UNION COUNTY SCHOOLS
Illinois Genealogy Trails
SCHOOLS--PAST AND PRESENT
For the Term 1901-1902
Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter
Source: Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, 31 August 1901
The school districts of this county have been renumbered, from 1 to 76, consecutively, to begin the school term 1901-1902. There are 111 teachers from Union County for this term. George Barringer is the county superintendent of schools.
Jonesboro High School
Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter
Our high school this year turns out into the world five young ladies. They graduate with honors and good records and they are well equipped for the duties of life. Not
only have they high intellectual attainments, but they are girls of
high moral and spiritual ideals, who can go out into the world and
wield great influence for good. Just think what a power five young ladies may wield in the world for good in the course of a lifetime! It is wonderful! Their influence will go on and on and increase as it goes until no one can count the results.
These girls have been in the high school now for four long, hard years. They have been studious, patient, and active. They
have been acting in a little sphere of their own, a little republic, in
which are taught lessons of political morality, measures of highest
universal justice and principles which must guide them in their course
in the days to come. They have learned there to think for themselves, to distinguish right from wrong, and how to get the most out of life. They have learned to lose confidence in that old saying, "Ignorance is bliss." They know that true happiness lies not in ignorance, but in having the best possible enlightenment. Otherwise education is a failure and schools are a mockery.
To say we are proud of the seniors of '02 is putting it mildly. They are worthy of the highest praise. We are only the prouder of them when we think that they were all born and reared in this community. They are our own girls and represent our own enterprise and intelligence. The personnel of the class is as follows: Grace Edson Hilboldt, Eva Rosella Mowery, Ola Mabel Nusbaum, Grace Margaret Ury, and Jennie Henrietta Williford. It
can be said further to the credit of these girls that they are the
faithful out of a class of twenty-one who entered the high school four
years ago. One by one the members of the
class dropped out of school and now less than 25 percent finally
graduate, and among these not one boy. It
speaks well for the five young ladies who finally graduate, but at the
same time it is disappointing to see the other sixteen fail. Especially
is it hard to see the boys leave school, and that generally about the
time in their lives when they most need the careful training of the
school. They are anxious to get into business. But when they get into it, they soon learn how much they need a few months in school. Boys, you never lose any time or money by spending a few years in school. And now with this, let us now more in detail the individual careers of the members of the class of 1902.
Grace Edson Hilboldt was born in the city of Jonesboro about 18 years ago. She has been brought up right here among our own people, and has received all her education in our public schools. Her father, J. Henry Hilboldt,
Sr., is a man well known in this part of the state, having served for
many years as county clerk and subsequently as member of the Illinois
legislature. Her maternal grandfather, John Evans, was one of the founders and first editor of the Jonesboro Gazette more than a half century ago. The family is a prominent one and Grace has made many friends by her kind bearing. She graduates with good prospects.
Eva Rosella Mowery is a native of Union County, being now about 18 years old. She
has lived in different parts of the county, but most of her life has
been spent in or near Jonesboro until she knows everybody and everybody
knows her. Her father has been one of our most prosperous farmers, but has lately moved to Texas where he expects to make his future home. Eva will follow him when school closes. We hope she may have all possible success and that she may be able to make as many friends there as here. In Jonesboro all who know her love her.
Mabel Nusbaum was born in Cobden in 1883. For several years past, however, she has lived in our city and has received most of her education here. Her family is one of our best and most prominent. Her father, Dr. Nusbaum, is a physician of high standing and character in our little city and everybody knows him. Mabel is one of our best students and always has a pleasant word for her schoolmates. Her character is of that which makes womanhood and she has a bright future before her. She is the only member of the class who intends to teach. She has her teacher's certificate and we hope she may secure a good situation and succeed in her future work.
Grace Margaret Ury is another member of our class. She is 17 years old and has lived right in Jonesboro all her life. Her father, a marble dealer, has lived right where he now lives for 40 years and is one of our best citizens. Margaret has come up through the grades of our own school and gives it great credit by her present high attainments. She is a favorite in school and her class and has the honor of being class president. She is an excellent girl and leaves school with bright expectations.
