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Grace S. Fox


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Rural Schools of Avoca, Part 1 A Tilted Saucer of Delight, Part 4
Rural Schools of Avoca, Part 2 A Tilted Saucer of Delight, Part 5
A Tilted Saucer of Delight, Part 1 A Tilted Saucer of Delight, Part 6
A Tilted Saucer of Delight, Part 2 A Tilted Saucer of Delight, Part 7
A Tilted Saucer of Delight, Part 3

I was born and have lived all of my life on a hill farm in Avoca, Steuben County, New York. My husband of 58 years, Stanley Fox, and I have six children who are scattered across continental United States and Canada. I have a bachelor's degree from Albany Teachers College (1945) and a master's degree from Alfred University (1966). My first job was at Wayland Central School teaching junior high social studies and English (1945 - 1948). My longest stint was at Cohocton Central School where I taught senior high English for 14 years (1966 - 1980), In between I substituted at Avoca, Bath and Cohocton and worked briefly for Social Services.

When I retired from teaching, my students asked, "What are you going to do, Mrs. Fox?" and I answered offhandedly, "Oh, I think I'll write." After I was appointed town of Avoca Historian in 1985, that's exactly what I did. I edited and wrote The Sweet Vale of Avoca published in 1993, A Bicentennial tour of Historic Avoca in 1994, and Bus Accident Memorial, December 14, 1943 in 2000. I also wrote a series of 32 articles which were published in The Leader from 1989 to 1993. Individual poems have been published in various anthologies and appeared in the Hornell Arts Council calendar.

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Grace Shults Fox died on August 14, 2005. She was born February 21, 1925. Her book, The Sweet Vale of Avoca, was reviewed in the October 1993 issue of the Crooked Lake Review by Thomas Cornell. Her report on the rural schools of Avoca appeared in the fall 2001 and winter 2002 issues. Before her death, Grace Fox had written several chapters of A Tilted Saucer of Delight, a story beginning with her ancestors and relating her childhood and adult life with many references to friends and neighbors. The story has appeared in six parts in the Crooked Lake Review from the Summer 2005 issue through the Fall 2006 issue.

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