Once upon a time

Early education ­- Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," includes a photo of Matilda Hiatt, who influenced the lives of many Hinsdaleans. "In a small studio behind the family home at 206 N. Lincoln St., she opened a preschool in 1912. She based her school principles on the Montessori method of honesty, courtesy, unselfishness and order. The school closed in 1953 after 41 years of service."