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 Lititz Record, June 13, 1879 WARWICK AND

LITIZ TEACHERS’ EXAMINATIONS –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.]


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