[Education News] May 19, 1905

[Education News]  May 19, 1905  Washington Standard

Only fifteen of the thirty-two applicants for teachers’ certificates were successful at the late examination, owing principally, it is said to the fact ta many of them were quit young and found the questions beyond their range of advancement.  Those who passed the ordeal were:  Faith Chambers, Bessie Comstock, Nellie Gwin, Lena Abernathy, Mrs. W. V. Baker, Neil Shahan, Katherine King, T. D. Young, Esther Packwood, Ralph Whitcomb, and Oren R. Richards.

Education Around Thurston County: 1914

Education Around Thurston County:  1914

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

The Thurston County Principals’ association will meet at Tenino January 24, when the following program and music arranged by Principal C. Lee Martin of the Tenino schools, will be given: “ What Can Be Done to Raise the Standard of Athletics in the High School?” C. Lee Martin; discussion, C. E. Beach; business session: “The Spring Track Meet,” S. E. Calvert; discussion, W.E. McGuire; “Credits for Home and Outside Work,” N.J. Aiken; discussion, C.A. Scobey; general discussion on all subjects. Bring your problems. Music and other exercises will be provided.

Washington Standard January 9, 1914

The following program is announced for the meeting of the Thurston County Parent-Teachers’ association at the Olympia high school beginning at 10:30 Saturday morning and continuing throughout the day: Opening exercises; business session; reports of committees; circle reports; president’s address; luncheon and social hour.

Washington Standard January 9, 1914

The school authorities expect to raise the diphtheria quarantine at the Hays school Saturday, only one death having occurred and the other pupils showing no symptoms of the disease. School will then be resumed next Monday.

Washington Standard February 22, 1914

A mass meeting was called in the Tono hall last Saturday to hear the report of the clerk of the school board which was most satisfactory to the public. Mr. E.C. Way tendered his resignation as clerk of the board, which was accepted, and the citizens thereupon nominated R.H. Zimmerman to run in his stead. Mr. Way is a very capable man and the school board loses a good man when he goes out of office.

Washington Standard February 22, 1914


New Directors in Some Districts- Others Re-elected- Results Incomplete

Very little more than the ordinary interest was displayed in the annual school elections held in the 64 districts of the county last Saturday and the clerks of some of the districts have been lax in sending in their reports of the result of the election. Following is as complete a list of directors chosen as the county superintendent’s office has received:

… Collins, W.W. Whidden; Rainier, Theodore Gehrke; … Mountain View, J.H. Lawrence, Charles Koeppen; … Bald Hill, John Nystrom; … Lindstrom, Theodore M. Thompson; … Yelm consolidation, John P. Martin; …

Washington Standard March 13, 1914

Education Around Thurston County: 1913

Education Around Thurston County:  1913

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

Miss Alice Hughes will also resume her school duties on Monday. She teaches in the McKenzie district, where the children have been enjoying a three weeks’ vacation.

Washington Standard January 17, 1913

Students Get Back

All but Two of Eight Suspended Are Reinstated in High School

All but two of eight high school students who 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 assurances 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 be 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, Hubert Scully, Clarence Springer, John Dille, Ed Winstantly, Chalmers Musgrove, Joe Kegley and E. Brazel.

Washington Standard December 12, 1913

Education Around Thurston County: 1911

Education Around Thurston County:  1911

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

The school census enumerators for this district are W.D. Manier, O.C. Nally, Mrs. Holloman and Clifford Miller. This duty in the country districts is being performed by the respective clerks of the same.

Washington Standard May 5, 1911

Principal Newberry was fined $25 and costs Tuesday, by Justice Crosby, for using a rubber whip in punishing Lester Hindley, a pupil in Garfield school, for infraction of rules and rebellion against the authority of the teacher. The suit was brought by Howard L. Hindley, Secretary of the Industrial Commission, his father. Newberry has taken an appeal to the Superior Court. He is backed by the school authorities, who do not seem to believe that the punishment was excessive or unwarranted.

