The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 6, 1899
Lexington Locals – The Union school is closed owing to the sickness of the teacher, D.W. Dietrich.
Rothsville Notes – John F. Ruth, former teacher of the Rothsville school No. 5, will teach that school on Wednesday and Thursday for Miss Carrie B. Weidler, who desires to be at home while her mother is so seriously sick.
Teachers’ District Institute – The thirteenth annual session of the teachers’ district institute, including Lititz borough, Warwick and Manheim townships, will be held in the Lititz High School building Friday evening, January 20, and on Saturday, January 21. On Saturday evening Prof. David S. Keck, of the Keystone State Normal School at Kutztown, will lecture on “Experiences and Observations in the Southwest.” Excellent music will be furnished at the lecture and the several sessions of the institute.
Brunnerville School Reports – The following is a report of the Brunnerville Secondary School for the month ending December 21: Number of pupils enrolled, male, 19; female, 13; per cent of attendance, male, 97; female, 97. (The names of the pupils who attended 20 days are in a list, and those who attended 19 ½ and 19 days are in a second list.) W.C. ESBENSHADE, Teacher
The following is a report of the Brunnerville Primary School for the month ending December 22: Number of pupils enrolled, male, 17; female, 19; per cent of attendance, male, 97; female, 98. (The names of those students who attended 20 days are presented in a list.) J.M. RISSER, Teacher
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 13, 1899
Rothsville Notes – Our public schools were visited by County Supt. M.J. Brecht, Directors Henry Erb, Abner Risser, Samuel Lane and Levi W. Martin, teacher of the Kissel Hill school, last Tuesday.
Last week a pupil in one our schools misbehaved, and the teacher locked the door so the boy could not escape. The teacher then proceeded to procure one of his rods of correction, when to his surpise the boy made his escape through the window. A lively race then ensued up Church street between teacher and pupil, in which the pupil was first to reach home. By this time the boy’s mother, seeing the danger to which her son was exposed, secured one of her brooms and made a wild charge on the young school teacher, driving him back to his fort. The scene throughout was both dramaturgy and amusive (sic), and all who had the satisfaction of seeing it said it looked good, but parents should not take part in school affairs in this way, as it exposes their character and reputation: and all should take side with the teacher so the bad be restrained and punished and the good rewarded.
Lexington Locals – Supt. M.J. Brecht accompanied by several of the directors, visited the Lexington school last Friday and the Union on Wednesday of this week. He found everything in first-class condition and seemed to be well pleased with his visit.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 20, 1899
Rothsville Notes – Joseph N. Mohn, who had been on the sick list, has again resumed his duties at teaching school. Miss Carrie Weidler has again resumed her duties in the Upper Rothsville school.
TOWN TALK AND TATTER – The local district institute which meets here Friday and Saturday of this week should be well attended not only by teachers, but by all interested in education. The lecture on Saturday in the U.B. church by Prof. David S. Keck of Kutztown should also be liberally patronized.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 27, 1899
TEACHERS’ LOCAL INSTITUTE – The fourteenth annual session of the teachers’ district institute, including Lititz Borough, Warwick, Elizabeth and Manheim townships, was held on Friday evening, January 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21.
The meetings were well attended and much interest and enthusiasm were manifested.
On Friday evening the session was promptly called to order by the president, J.C. Brubaker. Music by the High School Orchestra.
A well-prepared and well-rendered recitation was given by Florence Baker.
Solo and chorus by Lovinia Gable and Hiram Reedy and Linnaeus Nies.
A fine oration on “Comenius as a teacher,” was delivered by Elam G. Hess.
L.J. Yohe and H.R. Gibbel acquitted themselves creditable on the subject of “Essentials of Knowledge’: the audience was spell-bound by their arguments.
The principal feature of the evening was the debate, Resolved, That the retention of the Philippines will be detrimental to the interests of the United States. The speakers on the affirmative were G. Herman Goetz and J.B. Haag; the negative W.C. Esbenshade and H.R. Bassler. The judges were D.E. Light, Charles Landis and John G. Zook. The speakers were allowed fifteen minutes in which to produce their argument. The decision was in favor of the affirmative. The general debate was quite lively and the following gentlemen participated: J.R. Bricker, G.H. Goetz, Harry Long, E.G. Hess, Graybill Bitzer and H.R. Bassler. The decision of the house was in favor of the negative.
