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not write as serviceably of other was put forth to secure the most states as of Pennsylvania. They reliable information regarding the are Americans rather than Penn
condition of these schools in every sylvanians.
section of the country. Several It is impossible in the limits of this article to call attention to the
meetings of the Committee were
held and the condition of educaspecial features contained in many of the chapters, but it is not too
tion in the Rural Schools, as indimuch to say that it is a book of rare
cated by the best information atmerit and value, and that its ap
tainable, thoroughly dispearance at this time will tend so to cussed. As an out-growth of this modify the teaching of history in
discussion the suggestions and the public schools as to make it
recommendations contained in this reasonable to hope that in the near
volume were presented to the Nafuture the life of the people and not
tional Association. the dead facts connected with
Great credit is due all the memthis life will be made the prominent
bers of the Committee for their feature in all such teaching,
valuable services in presenting to
the public the best educational REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF thought of the day bearing upon TWELVE ON RURAL SCHOOLS.
the problem of Rural Schools, and For several years it has been the it is fitting and proper in this conpolicy of the National Educational nection to state that special credit Association to have presented to is due to Hon. Henry Sabin, State its sessions reports of special Com- Superintendent of Public Instrucmittees appointed for the consid- tion of Iowa, for his untiring efforts eration of special educational as chairman of the Committee. problems. Of the different re- Through the kindness of the ports made by these special Com- authorities of the National Educamittees no one is of greater im- tional Association in loaning the portance and value than the Re- plates, State School Commissioner port of the Committee of Twelve Corson has been enabled to have on Rural Schools made at the 15,000 copies of this exceedingly meeting at Milwaukee in July, valuable report printed for free dis1897.
tribution in Ohio, thereby more For two years this Committee, than meeting the requirements of composed of representatives from the following resolution passed by all sections of the United States, the last State Teachers' Associahad the extremely important prob- tion: lem of Rural Schools under consid- Resolved, That this Association eration, and every possible effort hereby requests our State Com
missioner of Common Schools to Noble county, Ohio, November 3, secure, if possible, the publication 1848, and at a very early age develby the State of 10,000 copies of the oped the reading habit which so report of the National Committee prominently characterized his enon Rural Schools to be made at
tire life. In the old township library the coming meeting of the Na
which was found in his neighbortional Educational Association at
hood he had access to a few of the Milwaukee, and to secure the cir
best books and soon made himself culation of this report in as effec
conversant with them.
He was tive and thorough a manner as his especially interested in biography, , judgment may dictate.
history and travel. In addition to A month since notices were sent
this valuable habit he also learned, to each township superintendent
at an early age, in the school of and clerk of board of county ex
hard manual labor, on the farm, to aminers in the State, stating that
depend upon his own personal efsupplies of these reports would be
forts for success, and to respect and
honor all those who toil. sent to them, provided the express
At the age of fifteen, having been charges would be paid. Up to the
prohibited by his father from entime of writing this article answers have been received from about halftering the army, he ran away from
home and in January 1864 enlisted of the persons so notified and about
as a member of Company H, 116 O. 6,000 copies have been distributed.
V. I., in which company he served A second notice has been sent out
until the close of the war. He saw and it is hoped that in the near
hard, active service under Sigel, future this valuable document will
Hunter, Crook and Sheridan in the be in easy reach of all person's
Shenandoah Valley, and afterward specially interested in the welfare of
at Richmond in the Army of the the Rural Schools.
James. A few hundred copies will be re
Upon his return from the army tained at the School Commission
he again entered the district school er's office, and one will be sent to
which he attended for a short time any person in the State on receipt and then began more advanced of seven cents postage.
work in the graded school at Sen
ecaville, Ohio. During the winter HON. LE ROY DECATUR BROWN.
of 1866-7 he taught school in a disIt is with deep sorrow that we trict adjoining the one he had atrecord the death of Hon. Le Roy tended as a pupil a few years beD. Brown at his home in San Luis fore. The followinspring he enObispo, California, January 13, tered an academy at Athens, Ohio, 1898. Mr. Brown was born in where he made partial preparation for college. In 1869 he became a young men and women came forstudent in the Preparatory Depart- ward as students. His energy was ment of the Ohio Wesleyan Uni- marvelous. His courage indomitversity at Delaware, Ohio, from able." which institution
institution he afterward In the fall of 1873 Mr. Brown graduated. He was compelled to took charge of the graded school work his way through college and at Newport, Ohio, and in a short to enable him to do this he devoted time had so thoroughly organized considerable time to teaching. In and systematized the work that the 1871 he was appointed county ex- office of superintendent was created aminer in his native county. In and he was elected to fill the posithis county he was also associated tion. His work here was so sucwith Hon. John M. Amos, now ed- cessful that he was called in 1874 itor of the Cambridge Jeffersonian, to the superintendency of the Belin the management of a normal pre, Ohio, schools, and in 1875 to school which proved to be very suc- the superintendency at Eaton Ohio. cessful. Perhaps no man in Ohio It was in this position that the ediknows more of the real inward life
tor, who was then teaching his first and character of Mr. Brown than country school, formed his acMr. Amos. In a recent editorial quaintance, and his kindness and he speaks of him as follows:
helpfulness can never be forgotten. “No man who ever lived was He was not only alwavs ready but more worthy of the closest and also anxious to render assistance most intimate relations or nersonal to the teachers who were far befriendship. He was true as tem- neath him in position but who gave pered steel; able, energetic, ami- evidence of an honest desire to merit able, shrewd, and forceful, he left success. He never forgot his own the impress of his labor and of his early struggles and on this account character wherever he lived and kept in close touch with the younger worked.”