Washington Standard September 29, 1911

A Mothers’ Circle of the Parent Teachers’ Association of the Roosevelt school was organized Saturday afternoon. About 25 mothers have been enrolled as members and quite a number of teachers. This is one of the meetings now being held throughout the State for the benefit of the rising generation. Mrs. Frank Hill, of Tacoma, is State organizer. President, Mrs. Charlotte Van Eaton; Vice President, Mrs. Brownley; Secretary, Mrs. McNulty, and Treasurer, Miss Guthrie.

Washington Standard December 1, 1911

May 8, 1914 – The Forest School

Washington Standard

The entertainment given recentl by the pupils of  the Forest School at McKenna and witnessed by quite a few people from this town [Yelm] was a big success, netting the school $18.50 to be applied on the purchase of a piano and given the attendants a most pleasant evening.

Lacamas School Interview – June 2003 Michaela and Jessica Murdock Interviewing Dillard Jenson

Jessica: How long was your school year? I know that it’s 180 now, but there must have been more time off?

Dillard: We started right after Labor Day and we always got out the last of May. Usually around May 29. Yeah, because I don’t think we had any spring vacation. But, yeah, we always got out the last of May.

J: Was there a lot of farming kids out here?

D: Oh yeah! All farming kids. We all farmed. That’s all there was, was farm kids.

J: What kind of farms did you guys have? Was is mostly cows?

D: Cows! Everybody had a little farm, everybody had a couple cows. Everything was on a small scale.

*Rustling…conversation lost…

J: How did you guys get to school? How far usually was the range?

D: By a homemade school bus. It had benches along the side. Was an old… just an old regular pickup. Old wooden back. And uh then… up the Peizner road here. Whoever lived up there Mr. Peizner had an old car and then he’d deliver them. And then up above Clear Wood, which is Clear Wood now, up on Johnson road, there was another old gentleman up there and he had a big old car and he used it for a bus. And that’s how everybody was transported.

J: So…do you know how large the range was from where kids were coming from?

*Rustling…conversation muddled…

D: The range… oh well the range didn’t reach out all that far. Probably… twenty miles. But  what happened is the Yelm School District- now we’re going way back- the Yelm School District the valuation at that time was $500,000. That’s all there was. This one here was $550,000 cause we had Weyerhaeuser, which added more valuation. Well Yelm couldn’t get by without reorganizing and adding this school. So that’s what they done and we were always promised a school, but when the ink dried they took the school away from us. So now we’re getting it back. (Laughs)

J: So what years did you go to school here?

D: I went here first through sixth. Then everybody after the sixth grade went on to Yelm.

J: So that was in 19…?

D: It closed down in 1947.

J: So 1941?

D: I started in ‘40.

M: So you went right until the end?

D: Yeah, I went just about to the end. I think it ran maybe one year after I left.

J: What was the attitude toward school back then? Did the parents think it was very important?

D: Very important. You want to remember everything was entirely different. We had one teacher. No superintendent, no principal, no janitor, no nothing. One teacher ran this school. And every Friday we would put a list up on the board and two boys would feed the wood furnace for the following week. Two boys would take care of their restroom. Two girls would take care of theirs. The teacher always cooked the noon lunch. And she’d have two girls, their names would be on the list, they’d help cook the lunch for that week, but they only cooked lunch for four days a week and every Friday one of the mothers would bring us something special for lunch. And that’s the way it worked. And then about fifteen minutes before school was out every day we’d have to clean up our room, so it was ready for the next morning. And then once a week we’d go out and clean up all the school grounds and clean everything up. And then of course one person had to put the flag up and take it down everyday.

J: I think that is so cool. I think that teaches you so much more responsibility.

D: But like I said I wasn’t the best student. When I went to Yelm I sat there for two years, because it was a complete review I’d already had. So I wasted two years. Well… I mean I didn’t waste it, but I’d already had it. Because when you’ve got six grades in one room and you’re in first grade, it’s just like computers today, you store everything, well you store the same in your mind and so when you get to the second grade you’ve already heard those kids recite their lesson- they recited everything back in those days. So it’s already stored in there, right on up through the six grades. When you get there it’s just a review for you. It’s a wonderful to learn. I’d like to see them teaching kids that way again.

