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March 15, 2016

 

A Queensbury School. Courtesy of the Chapman Museum

A Queensbury School. Courtesy of John Strough

School Report, 1889 – 1900

 

In looking through some files in the Warren County Historian’s Office, I came across this annual report, filed for School District No. 8 in the Town of Johnsburg. It makes for some interesting reading.      Stan Cianfarano, Warren County Historian

The original document from which this report was taken, was provided by Joseph McDowell of Friends Lake. The material was abstracted from the original document by John Austin, Historian, former County Historian.

State of New York, Department of Public Instruction, Register of Attendance of School District No. 8, Town of Johnsburg, County of Warren, for the year commencing August 1, 1899, and ending July 31, 1900.

 

Trustee: Fred Rogers, serving from Aug. 2, 1899 to Aug. 2, 1900, address: North River.

Textbooks used in the school:

  Reading – Barnes

 Arithmetic – Milnie & Thompson

 Geography – Martin & Barnes

Spelling – Rice

Language: Reed & Kellogg

Grammar – Hyde

  1. S. History – Barnes

Physiology – Steele

[Note:   The textbooks were used by the teacher, probably with only one copy available.]

A Queensbury School - courtesy of the Chapman Museum

A Queensbury School – courtesy of the Chapman Museum

Teacher:   William Montgomery; licensed by F. W. Allen on 1 Aug. 1898; second-grade license; commenced service 5 Sept.; to serve 80 days, with 76 days actually taught; wages: $150

[Note: Mr. Montgomery’s salary was basically $2.00 a day]

Register of Visitors:

  • Hetty Cary – Sept. 18, 1899

  • Rose Austin – Oct. 6, 1899

  • Eason Hall, Saratoga, – Oct. 24

  • Burton Davis – Nov. 20, 1899

  • Burke Cross – Nov. 20, 1899

  • Miss Anna Miller – Nov. 20, 1899

  • Frank Monthony – Nov. 27, 1899

  • Frank Monthony – April 2, 1900

  • Marshal Zufelt – April 8, 1900.

  • Claude Richardson – April 8, 1900

  • Archie Ameden – April 19, 1900

  • Miss Ella Montgomery

  • Miss Mabel Parker, West Acton MA – June 26

  • Miss Clara E. Burch, North River NY

  • Linn Straight – July 2, 1900

  • George Sanders, North Creek NY

  • Claude Richardson – July 13, 1900

[Note:   Frank Monthony visited twice, once in the fall and again in the spring.  It would be interesting to know who he was. Also, Miss Ella Montgomery visited – could she be related to the teacher?  You also have to wonder why there was a visitor from West Acton, MA.]

Trustees Annual Report:

63 students – 33 boys, 30 girls

Children over 5 and under 18 in district who have attended school some portion of the year — 57 – 30 boys, 27 girls.

Non-resident children attending – 4 – 1 boy and 3 girls

Aggregate number of days’ attendance for pupils in district– 5,558 – 3,426 for boys and 2,242 for girls.

Aggregate for pupils not in district – 65 – 26 for boys, 39 for girls

Total days’ attendance – 5,733 – 3,452 for boys, 2,281 for girls

Times school was inspected by Commissioner: One

Times school was visited by district officer: One

Visits made by parents on regular days: None

Volumes in school library: 48, valued at $25

Number of volumes added during past year: 30, valued at $10

School has no United State flag

Schoolhouse is a frame building in very poor condition

[Note:   It is interesting to note that no parents visited on regular days.  It is probably because they were so tied up with their day-to-day work responsibilities.  The school library had 48 books – and 30 were added in the past year. So the year before, there were probably about 50-60 students and only 18 books in the library.  This was not an unusual occurrence until centralization came about (beginning in the 1950s) and all the small school libraries combined their resources.  Books were very expensive and in most cases, the library consisted of ‘donations’ rather than purchases.  The school had no flag, and the building itself was in poor condition.]

