Schools in Session

The School year has begun. A perspective on how things have changed in the last hundred and forty-five years.


1. Teachers each day will fill lamps; trim the wicks and clean chimneys.

2. Each morning teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s session.

3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.

4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they attend church regularly.

5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or any other good books.

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

8. Any teacher who smokes uses liquor in any form frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.

9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

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  1. Hello Mr Smith. My daughter is a junior at Oneida High School and she is assigned to write an essay on you!!!! Would you please consider sending us a bit of information of your beginning with WMCR ? I have been helping her research your life and career and we she would love to make her essay a bit more personal than the info we can find online. We are fascinated that a person from Oneida has made such an impact on our world. How proud you make us, and you are such an inspiration and example to pursue ones dreams. Thank you for all your dedication over the years.

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