"Lima School Records - II"

by Albert Salisbury

 

From The Whitewater Registry, July 20, 1906

Those who read last week's installment of these records will remember that
the plan was adopted of having each tax-payer furnish one-half cord of two-foot wood for the school-house for each pupil sent to the school, and the order and time of furnishing each man's allotment was determined by drawing lots. If any man failed to furnish his wood, Horace HAMILTON agreed to furnish it at 31 cents per cord. Wood was evidently more plentiful than money then; but it is fair to presume that the school got green wood instead of dry. This method of getting wood was in vogue for ten years or more.
By 1854, the price had risen to 90 cents a cord, and the method had changed,
as will be seen by the following minutes:

Sept. 24, 1855.

At an annual meeting of School District No. 9, Manville BABCOCK was
chosen Chairman and M. A. CHILD was chosen Director; Henry ANDERSON, Treasurer, and L. M. COON, Clerk.
Treasurer reported $8.50 cash on hand, which report was accepted by the
meeting.
Resolved, That the District get 15 cords stove wood.
Resolved, That the lowest bidder should get the wood, which was struck off to
Mr. FRITTS at 90 cts. per cord.
Resolved, That the district raise a tax of $40 for teacher's wages and
incidental expenses.
Resolved, That the district have four months summer and four months winter
school.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to ascertain whether the
site where the old school house stands in said District can be purchased or not. Also to see if there can be a site got in some other place in the District and to ascertain about what a new schoolhouse will cost that the District may know which will be the cheapest for them - to build a new house or repair the old one.
Jacob SPANGER, Henry ANDERSON, and Gardner HALL were chosen for
said committee to report in two weeks at the adjourned meeting.
Resolved, That this meeting adjourn for two weeks at 6 p.m.

M. BABCOCK, Chairman.

M. A. CHILD, Clerk.


John CHILD presented an account against the District of $1.25, and Henry
ANDERSON an account of $.85, which was accepted by the meeting.

M. BABCOCK, Chairman.

M. A. CHILD, Clerk.


Oct. 5, 1855.

At an annual meeting of School District No. 9, of the town of Lima, held
pursuant to adjournment at the school house on the 8th of October, 1855, John CHILD was chosen Chairman, and L. M. COON was present as District Clerk.
Resolved, That $35 be added to the sum already voted to be raised to repair
the school house, and for incidental expenses.
Resolved, That the school house be repaired according to report of
committee.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to superintend the
repairing of the school house.
G. HALL, Asaph PRATT, and R. CHILD were appointed for said committee.
The committee reported repairs as follows, which report was received by the
meeting: That they had examined the old school house for the purpose of finding out what it would cost to repair it and came to the conclusion that the lath and plastering overhead would all want to be taken off and new put on. That the lath on the sides would answer with a little repairing; also that the sides want new plastering. That it wanted a few pieces of clapboards on the outside and some nails driven where the boards were started. That there wanted to be a new inside door with some repairs on the outside door. That there ought to be new seats made of good common lumber; also that it wanted to be well banked up on the outside. That it wanted one good coat of plastering on the lath. Also that they estimated the cost to be from $30.00 to $35.00, depending on upon how the seats were made.
The meeting then adjourned, sine die.

L. M. COON, Clerk.


A year or two later, the price of stove wood had risen to $1.00 per cord. It was
furnished at this rate for a few years by Rufus ROCKEFELLER.
In 1858, the district entered upon a prolonged struggle with reference to the
building of a new school house, the great bone of contention being the selection of a new site. Special and adjourned meetings were held in great number, each meeting undoing the work of the preceding one. The undersigned [Albert SALISBURY] and Norman GLEASON, then boys of fourteen or fifteen, though not residents of that district, found great entertainment in attending some of these meetings, just to see the scrapping. This struggle lasted for over two years, but the beginning of the end is to be found in the following:

A. S.


Sept. 26, 1859.

At an annual meeting of School District No. 9, in the town of Lima, held Sept.
26, 1859, Asaph PRATT was elected Chairman. The report of the Treasurer was then read and accepted. Motioned and seconded that the Treasurer's report be adopted. Motion carried.
Motioned and seconded that this meeting vote for officers by ballot. Motion
carried.
Motioned and seconded that M. A. CHILD be unanimously declared elected
Clerk of this District for three years. Motion carried. Yeas - 15; Nays - 14.
Motioned and seconded that J. M. FRITTS be declared unanimously elected
Treasurer of this District for three years. Motion carried. Yeas - 30; Nays - 2.
Motioned and seconded that there be no school this winter. Motion carried.
Motioned and seconded that the motion for no school be rescinded. Motion
carried.
Motioned and seconded that there be three months school the ensuing winter
and five months school next summer. Motion carried.
Motioned and seconded that this District get 15 cords of wood to be delivered
by the 1st of January, 1860, said wood to be got by the lowest bidder. Motion amended by allowing District Board to determine where said wood shall be delivered. Farther amended so as to extend term of delivery to the 1st of February, 1860. Wood to be got by Tyler STILSON at 82 1/2 cts. per cord.
Motioned and seconded that the District raise $27.00 to applied toward
paying the indebtedness of the District. Motion carried.
Motioned and seconded that this meeting adjourn. Motion lost.
Motioned and seconded that this District raise $55.00. Motion carried.
Motioned and seconded that the school this winter be taught be a male
teacher. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn lost.
Motioned and seconded that a tax of $250.00 be raised to be applied in
building a school house. Motion carried.
Motioned and seconded that this meeting now adjourn one week. Motion
carried.

F. GOULD, Clerk, pro tem.


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