The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 10, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – The school directors met at the Keystone house to consider the question of enlarged school facilities in this village, in behalf of which they were recently handed a numerously signed petition. They have not as yet come to a definite conclusion.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 31, 1896

TEACHERS’ DISTRICT INSTITUTE – On Saturday, Jan. 25, the eleventh annual session of the teachers’ district institute was held in the High School building. All the sessions were well attended. The district includes Lititz borough, Warwick, Manheim and Elizabeth townships.
The devotional exercises were conducted by Rev. A.M. Sampsel. Rev. C.G.F. Miller delivered the welcome address in behalf of the executive committee. His remarks were pointed and appropriate for the occasion. The president, H.R. Gibbel, made a few introductory remarks, prefacing the work for the day, after which a hymn was sung.

A paper was read by Postmaster Jacob B. Gable, “How can parents best co-operate with the teacher?” The paper was well prepared and spicy, and defined the duties of parents to teachers. The subject was further discussed by Alice H. Bricker, J.B. Haag, Rev. C.G.F. Miller, Miss May Breneman, H.R. Gibbel and J.W.G. Hershey.

Miss Ada Cochran gave a talk and class drill on the “Pollard system of reading and spelling.”

Hon. A.G. Seyfert, of East Earl, gave a “Talk on History,” dwelling on the necessity of teaching history.

The forenoon session was closed with music by the Genevieve quartette of Manheim township.

The afternoon session was opened by Anna Eby reading an essay entitled “Some mistakes in teaching.”

“Natural science in the schoolroom,” was the subject of a paper read by Fanny L. Hess. Rev. I.W. Bobst, Alice H. Bricker, Anna Eby and Dr. J.C. Brobst took part in the discussion.

Music by the Genevieve quartette.

“Some essentials to win success.” was the subject of an able address delivered by Hon. A.G. Seyfert.

Music – quartette.

Miss Ella Westerman delivered an excellent recitation.

The institute was well attended. Thirty-five out of forty-seven teachers belonging to the district were present.

The following table shows the attendance:

  • Lititz- Teachers:9 Present: 9
  • Warwick- Teachers:17 Present: 11
  • Manheim- Teachers: 15 Present: 9
  • Elizabeth – Teachers: 6 Present:2

A lecture was delivered in the United Brethren church at 8 o’clock P.M. by Dr. George M. Phillips of West Chester, subject “The story of the Heavens.” The lecture was one of the most interesting, instructive and entertaining every given here. The speaker made everything so plain that children could understand him and at the conclusion he was loudly applauded.

The pupils of the Lititz High and Grammar Schools and the Genevieve quartette rendered excellent music for the occasion.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, February 21, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings School Teacher John F. Ruth had his school closed several days on account of illness.
A.D. Butzer, delinquent school tax collector, has collected considerable of the outstanding taxes and is still hard on the go after the rest.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 13, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – The board of school directors last week purchases a lot of ground from L. Koehler on Church street for $355, on which they intend erecting a new school building which has long been needed and demanded

March Musings – Mr. D.W. Dietrich, of Warwick who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, was presented with a handsome china pitcher by the pupils of his school. Mr. Dietrich’s school closed yesterday. On Monday 23rd inst., he will open a pay school.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 27, 1896

Lexington News – Edwin Markley and Wayne Fahnestock are attending the Lititz public schools since the village school closed.

Rothsville Ramblings – Miss Florence Seldomridge is attending school at Lititz since school closed here.

LOCAL SUMMARY – J.B. Haag will open a subscription school at Rome on Monday next.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, April 3, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – Select school will be opened on Monday in the East End school by G.R. Pfautz.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, April 10, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – The select school opened in the East End school house with fifty pupils on the opening day. G.R. Pfautz has charge.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, April 24, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – The summer school taught by G.R. Pfautz is progressing very nicely and has an enrollment of sixty pupils.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, May 1, 1896

LOCAL GOSSIP – Complaint has been made of trespassing on the Warwick school grounds by boys who assemble there to play ball. The board of school directors are determined to put a stop to it.
The mumps are prevailing to such an extent at Warwick that D.W. Dietrich’s subscription school had to be discontinued until the sickness abates somewhat.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, May 8, 1896

M.J. Brecht re-elected – The school directors of this county held their triennial convention on Tuesday at Lancaster.The first business in order was the fixing of the salary of the superintendent.J.B. Geist, of Marietta, said that he was always in favor of progression. The present county superintendent is an efficient, able and conscientious official. Looking at the salary fixed three years ago and considering the financial condition of the county, he thought the salary should remain the same as it is, and he moved that it be fixed at $2,500 per annum.

Dr. Alexander of Marietta spoke in favor of increasing the salary and delivered a rousing speech from this standpoint, in which he attached Mr. Geist personally.