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District is a common school district

Trustee is Fred Rogers of North River

Separate privies are provided, twelve feet apart

Approaches are separated by fence at least 7 feet high

Instruction has been given in physiology and hygiene

Teachers Institute was held May 14-18 for district, and teacher attended full-time and received salary during such period

Teacher has been here for four terms

First Friday in May was observed as Arbor Day

Three trees were planted on school grounds during past year

One child of school age in district has been vaccinated; 62 are unvaccinated.

District has no copy of the 46th annual report of State Supt. of Public Instruction

Teacher has been furnished a contract and been paid monthly

Collector’s bond has been filed with town clerk

Number of children 8-14 residing in district – 37

Number registered in school – 35

Number attending elsewhere – 1

Average daily attendance – 28

Number of children age 15 in district – 6

Number attending school – 4

Number attending elsewhere – 0

Attendance officer has visited school four times in preceding year

William Montgomery, teacher, grade two license; licensed by F. W. Allen in Aug. 1898; served from Sept. 5, 1899, to July 13, 1900; 149 days actually taught; wages of $320.

[Note: Mr. Montgomery attended a five day ‘Teacher’s Institute’ and received his salary – about $10.75. Wasn’t he lucky!]

Census: All residing Johnsburg; some given names have been modified from initials so as to be in accordance with Attendance Register. [Number in parentheses refers to the age of the children.]

Wm. Freebern – Frank (15), Robert (12), Martin (11), Mary (8) and Willie (6)

Charles Davis – George (14), Hugh (10), Rose (7)

Seymour Davis – Upson (11) [student’s name given as Mason Davis in att. reg.]

Abraham Lincoln – Alma (14) Bessie (12), Maggie (5), Albert (7), Harry (10), Bertha (8)

Ellson Stevens – Lulu (10), Elmer (8)

Emery Raymond – Mark (13), Lee (10)

George Turner – Anna Gregory (10)

Edward Cary – Ellsworth (11), John (7), Darwin (9)

Hiram Roblee – Louis (13)

George Brown – Leslie (13), Laura Youngs (7)

William Harvey – Jessie (11), Gordon (8), Etta (5)

Wm Harrison – Freddie (9), Muriel (7)

Joshua J. Smith – Effie (11)

Thomas Durkin – James (7)

Garry Rogers – Earl (6)

Kate Robtoy – Sarah (12), Earl (10)

Henry Brown – Geraldine (11)

S. Dunlap – Norris (9)

John Castiline – Theodore (11), Martha (7)

Adolph Shields – Harold (9)

Chas Gardner – Laura (13), Emmett (11)

Charles Richardson – Ethel (10), Claude (17)

Simon Towns – Ethel (11), Harry (15)

Frank Mattison – Harry (10), Ethel (8)

C. Bruce – Belle (14)

Melvin Burnham – Elbert (13)

Nathan Fuller – Bertha (8)

George Roblee – Carrie (9)

Bert Persons – Gordon (7)

Fred Kieth – Alice (7)

Lemuel Bennett – Nellie (6), Phoebe (5)

Geo LaPrarie – Bertha (5)

Chas Hill – Loyal (5)

Wm Austin – Rose (15), Emma (17)

Ed Cary – Hetty (17)

Names found in Attendance Register, but not in census:

Jacob Davis, parent of Stephen Wadsworth, no age given.

Fred Holland, parent of Leonard Holland, 10

Wm. A. Roblee, parent of Lillian Roblee, 9 – “non resident”

Alice Fish, parent of Kathleen Fish, 9

Clar Smith, parent of Louis Smith, no age given

Weekdays on which there was no school were Labor Day, September 30 [“Legal Holiday”], Thanksgiving Day, Decoration Day and Fourth of July. Note was made of “Big Snow Storm” on Dec. 15, 1899.

Article prepared by John Austin, former Warren County Historian.

 

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