[Education News] May 22, 1905

[Education News]  May 22, 1905  Washington Standard

The State Superintendent of Instruction decides that schools cannot be closed to enable the children to visit the fleet, without forfeiture of the apportionment of funds by the State and a loss of teacher’s pay

Albert A. Yoder, City Superintendent of the Tacoma schools, is announced to deliver an address this evening in the theater, before the graduating class of the high school.  An admission of 15 and 25 cents will be charged

Mere Mention November 28, 1890

Mere  Mention  November 28, 1890  Washington Standard

A medical commission decides that cigarette-smoking by boys and gum-chewing girls were born for each other.  So there is hope for the dudes and dudines of Olympia.

Education Around Thurston County: 1910

Education Around Thurston County:  1910

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

Aberdeen girls will line up against the Olympia “Hi” girls in a game of basket-ball to-morrow night, in the high school gymnasium.

Washington Standard February 10, 1910

At Tono, a little mining town in the southern part of the county, diphtheria is epidemic. Two young children have died, several others are afflicted and the school has been closed. Precaution has been taken to prevent spread of the disease by Dr. Bridgford, County Health Officer, and Deputy Cheriff Caldwell is in charge of the quarantine that has been established.

Washington Standard February 10, 1910

The election of School Director, Saturday, promises to be a quiet affair as only one candidate, E.C. Townsend, of Westside, has announced his candidacy. The polling place will be in the town hall, and women of legal age are entitled to vote.

Washington Standard March 4, 1910

Defective School Children

The appointment of Miss M.C. Keyes as Nurse has developed the fact that minor complaints are not infrequent among the school children here. Though trifling in their nature they should receive attention in early life to ensure perfect growth and thorough development. The report of the School Nurse shows a surprisingly large number of children in the city schools in need of medical attention. There were 1,192 pupils examined, including 108 visits made by the Nurse to the children’s home.

In September- January, 1909. Total number of children examined, 973. Throat (enlarged tonsils or otherwise needing attention), 186. Ears, (defective or suppursting, 22. Eyes suspected eyestrain or defective, 50. Nasal cases, 15. Poor nutrition, 80. Teeth decayed, more than three, 39 examined defective 115. Spinal cases needing attention, 2. Notices sent to parents, 196.

January 3- March 10, 1910: Schools visited, 48. Pupils inspected, 1,192. Number of cases improved, 12. Number of cases excluded, 2. Number of cases under treatment, 25. Number minor dressings, 18. Number of cases of Ringworm, 10. Number of miscellaneous cases, 45. Number of cases Impetigo, 8. Number of homes visited, 106. Number of miscellaneous visits, 53.

Washington Standard December 20, 1910

Education Around Thurston County: 1909

Education Around Thurston County:  1909

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

Some of our local school teachers think that the staggering appropriators of our last Legislature spell future retrenchment that the commencement will be made at the point of reducing teachers’ salaries, because a large percentage being women have no voice in politics. In Chicago the teachers formed a federation, headed by a woman, for the purpose of preventing such injustice.

Washington Standard March 26, 1909

It may be bad news for the noisy boys but good news for the comfort-loving citizen, that the curfew ordinance is hereafter to be rigidly enforced.

Washington Standard May 28, 1909

To-day the public schools open the doors for impatient pupils to enjoy the pure air of heaven for the Summer vacation, which lasts till September.

Washington Standard May 28, 1909

Six girls graduated at the Rainier public school, last Friday. The honors wore borne off by Misses Effle Morris, Charlotte and Susie Classen, Marie Gehrke, Essie Armstrong and Ocie Van Tine.

Washington Standard June 4, 1909

The pupils in the public schools must hereafter undergo physical examination to be eligible for admission.

Washington Standard October 22, 1909

Miss Frances Sylvester and Miss Lena Meyer attended the Woman’s Day ceremonies at the Puyallup fair yesterday.

Washington Standard October 22, 1909

At a fire drill in the high school building, Tuesday, it was entirely cleared of 250 pupils and teachers within a half-minute’s time.

