Here is a mystery for you

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Here is a mystery for you.

Joanna Baker was born in New Rochelle, Illinois back in 1862 to Ridley and Mary. Both of her parents were teachers and linguists. At the tender age of 4 she was fluent in Greek, Latin and French as well as the English language. A little later she also picked up German. By the time she was 8 she had read several works in the original languages, some of them by Homer and Virgil.

In 1870, the family moved to Algona, Iowa where she enrolled in Algona College. In 1878, when she was 16 she was hired as a tutor of Greek at Simpson College in Indianola. At 18 she published an original translation of Plato’s Apology. In 1881, she enrolled in Cornell College, Iowa graduating in just one year with an A.B. she went on to DePauw University, being hired as an instructor of Latin, staying just one year before moving back to Simpson College where she stayed for more than a quarter of a century teaching ancient languages.

In 1919, she moved to Painesville, Ohio taking the position of professor of Latin and Greek at Lake Erie College. She was still on the faculty in 1922.

After that no-one knows what happened to her. I found where she was reported to have died in 1935, in Delaware, but no actual proof of her death can be found.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Joanna was certainly gifted in the languages. Enjoy your day!

Jan 20, 2019 04:27 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - impressive to say the least. Quite the accomplished person.

Jan 20, 2019 04:49 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a gifted person, she had a special talent.

Jan 20, 2019 05:09 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, she was fluent in more languages by 4 years of age than I am currently, that is impressive!

Jan 20, 2019 05:34 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a brilliant woman. I so admire those who have command of and speak multiple languages.

Jan 20, 2019 05:49 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As much as she moved around it doesn't surprise me that her history truncated itself.

Jan 20, 2019 06:17 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

She was so well versed in ancient languages that she found a time machine and traveled back in time.

(Well, that's my story, anyway.)

Jan 20, 2019 06:29 AM #7
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

It's easy to learn when you are very young, as she had parents that encouraged and taught her.

Jan 20, 2019 07:16 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting, and I love  Gabe Sanders interpretation.  I think he has the right one.  Cheers. A

Jan 20, 2019 09:26 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is a true mystery James Dray. In today's world people disappear and are never seen or heard from again... 

Jan 20, 2019 12:45 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- and yes, I'm going with Gabe Sanders 's answer!!!!  Who knows...maybe she did. 

Jan 20, 2019 02:27 PM #11
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another history tidbit.  I know I was still trying to master English when I was 8.  Now I'm a little bit older and trying my hand at learning Spanish.  I'm not as gifted at languages as she was. 

Jan 20, 2019 09:26 PM #12
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
I am in awe of people who can master many languages.  But, I am in awe of people with any special talent.  The human mind is an amazing thing and we are all give a some kind of special talent.  Joanna's talent was discovered at a very young age. 

Jan 22, 2019 08:24 AM #13
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

James Dray, you continually amaze us with your posts.

I think you should turn to forensic detective investigation, or FDI.

Where on earth did you dig up this person's bio??

Just keep hitting us with this stuff James.  It is your ouevre...

Feb 18, 2019 10:21 AM #14
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