Bradford Twp.

The schools of Bradford township, while all rural, have made strong advances in their standards nf physical equipment and efficiency, A traveler who called at one of these schools called at the county superintendent's office recently, and inquired relative to that "Parlor School, the linest one-room country school I have seen in Illinois." The salesman's reference was to the Weishaar School. District No. 89, Miss Clara C. Wagner, teacher. The writer notes, in passing, that the contrast between the crude equipment of the log cabin school and such as this type presents, marks a distinct epoch in the evolution of the rural school.

History of Lee County Volume 1 By Frank Everett Stevens 1914 Pg 207

School district, No. 89, known as the Weishaar school and taught by Miss Clara Wagner in Bradford township, Lee county, has established an unusual record. In the year just closed there have been but three absences and no case of tardiness. This particular school, which is often called the “parlor” school because of the fact that the floor is carpeted, is unusually modern in rural school equipment due to the untiring efforts of the teacher.

Contributed by Nancy Piper (Genealogy Trails Host) from the Henry Republican, Henry , IL June 17, 1915

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