Muscatine County, Iowa
Muscatine Journal & News-Tribune
Centennial Edition
31 May 1940

Section 8 - Page 23-25

Submitted by Phyllis Hazen
Page 23

Nichols 1940

Almon L. Hillyer Junior Stephens, Pres. Donald L. Hetzer
Florence G. Miller, Prin. Clarence Wilkerson Bob Borgstadt
V. W. Hancer, Sup't. Venita Vetter  

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Many Changes Marked Year in City Schools
By A. A. Johnson, School Superintendent

During the last year the Muscatine schools have undergone many changes, and much credit should go to the board of education, parents and teachers for the mutual co-operation and understanding which it has maintained through these changes.

In the first place, Muscatine has acquired a new high school building for which the citizens of this community may be justly proud. It is a building that with care should last for the next hundred years. Having this building and also the old high school, it was possible for us to instigate a modern program which will give to our boys and girls the best in educational opportunities. By having a Junior high, we were able to carry on a departmentalized program with a diversified subject matter which, in turn, will tend to interest the students in their educational opportunities. In that we will be more nearly able to fit the subject matter to the students’ abilities and aptitudes. The Junior high had another advantage in that here we might place the boys and girls who are going through the adolescent period in life and as a result are able to give greater guidance than would otherwise be possible. In all other schools, with the exception of Franklin and Grant, we have the first six grades plus kindergarten. Here again the opportunity is given to concentrate upon these grades as special and unique problems.

At the end of the sixth grade, the skills of reading and writing which are fundamental should be learned and from here on the student might go into the work type material which he will use in Junior high, Senior high and in life activities. The present program should help the student prepare himself or herself for life and will allow the students to have teachers who are specialists in their field. This applies more particularly to the boys and girls from the sixth grade on.

The board of education and the teachers of the Muscatine schools are interested in maintaining good schools in our city and we will appreciate criticism of any kind in order that we might be thoroughly alert to situations as they exist. We grow by criticism and we assure you that we do welcome suggestions.

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Our Distant and Country Friends frequently inquire of us concerning our business prospects, etc., and especially since the canker worm commenced preying upon the vitals of the Standard. It is truly gratifying and encouraging to us to see that our friends do not look upon our undertaking with unconcern, but feel a lively interest in our success – In reply we would state, once for all, that our prospects are flattering. It is true that we have suffered much inconvenience from the severity of the times, but we anticipated them at the commencement, and were prepared form them, not in purse but in body and mind, consequently we have not become dishearted, but are permitted to commence our daily toils with light hearts, believing that we can see in the future a brighter day in store for us. – May 7, 1841.

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High Record for Placements Made

The American Institute of Commerce, at Davenport, popularly known as the A. I. C., claims the distinction of never having failed to place a graduate. Established by S. D. Fenton in August of 1937, the school has enjoyed a gradual growth until today there are 245 students enrolled in the various courses of business study. A variety of extra-curricular activities is carried on by the school, prominent among which is athletics. The A. I. C. is located in an attractive building at the corner of Brady and Seventh streets in Davenport. Its slogan is “A superior school for superior students.”

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On motion it was ordered by the city council that Benjamin Matthews be allowed for dragging off a dead cow, a dead hog and for carting timber, one dollar and twenty-five cents. – May 3, 1854.

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St. Ambrose, With 1400 Enrollment, Founded in 1882

St. Ambrose college at Davenport was founded by the first bishop of the Davenport diocese, the Most Rev. John McMullen in 1882. Present officers of the college are: President, Ambrose Burke; dean, Msgr. Hauber; vice president and business manager, the Rev. Thomas Lawlor; registrar, the Rev. Edward Butler.

The college has an enrollment of 1,400, with a faculty of 55, and includes a school of fine arts, liberal arts, pre-medic and pre-legal.

While St. Ambrose is a Catholic school, 51 per cent of the enrollment is non-Catholic. As evidence of the good will of the community, non-Catholic friends contributed $40,000 last fall to be applied on a $200,000 library and chapel. Intra-mural sports and dramatics are included in the school’s program.

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SCHOOL – The subscriber hereby notifies those interested of his intention to commence school in town on Monday 20th inst. And continue through the winter. Terms, $3.00 for primary, $4.00 for higher branches. Extra charges for room rent and fuel. J. Purinton, Bloomington. – Sept. 10, 1841.

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Submitted by Lynn McCleary
Page 24

Columbus Juction High School
Individual Photos

Howard Barnard Bette Dwinell Elaine Moody
LeRoy Bloomquist Joyce Gilky Mary Morgan
Richard Buster Lois Greene Mildred Owens
John Cassenbaum Duane Grover Jean Sands
Keith Clark Lucille Jones Betty Jean Smith
Maxine Davis Harry Jordan Maryiean Tisor
Luena De Richard Konseal Ruth Weigner
Mona Dean Robert Lewis Evelyn Woodruf
Robert Dicks Barbara Lyon  

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County Lots – The holders of lots in that part of Bloomington, I. T. which belongs to the county of Muscatine, are hereby notified that the board of commissioners for said county have ordered the fourth and last instalment of twenty-five per cent on the original appraisement, to be paid to the county agent, in Bloomington, on or before the first day of February A.D. 1842. By order of said Board of Commissioners, Edward E. Clerk. Bloomington – Oct. 1841. … N.B. The Burlington Gazette will insert the above three times….

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Ladies Fair – The ladies of the Methodist Episcopal church will entertain their friends at the Hare’s hall next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, June 10th and 11th. The object of the fair entitles it to the liberal patronage of our citizens, and we hope to see the disinterested and praiseworthy efforts of the ladies in behalf of their church fully appreciated. – June 3, 1856.

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The Editor, J. B. Russell, returned a few days since, having visited Washington, Jefferson, and Henry counties for the first time on his tour. – March 10, 1843.

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Letts High School Graduates
Individual Photos

Arthur Bailey Lois Fowler David Seitz
Madelyn Briggs Earl Foster Yvonne Toland
Lester Cramly Nova Hooper Robert Wilson
Margie Dickinson Evely Manner Fern Woodhouse
Warren Dowson    

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St. Mathias Will Graduate Class With Exercises

The 78th annual commencement of St. Mathias high school will be held at 8 o’clock tonight at St. Mathias church. The principal address will be given by the Rev. Edward O’Connor, Ph. D., of St. Ambrose college. Two numbers by the high school choir, Processional by Wagner and “Veni Crator” by Gregorian, will mark the opening of the program. After these two numbers, the Rev. Father O’Connor will give the address of the evening and the choir will then sing another number. “Star-Crowned Virgin,” by M. Reilly. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. W. L. Hannon will confer honors on the graduates. The high school choir will give “Pleading to the Sacred Heart,” Hummell, and the Sojeran Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will follow. Closing the program will be the recessional by Silver.

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Readings from Shakespeare – Mr. Boothroyd Emmett, the popular Tragedian, will introduce himself to the ladies and gentlemen of the city, by reading some choice sections from Shakespeare, at Hare’s Hall, this evening. Mr. E. comes highly recommended by the press. Doors open 1 1-2 o’clock. Reading commence at 8 o’clock p.m. Admittance 25 cents. Aug 14, 1855.

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