Washington Standard October 22, 1909

Education Around Thurston County: 1903

Education Around the County:  1903

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

Our Public Schools

Report of Superintendent Henry Shows a Very Satisfactory Condition.

The annual report of Supt. Henry shows that there has been a gratifying increase of pupils and attendance the past year. There are 3,650 school children, an increase of 157. The number who attended school as required by law footed up 2,876, which is forty more than last year. The average daily attendance was 1,882.29, and total actual days attendance 292,265. The number of teachers employed aggregate 110, of which 26 were men and 84 women; the average salary to the former being $55.67 and the latter houses and grounds is placed at $177,885; furniture, $12,304; apparatus, $4,026, and libraries, $1,960. There 68 districts, two of which were organized the past year.

But eight districts are under a bonded indebtedness, while in 1902 there were twelve.

Washington Standard August 2, 1903

County Superintendent Brown Monday received from the State Superintendent’s office the list of successful applicants for teachers’ certificates at the late examination. The successful applicants from Thurston County were: Martha Grout, Rose Woods, Maude Howland, of Olympia; Gertrude Howland, B.M. Davenport, Little Rock; Mary F. Conway, Meadow; Allie Norman, Pleasant Glade; Herbert Raymond, Collinsdale; Emma Whittier, Chambers Prairie; Agatha Shirley, Rochester, Edna E. Wiseman, Gull Harbor; Bertha Radike, Lacey; A. Birdie Cooper, Yelm, and E.N. Steele, Tenino. First grade certificates- Gracie Greenback, Olympia; Lillian Abernethy, S.I. Stone, Yelm, and Geo. W. Sickles, Tumwater.

Washington Standard November 27, 1903

Education Around Thurston County: 1894

Education Around the County:  1894

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

At the session Monday Mrs. Keyes opened the work on “Word-making,” and Mrs. Stowel gave an interesting talk on studies from Nature, in which she dwelt upon the benefit to be derived from use of the eyes as a means of self-aid. Prof. Beeler gave some instructive exercises in algebra, and Mrs. Keyes and State Superintendent Bean spoke on the rights and duties of teachers. The latter made the point that duty should come first and rights afterwards, and that teachers should not be content with doing simply what duty requires them to do. Mental arithmetic was the subject of thought, introduced in the afternoon by Mrs. Keyes and Prof. Beeler, and Miss Stowell favored the institute with one of her interesting talks on “Busy Work.”

Mr. Falknor gave instruction in the preliminary lines for study of the constitution, and President Getz, of the State Normal School at Ellensburg, closed the session with an address.

An entertainment was given the institute in the evening at which the following programme was rendered:

March- “Crusader,” Souse.

Address- “Our Country and Our Public Schools,” State Superintendent Bean.

Bass Solo- B.W. Hill.

Song- O’Shanty Glee Club.

Organ Solo- Prof. Roberts.

Solo- Mrs. Bolton.

Overture- “Sunrise,” Orchestra.

Recitation from J. Whitcomb Riley- A.J. Falkner

Solo- Miss Ward.

Selection- O’Shanty Glee Club.

The exercises on Tuesday were briefly: Superintendent Bean’s diagramming and analysis of English Grammar; Miss Stowell’s resumption of her talk on “Busy Work”; Prof. Getz of Pedagogy; exercises in arithmetic and algebra by Mrs. Keyes and Prof. Beeler; reading of an essay of Miss Frances E. Willard by Miss Coulson, of Rainier; some reference to adoption of the constitution by Mr. Falknor, and a discussion of temperance in which many of the members participated.

This Institute closed its work Wednesday. There had been no previous session at which the members departed with a more satisfactory consciousness of duty well performed. Its effect will doubtless be visible in the improved work of the school room…

A resolution was likewise adopted against the sin of cruelty to dumb animals.

Also, one favoring a school exhibit for all the schools of the county in Olympia, during the coming winter, and asking the County Commissioners to furnish rooms in the Court house for such exhibit.

