Jane Stout was a teacher in the Ball-Chatham School District for over twenty-five years. One of her favorite exercises was to get her students to research and write about some aspect of local history, many of which survive in the Chatham Library’s local history collection. In 1977, she took a delegation of students from Chatham Junior High School to Washington D.C. where they met Representative Paul Findley. There a U.S. Flag was flown over the capital in recognition of Chatham Junior High. The flag survives, as well as the certificates of authentication.
Copies of her published works available in the library include Chatham, Prairie Village: 1836-1986 which she prepared for the 150th anniversary of Chatham, Philemon Stout Cemetery (1839-1992) which provides a brief history of the family in Sangamon County and a record of burials in the cemetery, and The Tale of the Shoebox Birdhouse, a fictional account of many months once spent on jury duty in caricature and poetry.
She conducted several oral interviews of people’s experiences in one room schools from early in the twentieth century that are held by other institutions, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is survived by four daughters. Their generosity made this project possible.