Schools and Education
- - 1895 - - FROM TRIPOLI
[Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN) March 26, 1895] mkk
School has closed in district No. 61, and the scholars are enjoying a vacation. They had a pleasant closing up at the school house March 22nd, and the program was carried out in good shape with songs, pieces, marching, etc. The board of trustees distributed five dollars' worth of books, oranges and candy, and all went home smiling sweet. The thirteen scholars receiving books have attended school 75 days or more, Harry Ekdahl having attended 115 days out of 120. When parent begin to realize the fact that the attendance of scholars is necessary to get "value received" for money laid out, then the educational interest is in a healthy state or condition.
- - 1895 - - NEW LONDON
[Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN) April 30, 1895] mkk
School opens in district No. 8 next Monday, with Miss Lucy Plummer as teacher.
- - 1895 - - WILLMAR GRADUATION
[Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN) May 14, 1895] mkk
The graduating exercises of the Willmar High School will be held on Monday evening, June 3rd, in the court house hall. The following young people are the members of the graduating class: Harold and William Frost, Susie Wilcox, Ella Mossberg, Zylpha Williams, Ella Gould, Henry Johnson, Elias Wennerlund, Petra Roise and Sarah Booth.
- - 1895 - - CLASS OF '95.
[Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) June 4, 1895] mkk
The Willmar High School graduating exercises took place last night at the court house hall. The following is a list of the graduates:
Latin Scientific Course -
Sarah I. Booth,
Harold E. Frost,
William S. Frost,
Susan E. Wilcox,
Zilpha B. Williams.
English Course -
Ella G. Gould,
Henry L. Johnson,
Ellen C. Mossberg,
Petra O. Roise,
Elias K. Wennerlund.
The subjects for the essays of the graduates were as follows:
"The Discovery of Neptune and the Imagination," Ella G. Gould.
"The Function of Roots," Sarah I. Booth.
"Modern Fuedalism," Henry L. Johnson.
"Ancient and Modern Surgery," Harold E. Frost.
"The Friendship of Nature," Petra O. Roise.
"Tact and Talent," Susan E. Wilcox.
"The School of Travel," William S. Frost.
"Influence of Travel," Elias K. Wennerlund.
"The Value of Enthusiasm," Zilphia B. Williams.
"Dux Femina Est," Ellen C. Mossberg.
- - 1895 - - COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES.
[Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) June 4, 1895] mkk
Graduating exercises at the Kandiyohi village school occurred Friday evening at the school house.
It was the first graduating exercises held in the district and the class was greeted by a full house, many being unable to gain admittance. The appropriate motto "Aim Higher" was selected by the class.
There were five in the class: - Emma Vadnais, Mary Lawlor, Andrew Anderson, Edward Mattson and Ralph Stanford. Emma Vadnais recited an essay on the life of Longfellow, and his poem Flowers, and both were well received. Mary Lawlor selected Ambition for her essay. Her thoughts on the subject were very true. A boy or girl in the school room who wishes to succeed must be ambitious. He must step from the district school to the high school and higher if possible. He never ought to be ashamed of what ought to be his glory - that he ought to learn more. The ambitious who secure wealth should use it to better mankind and not as Jay Gould, who secured wealth for the sake of wealth. She closed her essay with a very apt quotation - a lyric on action. Andrew Anderson delivered an oration on China and the Chinese. He showed how far behind other countries China is in some respects, and if she had tried to improve as little Japan, she would probably not have come out second best in the recent war between those two countries. Edward Mattson spoke on Honesty. The honest man would be the one who was always successful and that integrity was the corner stone of success and it should be laid early in life. Our first martyred president was called "Honest Abe" and any one would be glad to follow in his footsteps. Ralph Stanford took for his subject Music. He recited Shakespeare's immortal quotation: "A man who hath no music in his heart is fit for treason, stratagem and spoils." No matter whether the music was of the simplest order, it stirred some heart. Dumb animals in many cases being quieted by the notes from a flute. In time of war music is used to spur man on to greater deeds of valor. His closing quotation was from our esteemed poet Longfellow:
"And the night is filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arab and as silently steal away."
Supt. Covell was present and addressed the audience and class. The class then received their diplomas from Mr. C. Gabrielson, clerk of the school board.
The vocal music consisted of four selections given by a quartette composed of the Misses Kate Burns, Phi Harris, and Messrs. C. Peterson, W. Cook, with Miss Blanche Kimball as organist. The school choir sang "Farewell Schoolmates."
Prof Rogulie of the Willmar Seminary gave some very fine selections on the violin. He was accompanied on the organ by Miss Coe of Willmar.
The exercises passed off very pleasantly and creditably to the class and all hoped the school would be able to graduate a class each year.
- - 1897 - - New Term
Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), September 14, 1897, page 1; submitted by Robin Line
(From New London Times)
The New London schools which opens Monday, the 20th, will be conducted, as have the three years past, under the principalship of Mr. E. F. Fink, Miss L. Plummer as teacher of the primary department. This insures another successful term in our school. A Miss Livington, of Castle Rock, has been employed as teacher of the intermediate room.
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