Milo Herr, of West Lampeter, did not believe that the superintendent was paid enough salary. When the superintendency was first established the salary was fixed at $1,500. Since then the salary was advanced from time to time, but this county has not kept pace with the advancement of salary in other counties. Lancaster county is among the first in the commonwealth in the contribution of revenue to the state, but not in the front rank in the payment of salaries. Allegheny county pays $4,000, and Lancaster county can well afford to advance the superintendent’s salary from $2,500 to $3,000, and he moved an amendment to that effect.

The amendment for an increase of salary was lost by a large vote.

County Superintendent Brecht was place in nomination, there was no other candidate named, and he was elected, receiving the votes of all the directors present – 150 in number.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, May 15, 1896

Teachers’ Examination – County Superintendent announces that he will examine teachers for school in this section as follows:
May 13, Clay township, Clay; May 8, Elizabeth township, Brickerville; May 20, Manheim township, Neffsville; June 2, Penn township and Manheim borough, Manheim; June 11, Warwick township and Lititz borough, Lititz.
Examinations begin at 9 o’clock in the morning and will be oral and written.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, June 5, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – A new school house will be erected between the Lutheran church and Huber’s hotel. Work has already been started.

TOWN AND COUNTY TATTER- On Thursday of next week County Superintendent Brecht will hold teacher’s examination here. According to the returns of Warwick township, made by Assessor John Badorf, Warwick township contains 243 school children between the ages of 8 and 13 years.

The Warwick school board met at the Warwick House last Saturday and organized for the year as follows:

  • President, S.E. Bushong;
  • treasurer,A.B. Risser;
  • secretary, H.R. Erb.

Brunnerville Briefs – An addition, 28 feet long, is being attached to the Brunnerville school house. This is necessary on account of the school being overcrowded. The school will be graded and two teachers employed.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, June 12, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – The school board is making arrangements for the erection of a new school building. We understand that it is to be no contract undertaking.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, June 19, 1896

THE ANNUAL EXAMINATION – County Superintendent of Public Schools M.J. Brecht held examination here last Thursday of teachers who were applicants for schools. Twelve applicants presented themselves, of which the following named 10 were successful: W.S. Stauffer, D.Z. Erb, H.D. Fenstermacher, Elmer Eby, I.W. Heagey, C.W. Long, Alice Thomas, Naomi Lantz, John W. Sprecher, E.E. Habecker.
[Questions included those about Arithmetic, Geography, Grammar, Othrography (spelling), General Questions, Pedagogy, Penmanship, Constitution, History and Physiology.)
Teachers for Warwick Township

  • Warwick No. 1, J.W.G. Hershey;
  • Warwick No. 2, D.W. Dietrich;
  • Lexington, Elmer Eby;
  • Union, E.E. Habecker;
  • Brunnerville No. 1, J.M. Reighter;
  • Brunnerville No. 2, John Risser;
  • Pine Hill, I.W. Heagey;
  • Huber’s, Mary Erb;
  • Rome, J.B. Haag;
  • Rothsville Upper, Levi W. Martin;
  • Rothsville Lower, J.N. Mohn;
  • Millway, D.Z. Erb;
  • Pleasant View, G.R. Pfautz;
  • Millport, W.S. Stauffer;
  • Sunnyside, A.N. Stauter;
  • Kissel Hill, Carrie B. Weidler;
  • Fairview, N.X. Reist;
  • Buch’s, Graybill G. Minnich.

Schools will open on September 21.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, July 10, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – Work has commenced on the new central school house by E.M. Shenk, the contractor.
The Lititz Record, August 28, 1896

Brunnerville Briefs – An addition twenty-eight feet long has been attached to our school house. The school will now be graded. No. 1 will be taught by J.M. Reighter and No. 2 by John M. Risser.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, September 18, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – The new school house is being put in shape for school to open next Monday along with the others. Messrs. E.M. Shenk & Son deserve credit in pushing the work to completion, as some had predicted that it would require a month or more yet to finish.
The examination of the scholars for the new central school will be held this week. Some of the patrons however show disapproval of this method of procedure.

OUR VARIETY COLUMN – Next Monday the public schools of Warwick as well as those in most other townships in the county will open for the usual term of six months.

Must Be Vaccinated – An act passed by the Legislature and approved June 18, 1895, has among other things under the head of contagious diseases the following provision: All principals or other persons in charge of schools are hereby required to refuse the admission of any child to the schools under their charge or supervision except upon a certificated signed by a physician setting forth that such a child has been successfully vaccinated, or that it has previously has small pox.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, September 25, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – Public schools opened on Monday with a fair attendance.