The Saturday Morning session opened at 9 o’clock with singing the hymn, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” H.A. Bailey was the leader.
Rev. I.W. Bobst conducted the devotional exercises by reading a part of the 25th chapter of Matthew and offering a prayer.
“Abide With Me” was then sung.
J.W.G. Hershey delivered the welcome address. He made a comparison between the institutes of fourteen years ago and those held at the present day.
Music by the High School Orchestra.
H.R. Weaver and W.R. Stauffer read interesting papers on “Lessons in Nature Study.” Supt. M.J. Brecht, P.G. Hess, N.E. Reist and H.J.
Taylor spoke on the subject also.
The afternoon session was opened with music by the orchestra.
The elements of drawing were discussed by Mary E. Miller and May E. Lawrence. This produced quite a spirited discussions, which was participated in by Mr. Shupp, H.R. Gibbel, M.J. Brecht, P.G. Hess and Anna Eby.
Grace Hershey sang a fine solo.
A well-prepared essay on “School-room decorations” was read by Kathryn Lefever.
“School-room Hygiene” was dicussed by N.E. Reist and H.E. Freed. S.G. Serfass, M.J. Brecht, spoke on the same subject.
The Saturday evening exercises were held in the U.B. church and standing room could only be had at quarter past seven.
The Y.M.C.A. Male Chorus opened the exercises and were encored. H.J. Taylor of the Neffsville secondary school sang a solo; he was accompanied on the organ by Miss Weidler.
The principal feature of the evening was the lecture by Prof. David S. Keck, of the Kutztown State Normal School, of Kutztown, Pa. “Experiences and Observations in the Southwest,” was his subject. The speaker gave a very interesting “talk,” as he is pleased to call his lecture, on the habits and customs of the territories of the southwest. The samples of articles manufactured by the Indians, exhibited, were viewed with curiosity by the very large audience. He was the supervisor of the Indian schools for two years, and was appointed by the government. He was county superintendent of the schools of Berks county nine years.
A song was given by the male chorus and the large audience was dismissed.
Resolutions in memory of I.W. Heagy were offered and adopted as follows:
The teachers of the fourteenth annual session of district institute held at Lititz, Pa., Jan. 21, 2899, adopt the following resolutions:
- WHEREAS, God in his infinite guidance has removed from our midst one of our fellow teachers, I.W. Heagy.
- WHEREAS, While among us he had endeared himself to all by his many estimable qualities of mind and heart, and had impressed his associates with his earnest nature and fidelity of sprit: therefore, be it
- Resolved, That by the death of I.W. Heagy the institute has lost a devoted and active member, a kind and loyal friend.
- Resolved, That while we sincerely regret the loss of our co-laborer, it has been his eternal gain.
- Resolved, That we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of the deceased.
- Resolved, That the Secretary forward a copy of these resolutions to the vamily, and the same be published in the Lititz newspapers.
H.E. Freed, J.M. Risser, Elam G. Hess, Committee
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, January 27, 1899
Rothsville Notes – Mr. Joseph N. Mohn is on the sick list again, and had no school from last Friday until Thursday of this week.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, February 3, 1899
Brunnerville School Reports – The following is a repost of the Brunnerville Primary school for the moth ending January 19: Number of pupils enrolled, male, 16; female, 95. (There are listed those pupils who attended 20 days.) J.M. RISSER, Teacher
The following is a report of the Brunnerville school No. 1, for the fourth month: Whole number in attendance, males, 19; females, 13; percentage of attendance, males, 91; females, 95. (Listed are the names of those pupils who attended 20 days.) W.C. ESBENSHADE, Teacher
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, February 10, 1899
Report of Warwick School No. 1 – The following is the relative grade of pupils in attendance at Warwick School No. 1 for the 4th month ending Jan. 31, 1899. NATHAN E. REIST, Teacher
- Grade A has 9 students listed with a grade falling from 93 to 84.
- Grade B has 14 students listed with a grade falling from 94 to 67.
- Grade C has 12 students listed with a grade falling from 92 to 65.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 10, 1899
Brunnerville Brieflets – A subscription school will be opened at Brunnerville by J.M. Risser on the 3rd of April. Persons wishing to send children will be welcome to do so. A fee of seventy-five cents will be charged.
Brunnerville School Reports – The following is a repost of the Brunnerville School No. 1 for the fifth month: Average attendance during the month, males, 16; females 11; per cent of attendance during month, males 90; females 87. (Here follows a list of pupils who attended the full twenty days.)