Too much credit cannot be accorded to main promoters of this work- Miss Case, the County Superintendent, Profs. Beeler and Bean, and Mrs. Keyes, who by indefatigable industry and zeal have done so much to elevate educational work, and the object of the institute was rounded into completeness by the timely and practical comments of Miss Stowell. An incident of the closing day was a debate on the resolution that the ratio of male to female teachers should be increased. The question was, very properly, decided in the negative.

Washington Standard August 10, 1894

Thurston County’s Schools

Receipts and Disbursements – Facts about Teachers and Teaching

Miss Case, the county superintendent, has prepared her annual report, for transmission to the state superintendent.

The report shows that of children between the ages of five and twenty-one years residing in this county, there are 1741 male and 1612 females.  Of these 1351 male and 1257 females are enrolled in the public schools.  The average daily attendance is 974 males and 927 females.  Of children over six years of age not enrolled in any school, there are 308 males and 203 females.

Of the teachers in this county, three hold state or territorial certificates; 27 hold first grade certificates; 40 hold second place certificates; 17 hold third grades.  Thus the whole number of teachers is 110, of which 37 are males and 73 females.

The average monthly salary paid each male teacher is $51.18 and each female $53.53.

The estimated value of school houses in the county, including grounds, is $133,539, and of all school property $148,958.

September 6, 1894 The Olympian

Education Around Thurston County: 1898

Education Around the County:  1898

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

Twelfth Session of the State Teachers’ Association.

The Attendance is Large and the Ardor Displayed Promising of Excellent Results- An Enjoyable Reception- Sessions Marked by Harmony and Unity of Purpose.

Nearly 300 teachers responded to the call for the Twelfth session of the State Teachers’ Association, and that they were an exceedingly bright and intelligent class of people, is acknowledged by all. They were net with the cordial hospitality for which our people are so justly famous, and it is safe to say that the sessions were productive of great enjoyment as well as much advancement in those essentials for educational work promoted by interchange of opinions and comparisons of individual experience.

The first assemblage was held in the hotel parlors Tuesday afternoon, called the “Council Meeting,” at which the following subjects were considered:

1. Subjects Best Adapted to Elementary Science in Washington, C.V. Piper, Pullman. Discussion opened by J.B. Flett, Tacoma.

2. Best method of Teaching this Subject, W.E. Wilson, Ellensburg.

3. How Much Shall Be Attempted? How Much Time Shall Be Given to this Subject? O.S. Jones, Seattle. Discussion opened by Miss Mary A. Monroe, Spokane.

Second. Child Study. What a Mother May Do to Form a Taste for Good Literature in Children Before School Age, Mrs. H. Kincaid, Latona.

In the evening the Olympia was crowded by out townspeople, who assembled to extend a welcome to their visitors. Parlors A and B were densely packed by a surging mass of lighthearted men and women and the hum of animated conversation continued till long after the time fixed for the formal part of the demonstration. It wasnine o’clock before Prof. Hawes, as master of ceremonies, called the hosts and guests down from their flight amid the clouds to the more formal proprieties of the hour.

The Euterpe Musical Club rendered a beautiful chorus entitled “Sweet,” which expressed its charming melody so well that the large assemblage were wild for a repetition but the ladies gracefully declined.

Washington Standard December 30, 1898

Education Around Thurston County: 1902

Education Around the County:  1902

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

The Teachers’ Association Meeting

Following is the programme of the Olympia section of the County Teachers’ Association, to be held at the County Superintendent’s office, Saturday, February 1, at 1:30 p.m.:

“Round Table Talk” – Deputy State Sup’t. F.M. McCully.

Paper, “School Room Decoration” – Miss Rachel Shields.

A talk of “Sanitation of School Buildings and Premises”- County Sup’t. T.N. Henry.

Paper, “The School Room Reading Table” – Mrs. E.B. Stevens.

Paper, “A Problem: One Teacher With Eight Grades” – F.J. Brown.

All subjects will be open to general discussion by teachers and others present. A cordial invitation is extended to school officers and others interested to be present.