J: You probably get a lot more one-on-one time too?

D: Oh sure! Well and another thing, you couldn’t get away with anything. You got bent over…(laughs)…that’s the way it was…there were no ifs, ands, or buts about it, and then when you got home you got some more.

M: So there was definitely some corporal punishment.

D: Well it was…but they’re going to have to go back to a little bit of discipline today, because it’s not working. It’s not working. We all…I don’t care who you are, we all try to get away with as much as we can…everybody does that. So, I say we need a little bit more discipline. But that’s maybe coming from an old-timer‘s mouth.

J: I think that’s interesting to see like, what was breaking the rules, though, and what was looked over, and what was totally not acceptable to do. I think you could push yourself a lot further now, and I was just wondering what was grounds for punishment?

D: Well you tried to push yourself, but you couldn’t, you didn’t get it done, because you got a good whipping or the paddle. And when I went to Yelm it was the same thing there… was a teacher, a principal by the name of Harry Southworth. And he had this nice little wooden board with holes in it and you got the same treatment there. They had control of you. You might try something, but it wasn’t going to work.

J: What kind of curriculum did you guys learn and what was your day?

D: You had your Math and your English, and just the basics… you know, lots of penmanship. Even though I don’t write every day, I still have lot’s of it… and health classes.

J: You said you had to recite a lot, what did you have to recite?

D: What did we have to recite? Well, in Reading and different things like that we probably read more than we had to recite, but we did have to get up and read to the class, stand up in front of the class…or even in Math, she’d make you get up and work your math out on the blackboard and everybody would watch you and see if you were doing it right. So, that’s where you learned from the class ahead of you, so when you got there it was pretty much review. Everything was done pretty much without teacher. She sat at the front of the room and she’d call you up and you’d work on the blackboard, because you wouldn’t want to mess up.

J: So you didn’t want to make any mistakes?

D: No you didn’t or you were in trouble.

J: So, it wasn’t a big deal having different grades in the same class?

D: No, it wasn’t.

J: And having to share the teacher?… When I was reading the Hart’s Lake School thing they said that they put the schedule for each grade up every day and that you just looked at it and knew what you were doing and you didn’t have any problems with that?

D: That’s exactly what it was…That’s exactly the way it was…yep…it was amazing. It probably wouldn’t work today…

*At this point in time Roger Schnepf and Brandon Brownell arrived at the school to take pictures. The Interview stopped for a short while, but the tape kept playing. Dillard insulted the boys and we all laughed. We talked a little bit…

Michaela: What was the basement used for?

D: Oh we had a shop down there where we built, didn’t amount to much, but we built little things. As good as we could.

J: Did you guys use the gymnasium for physical education classes or just for fun?

D: We just had a basketball hoop, we played a lot of baseball.

M: Did you have any sports or clubs after school?

D: Everything we did…garbled

M: You did golf.

D: I never got in on the golf. That was before I started here… They had a little nine-hole course out there.

*Brandon interrupts to take a picture of Dillard.

J: One of the things that Mr. Bergh was reading to us was in Walla, Walla one of their flag salutes was really interesting. They had to say this weird thing and look at the flag and I was wondering if you guys did anything special for the flag salute? Pledge of Allegiance?

D: Oh yeah. Everybody had to every morning.

J: Is it the same Pledge of Allegiance?

D: Oh yeah. Might be changed a little bit, didn’t they change it…ahh… I can’t remember. I don’t think so, it seemed to me like it was exactly the same. We had to take the flag up and take it down. There was no leaving it up. That was a no! leaving the flag up.

*More interruption. Roger and Brandon leave to explore the rest of the school.

J: Did you guys ever feel lonely or cut off from other people?

