Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa on May 31, 1960 · Page 48
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Cherokee Daily Times from Cherokee, Iowa · Page 48

Cherokee, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 31, 1960
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We Owe A Debt Of Gratitude To Pioneers Who Started Schools THE COUNTY SCHOOLS THE 'SPECIAL AND HOW THEY GREW No less than a century past, the early settlers of Cherokee County built their first schoolhouse and hired teachers that their children might be educated. That, of.course, was at. a time when money was not as plentiful as it was . ... say, in 1914, or today ... 100 years later in 1956. •It was then that living on the wild prairie meant mostly sacrifice, isolation and struggle. To whose -hardy, adventurous .and persevering pioneers, our forefathers ... all of us owe a debt of education gratitude. The Cherokee schools have long ranked high educationally in .the Hawkeye State .,. . thanks to the taxpayers, teachers and to the " demands of the people in. keeping outstanding school administra- .tors. ., ; Here's a complete list of Cherokee County superintendents • over-the • past century: Term of Office George Coonly 1858-1859 O. S. Wright - 1859-1864 Joel ^Davenport 1864-1865 George Fisher „ _ 1865-1869 Oscar Chase _ __ 1869-1871 J; E. Sanders 1871-1873 W. H. Harriman 1873-1875 H; L. Noble - 1875-1877 W. F. Rose 1877-1879 H. B. Slrever 1879-1881 Ella Slater" 1881-1883 H. B.- Slever 1883-1887 Eva Gregg 1887-1895 Agnes Robertson 1895-1906 Kate Logan < 1906-1913 Lew SlcDoiiald 1913-1917 ^Margaret Montgomery 1917-1921 Hazel Jackson 19'21-1922 ; D. F. Funkhauser , .1922-1924 Harriet .Burrell ._ 1924-1927 Lulu Rose Orr :. 1927-1933 Irene Brooks 1933-1948 Earle F. Berkler ..... 1948rcurrent Supt.' The following is a full slate of. .city superintendents for the city "Of Cherokee—from 1878 to the present. , Years Service 1878-1880 •1880-10 . 1894-1896 -1896-1838 1898-1906; 1906-1914 . 1914-1917 11917-1922 1922-1926 1926-1936 1936-1946 ...... 1946-1955 1955-current Supt. William G. Pee George T. Foster E. A. Kreger J. L. Hose A. V. Storm L. H. Maus F. E. Tellier F. W. Johansen^ Lester C.! Ary N. D...McCobmbs J. C. Hoglan .-.:.... ril ..E. .Creel L..W. Sexion ........... . During Miss Eva Gregg's term of office, several noteworthy measurers such as uniform text books were inaugurated. This, naturally, brought a grading effort to the county schools, and libraries were established in those rural sectors of the county. Sectional teachers sessions were begun and school problems discussed'by both leaders and tutors. Country schools soon found themselves owning a competent system .of 'records rivaling the best in the territory. During Miss Agnes Robertson's , administration from November, 1895 to 1906,':.all basic introductory aids brought by Miss Gregg were carefully 'followed and others added. In addition, a printed course of study for the county was meticulously prepared and grading of the schools bettered. During the span of just one year more than §1,800 worth '.of texts were inserted in school libraries. The Teachers' Traveling Library was initiated. Pupils graduating from the eighth grade in country schools were permitted to enter high school without, examination, speaking highly for the quality of study accomplished in rural schools. Teachers were required to read at least one professional book during the year-and to report on that'-text. With the advent of" the early 1900s, opportunities for young fa'rm-folk to increase their educational capacities were multiplied. ' . For their benefit a "special school" was started during winter months, allowing the rural students to return to' the- farm for work in spring and fall months. The "special school"—• a stopgap aid enroute to the later-to- be township and consolidated institution' of today—was designed to meet a special need of a special type of rural class pupil. The same "special school" also, enabled those young men and women who had left their- studies to return, .if they so desired. This educational "Off-shoot" soon attached itself for study rations to a -township high school, consolidated school or town site. ••• Courses were arranged-in order that a youth could secure the euivalent -of a complete high school course in 28 months at the "special". ,' • The Marcus Township "special school" flung open its doors for the first time November 27, 1911 and .pursued operational studies .four: school.months before closing" March 15, 1912. "Tom McDonald, a prep graduate and Iowa .State Tealchers College Student, was instructor the -first Winter. He served at a salary of $75 a