Biography of Mabel Hartzell

Mabel Hartzell was born in Saginaw, Michigan on January 1, 1875 and died in Alliance, Ohio on December 2, 1954.

She came to Alliance with her parents and two sisters when she was eight years old. Her mother died the following year. The family was divided and she was adopted by Matthew and Mary Earley, who were friends of the family. The Earleys allowed Mabel to keep the Hartzell name.

Mabel Hartzell was a very well-educated woman and was extremely active in the Alliance community, serving as founder or officer in many community organizations.


  • Normal teaching degree, 1898
  • A.B. degree, Mount Union College, 1905
  • M.A. degree, Ohio State University, 1924
  • Studies at the University of Washington at Seattle

Academic Memberships at Ohio State:

  • Alpha Xi Delta Sorority
  • Alpha Xi Delta Alumni


  • Taught for 1 1/2 years in Bolton, Ohio
  • Teacher in Alliance grade schools, 5 years
  • Teacher of Latin, Physics, and Social Science in Alliance High School, 30 years
  • Member of Alliance Board of Education, 1912-1924; 1951-1954

Other Achievements:

  • Founder of Alliance Chapter of the American Red Cross; Director for 33 years
  • Founder of the Alliance Historical Society
  • Founder of Mount Union College Women’s Club; President
  • Founder of Alliance Woman’s Club; First President
  • President of Alliance Sorosis Club
  • President of Alliance Quota Club
  • Member of Retired Teacher Association
  • President of YWCA; Served on the Board of Directors
  • Director of Alliance Community Chest
  • Director of City Savings & Building Company
  • Life Honorary Member of Stark County Historical Society
  • State Councellor of Daughters of America, 1905
  • Member of Rebekah Lodge
  • Member of Daughters of Scotland
  • Member of Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)
  • Member of Ever Ready Club

Mabel Hartzell, 1932

Daughters of America

Mabel Hartzell, 1884