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Names and Addresses of the School Directors and Teachers of Tioga County
(These names are taken from Reports of Secretaries of School Districts.)
Published in Wellsboro Agitator (November 2, 1910.) (These are appointments for the 1910-11 school year so will correspond to the 1911 School Souvenir booklets.) I have listed teachers above the line and directors below for each township.
These names are taken from the reports of secretaries of School Directors, and in each list the names of President, Secretary and Treasurer are written in the order named from beginning of list.
r. stands for R. F. D. mail route.
Thos. V. Tormey, Prin., Arnot.
Edith Logan, Arnot.
Nellie Watkins, Arnot.
Joanna Mannix, Arnot.
Margaret Ditchburn, