1869-1870 Directory of Lancaster County (page 465)

Warwick Township has ten public schools. The term runs for 6 months.

The lists found in this directory help to determine the general location of each of the schools.

  • Warwick, New Haven , Buch’s Lititz Post Office.
  • Millport Oregon Post Office.
  • Rothsville, Sunnyside , Lower Rothsville Rothsville Post Office. ookout, Brunersville Brunersville Post Office.
  • Fairview No Post Office listed

The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, September 14, 1877

THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS of Warwick Township will open generally on Monday next. Miss Sallie Bruckart again takes charge of the Warwick School, as last winter; Mr. Hiram P. Fry, as last winter takes the Pine Hill School; John Myers takes the Rome School; Mr.___ Yetter, the New Haven School. (Note: The blank is Lou and should be listed as Miss Louisa Yetter. She chose to use the name Lou.)

The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 5, 1877 DISTRICT INSTITUTE – The teachers of Warwick township met Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Rome schoolhouse, for the purpose of organizing a District Institute. The following teachers were present: Misses. Bruckart, Burd and Yetter, and Messrs. Ruth, Statuter, Biemesderfer, Mylin, Myers, Barr, Yetter, Fry H.P., and Fry N.C.

The permanent organization was effected by the election of the following officer, to serve one-half the term:

  • President N.C. Fry
  • Vice President J.F. Ruth
  • Secretary Miss Bruckhart
  • Treasurer H.P. Fry

The committee on programme reported, Orthography, Miss Burd; Written Arithmetic, A.N. Stauter; Grammar, J.F. Ruth; Theory of Teaching, Miss Bruckhart; Geography, F.P. Yetter; Reading, Miss Yetter; History and Constitution, N.C. Fry; Vocal Music, J.F. Ruth.

The president appointed as a committee on referred questions, H.P. Fry, Mylin and Biemesderfer. Exercises in spelling and vocal music were had, after which Mr. Ruth gave a very instructive lesson in parsing. After singing a piece of music, the Institute adjourned to meet in two weeks, at the same time and place. All friends of education are invited to attend.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 12, 1877 DISTRICT INSTITUTE –

The Institute met in the Rome School-house on Saturday, and was called to order by the president. Several pieces of Music were sung, after which Mr. Barr read a chapter from the Bible. Minutes of previous meeting read and approved, and calling of roll. The teacher of orthography being absent, Mr. Miley volunteered to conduct the recitation. The president appointed Mr. Barr to act as teacher of geography. “How should drawing be taught in our schools?” was answered by Mr. Myers. “Your method of teaching an elementary class in numbers?” by Miss Bruckhart, and “Teaching an elementary class in grammar?” by Mr. Ruth

The following questions were referred for next meeting:

  1. “How can an interest be obtained in criticizing in reading?”
  2. “What is the exact quota necessary for a representative in Congress?”

The visitors present were Miss Jennie Grosh, Miss Libbie Buch, Mr. H.J. Hostetter (director), J.G. Zook, S.B. Huber, W. Fieles. After singing a piece of music, the Institute adjourned, to meet Saturday, October 27.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 16, 1877 WARWICK DISTRICT INSTITUTE –

The fourth meeting of this institute was held at the Rome schoolhouse Nov. 10, and called to order by the president, N.C. Fry, at 8.30 A.M. After the opening exercises, consisting of vocal music by the members and reading part of the xxiii psalm by Miss Bruckhart, the minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary and approved. The roll was then called. Present, Misses Bruckhart, Burd and Yetter, and Messrs. Fry H.P., Fry N.C., Myers, Ruth, Stauter, Tardy, Barr, Miley and Yetter.

Exercises in orthography, grammar, mathematics and reading were conducted by their respective teachers, Messrs. Biemesderfer, Ruth, Myers, and Miss Yetter, after which the institute adjourned to meet at 12 o’clock M.

The afternoon session was devoted to geography, history, and the theory of teaching; after which followed a very interesting discussion on various topics relating to the theory of teaching, and answering referred questions. The question, “What constitutes a number one teacher?” was referred to Miss Bruckhart. “The explanation of the silver bill now pending in Congress,” was referred to Mr. N.C. Fry.

Regular business being in order, Mr. Myers made a motion that the members be fined a small sum for tardiness, which after considerable discussion was defeated.

The institute was visited by Mr. F.S. Stauter, teacher of the Akron school, who gave some very interesting hints on teaching, which were highly appreciated by those presen


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 23, 1877 LITTLE LOCALS

Miss Sallie Bruckhart’s school paid a visit to the Pine Hill school, taught by H.P. Fry, on Tuesday afternoon.

Some of the public schools throughout the township will be closed on Thanksgiving day.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, February 1, 1878 WARWICK DISTRICT INSTITUTE

[Reporting on the meeting held Saturday, January 26. The afternoon session was as follows:]

During the afternoon session recitations in Theory, History and Arithmetic were held. A committee for the selection of new teachers was appointed, who reported through their chairman as follows: Geography, J.M. Myers; Grammar, J.F. Ruth; Orthography, Miss Yetter; Reading, J. Biemesderfer; Theory, N.C. Fry; History, S. Bruckhart; Arithmetic, A.N. Stauter. Several referred questions were to be answered at the next meeting.

The Association was visited by Misses Hattie Workman, Martha Kreider, Ella Buch and Emma Habecker. Institute adjourned to meet February 9, 1978.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 15, 1878 PUBLIC SCHOOL EXHIBITION –

A public school exhibition will be held in the Brunnerville school-house on Monday evening, March 18th, to consist of dialogues, recitations, music, &c. This school has been taught for the last two terms by Miss L. Yetter, who has proven herself in every way competent as an instructor of the young.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 22, 1878 THE BRUNNERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL EXHIBITION –

The neighboring village of Brunnerville was all astir on Monday evening, it being the occasion of a closing exhibition of the public school of that place, taught by Miss Lou S. Yetter. Not only was there a good turnout of citizens from the neighborhood, but Litiz (sic) was largely represented, and many were present from all parts of the surrounding country.

Owing to the lengthy programme, it was deemed necessary to open the exercises at 7 o’clock. Long before that time people flocked thither, and by the time the exercises were proceeded with, the school-house was crowded to overflowing, and there was not a particle of standing room remaining. Even the window sills were used as a support to witness the performance, and many were turned away unable to gain admittance.

The room was handsomely decorated. Wreaths, flowers, pictures &c., graced the walls, and a beautiful American flag hung lustily in the rear of the stage.

The exercises consisted of dialogues, recitations, singing &c. They were an evidence of good training and were rendered in such a manner as to win the admiration of the large and appreciative audience. Their teacher certainly deserves credit for the ability displayed by her pupils, whom she has so successfully taught, and the patience endured by Miss Yetter, in teaching her pupils their respective parts must have been very tiring, but were borne triumphantly. Each pupil taking his or her part satisfactorily and a close observer might have detected a look of pride on the face of the parent while their child was reciting its respective part. The people of Brunnerville must certainly feel thankful that they have in their midst such a person as Miss Yetter, who is so devoted to the teaching of their children and who shows so much joy at the success of her and of her pupils’ efforts.

It is our painful duty to record the conduct of the unruly crowd which had gathered outside of the school house, making it very unpleasant for those inside by their loud talking and howling. Several times had the performance to be stopped and an appeal made to the crowd on the porch to make less noise. Thus the attentive audience was deprived of the pleasure of hearing at different times the various recitations and dialogues. It is strange that upon such an occasion there must be disorder, but it is equally strange that such ignorance is displayed by young men who wish to be classed more refined. The crowd was composed chiefly of roughs from the surrounding country. Profanity was freely indulged in. Being unable to witness the performance, some one in the crowd suggested dancing in lieu of their being deprived of gaining admittance, others commenced jumping and a young man from Litiz (sic) made himself conspicuous in this sport. It is to be hoped that this conduct will not be practiced on every occasion of this nature.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, May 31, 1878 DISTRICT INSTITUTE –

