CAROLYN MAY TYLER
or Carrie May Tyler was born 20 June 1873 at Ottumwa, the third
daughter of T. D. Tyler and Sarah Ann Wall and died at Red Oak, Iowa
3 July 1956. She graduated from the Elliott High School; taught
school, and in 1895 began college. She had artistic talent, but
chose the piano as her means of expression. In Newkirk, Okla., she
was a very successful young piano teacher and continued her
profession at Elliott in 1910, until about 1943.
she received, at St. Louis, Mo. her final certificate as a teacher
of the Burrowes Course of Music. A fine musician herself until
handicapped by radical surgery, she continued with a large class of
piano students at which they learned a few of the basic principles
of Harmony, Composition, and more about the lives of the composers.
Among her students who continued lessons for many years were Alice
Jones Shires, Margaret Smith Braden, Dwight Wagler and her niece
Dorothy; and in later years those who remember the excitement of her
new Grand Piano, which at her death was given to the Methodist
Church for exchange as the initial payment on the present Memorial
electric organ and chimes.
made her home with, and cared for her mother, Sarah Ann Tyler, in
the house on Elliott’s Main Street to which they moved in 1910.