WILLIS C. ESBENSHADE, Teacher
The following is a repost of the Brunnerville Primary school for the mot=nth ending February 20: Number of pupils enrolled, male 16; female 18; per cent of attendance, male 93; female, 91. (Here follows a list of those pupils who attended the full twenty days and a separate list of those pupils who missed 1 day or less.) J.M. RISSER, Teacher
Report of Warwick School No. 1 – The following is the relate (sic) grade of pupils in attendance at Warwick School No. 1, for the 5th month, ending March 3, 1899.
- Grade A has 9 students with a grade falling from 96 to 85.
- Grade B has 10 students with a grade falling from 94 to 71.
- Grade C has 12 students with a grade falling from 95 to 68.
NATHAN E. REIST, Teacher
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 17, 1899
Rothsville Notes – Our schools will close – one this week and the other next week. The average attendance was good.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 24, 1899
LOCAL NEWS NOTE – Most of the country school terms are ended and the school buildings will be closed for the next six months.
The School closed With a Banquet – Mr. J.B. Haag’s Rome School closed on Monday afternoon with a big banquet and an entertainment. On Monday the pupils all came with a smile upon their faces and big baskets in their hands. Some time later some of the mothers came with more provisions. When school dismissed, the mothers and young ladies placed in position a long line of tables, and loaded them with the delicacies of the season. There were eight large cakes on stands, besides buns, bread, butter, jellies, crackers, pretzels, coffee with sugar and cream, and lemonade. Including the pupils there were sixty who partook of the repast. A little before three o’clock the pupils rendered their dialogues and recitations for the entertainment of the visitors, and everybody left soon after four o’clock highly pleased with the day’s festivities.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, March 31, 1899
Lexington Locals – The Union school, D.W. Dietrich, teacher, closed on Tuesday of this week. On Friday of last week a special programme was rendered, which consisted of dialogues, recitations, etc.
Rothsville Notes – Our four public schools closed for the term with a fair average attendance.
Personals – Dillman Bomberger, who taught the Sunnyside school in Warwick township, has gone to Millersville to attend the spring term at the normal school.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, April 17, 1899
Lexington Locals – The Lexington school, taught by Elmer E. Eby, closed on Friday of last week.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, May 5, 1899
Supt. Brecht Re-Elected – The school directors of this county met at Lancaster on Tuesday and re-elected M.J. Brecht for county superintendent for a term of three years at a salary of $2500 per year. Superintendent Brecht thanked the members of the convention for again electing him to the position. He promised to perform his duties faithfully, so that the school directors of the county need never regret that they voted for him and gave him a unanimous election.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, June 9, 1899
Warwick School board Organized – The Warwick township school board met at the Warwick House on Monday last and organized for the year by electing the following officers: President, Henry L. Binkley; treasurer, S.E. Lane; secretary, Henry R. Erb. The next school terms will be seven months. The tax rate was fixed same as heretofore – 1 ¼ mills.
The only new member is Nathan K. Buch, who was sworn in before the organization was effected.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, June 23, 1899
THE TEACHERS’ EXAMINATIONS – The teachers’ annual examination for Lititz, Warwick and Elizabeth was held in the High school building on Friday, June 16. Thirteen applicants presented themselves for the ordeal, and all were successful. The names of the candidates were: L.W. Martin, G.F. Ruth, Elam G. Hess, E.E. Eby, Lovinia Gable, Elam Risser, Thomas H. Wolf, Dillman Bomberger, John S. Matter, Harry B. Lefever, Hiram Diehm, Mary Huebener, Frank E. Druckenbrod.
Who? – Who says school teachers are scarce, when there were seventy-five applications presented to the Warwick board of directors.