The teachers of Warwick township opened their district institute again on Saturday, May 25th, in the Rome school-house. On motion of H.P. Fry, the same officers that served the last session were unanimously chosen to fill the respective offices. It was then agreed that the institute should meet every two weeks. The following teachers were appointed to serve: Hiram P. Fry, Written Arithmetic; John F. Ruth, Grammar; John A. Miley, History and Constitution; Sallie A. Bruckhart, Reading and Literature; N.C. Fry, Theory of Teaching; J.M. Myers, Geography; A.N. Stauter, Orthography and Mental Arithmetic. The exercises were very efficiently conduced [as spelled] and all the teachers seemed to be very earnest in the work before them, which assists so greatly in improving the mind and fitting them still better as instructors of the young.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, June 21, 1878 TEACHER’S EXAMINATION –

Wednesday, June 10, was the day appointed by Prof. Shaub for the examination of teachers in this district. The exercises opened at 9 A.M., in the Litiz school building, with twenty-four in the class, and the room filled with visitors. The branches in which they were examined are those taught in the public schools, as follows: Arithmetic (mental and practical), reading, penmanship, orthography, grammar, geography, theory of teaching, and United States history. In orthography some of them lagged considerable. Out of 35 words given one applicant missed 19, one 20, and another 22.

The exercises closed at about five o’clock P.M. A number of teachers obtained first-class certificates, while Mr. Shaub found it his painful duty to refuse certificates to seven.

Before the dismissal of the audience, the directors of Warwick township entered the room, and the school appointments for the coming term were read, as follows:

  • Millport: A.N. Stauter
  • Sunny Side: J.A. Miley
  • Lower Rothsville: J.F. Ruth
  • Rome: Miss Lou Yetter
  • Warwick: F.P. Yetter
  • Union: H. Diehm
  • Lookout: Hiram P. Fry
  • Brunnerville: H.F. Biemesderfer
  • Buch’s School: Miss D. Burd
  • Fairview: Miss Sallie Bruckhart
  • New Haven: Jerome Biemesderfer


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, September 27, 1878 PERSONAL –

Mr. Samuel Myers, who taught last term at Rome, opened a school at Union Station on Monday with a scholarship of fifty-six and expects to have about eighty as the season advances.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 4, 1878 WARWICK DISTRICT INSTITUTE –

The teachers of Warwick township held a meeting, in the Rome school-house on Saturday for the purpose of organizing a district institute. The following officers were elected for a term of six meetings: President, J.M. Miley; vice president, Mr. Diehm; secretary, Miss Yetter; cor. sec., F.P. Yetter.

tter. After arranging the programme, which consists of a lecture, debate, referred questions, and a recitation or selection for every meeting, the following teachers were appointed for the different branches: Mr. Diehm, geography; H.P. Fry, theory of teaching; J.M. Miley, history; Mr. Ruth, Grammar; H.N. Biemesderfer, orthography; Lou S. Yetter, reading; N.C. Fry, written arithmetic, and Mr. Ruth, vocal music. The organization completed the institute. Adjourned to meet in two weeks hence. F.P.Y.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 18, 1878 TO SCHOOL TEACHERS –

Without rewards a school is dead. Issue weekly or monthly reports. Be punctual to the moment in opening and closing school, in beginning and ending recitations. If there is not already, there should be a good ringing bell on your school house. Keep the premises clean and in order. Do not be afraid of fresh air. Young pupils will copy you in everything, unless, indeed, they see that you are not worth copying. Then be dignified in demeanor, gentle in address, neat in person, upright as well in attitude as in character. Be firm, be true, be diligent; study every lesson; you cannot teach a class in even the first book without previous study. Surpress [as spelled] lying and discourage the sneak, When your pupils do well, give them some substantial evidence of their well-doing by merits, checks, certificates or reward cards, or in some other way.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 1, 1878 WARWICK DISTRICT INSTITUTE –

The third semi-monthly meeting of the Teachers’ District Institute of Warwick township was held at the Rome school-house on Saturday last. The teachers were all present.

The institute was opened with music and the reading of the Psalm. Under new business, a committee of three was appointed to confer with the board of directors on the subject of compelling the pupils of the different schools in the district to speak the English language. Another committee of three was appointed to procure, if possible, a change in the time granted the teachers to attend County Institute, thereby changing it from three to five days, which was granted.