Jennie Henrietta Willliford, the last on the list but not least, belongs to one of the largest and most popular families in Union County. The Willifords are known everywhere. Jennie is 17 years old, rather quiet, but a girl of fine sense and broad character. She
was born and reared on a farm near Jonesboro where she now lives and
where she has spent many happy days, and to which she will retire when
school closes and she has received her diploma. May success and happiness go with her as we think it surely will.
These are just a few of the many things that might be said about the members of this class. We know them so well that it is not necessary to write a great deal. But something should be said. The people of this district have spent time and money to put these young ladies where they now are. Then they should know what they have in the "finished product." But in this, as in other instances, the people have made no mistake. They
graduate from their high school a class of five young ladies who would
be a credit to any school or any community, and who form one of the
best classes ever graduated from any high school ,The Class of '02,
Jonesboro High School.
what shall be said of the teachers, the faithful workers whose efforts
have made the wonderful success of our schools possible? Jonesboro
has had good teachers in the past, but never a corps more devoted to
duty or more efficient in every respect than the present. Next
to the parent, the teacher stands closer to the child than anyone, and
during the formative period of youth the teacher's influence is largely
instrumental in determining the future career of the child for good or
Superintendent T.B.F. Smith
is finishing his first term in our schools, and if there has been any
dissatisfaction with his methods or his work we failed to hear of it. There
has been absolutely no friction, and the interest he created at the
start speedily developed into an enthusiasm that has never lagged. Prof. Smith is quite a young man. He is the warm friend and companion of every boy and girl in the school, but at the same time is dignified and self contained. Among
the boys and young men he is thoroughly liked and respected, which is
never the case where there is the least sham or pretense. Prof. Smith is a very busy man. It will not lessen him in the general estimation to know that all his spare time is devoted to his hopelessly invalid mother.
Miss Mary Crawford,
principal of the high school, is a graduate from there and also from
the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, and has taught
in our schools several years. She is of the highest type of womanhood, and if she were the daughter of a king would be one of the world's workers from choice. Her
example in school and out is an incentive and inspiration to all the
little maids of Jonesboro, who should early learn to cultivate their
minds and hearts aright.
assistants are each and everyone young ladies who have endeared
themselves to their pupils by kindly sympathy united with prudent
firmness as the little ones struggled along the thorny path of
knowledge. They have acquitted themselves nobly and their work is appreciated. Jonesboro is proud of her teachers and of the record they have. They are: Anna M. Ditter, grammar department; Minnie Hurst, 2d intermediate; Anna Walker, 1st intermediate; Elise M. Cozby, 2d primary; Clyde Sanders, Helen Sams, 1st primary.
--Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Ill., Saturday, 12 Apr 1902
For the Term 1902-1903
Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Ill., Saturday, 25 Oct 1902
Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter
Following is the correct list of teachers in the cities and country for the Term of 1902-1903, with their post office addresses. There are 113 teachers from Union County for this term. George Barringer is the county superintendent of schools.
Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter
Another term of our public schools will soon be a thing of the past. On Tuesday, April 21, 1903, will close one of the most commendable terms of school we have yet had. The work will close in the afternoon of that date with appropriate exercises in all of the departments. To these closing exercises, all parents and friends are invited.
For the grades we have only such teachers as can do honest, efficient work. They are: Primary, Miss Emma Lence; second primary, Miss Elise M. Cozby; first intermediate, Miss Mabel Nusbaum; second intermediate, Miss Annie Walker; grammar, Miss Minnie Hurst; eighth grade and high school assistant, Miss Elnora K. Davis. To these teachers is due the highest praises far beyond our ability to portray. The head of school is of course the master spirit in directing its course and in the two years that Prof. T.B.F. Smith has been with us it can be truthfully said that he has lifted the school to a higher plane and given to our youth new ideas and aspiration. He has been not only an efficient superintendent, but always the dignified and courteous gentleman, realizing and living up to the solemn responsibilities that an intimate connection with the young brings. Of the principal, Miss Mary Crawford, words to the same effect may be said, and she has well maintained her high reputation in the school room.
