We saw this on the Illinois list. It looked like fun, so we took at look into the family. We have not worked in Siam before. We are not related to the family.
We are posting this on the Thailand List hoping that someone may have histories of the Wattana Wittaya Girls Academyor the Wang Lang Girls School that may add to the story.
The key in James’ middle name, Fairbanks.
According to the Fairbanks family, Edna’s mother is Sarah Fairbanks, sister to James’ mother.
In 1912, Miss Edna S. Coles manager to relocated the school to the present place and named it "Wattana Wittaya Acadimy" under the supervision of the Committee of Private Sector and the Foundation of the church of Christ in Thailand.
From the New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Nov 25, 1950. p. 11
Miss Edna S Cole (no “s”)
Miss Edna Sarah Cole, a retired Presbyterian missionary to Siam died Thursday in St Joseph, MO. At the age of 95, according to word received here yesterday.
Founder of the Wattana Wittaya Girls Academyin Bangkok, Siam, Miss Cole retired in 1922 after forty-four years as a missionary to Siam. Born in Trenton, IL she attended St Louis Normal School and Western Female Seminary in Oxford, Ohio. She was named a missionary by the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church U S A in 1875 and sent to Siam.
She had served there as principal of Wang Lang Girls School for forty years before founding the Wattana Wittaya Academy.
From the 1930 Census
St Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri
Harriet Cole, 79, 1850, born Illinois, IL, NY
Edna Cole, 75, 1854, born Illinois, IL, NY, Sister
From the 1900 Census
5-WD ST JOSEPH, BUCHANAN, MO
Florance, Dec 1854, m-30
Cole, Harriet, Feb 1855
From the 1880 Census
St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri
John BRODER ,Self ,M ,Male ,W ,48 ,VT ,R. R. Contractor ,IRE ,IRE
Florence C. BRODER ,Wife ,M ,Female ,W ,27 ,IL ,Keeping House ,NY ,NY
Hattie M. COLE ,SisterL ,S ,Female ,W ,28 ,IL ,School Teacher ,NY ,NY
From the 1860 Census
Belvidere, Boone, IL
Sarah J Cole, 30 , 1829, Illinois
Harriet Cole, 10 , 1849, Illinois
Florence Cole, 8 , 1851,
Edna Cole, 6 , 1853,
Notes from other newspapers say that Edna visited the US to speak about every 4 years.
The Fairbank's family book says that Sarah C Fairbanks married Joseph S Cole. The family names Harriet, Florence, and Edna. It mentions that Edna is in Siam. We can not put Sarah Fairbanks together with Joseph Cole as the Fairbanks book says. We assume that the Fairbank’s book got it close to right.