The regular routine of business was then opened, and the different branches were taught by their respective teachers. An essay was read by Miss Bruckhart, entitled, “Order in School.” A selection was read by Miss Burd, entitled, “The Miser,” The referred questions were then answered. The question for debate was warmly discussed by both sides, and the judges decided in favor of the negative. The following questions were referred, to be answered at the next meeting: “Who was Rip Van Winkle?” – N.C. Fry. “Was the Hartford Convention justifiable?” – Miss Burd. “When did the present postage system go into operation, and what of its consequences?” – H.N. Biemesderfer. “What do you mean by hazing?” – H.W. Diehm. “How shall we prevent monotony in reading classes?” – Referred to institute

he question for debate at the next meeting is, “Resolved, That the manner in which our national affairs are conducted our common schools are not a success. The speakers were N.C. Fry, J. Ruth, H.P. Fry, affirmative; H.P. Stauter, John Miley, and H.W. Diehm, negative. The institute adjourned to meet three weeks hence. F.P.Y.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, December 6, 1878 A ROME SCHOOL REPORT – 

The following is a report of the Rome School for months ending October 21 and November 20

The names of female pupils present every day of the first month are:

  • Lizzie Pfautz
  • Lizzie Gibble
  • Tillie Pfautz
  • Fanny Hess
  • Katie Dommy
  • Bessie Kile
  • Lizzie Goda
  • Mamie Dommy
  • Mattie Graybill
  • Katie Hess

The names of male pupils:

  • John T. Bender
  • Wayne Habecker
  • Ezra Habecker
  • Isaac Pfautz
  • Emanuel Becker
  • Josie Goda
  • Henry Grabill
  • Christ Graybill
  • Monroe Kile

The percentage of attendance during the month is: Females 100; Males, 99; total 100 percent.

The names of female pupils present every day of the second month are:

  • Lizzie Pfautz
  • Lizzie Gibble
  • Tillie King
  • Anna Helman
  • Tillie Pfautz
  • Fanny Hess
  • Katie Dommy
  • Bessie Kile
  • Lizzie Goda
  • Mamie Dommy
  • Mattie Graybill
  • Lizzie King
  • Sarah King
  • Katie Hess
  • Lizzie Hess
  • Sara Goda

Male pupils:

  • John Gibble
  • John Bender
  • Wayne Habecker
  • Henry Gibble
  • Isaac Pfautz
  • Henry Hess
  • Samuel Graybill
  • Josie Goda
  • Monroe Kile
  • Christ Graybill
  • Henry Graybill
  • Christ Hess

The percentage of attendance during the month is: 97 girls; 95 boys; total 96. LOU. S. YETTER


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 10, 1879 REPORT OF THE ROME SCHOOL –

The following is a list of pupils present every day for the month ending December 19: (Omitting the names listed and continuing to the balance of the report.) Percentage attendance during month: boys, 94; girls, 97; total 96. Percentage of attendance during term to date: Boys, 96; girls, 98; total, 97.

The visitors to the school for the month were Mrs. King, Rev. A. Hamilton, Mr. Hostetter, Mr. Bollinger, Thomas Warner, Dr. Hertz, Mr. Bomberger, Mr. Witmer, Sabina Wissler, Anna Roth. We extend a hearty invitation to the parents of the school to visit us, and by so doing will encourage the work of both teacher and scholar; and we feel positive that if we are honored by these desired visits that the teacher and scholar will be equally benefited by them. Lou. S. Yetter.

COLD SCHOOL HOUSES – The teachers and pupils in our country schools have had some chilly walks during the recent cold snaps. The children cry with aching hands and feet when they get to the school-houses in the mornings, and it is not uncommon to see their ears and the ends of their noses frozen white. The doors and windows in many of the school-houses are shrunken and out of repair, and admit a great deal of cold air, so that the school-rooms can hardly be warmed up to a comfortable condition before noon, and if the day is winds, are cold as a barn all day. If the school property in the rural districts was properly cared for, fuel would be saved and the health and comfort of teachers and pupils greatly promoted.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 17, 1879 LOCAL BRIEFS –

The Rome public school, under the care of Miss Lou. Yetter, took a sleigh ride through the surrounding country on Monday last.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, February 21, 1879 ROTHSVILLE SCHOOL REPORT –

Following is the report of Rothsville school, No. 5, for the month ending February 14: Number of male pupils enrolled, 28; females, 32.
Average attendance during month of males, 26; females, 31.
Percentage of attendance during month of pupils who did not miss a day during month 35.

