17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, January 17, 1913: We had patrons’ day at school this afternoon. Everything went off pretty good. We had quite a few visitors.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
A patron is someone who provides financial support. In 1912, the McEwensville Schools were public schools, so I’m not exactly sure who attended Patron’s Day.
The school often had financial difficulty, so perhaps community members made donations to help ensure that the students got an adequate education.
Thomas Kramm in The History of the McEwensville Schools included highlights from the school board minutes. The 1913 highlight was:
04-13: The Board borrowed money from the Watsontown Bank.
Hopefully, the school’s patrons were very generous. . .
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