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Sarah Cannon Teaching Certificate, 1889
Anna Cannon Teacher's Contract, 1890

Daughters of Jeremiah & Bridget Cannon


Teaching Certificate of Sarah Cannon

Office of County Superintendent, Clayton County

This Certifies, That Sarah Cannon has passed an Examination as required by law, with the results hereto appended; that as far as known by me, she possesses a good moral character, aptness to teach, and ability to govern. I therefore hereby authorize her to teach in the Public Schools of this County for a period of eight months from the date of this Certificate.

This Certificate Is good for the time named, if you comply with the following conditions: You will notify the County Superintendent when you commence a school, the number and location of the district, the length of the term, and your P.O. address. You will make a report to the County Superintendent monthly.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name officially, this 8th day of August, 1889.
(signed) H.C. Bishop
County Superintendent

Results of Examination
Physiology and Hygiene
United States History
Theory and Prac. of Teaching


Per Cent


Contributor's notes: Sarah was my great-great grandmother, and would have been17 years old in 1889. She married Justin Milo Burnham Young in 1890, so she probably didn't teach for long, if at all. She died in 1891 of complications from childbirth and is buried in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, McGregor. After her death Justin removed to Michigan and remarried.

Additional information added by S. Ferrall:
H.C. Bishop = Hiram C. Bishop


Teacher's Contract of Anna Cannon

Teacher's Contract

This Contract, between Annie Cannon, a school teacher of Clayton County, Iowa, and J. Driscoll a sub-director of Sub-District No. 6 of the District Township of Mendon in the County of Clayton and State of Iowa, witnesseth:

That the said Annie Cannon agrees to teach the public school in said Sub-District for the term of 16 weeks, commencing on the 19th day of May, 1890, and well and faithfully to perform the duties of teacher in said school according to law and the rules legally established for the government thereof, for the sum of Twenty-five dollars per school month, to be paid at the end of each month.

And the said Sub-Director in behalf of said District Township hereby agrees to keep the school house in repair; to provide the necessary fuel and school register; and for the services of said teacher, as prescribed above, well and duly performed, to pay said teacher the sum of Twenty-five dollars per school month, at the end of each month, during a term of Four school months, commencing on the 19th day of May A.D. 1890.

Provided, That in case the said Annie Cannon should be dismissed from said school, by the said Directors, or their successors in office, for incompetency, cruelty, negligence, immorality, or a violation of any of the stipulations of this Contract, or in case her certificate should be revoked by the County Superintendent, she shall not be entitled to compensation, after such dismissal or revocation.

In Witness Whereof, We have hereunto subscribed our names, this 22nd day of March A.D. 1890.

(signed) Annie Cannon, teacher
(signed) Jerry Driscoll, Sub-Director

Approved by (signed) Maple Moody, President

Remarks - This contract should be made out in duplicate, and one copy given to the teacher. No Board should allow a teacher to cmmence school until a written contract is properly signed by both parties.

Contributor's notes: Anna was Sarah's older sister. She was married  to A.B. Hahn by 1892 so probably did not teach for long. Anna also died young, in 1900, and is buried in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, though I am not certain if she is in the Hahn or the Cannon plot.

~source: Original documents
~contributed by Paul Young, g-g-grandson of Sarah (Cannon) Young; for Clayton co. IAGenWeb, April 2019
~documents transcribed by S. Ferrall


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