Names of those pupils who did not miss a day since Sept. 23:

George G. Landis, Grant J. Weachter, Franklin Stauter, Fianna Oberholtzer, Elmira B. Bollinger, Emma Lowry, Ann Mary Landis, Lizzie Pfautz, Emma Witmer, Emma Hess, Mazie C. Smith, Amanda Krafft, Leah A. Lowry, Ida Krafft, Ida Sheaffer, Harriet Carpenter, Annie Witmer.

Ann Mary Landis did not miss a word in spelling since October, and bids fair to stand at the head of the “A” class during the rest of the session. All the patrons of the school are cordially invited to visit it. John F. Ruth, Teacher


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 5, 1879 Recordings –

The Warwick township school teachers are happy because this is their last month for the session.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 7, 1879 SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT AT ROME –

Saturday afternoon and evening of last week marked an occasion among the pupils, teacher and friends of the village school of Rome which will not soon be forgotten. It was the general impression among the neighbors that nothing in the way of an exhibition or entertainment could be gotten out of the scholars of this school, but they greatly changed the people’s idea on Saturday. In order to give all an opportunity to see and hear what could be done, the programme(sic) was gone over in the afternoon as well as in the evening. That in the afternoon, however, was not so well patronized, but in the evening there were about one hundred and fifty persons packed in the school-room, notwithstanding that an admission fee of ten cents was charged.

The programme(sic) consisted of dialogues, recitations, singing, &c. The respective pieces gave evidence of good training, being rendered in such a manner as to win the admiration of the whole audience. Though it was not expected that the exercises be rendered in a perfect manner, yet there was not much fault to find, each pupil taking his or her part satisfactorily. All this certainly required much trouble and patience on the part of the worthy teacher, Miss Lou. S. Yetter, to whom all credit it due for the almost miraculous changes she has brought about in this school. The proceeds of this entertainment will be used for the purpose of purchasing maps for the school-room, a thing which is much needed.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 14, 1879 ROME SCHOOL REPORT –

The following is the report of the Rome school for the months ending January 17th, and February 17th:

First Month. – Number in attendance of boys, 19; girls, 19; total 38. Average attendance of boys, 18; girls, 17; total, 35. Percentage of attendance of boys, 91; girls, 91; total, 93. Not absent during the month: Wellie Pfautz, Henry Graybill, Willie Snavely, Christ. Hess, Wayne Habecker , Christ. Graybill, Emanuel Baker, Kate Hess, Lizzie Pfautz, Lizzie Gibble, Sarah King, Tillie King, Anna Helman, Tillie Pfautz, Mamie dommy, Mattie Graybill, Kate Dommy, Fannie Hess.

Second Month – Number in attendance of boys, 20; girls, 20; total, 40. Average attendance of boys, 19; girls, 19; total, 38. Percentage of attendance of boys, 95; girls, 94; total, 95. Not absent during the month: Ezra Habecker, Willie Snavely, Henry Graybill, Christ. Hess, Wayne Habecker, Christ. Graybill, Emanuel Baker, Joseph Goda, Henry Hess, Samuel Graybill, Monroe Kile, Lizzie Pfautz, Anna Helman, Tillie Pfautz, Mamie Dommy, Mattie Graybill, Fannie Hess, Bessie Kile, Lizzie King.

