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The Story of Columbus by F. A. Stare
June 30, 1960 Installment 455
While visiting relative in California some months ago, Mrs. A. H. Proctor of Columbus spent some time at Banning in the home of her brother, Ralph C. Webster, who moved to California some years ago.
While there, Ralph showed her some very interesting school reports dated Sept 1st, 1852, one being by the clerk of School District No. 4, in the town of Elba, Mr. E. J. Williams.
The other a report by Mr. D. W. Rosenkraus, District Clerk of District No. 8 in the town of Portland and Elba, also dated Sept. 1st, 1852.
Mrs. Proctor was so much interested in these reports, so different from conditions prevalent now, that we decided to put them into the "Story of Columbus" if we could obtain them for temporary use, to be returned to Mr. Webster, of course.
It is our impression that these documents had been found by Mr. Jaeger of Danville Mill not too long ago, who sent them on to Mr. Webster, thinking he might like to have them.
Not having Ralph's complete address, we asked Rev. L. C. Partch, a winter resident of California to please contact him.
The documents soon came and proved to be very interesting from several points of view.
There is excellence of penmanship, although somewhat faded, but not badly; they had evidently been in large envelopes, or in packs with other documents and were well preserved.
We have no funds at our disposal for photo static reproduction, which might possibly have reproduced somewhat better; but through the courtesy of Mr. Clarke Arnold and Miss Hazel Roberts of Callahan and Arnold, we were able to get readable copies reproduced, but not good enough for photographic reproduction.
Two sets of copies and the originals have been returned to Mr. Webster. Mrs. Procter now has one set, another set will be at the library for sometime and presumably will be on display to those interested in seeing the same.
Another set will be offered to the State Historical Society Library.
Without further comment, we will print the contents verbatim and only regret that we cannot do so in facsimile.
Annual Report of Clerk of
School District No. 4 in the Town of Elba,
Dates Sept. 1, 1852
No. 1 Number of male children residing in said District on the 31st day of August, last, over the age of 4 and under the age of 20 years, 23.
No. 2 Number of female children residing in said District on the 31st of August, last, over the age of 4 and under the age of 20 years, 24.
No. 3 Number of children that have attended the school during the year under the age of 4 years, 1.
No. 4 Number of children that have attended the school during the year over the age of 20 years, 2.
No. 5 Whole number that have attended the school during the year, 23.
No. 6 Number of months a school has been taught by during the year by a qualified teacher 6 1A By Climena D. Hastings, 3. By R. Harriet Rosenkruas
No. 7 Wages paid to Climena D. Hastings per month $8.00. Wages paid to R. Harriet Rosenkruas per month $6.00.
No. 8 Average number of months scholars over the age of 4 and under 20 years have attended school during the year, 2.95.
No. 9 Number of days lost by tardiness as entered in the school register, 3
No. 10 Number of days lost by occasional absences as entered in school register 1127 l/2.
No. 11 Amount of money received from town superintendent with the year, $52.56.
No. 12 Amount raised by district with the year and overpaid on tax list $35.36. Which amount has been applied as follows: To pay teachers wages $6.50; paid on orders $10.96. Returned to town clerk $17.90.
No. 13 Books used in school as follows: Sanders Readers, Smith and Kirkmans Grammars, Adams Arithmetic, Olney and Smiths Geography, Sanders Spelling Book.
No. 14 Number of times school has been visited as follows: By town superintendent - 3. By one or more officers of District Board - 2. School house build of logs, without entry or closets, and valued at $20.00.
No. 15 No out door conveniences for the different sexes. School house site less than one acre and not enclosed. School house not furnished with Black Board and outline maps.
E. J. Wiliams, District Clerk
To the town superintendent of the town of Elba
the Clerk of District No. 8 in Portland and Elba, submits the following annual report.
1. The number of male children between the ages of 4 and 20 years residing in said district in the Town of Elba is 17.
2. The number of female children between the ages of 4 and 20 years, is 10.
3. The whole number residing in Elba that have attended school during his year is 28.
4. Number of months a school has been taught by qualified teachers, is D. W. Rosenkrans, 4 and by Laura E. Walker, 3.
5. Wages paid Rosenkrans, per month $12.00. Wages paid Miss Walker per month $6.00.
6. Average number of months scholars between 4 and 20 years of age have attended school, 3.
7. Number of days lost by tardiness as entered on school register, 0.
8. Number of days lost by occasional absences as entered on school register, 109.
9. Amount of money received from superintendent of Elba, $24.56 which was applied for teachers wages.
10. Amount of tax levied on the district, $37.50 of which $22.67 was collected and applied for teachers wages.
11. Books used in school, Sanders Readers and Spellers. Olney and Mitchells Geographies; Smith's and Kerckhams Grammars, Adams and Colburns Arithmetic.
12. School has been visited by town superintendent of Elba twice, by parents, twice and by district clerk twice.
13. Log school house valued at $50.00 without entry or closets or outline maps or any outdoor conveniences, not enclosed. School house site 1A of an acre.
School house furnished with slab seats and a blackboard. Dated at Elba, September 1, 1852. D. W. Rosenkraus, District Clerk.
The school districts may have had different numbers at the time of these reports. But if the numbering then was the same as shown in Dodge County Atlas of 1910 - District 4 is east of Astico a couple of miles and District 8 is about two miles south of Danville.
The Danville school is where the Webster children went to school in all probability.