Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tecumseh Tidbits, School in the Winter Term

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

One of the books published by the Lenawee County Family Researchers, is titled: "Extractions of Births, Marriages, Deaths and Miscellaneous News Items From The Tecumseh Herald, Scattered Dates From 1880 - 1895".

A volunteer extracted these news tidbits from actual copies of the newspaper. The newspapers were found at the Lenawee County Historical Society. They are in fragile condition, and during this extraction project were transferred from a pile in the top of an old cupboard to archival safe Hollinger storage boxes. Many of the issues found were not represented in the excellent collection of newspapers on microfilm (available at the Tecumseh Public Library).

From the March 8, 1888 issue:

"The winter term of four months in district #9, Franklin, closed last Friday.  The number of pupils enrolled or the term was 29, with an average attendance of 21.  Harry Marshall, aged 8 years, who had a distance of two mile to walk, was absent only five days during the term.  The following pupils were neither absent nor tardy during the term:  Frank Cole, age 18; Roy Witherel, 11; Artie Brighton, 9; Cora Swift, 9; Alta Bradley, 7.  M. Nell Parker, Teacher."

* Graphic courtesy of ClipartETC.

** Considering that much of the Midwest has just suffered through a severe winter storm, it seems like a good time to share this winter school story.  Not your typical "I walked miles uphill in the snow" tale, is it?


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