Washington Standard January 24, 1902

State School Appointment

The exact figures of the Olympia districts apportionment of the State and county school fund for May are $6,306.69. The other districts will receive the following amounts:

District No. 2                   $186.03

District No. 3                   114.12

District No. 4                   201.10

District No. 5                   435.38

District No. 8                   117.78

District No. 9                   262.40

District No. 10                 285.82

District No. 12                 121.59

District No. 13                 224.43

District No. 14                 162.43

District No. 16                113.66

District No. 18                103.83

District No. 19               316.01

District No. 21               236.13

District No. 22              156.71

District No. 26              182.81

District No. 31             689.49

District No. 33            186.63

District No. 36            136.82

District No. 41            390.02

District No. 46            109.54

District No. 55            130.92

District No. 60           162.07

District No. 63           153.43

Districts No. 5,7,11,15,17,20,23,24,25,27,29,30,32,34,35,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,45,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,56,57,58,59,61,62,64,65,and Union District No.1 (Woodland High school), all being below the minimum in point of attendance, were allowed 2,000 days attendance, amounting to $103.

No apportionment was made to the Union High school at Little Rock, as it was not organized until after the County Superintendent made his report. The same is true of the new District No. 66.

Washington Standard May 16, 1902

The following teachers in this county received certificates at the late examination: Katherine Langridge, A. Birdie Cooper, Bertha White, Cordelia Kinney, Queen I. Larson, Margaret Scully, Rachel Shields, Emma P. Wright, Olive Overhulse, Martha L. Byers, Frank D. Cook, of Olympia; Daisy E. Parker, Kamilchie; Faith V. Burch, Oakville; Annie Shields, Tacoma; Mary B. McGriff, Rochester; C. V. Leach, Olympia, Ida M. Reese and M. Stella Tyler, of Seattle, the last three being renewals of first grade certificates. Of those receiving certificates the oldest was 53 years of age, the youngest 17 and the average age of all the applicants was 24 years. Six had never taught. One teacher had taught 200 months while several had taught 50 or more.

Washington Standard August 22, 1902

The teachers who will have charge of the Woodland school the coming term will be Miss Edith McKenzie and Miss Elizabeth Larimer.

Washington Standard August 8, 1902

Education Around Thurston County: 1889

Education Around the County:  1889

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

During the second week in July, the average school teacher is expected to be abroad in Olympia.

Washington Standard June 23, 1889

Teacher’s Institute

Mrs. P. C. Hale opened the exercises Wednesday, with an elaborate paper on her method of teaching geography. A general discussion of the subject took place.

Miss Janet Moore followed with an exhibition of the Pollard system of conducting primary reading classes, with blackboard illustrations, participated in by class of children from the Primary Department of the Central school.

Prof. M. G. Royal concluded them programme by a humorous essay on the various ways adopted by teachers in school recitations. As the gentleman sat down, he was greeted by a round of hearty applause. A short discussion followed, when the time for adjournment was announced.

In addition to the teachers already reported the following names were added to the roll: Miss Amy Case, Lou McGuire, Fannie McBride, Linnie Barnes, Flora Parsons, Miss L. E. Twiss, Bessie Isaacs, Miss M. B. Hawkins, Minnie Freeman, Eliza Stamps. Mr. J. M. Abbott, Miss Stella Tyler, Mrs. M. F. Brown, Mrs. J. G. Ward, Allen Weir, S. W. Womack, A. F. Gunn, H. N. Hunt, A. W. Peables, Harvey H. Loveridge and Robert Cruikshank.

Washington Standard July 12, 1889


Board met in regular session , sitting as a Board of Equalization. Present, George B. Capen, Chairman, Thos. Prather and R. A. Brewer, Commissioners, and John P. Tweed clerk.

Minutes of previous meeting read a approved.

On motion, Board adjourned to 1:30 o’clock P.M.

1:30 O’CLOCK P.M.

Board reassembled, all present.

The report of L. P. Venen, County School Superintendent, upon the petition of R. H. Kandle, S. D. Lawrence, praying for the forming of a new school district, to known as School District 41, was presented and read, and after due consideration by Board, it is ordered that the decision of the Superintendent as reported be approved, and that School District 41 be established in accordance therewith.

