johnson) cousin. We called her Aunt Dell. I loaned these pictures to Susan Boice for her history research. She was the most eccentric of ladies. Well educated, I have her college class ring from the year of 1894 as well as a few other items. The family names associated to Kimball are Underhill, Merrill and Phillips. There was so much history in her house when we cleaned it out in 1975. Lucy was born in the original kitchen of the 1640 Hart House.”