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- - 1915 - - HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
Source: Cook County News (Grand Marais, MN) June 3, 1915; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
The graduating exercises of the Grand Marais High School will be held at the School Auditorium Monday evening, June seventh, at eight o'clock. The four seniors who will graduate are: Ethel May Carter, Signild Irene Soderberg, Olga Naomi Soderberg, and Velna Sylvette Monker. Dr. John H. Gray, head of the political science department of the University of Minnesota will deliver the Commencement Address.

The eight grade graduates will also receive their diplomas on the same evening.


- - 1915 - - GRADUATING EXERCISES
Source: Cook County News (Grand Marais, MN) June 10, 1915; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Very Creditable Program Given at the School Auditorium
Commencement exercises were held at the high school auditorium last Monday evening. The following pupils graduated from the high school this year: Ethel May Carter, Signild Irene Soderberg, Olga Naomi Soderberg and Velna Sylvette Monker. Those graduating from the eighth grade, and who also were handed their diplomas on Monday evening are: James V. Creech, Elmer W. Gilbertson, Castle F. Hussey, Edwin C. Holte, Susan J. LeSage, Agnes A. Lanktree, Irene B. Scott, Grace A. V. Samskar and Agnes C. Wahlstrom.

An exceptionally interesting program was carried out, to the interest of which the newly organized Maple Hill orchestra (this being only its second public appearance) contributed in no small measure.

The exercises opened with a selection by the orchestra, which was followed by an inovaction pronounced by Rev. T. G. Sandeno. Two songs were rendered during the evening by the Girls' Glee Club, eliciting from the audience each time enthusiastic applause. The valedictory address, "Farewell", was delivered by Miss Signild Soderberg. Miss Soderberg's easy and perfect delivery lent effect to the beautiful sentiments of praise for her teachers, of gratitude for the opportunities afforded by our local school system, of uplift and encouragement to her classmates and to all, which were burden of her talk. She did remarkably well.

The principal feature of the program was an address by Dr. John Gray, of the Minnesota University. He gave a lengthy talk, every moment of which was enjoyed by his hearers on the history of education and the education system, in the course of which he gave earnest expression to some advanced ideas. Man's natural educators, he said, the best educators that God has given him, ar3e his father and his mother. In the times not so many hundred years ago men depended on the parents of the homes or the master to whom he may have been apprenticed for his education; but in the progress of the world industrially, giving a mighty impetus by the discovery of steam, there was a change in this old-fashioned home life, the call of industry more and more interrupting this companionship of parent and child. The public school system of to-day is the outgrowth of cooperative efforts to provide a fitting substitute for the old-time home education; and the speaker expressed the conviction that if the public school system is to carry out the great purpose for which it was created it must be devoted to the things that are of the greatest use to the masses of people. There has been an improvement in the past decade or two, giving sign that we are returning to the theory upon which the system was founded.

Dr. Gray's talk was a treat to Grand Marais.

Chairman Chris Murphy, of the board of education, presented the diplomas to the graduates, coupling the diplomas to the graduates, coupling the presentation with words of encouragement and advice, addressed particularly to the high school graduates.


- - 1920 - - Independent School District Number Three.
Notice of Special School Election Independent School District Number Three.
Source: Cook County News-Herald, Grand Marais, Minn., published July 28, 1920; submitted by cd

Notice is hereby given that a Special School Election will be held at the school house on Maple Hill, Independent School District Number Three, Cook County, Minnesota, at 8:00 P. M. August 7, 1920, for the purpose of voting on the question of issuance of Six Thousand Dollars ($6,000.00) floating indebtedness bonds to the State of Minnesota.

Albert P. Rindahl, Clerk.


Independent School District No. 5. School Board Proceedings.
Source: Cook County News-Herald, Grand Marais, Minn., published November 17, 1920; submitted by cd

Special Meeting November 8th, 1920, at Colvill town hall.
Members present: Mrs. John Johnson, Mrs. Engle Tormondson, Mrs. Jack Scott, Jr., E. L. Morris, and Chris Eide. Absent: Mrs. Joseph Zerbach.