Teachers of Warwick for Next Term – The Warwick Township School Baord met at the Warwick House Friday afternoon and made the following appointments for the next term, out of seventy-five applicants:
- Warwick No. 1 N.E. Reist
- Warwick No. 2 Florence Baker
- Lexington E.E. Eby
- Union John A. Uhland
- Brunnerville No. 1 W.C. Esbenshade
- Brunnerville No. 2 John M. Risser
- Lookout L. Gertrude Dietrich
- Millway W.F. Bothenberger
- Rothsville No. 1 G.R. Pfautz
- Rothsville Upper Carrie B. Weidler
- Rothsville Lower J.N. Mohn
- Pleasant View Clayton Wenger
- Millport W.S. Stauffer
- Owl Hill Dillman Bomberger
- Rome James B. Haag
- Kissel Hill Levi W. Martin
- Fairview Amanda Fassnacht
- Buch’s Elam G. Hess
- Huber’s J.D. Brubaker
Teachers are requested to meet the school board at the Warwick House Saturday, Sept. 2. The schoolswill open Monday Sept. 4. The term will be seven months.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, July 21, 1899
Rothsville Notes – S.E. Bushong, who has the contract to build the new Owl Hill school house, is hauling lumber and intends getting the building under roof with all possible speed.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, August 25, 1899
Rothsville Notes – The school houses are receiving their annual airing before the school term opens.
Frank Bowman is fitting up a large new furnace for the new Owl Hill school house.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, September 8, 1899
Lexington Locals – Our village schools opened Monday. The Union school is taught by John Uhland with thirty-two pupils and the Lexington school is taught by Elmer E. Eby, and has about thirty pupils.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, September 15, 1899
Rothsville Notes –
The Board of School Directors examined the new school house at Owl Hill, built by S.E. Bushong, and pronounced it fully up to the requirements and specifications. This speaks well for Mr. Bushong, as the board had trouble in former contracts given out.
The bell formerly on the Lutheran church is now in place and in use at the Central school, having been placed there by the citizens.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, September 22, 1899
HOME NOTES AND COMMENTS – The compulsory school law will go into efeect next Monday, which will be the beginning of the second month. All persons between the ages of 8 and 16 years must attend school 70 per cent of the school terms, except such as are between 13 and 16 years, who have regular employment. The attendance must be continuous.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, October 13, 1899
Brunnerville School Report – The following is a report of the Brunnerville school No. 1 for the first month: No. in attendance during the month, males, 12; females, 10. Per cent. of attendance, males 97; females, 99. Those who did not miss any days are: Roy Doster, Harry Miley, Howard Bitner, Clarence Hartranft, William Wissler, Willis Hackman, Edith Hassler, Mary Althouse, Rosa Habecker, Mary Bitner, Ida Scheaffer, Alice Husson, Lizzie Bentz. WILLIS C. ESBENSHADE, Teacher
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 3, 1899
Teachers’ Institute – The forty-eighth annual teachers’ institute will be held from Monday, November 13, to Friday, November 17, inclusive. The day sessions will be held in the large court room, and the evening sessions in the opera house. The following instructors have been secured for the day sessions: Dr. A.E. Winship, psychology; Dr. E.H. Griggs, pedagogy; Dr. S.C. Schmucher, nature study; Dr. O.T. Corson, school economy; Dr. C.H. Albert, geography; Prof. W.D. Keeney, Music.
During the week there will be addresses by State Superintendent N.C. Schaefffer, Rev. Anna Shaw, Dr. E.O. Lyte, and Rev. Charles L. Fry.
The evening programmes are: Monday, Roger-Griller-Day entertainment; Tuesday, William Hawley Smith, “Born Short:” Wednesday, Edward Hale, “Reminiscences of Literary People;” Thursday, W.C. Peckham, experiment with liquid air.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 10, 1899
Brunnerville Brieflets – The following is a repost of the Brunnerville school No. 1 for the second month: Number present, males 14; females 13; percentage of attendance, males, 94; females, 91. (Twelve students are listed as present the entire month.) A cordial invitation is extended to all friends of education to visit. WILLIS C. ESBENSHADE, Teacher
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, November 17, 1899
Teachers’ Institute – The forty-eighth annual session of the Lancaster County Teachers’ Institute opened at
Lancaster on Monday. 632 teachers registering before the opening session.
Professor M.J. Brecht, county superintendent, was elected president, and after religious services, State Superintendent Schaeffer made the opening address, his subject being “The Value of a Child’s Time.” He dealt in a practical way on the proper king of education, the value of the compulsory education law and urged the organization of township high schools.
The Lititz Record, Friday Morning, December 15, 1899
Brunnerville Brieflets – The following is a report for the third month of the Brunnerville school No. 1. Whole number in attendance during month, males, 18; females, 15. Percentage of attendance during the month, males, 98; females, 98. (Twenty students are listed as being present the entire month.)
WILLIS C. ESBENSHADE, Teacher