Visitors: Dian Burd with 33 scholars, J. Miller, C. Kreider, Miss E. Kreider, Miss K. Kilheffer, Frank Barr with 50 scholars, A.L. Lane, Henry Royer, Henry Shissler, Peter Reist, Lizzie Seigert, Anna Wissler, Mrs. Seibert, Mr. Bowman, Mr. Wissler, Jonas Hess, Mrs. Hess, Grant Buchter, Harry Buchter, Mrs. Dommy, Mrs. Gibble, Mr. Nissley, Miss E. Buch, Rev. Herr, Mrs. King, David Brackbill, Isaac Hershey, Lillie Seltzer, Ella Breneman, Mrs. W. Baum. Lou. S. Yetter, TEACHER


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 21, 1879 – RECORDINGS –

The public schools of Warwick township nearly all close to-day. Diehm’s Lexington school had a spelling bee on Tuesday evening

PERSONAL – The Warwick public school closed on Tuesday. Before the closing hour, the fourth reader class presented the teacher, Mr. F.P. Yetter, with a handsome autograph album, besides refreshments and a bouquet of flowers, in appreciated of the esteem in which he was held by them.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning , March 28, 1879 ROME SCHOOL REPORT – 

Following is the report of the Rome school for the month ending March 21st: Percentage of attendance during month of males, 91; females, 95; total, 93. Percentage of attendance during the term of males, 94; females, 96; total, 95. The following are the names of the scholars present every day of the month: Henry Graybill, Wayne Habecker, Christ Graybill, Henry Hess, Kate Hess, Lizzie Hess, Lizzie Pfautz, Lizzie Gibble, Tillie Pfautz, Mamie Helman, Mamie Dommy, Mattie Graybill, Katie Dommy, Fannie Hess, Bessie Kile, Lizzie King. The following scholars were present every day during the term: Wayne Habecker, Lizzie Pfautz, Tillie Pfautz, Mattie Graybill, Fannie Hess, Mamie Dommy.

We extend our hearty thanks to the parents of the school for the interest they have manifested in behalf of the school; and we are confident that the co-operation of the parents and teacher have not been fruitless. LOU. S. YETTER, Teacher

Recordings – Frank Yetter, who taught the Warwick school the past winter, is going to study medicine.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, April, 18, 1879 LITTLE LOCALS –

Rothsville is to have a new school building and graded schools. This will be a great improvement in that locality for the education of the young.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, May 9, 1879 EXAMINATION OF TEACHERS –

Prof. B.F. Shaub, county superintendent, announces that the general examinations of applicants will take place in this section of the county in the following order, commencing at 9 o’clock A.M.:

  • West Earl twp., May 12, Earlville.
  • Litiz district and Warwick twp., June 5, at Litiz. (sic)
  • Manheim twp., June 6, Neffisville.
  • Manheim bor. and Penn twp., June 9, Manheim.
  • Ephrata twp., June 14, Ephrata.
  • Elizabeth twp., June 23, Brickerville.
  • Clay twp., June 24, Durlach.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, May 30, 1879 TEACHERS’ EXAMINATIONS –

Prof. Shaub, County Superintendent, will examine applicants for schools for Lititz District and Warwick township on Thursday, June 5th, commencing at 9 o’clock A.M., in Orchestra Hall, Litiz. The examination is open to the public.

Applicants shall come prepared for written examination, and shall present themselves for examination in the district in which they first apply.

No special examination will be granted, except for cause. Every applicant desiring a special examination must present a written request for the same, signed by at least three members of the Board that wishes to employ the applicant; and must also give a satisfactory reason for not having been examined at the general examination.

Special examinations are held on Saturdays, in the office of the County Superintendent, at such times as are necessary. These examinations are not private, but are open to the public in the same manner as the general examinations are.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, June 6, 1879

School Directors see to it, that your new boards are organized as soon after the first Monday of June as possible. Make your annual report to the County Superintendent immediately after the organization. Drafts for the State appropriation are issued to school districts in the order in which their annual reports and certificates are received at the school department. That is, the school district sending the first correct report to the school department will receive the first appropriation paid. School officers who do not have blanks for making this yearly report should notify the County Superintendent at once.



