New Teacher for 1912-13 School Year

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

Tuesday, May 7, 1912: Went uptown to have my dress fitted this afternoon. The future teacher of the M.H.S. was elected last evening. He was up in the high school yesterday at noon. He is rather stubby, inclined to be stout and has yellow hair. Such I took in at a glance. I wonder what he will be like. Ahem.

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

Whew, McEwensville High School sure went through the teachers.  In February, 1912 a teacher resigned and was replaced by another teacher, Forest Dunkle.  In the previous day’s diary entry about the last day of school, Grandma mentioned Mr. Dunkle; but hadn’t indicated that he was quitting.According to The History of the McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm:

The high teacher turnover rate, especially at the High School prior to 1916 resulted in a new teacher almost every year. At least one teacher, and perhaps more, would not return to teach the following year because the school board refused to increase the teacher’s salary.

The book also indicated that the new teacher’s name was Bruce Bloom—and that he taught at McEwensville High School for just one year, 1912-1913. Hopefully Grandma will like Mr. Bloom and have a good senior year.

11 Responses

  1. Too bad for the teachers. The school board my daughter teachers for in dekalb cty GA just dropped salaries 6%. I guess they are on the McEwensville plan.

    • Whew, that’s unbelievable. I knew that some areas were facing a financial crisis, but I hadn’t realized that some places were cutting teacher’s salaries. It’s a difficult time to be an educator.

  2. I hope your grandma will have a good year, too. It’s so sad that some of the most important jobs, like teaching the next generation of citizens, pay so little. It makes me wonder where our priorities lie…

  3. I LOVE history!! Thanks for sharing! They were all so strong and they had to be. My families originally homesteaded in Kansas and Nebraska in the mid to late 1800’s. we had Five generations of first born daughters in my family. They did so much with so little.

    • Wow, it sounds like there were a lot of strong women in your family. I think that people were so much more resilient back then I also love history. One reason that I enjoy doing this blog is that it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the past.

  4. I love her little “Ahem” at the end–just like a modern teenager would write!

    • It’s fun to see how she wrote and what her thoughts were. I’m constantly surprised by how many of her thoughts and reflections could easily be written today.

  5. With a such a “glance”, the next year for that teacher may not bode well. “ahem”

  6. […] Milton on April 27.  On April 30, she went “uptown” to get it made (or maybe altered)—and on May 7 she went back to get it […]

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