Education Around Thurston County: 1890

Education Around the County:  1890

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

The County Superintendent reports that there is a general complaint throughout country districts of tramps sleeping in school houses. As many as five tramps have been known to take up their quarters in a school house the same night. One thing can be said in their favor, however, that they never destroy or injure property. They build a fire in the stove, cook their evening meal and then spread their blankets on the floor and snore away the night.

Washington Standard February 7, 1890

Mr. L.R. Byrne is a young man, 23 years of age, and being unknown to many of our people, requires a few words of introduction. He was born in Jackson County, Tennessee, and came to Washington three years ago, in obedience to the Whitecoated Philosopher’s injunction to “Go West.” He is a gentleman of modest appearance and fine address. He is a graduate of the Olympia Collegiate Institute of this city and possesses a first-grade certificate as teacher, under State law. He has had five years’ experience as educator. His opponent is a chronic office-seeker, who now holds the position of City Superintendent at a salary of $1,300 per annum.

Washington Standard October 3, 1890

The County Superintendent reports that a school in the country has been discontinued, short of a term, on account of the marrying of the young lady teacher. He recommends that the school directors sue the new made husband for damages and in default of prompt payment, to seize the young wife as collateral security. Perhaps Mr. Venen thinks he will be appointed receiver.

Washington Standard November 28, 1890

Prof. C.A. Bauer, the well-known teacher of penmanship and crayon drawing has just finished his school at Bucoda.

Washington Standard November 25, 1890

The State Board of Education of Washington will hold three meetings in 1891, at which State Certificates and Life Diplomas will be granted to such applicants as shall be found qualified to receive them, according to the requirements of the laws of this State.

Applicants for State Certificates must file with the Board satisfactory written evidence of having taught successfully at least twenty-seven months, at least nine months of which time must have been in this State.

Applicants for Life Diplomas must file with the Board satisfactory written evidence of having taught successfully at least ten years, at least one year which must have been in this State.

All applicants must pass an examination in the following branches, viz: Orthography, Reading, Penmanship, Written Arithmetic, Mental Arithmetic, English Grammar, Geography, United States History, School Law of Washington, Physiology, United States Constitution, Theory and Practice of Teaching, Algebra, State Constitution, Natural Philosophy, English Literature, Pedagogy, Plane Geometry, Geology, Natural History, Civil Government, Psychology, Book-keeping, Composition and General History; or in lieu of passing the examination in the branches above enumerated, the applicant may file with the Board a certified copy of Diploma from a State Normal School, or a certified copy of a State of Territorial Certificate of Diploma, the requirements to obtain a State Certificate of Life Diploma in this State.

State certificates are valid for five years unless revoked for causes deemed sufficient by the State Board of Education, and Life Diplomas are valid during the life of the holder, unless revoked for cause.

The fee for a State Certificate is a $3, and the fee for a Life Diploma, $5. All fees must accompany the application, and they cannot be refunded unless the application is withdrawn before being considered.

The regular meeting of the State Board will be held at the City of Olympia, commencing on the second day of June, 1891, but owing to the fact that most teachers are still engaged in teaching at that time of year, no examination of teachers will be held at that meeting. But all persons desiring to secure Certificates or Diplomas upon certified copies of State Normal School Diplomas, or upon certified copies of State of Territorial Certificates from other States, or Territories, should file such papers with the Board prior to the regular meeting in June, as all such applications will be acted upon at that time.

For the purpose of examining applicants for Certificates and Diplomas two special meetings of the Board will be held in August- one east of the Cascades and one west, the exact times.

Washington Standard October 15, 1890

The Institute August 10, 1894

The Institute

Washington Standard August 10, 1894

At the session Monday Mrs. Keyes opened the work on “Word-making,” and Miss Stowell 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 program was rendered:

March – “Crusader,” Sousa

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. Falknor

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 o Pedagogy; exercises in arithmetic and algebra by Mrs. Keyes and Prof. Beeler; reading of an essay on 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.

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

Resolutions of thanks were adopted to the County Superintendent, to Prof. Beeler, to Miss Agnes Stowell, to Mrs. Keyes, to Mrs. Falknor, to Prof. Royal, to Rev. T.J. Lamont, to Prof. Brintnall, to Judge Root, to Prof. Getz, to Miss Emma E. Page, to Dr. Massey, to the Press, to the Band, to Miss Conant, the Secretary, and to State Supt. Bean, for the interest they have taken in the Institute and the aid they have rendered to make it a success.

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 be indefatigable and 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 an address by Rev. Dr. Massey, of Tumwater.  The prominent feature of the day was a debate on the resolution that the ration of male to female teachers should be increased.  The question was, very properly, decided in the negative.

STUDENTS GETBACK: All but Two of Eight Suspended

STUDENTS GETBACK: All but Two of Eight Suspended

Are reinstated in High School

All but two of the eight high school students were suspended recently on account of the Centralia escapade and the hazing of Willis Blake, Son of F.G. Blake of this city and editor of the high school paper, “The Olympus,” have given the school authorities assurance that their behavior will be satisfactory in the future and have been re-instated, according to C. E. Beach, city superintendent of schools. As soon as the other two make like assurances, they will re-instated, Mr. Beach says though one who has been in trouble on two previous occasions must appear before the school board.  Only three of the students were implicated in the hazing stunt; when they took after young Blake one night last week and chased him from down town to within a short distance of his home on the Westside, where they caught him and “painted” him with iodine. The eight suspended were: Walter Draham, Hurburt Scully, Clarence Springer, John Dille, Ed Winstanely, Chalmers Musgrove, Joe Kegley and E. Brazel.

[undated] Hear Consolidated School Appeal

[undated] Hear Consolidated School Appeal

The county commissions this afternoon are hearing an appeal from the decision of I. A. Kibbe, superintendent of count schools, in which last December there was made a transfer of territory from school districts 28 and 53 to district 301, known as the consolidating district, embracing Yelm, Lawrence Lake, Cook or Pollard. Eureka and Willow Lawn.  The protesting districts in the appeal are John Longmire and Moorehead, Bald Hill not joining the appeal.

A number of residents of the districts are in the city today for the hearing, among them being Cap Longmire, James Mosman, and Mr. Martain.

[School Fad] October 26, 1906

[School Fad]  Washington Standard October 26, 1906

As the winter season approaches, the Olympia school girls don their head gear.  There seems to be a rivalry among the young misses as to who will follow the recent innovation longest.  A certain young man on the Westside remarked that “A pretty hat on a sweet-looking girl appears well, but a nice head of hair on the same kind of girl, looks still better.”  The milliner, however, does not agree with this proposition, and the Socialist says, “here is where the profit system comes on.”

[Education] March 1, 1907

[Education]  Washington Standard March 1, 1907

The County Institute-consisting of about an even hundred “wielders of the rod,” as they were called in days of yore-have been in session here this week [Olympia], bent upon improving methods of teaching; a teachers’ school as it were, in which mutual improvement in the object.

Thurston County’s Schools September 6, 1894

Thurston County’s Schools

Receipts and Disbursements-Facts About Teachers and Teaching

Morning Olympian September 6, 1894

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 and 1612 females.  Of those 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 293 females.

Of the teachers in this county, three hold state or territorial certificates; 27 hold first grade certificates; 40 hold second grade 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 average number of months in which school was maintained in this county is 5.34 and the average number of days school was maintained during the year, 106.49.