month. ' - " ' The "special" ^was under the j reins :of Lew McDonald, a Teach- Iersi.College -graduate, during the |span-of the second winter. Me Donald - had studied for a year at the U. of Michigan and later completed two-'courses at ;the 'U. of Chicago. Now a prominent Northwest Iowa attorney and resident living in Cherokee, McDonald had—at that time-—previously been principal of schools at Hopki-nton. (Following completion of his law study in 1912, McDonald was procured 'as teacher in the Marcus "special" at a. salary of S100 a month. Wrote "one of the boys of the 'special' " on March 12, 1913: . "I think that the study of law has .been the most beneficial to me, although we. are also studying algebra, agriculture, civics, elocution and parlimentary drill. "This winter under the professorship of Lew McDonald, who is a lawyer, we have covered the greater,part.of a good text book on commercial law. The last week of school has been devoted to the study of criminal law, using the Iowa Code as a text." This-youth's eagerness and desire to learn in the "special school" is a forerunner of the students' unceasing search today to learn for tomorrow. V9£ .19TH \GENTURY - Here's a footnote-'-'frorh Cherokee educational processes in the year, 1882: ^ ' • -." , "The population ; of Cherokee as shown by the school census foots up about two thousand. The number of children of school age is 545. Two years ago the federal census gave the population as 1,520." - . Shortly prior-'to that date this unit proved a" typical. Cherokee School Board of the - -day (in 1878): E. Cowles, C. Golsbury, E. C. Herrick, W. C. Adsit, W. J. Galbraith, James Henderson — four lawyers, a justice of- the ' peace and a surveyor. And' this memo reveals the trend of cultural and educational thought on March 13, 1890. Commented the newspaper: "The rapid growth' of the town necessitates a new school building-and the electors at-the annual .meeting iristructed the board to issue bonds not exceeding 812,000 to procure funds for such purpose. The building is to be,finished in time for occupancy at the beginning of .the • new school year. "At the present-"two rooms 'hired to accommodate the pupils who cannot gain admission in •either of the schpol buildings .., , they being crowded beyond their capacity." . .-: Noted the Cherokee Times of May 8, 1894 on. general progress in this community: Cherokee as a western town is still holding her own and marching onward. Her inhabitants are energetic and on the main-intelligent ... The education facilities are good and we are informed there is a possibility of having the Presbyterian-College located here." ••-•-... All of these early superintendents unselfishly gave of their knowledge and abilities in all- out effort to advance schools in this rich, historic county. " Skillful management, "high standard of thought" .''and progressive educational- planning helped -these administrators to look ahead. ' The best years of many of their lives were given over strictly to the welfare of the county schools." Cherokee Times - August 9, 1872 A raid was made on the saloons on Wednesday resulting in the confiscation of a few gallons of liquor. Considerable ill feeling was engendered. Some express ions were 'also indulged in, not strictly in accordance with church membership. F??r: i * !,% 1956 We wish to extend our Congratulations to the City the Citizens of Cherokee on your Centennial Year. We deem it an honor to be a part of this great, progressive city and have implicit faith in what the future holds in store for all of us. Way Since 1 , M * , ; -!>»** •*'% From the chopping down of trees to build homes to today's Modern Building Methods has been a long step forward/ We are'proud of 'the part, we. .have played in the ever forward building program in the Cherokee area,, since our beginning, February 1st, 1952. Yes, whether you're improving, remodeling or building a new home - - - one thing to remember is that it takes good materials to do a good job. We have always maintained the policy of stocking only guaranteed materials . . . and offering them to you at reasonable prices. Being in the building supply business, we are qualified'to offer you the convenient service of helping you with any building or remodeling plan. Yes, at Cherokee Cashway you receive all three - courtesy, service, and quality. •Forrest Wolf Jim Cunningham Fred Kupp Millwork Bricks ;;•;.".; INSLULATION ROOFING. WALLBQARD Hardware Paints :{ Shingles > Portable Buildings Cement Flooring Tile Fencing Doors Plywood Tools Youngstown Kitchens Harry Carlson Lawrence Kohns YOUR OWN LOCALLY OWNED PHONE 1377 SO. HIGHWAY 59

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