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Owen Bourque still teaching at the age of 83

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Owen Bourque began his teaching career in the fall of 1957 at Maplewood School. He decided to go into education after being influenced by his family.

"My grandparents, they had no electricity, outdoor john, the whole nine yards. They lived five miles north of Iowa. The hardships they endured to give us what we had today. The family stressed education. Because they were not educated. They stressed education. I had my life in education."

His next stop was the old Lagrange Jr. High on Ryan St., where he remembers the late principal Jesse Verret. 

"He would put bulletins out. If you don't like this, retire. Resign. Get another place to stay. He would also make you turn in written lesson plans. The man approved them or didn't approve them. He taught us how to plan and not be stagnant in your lesson plans."  

He wrapped up his regular teaching career at LaGrange High School where he taught students who later became doctors, lawyers and judges.

"It's a great feeling. They were such fine, fine people. You hear about the 10 percent that turned out bad. But all these others you don't hear anything about..that are good citizens now. Good parents. I've taught children of my former students. It's a great feeling to know that you saw their potential in these children, these young adults." 

Bourque has traveled the world, enhancing his career in teaching history. He still teaches at Prien Lake and Henry Heights Elementary at the age of 83.

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