Louisa M. Brayton
Info on early Madison schools
1816 - 1917
Miss Louisa M. Brayton served as the first teacher in Madison. Earning a mere $2 per week. Of this
amount, Brayton spent one-half on boarding.
A sleigh was sent to Aztalan to pick up a young Louisa M. Brayton.
Brayton taught approximately 12 children a very rudimentary curriculum, without the benefit of
proper textbooks. The classroom itself was quite basic and rough planks served as school benches
for the children.
Daughter Maria married Mayor Augustus Bird's son, George. Louisa died in their Prospect Place home.