The class of 1903 consists of five members. They are Juliette (Tot) Williams, Delphia Dillard, Josie A. Nusbaum, Edith J. Tripp, and Minta McNeely. All these are young ladies of high intelligence and sterling character. They are products, too, of our own school and community. That our people may know something of the history of the members of this class, we will give the following short sketches of their lives.
Juliette Williams was born in Jonesboro, Ill., June 12, 1886. Her father, T.B. Williams, is well and favorably known here, having been connected with the Deering Harvester Co. He is now traveling for this company. Tot has received all her school training in the Jonesboro schools and has made a splendid record in all her class work. She now stands among the first in the class. We do not know what her ambitions are, but we hope she may aspire to broader fields of culture after finishing from the Jonesboro High School.
Delphia Dillard was born too in 1886—February 5, near Plumfield in Franklin County, Ill. When she was only three years old her father moved to Jonesboro where she has since resided. Everybody in our town knows J.B. Dillard, the hack man, and everybody knows that Delphia is the third daughter of his to graduate from the Jonesboro High School. We think this is a good record and a fine recommendation. In school Delphia has won many friends by her kindly spirit and even disposition. She has made a star record for attendance, having neither been tardy nor absent in four years. This alone speaks volumes for her and will count much to her favor in life.
Josie Nusbaum is another native Jonesboro girl. She was born in this city, Oct. 4, 1885. Her father, Dr. J.L. Nusbaum, is one of Jonesboro’s most efficient physicians and best citizens. He belongs to a good, strong family of well-to-do people, and Josie inherited many of those qualities which have placed her where she is. Her record as a pupil in school is the best and she leaves school with bright prospects for the future. May all her fondest hopes be speedily realized.
Edith Tripp is from an adjoining district and was born twenty-one years ago near the place where she now lives. She entered Jonesboro High School three years ago from the Tripp school and has been a faithful pupil since. Her father, I.K. Tripp is a farmer and deserves much credit for allowing Edith the opportunities of a high school education. She is planning to teach next year and we hope may have all possible success in her chosen work. Edith has many most excellent qualities and we believe she will make a strong teacher.
Minta McNeely was born at Makanda, Ill., May 29, 1883. She has since lived in Centralia and Jonesboro. She now lives on a farm about three miles west of Jonesboro. She comes to us from the McClure school. Her father, T.M. McNeely, is a native of Tennessee, coming to Illinois while quite young. He now resides on a farm west of Jonesboro. Minta has been one of the faithful. She has come to our school from her home in the country, making the trip daily for four years. How many girls would do this? During all this time she has maintained a good standing in her classes and commands the highest respect from all who know her. Minta, too, is planning to teach. May she succeed, for she certainly deserves the best that can possibly come to her.
Now this class will graduate Wednesday night, April 22, 1903, at the Baptist church. Come and see them. Attend baccalaureate Sunday morning and help us to make this the one great occasion of their lives.
(Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Saturday, 18 Apr 1903)
May 15, 1906
1. Piano Solo, "Good Night,"............................................................................Nevin
2. Vocal Solo, "Just a Little Rocking Chair and You,"...............................................
3. Recitation, "John Jarkins' Sermon,.......................................................................
4. Piano Solo, "Canzonetta,"........................................................................Godard
5. "A Retrospect,".................................................................................................
6. Piano Duett, "Melody of Love,"........................................................................
7. Recitation, "Lady Wentworth,".........................................................Longfellow
8. Vocal Solo, "The Rosary,"......................................................................Nevin
9. Piano Solo, "Second Nocturne,"............................................................Chopin
10. Recitation, "The Prize Pumpkin Pie,"......................................................Rinehart
11. Vocal Solo, "The Brave Sentinel,".........................................................Rodney
(Source: Found in The Wilson Jacob James Bible and contributed by C. W. "Jim" James)