1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
Chicago
Published by: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
186 Dearborn Street

Mason County

City Public Schools
Page 555

Wile Mason City has much to be proud of in general improvements, business facilities and beauty of location and surrounding country, none of these transcends in importance and influence her public schools, for here her children are provided a good and substantial education, thorough in every department, from the fundamentals well up into the classics and higher mathematics.

In 1860, a frame school building was erected in the east part of town, which served its purpose well until the population rendered a more commodious building necessary. After renting such additional rooms as could be obtained to accommodate the pupils, a large three-story brick building on the west side was projected, and, after considerable contention, it was decided at an election to build a $20,000 schoolhouse on the half-block donated for that purpose by Mr. Straut, in his West Addition. This building is three stories in height with two schoolrooms on each floor. It was built the year 1868, and, as soon as completed, a graded school was organized, with Prof. F. C. Garbutt as Principal.

In 1877, our school population had further increased until another school building was demanded, and, to meet that demand, the beautiful new brick schoolhouse on the east side was built, at a cost of about $7,000. This is a substantial two-story brick, with two schoolrooms on each floor.

The names of the Principals who have presided over our graded public schools, since their organization as such, are as follows, in the order of their succession: F. C. Garbutt, three years; G. W. Dominique, three years; W. H. Williamson, two years; C. L. Raymond, one year; W. H. Williamson, one year; O. T. Denny, one year. We give a list of teachers employed each term since 1876, in the order of their respective grades:

Term commencing September, 1876: Prof. C. L. Raymond, Principal; Miss L. Effie Peter, Mrs. Sara E. Pierce, Miss Hettie I. Hamilton, Miss Nellie E. Wickizer, Miss Belle May, Mrs. M. A. Slade, Miss Josie Yost, Miss Lilla Cook.

Term commencing September, 1877: Prof. W. H. Williamson, Principal; Mrs. Sara E. Pierce, Mrs. M. A. Slade, Miss Nellie E. Wickizer, Miss Josie Yost, Miss Emma Patterson, Miss Belle May, Miss Rinta Lamoreux, Miss Lilla Cook.

Term commencing September, 1878: Prof. O. T. Denny, Principal; Mrs. Sara E. Pierce, Miss Agnes A. Gamble, Miss Olive A. Hudson, Miss Nellie E. Wickizer, Miss Belle May, Miss Ida Patten, Miss Rinta Lamoreux.

Term commencing September, 1879: Prof. O. T. Denny, Principal; Mrs. Sara E. Pierce, Miss Agnes A. Gamble, Miss Olive A. Hudson, Miss Adelia Henry, Miss Belle May, Miss Gertie Chase, Miss Rinta Lamoreux, Miss Lilla Cook.

The country district schools throughout the township are all in good condition, and each district is provided with a good schoolhouse. The ladies are to be especially commended for the heroism with which they have contended against and effectually broken down the old pioneer prejudice against them as school teachers, until now their abilities are recognized and appreciated in this grand and noble avocation, and, by dint of inexorable perseverance, they are largely in the majority as teachers in this township.

The names of the School Treasurers of the township from its organization down to the present time are as follows, in the order of succession; First, Michael Swing; second, Rev. L. R. Hastings; third, William Warnock, Jr.; fourth, Henry Cease; fifth, John Lazell, present incumbent.

The report of the Township Treasurer for this year shows the following statistics:
Number males under twenty-one years of age……………………. 579
Number females under twenty-one years of age …………………. 513
Total under twenty-one years of age……………………………… 1,092
Number males between the ages of six and twenty-one…………... 372
Number females between the ages of six and twenty-one………… 322
Total between the ages of six and twenty-one…………………...… 694
Number School Districts in township ……………………………... 4
Number districts having school five months or more…………….... 4
Whole number public schools in township…………………….…... 4
Whole number months of school……………………………….….. 30
Average number months of school……………………………….… 7
Number male pupils enrolled…………………………………….… 264
Number female pupils enrolled…………………………………….. 245
Total pupils enrolled………………………………………………... 509
Number male teachers employed………………………………….... 3
Number female teachers employed…………………………….…… 9
Total teachers employed………………………………………….… 12
Number months taught by males………………………………….... 24
Number months taught by females……………………………….… 72
Total months taught……………………………………………….… 96
Grand total days' attendance………………………………………... 63,355
Number graded schools in township………………………………... 1
Number months taught in graded school………………………….… 8
Number public high schools in township……………………….…... 1
Whole number schoolhouses in township…………………….……. 5
Principal township fund……………………………………………..$1,291.28
Amount of township fund invested or loaned ………………………$1,291.28
Highest monthly wages paid any male teacher……………………... 100.00
Highest monthly wages paid any female teacher…………………… 45.00
Lowest monthly wages paid any male teacher…………………...… 30.00
Lowest monthly wages paid any female teacher…………………… 27.50
Average monthly wages paid male teachers……………………….. 59.72
Average monthly wages paid female teachers……………………… 39.53
Amount borrowed for building purposes…………………………… 9,600.00
Amount district tax levy for school purposes (1878) ……………… 7,250.00
Estimated value of school property………………………………… 18,000.00
Estimated value school apparatus…………………………………... 100.00
Paid male teachers last year………………………………………… 1,433.50
Paid female teachers last year ……………………………………… 2,846.82
Paid for repairs and improvements…………………………………. 9.90
Paid for school furniture……………………………………………. 6.40
Paid for fuel and incidental expenses ……………………………… 664.73
Paid Township Treasurer for services ………………………………121.25
Paid interest on district bonds ……………………………………….536.75
Paid on outstanding indebtedness……………………………………500.00
Paid Treasurer Township 21, Range 5……………………………....132.68
Total expenditures during year………………………………………6,252.03

The County Superintendent of Schools is a resident of this city, and the above is from the last report of the Township Treasurer, on file in the County Superintendent's office.

The first Board of School Directors in this town was composed of Messrs. William Hibberd, Dr. A. R. Cooper and L. D. Cox. The present Board is composed of A. A. Cargill, L. B. Eulass and Mrs. T. C. Chamblin. The latter is the first lady upon whom the official honor of an elective school office was ever conferred in this county.

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