"Dear Iva': Letters written to Iva Eta Sullivan ...
Part I of a series
Her mother died on March 23,
A delightful chapter in the life of
1881, and, when her father remar-
its benefactress has just been opened
ried, she and her stepmother, Martha
by a recent acquisition of the Patrick
"Mattie” Bruner Sullivan, didn’t get
Henry Sullivan Museum. Those of
along. She was reared, first, by her
us who knew Iva Etta Sullivan as a
grandmother, and then her aunt,
frugal retired librarian who never
Barbara Ann (Mrs. James) Power
married, now have a chance, through
whose home was on the Michigan
letters from her friends, to see an
Road (U.S. 421), just north of Old
entirely different person: a popular
Augusta. The property is now head-
young girl in the years between com-
quarters for the Humane Society of
pletion of her high school and col-
lege studies.
Iva attended high school in
But, with this chapter of her life,
by JOAN PRAED LYONS Zionsville, driving a horse and buggy
as with a chapter of any book, we
to school from her aunt’s home,
will enjoy it far more with a brief
settlers in the area that is now
according to the late Kay Schuetz
Zionsville. Littleberry was four years
who researched her life soon after
Iva was the third child of William
old when his parents came to
1va's death in 1966. She was graduat-
Henry and
Mary Candace
ed from Zionsville with the Class of
Daubenspeck Sullivan, and their
Iva, too, experienced a radical
only child to live to maturity. Her
change in her life when she was four
It is interesting to note, from a
grandfather, Littleberry, was the
years old. And, like her grandfather,
newspaper clipping displayed at the
eldest child of Patrick Henry
she faced a change of setting as a
P. H. Sullivan Museum along with a
Sullivan and his first wife; Jane King
result. But, while his change was
photo of the graduation class, that the
Sullivan, the first permanent white
happy, hers was sad.

Class of 1895 was the eighth class to
graduate from Zionsville High
School. Their commencement exer-
cises were conducted at Clark’s
Opera House on Thursday evening,
May 2, at 8 p.m.
According to the account, the pro-
gram was ‘“one of the grandest and
most entertaining occasions that this
place has witnessed for many
years. The hall was filled to over-
flowing, The graduates were all
dressed in the latest styles of the day,
the young ladies with their large
sleeves and the gentlemen in the
never changing black.
“The hall and stage were beauti-
fully decorated and their motto,
“Plus Ultra,” hung in large letters of
flowers. The music, furnished by the
Montani Bros. of Indianapolis, was
appreciated by everyone."
The writer goes on to introduce
each of the nine class members, giv-
ing a brief description of each girl’s
attire and a summary of the speech,
presented by each.


The ZHS Class of 1895 included only two boys: R.P. (Mills), lmo Huckleberry (Lutz), Bertha Klingler (Burgin),
“Ralph” Bundy (front row, left) and John C. Breedlove.
in (Haughn), lva Etta Sullivan, Nellie Gregg
Their classmates were (left to right): Mabel Starkey (Stultz), and Edna Grube (Johns),
Of Iva Sullivan, he or she wrote:
"Iva Sullivan was dressed in cream
silk trimmed in lace and wore flow-
ers. “Be Master” was her subject and
was very instructive. A man may
conquer in battle and yet not be able
to control his own passions.
Alexander the Great is named, as an
example. “He was the greatest con- ’
queror of his time and yet he caused
his own death by intemperance. It is
better to conquer yourself than to
take a city, is the saying of a wise
man. We all have a chance to become
greater than the conquerors of old by
simply controlling ourselves.”