D: Didn’t know the difference. Probably went to town once a week… something like that. Wolf’s department store, right there in the Drew Harvey Theater, that was the big place in Yelm back in those days. Everybody bought their groceries there, bought their clothes there, bought everything there. They sold everything. Cattle feed…*mumbling/garbled… And right there at Gorder’s Body Shop, that was Brown Brothers. And there was the John Deere dealership. And the Plymouth and Dodge car dealership. The original theater was over…the bowling alley, that was a theater… yeah, see that was the second one, the old one burned down. But, let’s see…the bank there on the corner, I can‘t remember the name, Timberland or something…then right next to it used to be D&H Mobile service station, so that’s an Apex grocery or something now. Say, right there was the original theater. Regular movie theater. It burnt down and then the built the one where the bowling alley is now. That was a movie theater and then the built one in Parkland and it burnt down…garbled…but they were identical theaters. They just built the theater floor up and put in the bowling alley. Try to think what else was in town. There were all kinds of things. Yelm was a pretty nice little town… But it was all basically right in that area. Across from the Drew Harvey Theater was a big meat market and right next to him was a ***** restaurant and bar. And then, if I can remember, I was just a little kid, it was in ‘39 they had built a new highway from, they had finished it from Tenino, that was the main highway. And then they had a big get-together. I think that was around the first carnival they had. And right where the old fire station is, that was an old lot there at that time, just a narrow lot, but that’s where the first carnival was.

M: So, where the senior citizen’s center is….the big building across from the bowling alley?

D: Oh, that big old building, that’s probably…the senior center now…that’s probably one of the oldest buildings in Yelm.

M: What did they used to use it for?

D: I think it was, I can’t remember, it was an Oddfellows Hall or whatever it was, there was a hardware store…

*After this we kind of trail off the subject of the Lacamas School and just talk about the Stewart family and different things around Yelm. It might be worth listening to, but not really.

State Exams given in 1931-32


1. a. 5/9 of 45 =

   b.  4 ½ + 3 1/5 =

   c. 6.2 x 4.076 =

   d. 5 lbs. 3oz. – 2lbs. 7oz. =

   e. 2 yds. 2 ½ ft. =               feet

2. a. What is the commission at 5% on the sale of goods to the amount of


   b. Our school yard is to be resurfaced. What is the cost at $4.50 a

square yard if it is     

       225 feet long and 70 feet wide?

   c. A swimming pool covers 1250 square feet. If the pool is 25 feet

wide, how far did

       John swim if he swam the length of the pool?

   d. If the circumference of a circular tower is 850 feet, what is the


   e. Coats marked at $17.50 were sold at a discount of 10%. What was the

selling price?

3. Directions: Fill the blanks in the following sentences with the word or

words which

   make the statements true.

   a. The sum of money that a person makes is called his           .

   b. The amount of money or other property which a partner puts into the

business is  

       called his              .

   c. To multiply 38.8 by 10 move the decimal point one place to the       .

   d. when goods are bought in large quantities at less than market

price, they are said to    

       be bought at                .

   e. A right angle contains            degrees.

   f. In order to cash a check given you by someone else, it must be       .

   g. A century contains         years

   h. Eight hundred and ten and seven thousdandths is      in figures.

   i. an acre contains             square rods.

   j. The square root of 121 is            .

4. The tax rate in Smithville is $2.54 on $100.00 worth of property. How

much tax will Mr. Jackson have to pay if his property is assessed at


5. John wished to mix alcohol and water in the ratio of 2 parts of alcohol

to 5 parts water. How many quarts of water would be need to mix with ten

quarts of alcohol?

6. the loss of property due to a fire was #3,000.00 or 33 1/3% of its

value. What was the value of the property before the fire?

7. a man’s salary is $2,800.00 per year. He has $4,000.00 invested to 6%

interest. What is his total yearly income?

8. Name five ways of transmitting or sending money.






9. A Kansas farmer harvested 24.5 bushels per acre from a 30 acre wheat

field that he did not fertilize, and 34.75 bushels per acre from a 30 acre

wheat field that he did fertilize. How many bushels more did he get by

fertilizing> What did the whole crop bring him at $1.25 a bushel?

10. This is a matching exercise. Select terms from the first list and

write them in the blanks before the phrases which describe them.

