FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown High School Alumni Association recently announced that a fully endowed scholarship has been established to honor the life of 1935 Fredericktown High School graduate, Ula Weller Leedy.
As the first born of John and Mae (Burkholder) Weller, Ula’s bright eyes were an early indicator of her intelligence. She could read by the time that she was 3 years old and, when she went to school, she was immediately placed in second grade. With her kind nature, Ula helped teach other students in the one-room schoolhouse to read. Completing 12 years of school in 11 years, she graduated at age 16 and hoped to become a nurse, only to find out that the nursing school required matriculating students to be 18 years old. Since education was important to her, Ula enrolled in The Mount Vernon School of Business. Following graduation, she worked in the offices of Gregg Manufacturing in Fredericktown, a company making lamps and furnishings. She handled accounting functions. Her employment continued after her marriage to a neighboring farm boy, Chester Leedy, until they started their family of three daughters: Bonita, Barbara, and Barrie.