Famous OSD Teacher Featured In 1940’s Article
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is from a Long Beach, California, newspaper. Date unknown. Circa 1940’s.
Dean of American teachers of the deaf is Dr. J. W. Blattner of Sulphur, Okla., instructor of the hard of hearing for 60 years, who arrived last week to visit his sisters, the Misses Louise and Marie Blattner, 2320 Lime Avenue, and a brother Henry J. Blattner, 552 Magnolia Avenue. It is his first visit to Long Beach and he thinks the city is a paradise.
As a young teacher, Dr. Blattner made his first trip to California when he addressed the National Convention of Teachers of the Deaf, at Berkeley in 1886. So far as he knows, he is the only living teacher who attended that convention.
A native Iowan, he began his career as an instructor at the Iowa School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs. He became principal of Colorado State School at Colorado Springs and then Texas State School at Austin, Texas. At Austin, he organized classes for the instructors, devised a method to teach the elementary sounds, and organized a summer training course out of which grew the summer School of the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf. He also wrote a book for primary teachers and prepared a course of instruction for schools for the deaf.
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