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Trempealeau County Wisconsin
SCHOOL HISTORY

Trempealeau County, Wisconsin

Schools—December 1894

Trempealeau county in addition to the free high schools in Arcadia and Trempealeau has eight graded schools at Galesville, Blair, Whitehall, Independence, Ettrick, Osseo, Eleva and Dist. No. 3, town of Chimney Rock. All these schools teach some branches in addition to the common school course.

At Galesville there are four departments. The principal, L. S. Keith, holds a first grade certificate, and is re-employed at $80 a month. Retta Hess has a second grade and receives $40. Lucie Webb has a second grade and is re-employed at $40. Irene Miller is a graduate of the Indiana Kindergarten and receives $40. Second grade branches are taught in the upper department.

At Blair Principal Chapel holds a state certificate and receives $70. Ida Torkelson holds
a second grade and is re-employed at $40. Alice McKivergin holds a third grade and is re-employed at $35. Daisy Immell holds а second grade and is paid $30. In the upper department second grade branches with botany and literature are taught.

In Whitehall there are three departments, and first grade branches are taught in the upper. The principal, С. Н. Huleatt, has an elementary certificate from River Falls normal, and receives $60 a month; Mabel Graves has a first grade, and Idella Graves a second grade, each receiving $32.50; all three taught here last year.

Independence has three departments and first grade branches are taught in the upper. The principal, C. F. Peterson, has a first grade certificate and receives $65. Annie Courtney has a first grade and receives $37. 50. Florence Lauson has a second grade and is paid $35. All these taught here last year.

Osseo has three departments, in the upper of which first grade branches are taught. The principal, J. A. Tobin, holds a diploma from Whitewater Normal and is paid $66.66. Agnes Hyslop receives $35, and Lottie Field $25, both being re-employed and both holding third grade certificates.

In Ettrick there are two departments and second grade branches are taught. С. Н. James has a first grade certificate and is re-employed at $60. Blanche Bidwell is paid $32, and has a third grade certificate.

In Eleva there are two departments and second grade branches are taught in the upper. S. N. McPhail holds a first grade, and is paid $60. F. A. Stillman holds a third grade and receives $30. Both teachers were re-employed last year.

In Chimney Rock second branches are taught. Both teachers are re-employed and both hold second grade certificates. P. K. Risberg receives $44, and Minnie Olson $25.

The most noticeable thing about these schools is the small number of changes in teachers, showing satisfaction of both teachers and patrons. All of these schools seem to be aspiring toward the high schools. Trempealeau has just been admitted. None seems content to strictly limit itself to the course of study for common schools. The teachers also seem to be aspiring to better grades of certificates. School boards in this county do not seem to have faith in women as principals.

(Wisconsin Journal of Education, December 1894)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson


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