The annual examination of teachers of Warwick Township was held in the Secondary school room as Lititz, Thursday, June 5th . It was opened at 9 o’clock A.M., by County Superintendent Shaub. The preceedings were interesting and instructive throughout, and a goodly number of ladies and gentleman, however, withdrawing at noon. The chief topics in examination were physical geography, history, grammar, and the Constitution of the United States. Speaking of Chief Justice Waite, a gentleman remarked that he held his office long as he behaved himself properly, and Mr. Shaub supposed it was the same with teachers. Some little trouble was had in imagining yourself at a place where the North Star would be directly below your. One lady supposed the place must be heaven, but it was finally concluded to be at the South Pole. More amusing answers were given, but space does not allow us to publish them. Mr. Shaub was pleased that the class came so well prepared, and encourage them to continue the district institutes, which he thought had been very beneficial. He also remarked that if a great many teachers through the county were not more rapid and thorough in their studies and practice of their teaching, their places would be filled by persons more competent. The following are the appointments of teachers for the several schools of the township:

  • Millport:Abraham Stauter
  • Sunnyside: John Meiley
  • Lower Rothsville: John Roth Upper
  • Rothsville: Nathan C. Fry
  • Rome: Miss Lou S. Yetter
  • Warwick: H.N. Biemesderfer
  • Union: Hiram Diehm
  • Lookout: Hiram P. Fry
  • Brunnerville: Miss Emma Habecker
  • Buch’s: Isaac Huber
  • Fairview: Miss Sallie Bruckart
  • New Haven: Jerome J. Biemesderfer
  • Lexington: Not Filled


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 10, 1879 LITTLE LOCALS –

The members of the Warwick teachers’ Institute held their first meeting in the Rome school house on Saturday. (Nov. 4)


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 31, 1879 TEACHERS’ INSITITUTE – 

The twenty-eighth annual session of the Lancaster County Teachers’ Institute will begin on the 10th of November next. During the day-meetings instructions will be given by the most eminent teachers, and discussions upon the following topics will be opened by Miss Mary E. Buckwalter, East Donegal; Mrs. M.B. Archer, Lititz; John Weaver, Esq., Leacock, Prof. I.S. Geist, Marietta; and B.G. Ames, A.M., Columbia. [Topics are listed along with the evening lectures schedule and a note that music instruction with a music book to be given to each member.]


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 14, 1879 LOCAL INTELLIGENCE –

In and around town – The Warwick township school teachers have been granted four days to attend the institute but many are taking the full week.

TEACHERS’ INSTITUTE – The twenty-eighth annual session of the Lancaster County Teachers’ Institute commenced at 10.30 on Monday morning in the Lancaster Court House and was called to order by County Superintendent Shaub.

rof. Wm. G. Hall announced and led the singing of the anthem, “Father, whate’er of earthly bliss,” which was well rendered by the Institute. Rev. D.H. Geissinger, a member of the Lancaster school board, read the 96th Psalm and offered a prayer.

Superintendent Shaub announced that the committee on enrollment consisted of the following gentlemen: R.S. Gates, Lancaster; Moses Hollinger, Manheim; and C. Seitz, Mountville.

The superintendent also announced Prof. B.G. Ames, of Columbia, and N.H. Woodward, of Adamstown, as vice presidents of the institute. On motion the hours of meeting were fixed at 9 A.M., 2 P.M., and 8 P.M. Prof. Hall announced that he would be in the Court House half an hour before the hours above named, to meet teachers and rehearse the institute songs.

The membership fee was fixed at $1, including a card of admission to all the meetings, day and evening, and a copy of Prof Lyte’s “School Room Songs,” and the School Journal music page supplement.

On Tuesday afternoon Miss Mary E. Buckwalter, of East Donegal township, read an essay on “Interesting patrons in the schools,” which was followed by a discussion by Mrs. M.B. Archer, of Lititz, and others.

The attendance throughout is remarkably good and the city is enlivened by the many faces of teachers from towns, villages and country.

The roll-keepers report the daily attendance of teachers at this year’s Institute equal to last year’s, which speaks well for the interest taken in the proceedings.

The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 21, 1879 OLD FOLKS AT MILLWAY

Listed in this article are the names of people who lived within a mile of each other in the Millway area who are 77 and above. In the list is Philip Haatz, an ex-school master, aged 81. [This is Philip Kraatz who was the school master in the Rothsville school in the 1830’s and 1840’s before the public school system took hold. This information is included with the early Rothsville school description.]