"Lima School Records"

by Albert Salisbury

 

From The Whitewater Register, July 13, 1906

The Lima School District is what remains of a much larger district in early
times. The school district records of that district, from the beginning, have fortunately been preserved.
The interest shown by readers of the Register in Deacon CRAVATH's
Journal suggests the possibility of a similar interest in these old school district records. This should be the more true from the fact that the town of Lima has always been a sort of annex of Whitewater; and has contributed so largely to its present population.
It will be seen from the extracts which follow that in 1842, under the
Territorial organization, the town of Lima had not yet been separated from Milton. The spelling of Wisconsin may also attract attention; but the orthography of the world had not yet been settled, and "Wiskonsan" was as good a way as any. The original, French spelling was Ouisconsin.
It will be observed that Paul CRANDALL was district clerk from 1842 to
1847 inclusive. He was a very prominent and highly respected citizen in those days, and represented the town in the territorial legislature. But in 1848, or thereabouts, he caught the Oregon fever and migrated overland to the Willamette valley, of which he became one of the original settlers. His departure was a matter of great regret to his Lima neighbors.

A. S.


Records of School District No. 9, in Milton, Rock County, Wisconsin Territory.
 

Milton, Dec. 8, 1842.

Agreeable to notice of the Commissioners of Commons Schools duly served
by G. HALL, a meeting of the inhabitants of this district (No. 9) convened at the house of P. CRANDALL and organized by appointing Joseph PRATT, Esq., Moderator, and Paul CRANDALL Secretary pro tem. After due consideration, it was resolved that Asaph PRATT, Gardner HALL, and Henry STILLMAN serve as trustees for the current year.
Resolved, That Paul CRANDALL serve as district clerk for the current year.
Resolved, That Wm. P. STILLMAN serve as district collector for the current
year.
Resolved, That the trustees be instructed to employ a female teacher for
three months as soon as practicable.
Resolved, That the manner of calling all future meetings shall be posting up a
written notice at least six days previous to the meeting in the most public place in the district.
Resolved, That this meeting be adjourned.

Joseph PRATT, Mod.

P. CRANDALL, Clk.


June 20, 1843.

Met pursuant to the notice at the house of Wm. P. STILLMAN at 4 o'clock
p.m. Chose Wm. P. STILLMAN Chairman of the meeting.
Resolved, That we build a schoolhouse 22 by 18 feet on the ground with 9 feet
posts, peaked roof, and a partition dividing the inside into two rooms, the entry to be 18 by 4 feet, and the school room 18 by 18 feet.
Resolved, That we authorize the trustees to let out the job of building the
aforesaid school house to the lowest bidder.
Resolved, That we defray the expense of building by tax payable in cash,
materials, and labor, and that the job must be done in good, workmanlike manner.
Resolved, That the trustees are authorized to levy a tax sufficient to cover
the expense of building.
Resolved, That the house must be completed by the first day of November.
Resolved, That the sight of the school house be procured on the northwest
corner of Sec. 26, and that the trustees be authorized to procure the same and that they secure one-half acre for the same lying in a square tract or nearly so.
Resolved, That this meeting be adjourned, sine die.

Joseph PRATT, Mod.

P. CRANDALL, Clk.


August 12, 1843.

Met agreeably to special notice at the house of Paul CRANDALL to consider
the proceedings of the last meeting, when Joseph PRATT was chosen chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and
Resolved, That whereas doubts exist as to the legality of the last meeting held
June 20, 1843, in consequence of some mistake in the notice calling said meeting, wherefore it is
Resolved, That we adopt the proceedings of said meeting.
Resolved, That the resolution of said meeting is intended to include a tax for
house, stove and site.
Resolved, That the resolution 1st of said meeting be amended by striking out
the words "peaked roof" and inserting square roof.
Resolved, That the job of building be paid for in cash.
Resolved, That this meeting be adjourned.

Joseph PRATT, Chairman.

Paul CRANDALL, Clerk.


March 26, 1844.

Met agreeable to special notice and organized by choosing Wm. P.
STILLMAN Moderator and Paul CRANDALL was present as district clerk. Took up the subject of building a school as noticed in the call of the meeting.
Resolved, That this meeting adjourn till the 3d day of April next at 1 o'clock
p.m., at this house.

W. P. STILLMAN, Chairman.

P. CRANDALL, Clerk.


April 3, 1844.

Met according to adjournment at the house of Wm. P. STILLMAN, and chose
Wm. P. STILLMAN as Chairman and Paul CRANDALL was present as clerk.
Resolved, That the district raise a tax of one hundred and fifty dollars for the
purpose of building a school house on the site designated by the district, said house to be let out to build to the lowest bidder at public auction.
Resolved, That the trustees make out their warrant by the first of September
and be put into the collector's hands.
Resolved, That the house be warmed by a stove that will take in wood two and
one-half feet long.
Resolved, That this meeting be adjourned, sine die.

Wm. P. STILLMAN, Chairman.

P. CRANDALL, Clerk.


Milton, June 8, 1844.

Met according to special notice and organized by choosing E. W. BURDICK
Moderator and W. P. STILLMAN Clerk, pro tem.
Resolved, That the trustees of this district be instructed to issue their warrant
to the collector within six days from the date hereof, on all of the taxes levied by them that are not otherwise adjusted.
Resolved, That this meeting be adjourned, sine die.

E. W. BURDICK, Mod.

Wm. P. STILLMAN, Clerk.


Milton, Oct. 7, 1844.

Met according to notice for annual school meeting and organized by calling
Joseph PRATT to the chair.
Resolved, That Wm. P. STILLMAN serve as Clerk, pro tem.
Resolved, That Paul CRANDALL serve as District Clerk for the year
ensuing.
Resolved, That John CHILDS, Wm. P. STILLMAN, and Paul CRANDALL
serve as trustees for the year ensuing.
Resolved, That there be a school four months by a man teacher, to commence
about the middle of November.
Resolved, That there be a 1/2 cord of 2 feet wood furnished for each scholar
sent.
Resolved, That the wood be furnished in order by drawing lots. The person
drawing No. 1 shall furnish his share one week before school commences.
Resolved, That Horace HAMILTON serve as District Collector for the year
ensuing.
Resolved, That all delinquents in getting wood be notified by the teacher, and
if still delinquent their share shall be furnished by the lowest bidder.
Resolved, That H. HAMILTON is the lowest bidder, his bid being 31 cts. per
cord.
After making a draft, it was found as follows:
J. CHILDS

No. 2

E. W. BURDICK

No. 3

M. PRATT

No. 5

G. HALL

No. 6

J. PRATT

No. 7

H. G. HAMILTON

No. 8

P. CRANDALL

No. 10

B. FULLER

No. 11

Wm. P. STILLMAN

No. 13

M. HALL

No. 14

Mr. BULLIS

No. 15

Mr. SAXE

No. 16

Resolved, That the meeting adjourn.

J. PRATT, Mod.

Wm. P. STILLMAN, Clerk pro tem.


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