THE BETHEL JOURNALS
January 3, 2009
1889 School Report
Opened year with 637 scholars and $3,300.
In arranging the terms of the schools “We have deviated but slight from the course pursued last year..We have been able through the liberality of the voters of the town to add one week to the length of the winter terms.
“A more general attendance on the part of the scholars is earnestly to be desired.”
Parents: “Such attendance can only be secured through your influence. “
District notes: there were 20 numbered districts operating during the school year of 1888.
District 15: This school has a primary and intermediate department.
District 18: No. 17 was united with 18 for the year. This is the largest school in town; it includes all classes from ABC to the highest branches taught in our schools.
The classes are necessarily very numerous giving but very little time to each and making a large amount of work for the teacher.
Miss Flora J. Wheeler (weekly wages - $7.00) was employed for the summer term; winter term by W. L. Nickerson.
North West Bethel: New shingles on the school house of District 20. (This school house was not used in 1889.)
West Bethel: Flora Wheeler is teaching the village school (District 18) again and Grace Grover, her second term at Bird Hill, District 21.
Teacher wages varied from $3.00 to $6.00 per week. James Hutchins received the highest weekly wage, $7.50.
Majority of terms lasted eight weeks. Grammar level of classes was taught at District 15, Broad Street.
2/26/1889: Gould Academy closed the winter term with examinations on Wednesday and Thursday and a reunion at Ideal Hall on Friday.
3/12/1889: Gould Academy opened its spring term Tuesday with 100 scholars – in charge of Professors Dresser (principal) and Linscott and Miss Wingate.
5/28/1889: Gould Academy closing exercises will occur May 29th. Proceeds from the entertainment after the exercises will be devoted to the (Gould) library.
6/4/1889: Gould Academy: The Democrat’s correspondent notes that Professors Dresser and Linscott as well as Miss Wingate close their year with Gould and it is much to be regretted that they sever their connection with the school.
8/20/1889: Mr. A.D. Hall formerly of Beverly, Mass. high school has been appointed principal of Gould Academy. He is a classical scholar graduate of a leading Pennsylvania college. He will have two assistants. Fall term opens September 3rd.
9/10/1889: Gould Academy opened Tuesday with 60 scholars under the charge of Prof. Hall and two lady assistants.
11/26/1889: Bethel: Gould Academy closed a most successful season Friday with a public examination in the forenoon and an exhibition in the afternoon at Ideal Hall. The examination was highly creditable to the scholars and shows Prof. Hall, the principal, to be a thorough teacher, methodical in all his arrangements and decided in his discipline. He incurred some displeasure from some of the scholars and parents due to his opposition to whist parties and dances for the scholars during the term of school but he has the support and approbation of friends of education and good order in his efforts to make discipline.
12/17/1889: : Several students from West Bethel are going to Gould Academy this winter – more intend to enroll in the spring and have made boarding arrangements. Pref. Hall is fast gaining an excellent reputation as an impartial worker in his calling.
12/24/1889: Gould Academy students celebrated the 82nd birthday of the poet John Greenleaf Whittier this week.