members of the teaching profesIn referrinr to the normal school sion. In 1879 he was elected to the to which attention has already been position of superintendent of public called Mr. Amos says:
schools at Hamilton, Ohio, and in "While yet a ver" voung man he 1881 was re-elected for a term of was sought out and employed as two years, this being the first time mv associate in a normal school in in the history of the Hamilton Caldwell, and when thus employed schools that this honor was conhe walked nearly all over the county ferred. He held this position until talking with bovs and girls and their January 1, 1884, when he entered parents, and as a result when the the office of State Commissioner of school opened over one hundred Common Schools to which he had pearance.
been elected in the preceding Oc- sympathy of her Ohio friends goes tober. He served in this office until out to her in this hour of severest July, 1887, when he moved to Al- affliction. liance, Ohio, where he was engaged for a short time in the banking
FIELD NOTES. business. He then went to Reno, - The Volume of the ProceedNevada, to accept the presidency ings of the last meeting of the N. of the State University. He was E. A. is a valuable document, and afterwards superintendent of Secretary Shepard is to be congratschools at Los Angeles, California. ulated on the early date of its apHis declining health made it neces
In addition to the pasary for him to confine his work to
and discussions vf the General a smaller sphere the last few years Association, the National Council of his life, but he never lost any of and the fifteen departments, the the intense zeal in the cause of edu- volume contains the Report of the cation which had characterized him Committee of Twelve on Rural in his days of better health and Schools, which is the third report strength. He was an active mem- of national importance recently isber of educational associations, sued. county, state and national, and
Every person who is interested served as a school examiner in
in the important subject of "Cennearly every county in which he
tralization of Schools" should send taucht. He was appointed by Pres
twenty-five cents to Supt. F. E. ident Harrison, Visitor to West
Morrison, Kingsville, O., and sePoint, and in many other ways not.
cure a copy of his twenty-four page enumerated in this article he
pamphlet on that subject. showed that he was not only interested in educational work of all
- Mr. Wm. T. Harris, principal kinds, but was also worthy of the
of the 19th District School, Cincinhonors conferred upon him.
nati, O., has introduced the acetyHe was an earnest member of
lene stereopticon into his History the Methodist Church, and was also
and Geography classes and he rea 32nd Degree Mason. In 1878 he
ports perfect satisfaction. was admitted to the practice of law - Supt. W. E. Lumley, formerly before the District Court in Ham- an Ohio teacher, is succeeding adilton.
mirably in his work at Pulaskiville, On November 28, 1878, he was
Tenn. He has eighteen teachers, married to Esther E. Gabel of
and his schools enroll nine hundred Eaton, Ohio. Mrs. Brown and the
pupils. five children still reside in San Luis - J. O. Beck' has been appointed Obispo, California, and the sincerest first assistant in the
School, Cincinnati; O. P. Voorhis Association held at Eaton, January was promoted to the principalship 15. The attendance was large and of the Riverside Schools and all present appreciated the two exCharles Porter to the principalship cellent talks of Prof. Wm. I. Crane of the Fairmont Schools.
of the Dayton High School on Supt. T. S. Lowden of Green
"Methods of Teaching English." ville, Pa., has delivered a course of
The appreciation was indicated in three lectures to his patrons since
a practical manner by the employthe opening of the school year on
ment of Prof. Crane as one of the the following subjects: “How the regular instructors in the next in
stitute. Mind Behaves," "Man's Environment," and "Making a Full Man."
- The Midwinter Meeting of the The local papers speak in the high- Northeastern Ohio Teachers' Assoest terms of these lectures, and of ciation will be held in Cleveland, the good work done by the super- Saturday, February 26. Supt. intendent. Dr. Lowden will be re- Beechy of Norwalk, Supt. Treudley membered by many persons in of Youngstown, and Miss Julia Ohio as a former teacher of this Cochrane of Akron will present State.
papers, and Miss Lottie Hirsch of The entertainment fund of the Cleveland will give a Class ExerCincinnati schools for the clothing cise in Elementary Physics. Prof. of indigent pupils amounted to N. Coe Stewart will have charge of nearly $10,000. Six teachers were the musical part of the program. retired the first of January 1898
There will be the annual election under the Teachers' Annuity, and
of officers at this meeting. will receive an annuity of from $400
-Prof. B. C. Welgamood, wlio to $600 the rest of their lives. This
had charge of the music in the fund is created from 1 per cent of
Piqua schools for several years each teacher's salary and is not paid and who was compelled to resign by the tax-payers.
his position a short time since on Urbana recently dedicated a
account of declining health, writes new high school building with ap
from San Antonio, Texas, that the propriate exercises.
climate there has already done - We are under obligations to wonders for him, that he has Supt. R. S. Thomas of Akron for a gained ten pounds in weight, and copy of their new school manuai
feels like another
His containing the course of study and friends in Ohio most sincerely assignment of work.
hope that he may soon recover - The editor enjoyed his annual perfect health, so that he can take visit to the Preble County Teachers' 1:p again the work for which he is