Here’s a note I got a while back from reader Jackie Leffingwell, who was responding to a column on the late Pomona character and one-term mayor Urban Ziegler:
“Maybe one of your readers knows if he had (perhaps) a sister, Miss Ester Ziegler. She taught 6th grade at Upland Elementary School in the ’40s, and took a bus home every day to Pomona. She is a story in herself, and influenced many young lives, including my own.
“Miss Ziegler was a special lady and a special teacher. She walked with a pronounced limp, one hip being much higher than the other. Stories were that she was an actress on Broadway, where she fell off a stage and broke her hip. As a 6th grade teacher. she wrote, choreographed, produced and directed the school operetta each year, as well as writing the lyrics to all the songs in the production.
“I’m sure that there are still many of her students in the area who remember her fondly. I was in her 6th grade class in 1946, and I don’t know how much longer she continued teaching.”
From Urban Ziegler to Upland Ziegler! Thanks, Jackie. Anyone else remember Miss Ziegler?