Ella S. Child was born in Juniata, KS, on Sept. 7, 1856. Her father was a strong minded individual and insisted on allowing the women in his family to vote, in defiance of the law, in 1870. The Alpha Beta Literary Society first admitted women to its group in 1874, one of the first being Ella Child. In 1876, she was elected Vice President of the Alpha Beta society. She was the only woman in a class of nine when she graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1877. Child worked as a teacher in Manhattan, KS, 1878-1893, before marrying John Carroll on March 19, 1907. Correll received a card from President Dwight D. Eisenhower in honor of her 100th birthday in 1956 and received an ebony cane as KSU's "Earliest Living Graduate" in 1959.
Sources of information:
History Index. Carroll, Ella Child
Vertical File. Alumni Profiles
College Symposium, 1891
Alumni Record, 1914