School Had Financial Problems

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, February 18, 1912:  Went to Sunday School this afternoon. The roads are rather muddy. Went over to see Carrie this afternoon. I mean I went to Sunday School this morning. I wonder what will happen tomorrow at school I just wonder if Mr. Forest Dunkel (that’s his name) is going to be stern and terrible.

Grandma would have walked down this road to church--EXCEPT in those days it wasn't paved.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Forest Dunkel was going to be the new teacher at McEwensville High School. The previous teacher had quit mid-year.

As I told you several days ago, McEwensville School had a difficult time keeping teachers because of the low teacher salary. Here’s a little more information about the school’s financial problems:

Sometimes the school board was unable to pay the teachers at the appropriate time and could do so only when there was again enough money in the treasury. The McEwensville school board had difficulty collecting tuitions due from the directors for pupils attending from Delaware Township. At one time McEwensville even considered going to court to collect these monies, but concluded that it would not be worth the legal expense involved.

The History of the McEwensville Schools (2000)  by Thomas Kramm

Grandma’s family lived in Delaware Township, so she would have been one of the students that the school was having difficulty getting the township to pay for in a timely manner.

Carrie Stout was a friend of Grandma’s who lived on a nearby farm.

9 Responses

  1. If teachers today had to wait for the pupils families to come up with the money personally, they would probably have irregular pay checks too.

  2. Interesting how some schools or districts “manned-up” & figured out how to get the schools built and staffed, and others seemed to view schooling as a sometimes thing, i.e., wasn’t on the A-list of what to support. Some of my ancestors were just fierce on education and it came first and foremost; others, no so much, lots of things seemed to interfere with education of their children. As I said, Interesting.

    • You highlight an interesting issue. It does seem like some communities (and families) valued education more than others. I’m not sure why, but it seems like even today some communities value education more than others.

  3. [...] always difficult when a teacher quits mid-year, but Grandma seemed pleased with the new teacher, Forest Dunkel, after the first day. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this [...]

  4. I’m really enjoying your blog!

  5. Interesting blog and comments. Can’t help but wonder if it’s the same as here in South Australia, in days gone by … i.e. that for some families, in rural communities, it was far more important to have children working on the farm than going to school. This was evidenced by a lack of school attendance at various time, such as harvesting.

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