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REPORT FOR 1908
The fall enrollment of pupils at East Chicago gives the following numbers: In public schools, 1,311; parochial, 535

October 19, (1908)
Saturday. The Ragon Scholars' Association was this day organized at Lowell. Members of six schools were present, and 150 were reported as partaking of the abundant dinner. A full account of this interesting meeting will be preserved for reference, when the fireproof room is ready for use.

May enumeration of school children of 1908. East Chicago, which includes Indiana Harbor, 3,237, a gain of 351 ; Crown Point, 637, a loss of 41 ; Hammond, 5,713, a gain of 174; Whiting, 4,725; Gary, 1,497; Lowell, 343


High school graduates this June (1908): Whiting, 6; Crown Point, 12 ; Lowell, 20; Hammond, 25; East Chicago, ; Hobart, . (It is difficult to obtain some figures. Historical Secretary.)
[Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]



September 26, Saturday (1908) . This day there was held at the Sigler House, on the west side of Cedar Lake, the first anniversary of the organization founded last year at Lowell, composed of members of the different schools taught several years ago by H. H. Ragon. These schools were known by the names of Pleasant Grove, Orchard Grove, Robinson Prairie, Lowell, Bailey and Buckley. A large number attended, among them many invited guests. The weather was very favorable, and all evidently enjoyed the dinner, the exercises, the music and the greetings. Mrs. Sigler certainly deserved hearty thanks for her great kindness in opening her rooms and furnishing the articles needed. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


Spelling Bee
(missing opening paragraph)....Court house at Crown Point on Saturday, April 2d, 1910. The enlarged court room was filled and crowded with eager and interested school children and their friends.
The spellers used were those known as Alexander's Spellers, of the Indiana series. There were chosen contestants from the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Members of each grade spelled by themselves. Those of the 4th and 5th grades occupied an hour and ten minutes. Some of the 8th grade kept their places for two hours and fifteen minutes.
The winners in each grade were these: 4th grade, Ruth Perry, of Center township; 5th grade, Ruth Bryant, of Eagle Creek; 6th grade, Esther Holmes, of West Creek; 7th grade, Edna Piepho, of Hanover; 8th grade, Gladys Welsch, of Griffith. Each of these received a dictionary. The interest seemed to continue through all the day, till the very close of the contest, and called the attention of all the friends of the schools to the subject of spelling.
[Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


On April 15th (1910) was held at Hammond the usual Oratorical Contest.
Standing of the contestants. No. 1, Milford McNay, of Lowell; 2, Edwin Friederich, of Hammond; 3, Glenn Gordo, of Crown Point; 4, Carl Lennertz, of Hobart; 5, Oscar Ahlgren, of Whiting; 6, L. Johns, of East Chicago; 7, Page Glenn, of Gary.
[Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]



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