   Annual premium  Installment buying

   Endorsing a note    Building and Loan

   Balance on hand

a.          means paying a certain part of the purchase price when the article

is bought, and the balance divided into portions payable at certain

specified times.

b.          is the yearly sum paid for an insurance policy.

c.           are associations in which people invest sacings that are loaned to

help other people build their own homes.

d.           is the sum remaining.

e.           means guaranteeing payment to the person or corporationloaning the


(From:  Whitman County Retired Teachers Asociation.  Education in the Rough:  With Memoirs of Early Teachers and Schools.  Colfax, Washington, Whitman County Retired Teachers Association, 1976)

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School Budgets of County Are Markedly Lower

 (Olympia News 10-7-1932)

Budgets for the various school districts of the county have been approved and levies fixed.  As a general thing the levies have had to be increased slightly, but owing to the lower valuations, the amount of money to be collected for 1933 is in most cases considerable below that raised for 1932.  A comparison of the sums follows:

District & No.        1932                          1933

3 Hays                        2174.63                      1551.28                                 

202 Rctr. U.H.          13434.20                   11282.53

7 Bush                                    987.76                        929.26                                               

203 Ten. U.H.           21429.98                    9166.66

9 Gate                                    1060.89                     1210.97                                 

204 Yelm U.H.          17559.61                    12397.91

12 Collins                   3290.64                     2834.66                                 

302 Bstn. Har.          2324.93                      1641.53

15 Plm. Sta.               2393.91                      1956.65                                             

304 Sth. Bay             7459.91                      5908.02

17 Rky. Pra.               982.56                        717.50                                               

307 Rainier                13480.71                    14717.68

18 Maytown              1603.92                      1628.19                                 

309 Yelm                   12154.76                    7141.68

22 Gd. Mnd.              4309.76                      2253.38                                 

310 Rchtr.                 8985.39                      6810.43

24 Riverside              1618.02                      1318.37                                             

313 Delphi                 3541.52                      2716.67

29 Colvin                    811.30                                    666.83                                               

314 McLane              4153.58                      3317.51

31 Bucoda                  7163.40                      7754.52                                             

315 Sch. Pr.               6222.62                      4414.47

32 Sumt. Lk.             2406.88                     2826.79                                             

316 Littlerock           7099.07                      6579.24

35 Nisqually              2442.49                      2111.74                                              

317 Lacey                  14222.39                    12354.94

36 Cat Tail                 1463.13                      1143.90                                 

319 Tumwtr.             10332.43                   9354.29

45 Spr. Crk.               1619.22                      1413.48                                             

320 Olym.                 126211.18                  95950.00

46 Meadow                1745.44                      1436.64                                             

321 Gibson                2127.83                      1870.55

52 Htr’s. Pt.               934.47                        711.10                                    

322 Tenino                11773.62                    6551.39

62 Alder Gr.              916.94                                    814.41

65 Blk. Lake              3367.40                      2440.28

67 Bordeaux              1885.50                      1801.36

74 Tono                      4679.78                      3556.80

79 Chambers             4866.77                      4394.41

1914 – All in School Again

All in School Again

The Morning Olympian October 1, 1894

Now for Another Winter of Hard Brain Work.

Education Too Often Obtained at the Expense of Nerve Force. Parents Study the Problem of Keeping Up Health at School. School has been open nearly a month. The streets are crowded with “shining morning faces,” full of eagerness and ambition. Anxiety of parents begins. Will those young boys and girls stand the nervous strain? Every year thousands of bright and interesting boys and girls are fatally injured by the indiscriminate and excessive school work.

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During the school year thousands of children pursuing studies with an ambitious eagerness altogether out of keeping with their strength, have been enabled to keep in school and at work and to recover health and nerve strength by a careful use of Paine’s celery compound, first prescribed by Dartmouth’s great professor, Edward E. Phelps, M. D., LL.D. Parents who have studied the problem of how to build up their children’s health while at school have found that Paine’s celery compound brought vigor and strength by keeping the blood pure and the nerves and tissues richly nourished.

Physicians in all parts of the country earnestly recommend Paine’s celery compound to parents.