The Kellum-Bly Family: A Lasting Legacy
Story & Photography Provided by the Plainfield Community Schools Legacy Foundation
In 1906, Edith Bly graduated from Plainfield High School, took a test to become certified as an Indiana teacher, and began a teaching career that included several schools, many years and one grandchild.
One generation later, her son-in-law, Paul Kellum, was instrumental in transitioning Plainfield’s schools from the trustee system to an elected school board. His wife Louise was the school secretary at East and Central elementary schools. Their four children went on to earn degrees in education. Today, several family members are educators as well.
This multigenerational Plainfield family takes pride in their Plainfield roots and the opportunities provided by Plainfield’s schools. In fact, three members of the Kellum family have served on the board of directors for the Plainfield Community Schools Legacy Foundation, including Nancy (class of 1956), Nick (class of 1962) and Ryan (class of 2011.) Nancy is an original member of the board and still serves today, and is joined on the current board by Ryan.
The four Kellum siblings (Nancy Haskell, Kathy Howard, Nick Kellum and Peggy Metz Kellum) recently invested their family trust with the Legacy Foundation, whose vision is to create a legacy that will enrich the educational experiences of all students in the Plainfield Community School Corporation. “Education has always been vitally important to our family, so we felt like it made sense to allocate our funds to the Legacy Foundation,” Nancy explains. “This is our way of extending the legacy begun by my grandmother so many years ago.”
The board of directors of the Legacy Foundation is grateful for the confidence and support shown by the Kellum-Bly family trust, and looks forward to continuing the vision their ancestors brought to Plainfield in the early 1900s.