Lexington News – The Union school opened on Monday with E.E. Habecker as teacher.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 2, 1896

Rothsville Ramblings – On account of the desks not arriving the new central high school could not open last week. They are looked for every day.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 2, 1896

ALMOST LIKE A CYCLONE – A Midnight Storm on Tuesday – At Lexington and vicinity the storm was just as severe. The roof of the school house south of the village (Furnace Hills Pike) was taken off. The barn roof of Richard Rickert near the school house was also lifted off and thrown to the ground. An orchard of apple trees at Pleasant View had every tree uprooted.
In consequence of the wreck at the Lexington school house, taught by Elmer Eby, there can be no
school until the repairs are made.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, Friday Morning, October 2, 1896

FALL FACTS AND FANCIES – The Lexington Union school is closed since last Thursday, owing to the illness of the teacher, Elam Habecker.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 23, 1896

Warwick Primary School Report – The following is the report of the Warwick Primary school for month ending October 23: Total attendance for month, Males, 29; females, 23; total 52. Per centage of attendance for month, male, 98; females, 97; total, 98. (Here follows the a listing of those students who attended school every day.) D.W. Dietrich, Teacher


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 13, 1896

Teachers in Session – The forty-fifth annual session of the Lancaster County Teacher’s Institute began at Lancaster on Monday, over 600 teachers being registered. County Superintendent Brecht was elected president, and the opening address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Joseph H. Dubbs, of Franklin and Marshall College. He was followed by Professor E.L. Kemp in a talk on “Power Tests of Teaching;” by Dr. C.C. Rounds, on “Psychology and Morals,” and Dr. W.A. Mowry on “Books and How to Use Them.”

The feature of the Tuesday Morning Session was a talk on “Elements of Geography” by Miss Carry E. Myers, of the Millersville state normal school. Addresses were also made by Professor E.L. Kemp on “Thought and Expression;” Dr. C.C. Rounds on “Sense Perception,” and Dr. W.A. Mowry on “The Great Northwest.”

The address of State Superintendent Schaeffer was the feature of the Afternoon session.

Department work commenced Tuesday morning. The work was for primary teachers and was in charge of Miss Annie E. Richmond. The subject under discussion was “The Work from Six to Eight,” and carefully prepared papers were read by Miss Alice E. Fridy, of Mountville and Miss Mary L. MacGowan of East Lampeter.

Tuesday evening Dr. William H. Crawford lectured on “Savonarola.”

Gain of Ten in Past Year – There are 730 public school teachers in this county, a gain of ten since last November; of these 431 are women, 299 men. Last year there were 420 women and 290 men. Outside of Lancaster and Columbia, in Supt. Brecht’s exclusive bailiwick, there are 568 teachers, 286 men and 282 women. This is pretty nearly an even divide. – Lancaster Inquirer

THE INSTITUTE A GOOD THING – This week the 650 teachers of this county received their annual lesson. The institute was pronounced the best they ever attended. A better staff of lecturers could not be desired, and Superintendent Brecht commanded the co-operation of all concerned in such way that friction and inharmony were unknown quantities. After a week’s respite from the tedium of the schoolroom the teacher returns refreshed mentally and physically. Even pupils remark the difference in the energy of their instructor. The new hints learned at institute provoke enthusiasm especially with one who is deeply in love with his profession. Enthusiasm, you know, is a great factor in the schoolroom, and as the institute is a stimulator of the earnest conscientious teacher, we must not sympathize with the few who object to its cost.


The Lititz Express, Friday Morning, November 20, 1896

(The Lititz Record article was torn and part of article missing.)
The District Institute – The District Institute including Lititz Borough, Warwick, Manheim and Elizabeth townships, was organized at the county institute at Lancaster last week as follows: President, Mr. Taylor, Principal of the Neffsville Grammar School; vice president, Mr. Clayton Brubaker of the Hammer Creed school; recording secretary, Miss Mary Erb of Lititz; corresponding secretary, Mr. J.B. Haag of Lititz; treasurer, Mr. J.W.G. Hershey of Lititz; executive committee Messrs. G. Herman Goetz of Lititz, Graybill Pfautz and Charles Albright.
The executive committee will meet on Friday, Nov. 27 at Miss Mary Erb’s home to make arrangements for the institute.


The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 27, 1896

Lexington News – The Union school, E.E. Habecker, teacher, is going to erect a flag in the near future on their school house.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, December 18, 1896

To the School Directors of Warwick township: You contracted to have a school house built in accordance with a specification fully detailing all the particulars of material and work. When completed you had it inspected by a contractor and a mechanic, who was full able to do so. He pronounced much of the material far below the requirements of the specification, and also, that the construction was wanting in the same way, nor was it finished at the time specified. I, as well as many other tax payers, want to know if you will require the contractor to do what he has agreed to do by his written agreement, or if you will pay him for what he has failed to do? We do not think that if it were your personal property you would pay him; and undoubtedly the tax payers are entitled to be treated fairly and have something to say in this. This latter duty you have voluntarily accepted as school directors and are pledged to carry it out by your oath of office. TAX PAYER

Warwick Primary School Report – The following is the report of the Warwick Primary school for the second month: Number in attendance, Males, 28; females, 23; percent of attendance, males, 100; females, 90. (A listing of the pupils who attended school every day follows.) D.W. Dietrich, Teacher


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