Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 8, 2012

Local women will be honored

GLASGOW — The Barren County Courthouse lawn will soon display historical markers in honor of two of the county’s most impactful women.

The Glasgow-Barren County Business and Professional Women’s Club received approval Tuesday night from the Barren County Fiscal Court to have historical markers installed on the lawn to honor Nettie B.C. Depp and Willa Beatrice Brown Chappell.

“These are two locally born women who have made a historical impact in their time and should be honored for their achievements,” B&PW Immediate Past President Betty Driver told the fiscal court.

Nettie Depp was the first woman in Barren County to run for public office and first to become elected. She was elected county school superintendent in 1913, seven years before women were allowed to vote. Depp was also the first Barren County student to earn a degree in education from the Southern Normal Institute. During Depp’s four-year term as superintendent, she helped unite the Glasgow Graded School Board and the Barren County Board of Education to create Barren County’s first four-year high school. She also introduced music, art and business courses into the curriculum. Depp balanced the office’s budget, and declined to run for superintendent a second time.


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