The teachers left Saturday evening August 7th from the Union station in Chicago, for Seattle, Washington, from where they will continue on to the Far East, arriving in Tokyo on August 23.
Traveling on sealed orders, they will report to the Commanding officer of the South East Command of the U.S. Army, who will direct them to their posts.
Miss Callahan and Mrs. Pennington will instruct American children of the U.S. Service personnel. Both teachers have been employed in the Hammond school system. Miss Callahan taught at the Woodrow Wilson Jr. high school and Mrs. Pennington at George Rogers Clark. Somewhere in Japan "Pat" will teach third grade and Eloise will teach first grade.
Applications for the positions were made in Chicago last February, Following written tests, personal interviews, physical, mental and personality tests, the local teachers were two of about twenty selected from hundreds of applicants. Interviewers were principals of schools maintained by the U.S. Government in foreign lands wherever servicemen and their families are stationed.
After pledging their oaths of loyalty, Miss Callahan, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Callahan of North Clark St. and Mrs. Pennington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Jackson of North Nichols St., eagerly made preparations for spending one school term in the intriguing land. Their itinerary for an interesting year has been planned with the help of "Pat's" sister, Miss Mary Callahan, also a former Hammond teacher, who taught in Tokyo last year until illness forced her retirement.
All three teachers are graduates of Indiana University, Eloise and Mary having been awarded master's degrees in education.
Miss Callahan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Callahan, of Clark Street, a former Hammond teacher, spent one year teaching in Japan, and while there she traveled extensively. She will show slides and souvenirs and tell of and discuss the Japanese people and interesting experiences.
A 7:00 o'clock dinner will be served in the Methodist church dining room.
Following the delicious beef dinner served in the dining room of the First Methodist church, Miss Callahan took the group on a tour of many places of interest over the urban and rural areas of Japan picturing the people, their festivities, scenic gardens and the quaint architecture of their buildings, with beautiful colored slides and vivid descriptive narration. A keen observer, Miss Callahan gleaned insight of the Japanese mode of living, their religion, their business and home customs, and sacredness of traditions.
In a most delightful manner, the charming Miss Callahan told the story of Japan and its people to a very appreciative and attentive group.
In introducing Miss Callahan, Mrs. Alvah Pletcher said that she is a graduate of Lowell high school and received her bachelor of science degree in education from Indiana University, and has completed work on her master's degree. Now teaching third grade at Oak Hill school. Lowell, Miss Callahan formerly taught in Hammond. Her opportunity to tour Japan came when she was accepted to teach children of the American Armed Forces personnel stationed in Japan. Miss Callahan taught at the school, located in Tokyo, during the 1954-'55 term, and remained there throughout the summer vacation to travel extensively and see the country through all the seasons. . . .
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