Meeting called to order by clerk, Mrs. Scott.

Oath administered by John Massman, Justice of Peace, to Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Tormondson, Mrs. Scott, Mr. Eide and Mr. Morris.

Following officers were elected for the year: Chairman, E. L. Morris; Clerk, Mrs. Scott; Treasurer, Mrs. Tormondson.

Motion made by Mr. Morris and seconded by Mrs. Scott that Treasurer furnish district with $3,000 bond and that the Grand Marais State Bank be designated as depository for the school fund.

Motion made by Mrs. Scott, seconded by Mr. Eide that Mr. Eide ask Mr. Jacobson to haul two cords of dry birch wood to East school house immediately and the Mr. Eide by authorized to hire Mr. Nessman to do such work as is required at East school at the rate of 50 cents per hour.

Motion made by Mr. Morris and seconded by Mrs. Tormondson that Clerk post notices advertising for bids to furnish 30 cords mixed wood, 16 inches long for the three schools in the district.

Motion made by Mr. Morris and seconded by Mrs. Tormondson providing we can use the town hall as a school house, that the district pay the extra insurance for the next six months, if such insurance is necessary.

Motion made by Mr. Morris, seconded by Mrs. Scott providing we can use the town hall as a school house to move fixtures as soon as we can hire a team.

The Treasure’s bond was applied for and accepted.

Motion made and carried to adjourn until November 20, 1920, at 2 P. M., at town hall.


- - 1922 - - Independent School District No. 3, Cook County, Minnesota. School Board Proceedings.
Source: Cook County News-Herald, Grand Marais, Minn., published August 17, 1922; submitted by cd

Maple Hill, Aug. 12, 1922.
The meeting was called to order by the chairman at 7:45 P. M. Members present were: Andrew Hedstrom, Andrew Swanson, Albert Rindahl and Bernt Everson.

It was moved and seconded that Mr. Wahlstrom be engaged to construct a cement retaining wall on school grounds.

It was moved and carried that Victor Johnson do necessary painting on school house and garage for $140.00.

No further business, board moved to adjourn.

Mrs. Chris Everson, District Clerk.


Independent School District No. 1, Cook County, Minnesota. School Board Proceedings.
Source: Cook County News-Herald, Grand Marais, Minn., published August 17, 1922; submitted by cd

Special meeting of the Board of Education, of School District No. 1, in Cook County, held on August 15, 1922.

Present: Allen, Joynes, Scott and Lundquist; Absent: Robertson and Samskar.

Ole Allen was appointed Chairman pro tem.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

The following bills were audited and on motion duly approved and ordered to be paid:
Geo. Bayle, repairs on school building……….$59.39
Cook County News-Herald, publishing………. 11.26
Cook County News-Herald, publishing………… 6.00
Ed Toftey & Co., supplies…………………….....30.15
G. F. Lundquist, extra work for school…………15.00
Martin Norton, subscription to National
Geographic Magazine………………………........4.00.

The following bids were received and opened for the transportation of the school children of the west side from Allen’s to Grand Marais:
Ertsgard Bros., $45.00 per month; John M. Blackwell, $50.00 per month; John A. Johnson, $48.00. Motion made and carried that the contract be awarded to Ertsgard Bros.

The bid of Helmer Smuland to transport the children from Cascade to the Good Harbor Hill school for $50.00 per month was upon motion accepted and contract awarded to Mr. Smuland.

The bill of Eric Leonard to transport the Caribou Point children to the Lutsen school for $40.00 per month was accepted and contract awarded to Mr. Leonard.

It was on motion decided to dig a well at the Good Harbor Hill school. P. O. Wahlstrom was engaged to do the work.

It was on motion decided to employ P. O. Wahstrom to build a concrete walk from the front of Good Harbor Hill school to the south side of the school lot. The cost of the said walk to be $ .16 per cubic yard.

There being no further business the Board adjourned.

G. F. Lundquist, District Clerk.
 



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