On motion, Board adjourned to 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

Washington Standard August 9, 1889

Pupils of the various schools will have an opportunity to exchange their old books for new ones, next week, at O’Connor’s.

Washington Standard August 30, 1889

Miss Amelia Dittmann, of this city, has been engaged to teach the Mud Bay district school, and commenced her labors last Monday.

Washington Standard

August 30, 1889

Education Around Thurston County: 1905

Education Around the County:  1905

Introduction:  The following are a series of articles related to education which appeared in the Washington Standard, published in Olympia.

The Eighth grade pupils of Lincoln school are planning an entertainment and debate on the last day of school- next Friday- to which parents and friends are invited. The question to be discussed is, “Resolved, that the General Government is More Important than Local Government.” Those to take part in the debate are Lee Kegley, Jay Tew, Ruth Mills, Anna Schively and Della Lincoln, for the negative, and May Mead, Fanny Harris, Alta White, Lynne Fullerton and Nellie Wilson for the affirmative. The judges are to be selected from the High school.

Washington Standard May 19, 1905

Only fifteen of the thirty-two applicants for teachers’ certificates were successful at the late examination, owing principally, it is said to the fact that many of them were quite young and found the questions beyond their range of advancement. Those who passed the ordeal were: Faith Chambers, Bessie Comstock, Nellie Gwin, Lena Abernethy, Mrs. W.V. Baker, Evelyn George, Leona Leonard, Guy Overhulse, P.C. Moe, W.G. Parker, Nell Shahan, Katherine King, T.D. Young, Esther Packwood, Ralph M. Whitcomb and Oren R. Richards.

Washington Standard May 19, 1905


Forty-six Passed, and 132 Will Have to Wait Another Examination.

There are in all 178 Thurston county pupils who have taken the eighth grade examination during the school year, beginning July 1, 1904, and ending June 30, 1904. There were three examinations held, as follows: September 1 and 2, 1904; January 19 and 20, 1905, and May 18 and 19, 1995. These examinations were held at various places in the county.

Of the 178 pupils taking the examination, 46 have passed and will be granted eighth grade certificates, which will entitle them to entrance without further examination to any high school in the State.

Following are the names of those who passed:

James Barton, May Burr, Ethel Carroll, Sylvester Chase, Gladys Clark, Ethel Coulter, Estella Cramp, James Davis, Sadie Doherty, Lyne Fullerton, Miles Gray, Mary M. Hall, Dora Hardt, Herbert Hoke, Anna Jacobson, Alice Malpass, Wallace Mount, Annie Schively, Henry Schultz, George E. Scott, Louis Utterbach, Lovina Wilson, Nellie Wilson, Alta White, Eva White and Edith Young from the Lincoln building, School district No. 1, Olympia; Charles H. Briffett and Martha N. Groat, teachers.

Hope Chambers, Providence Academy, Olympia.

Lester Brown, Sarah Croston, Grace Gibson, Darth Ludwick, Gertie McKray, Emma Packwood and Lester Skofield, of Bucoda, School district No. 31, C.H. Clements, teacher.

Tillie Carpenter, School district No. 39, Helen Simons, teacher.

Inez Clauson, School district No. 56, Guy Overhulse, teacher.

Irene Cole, School district No. 6, T.D. Young, teacher.

Dora Hardt, School district No. 17, Edith McIntire, teacher.

David Hartsuck, School district No. 16, Leno Watrous, teacher.

Zella Medge, School district No. 9, J. Emmett Brown, teacher.

Jennie Neeley, Ruth Van Eton, School district No. 21, W.A. Bowers, teacher.

Chas Wellman, School district No. 65, J.H. Butler, teacher.

A.G. West, School district No. 63, Edna Patnude, teacher.

Nancy Hutson, school district No. 3, Mrs. E.B. Stephens, teacher.

Thirty-three of the pupils have signified their intention of entering the Olympia High school, the coming school year, and all but two or three intend going to school next year.

Washington Standard June 2, 1905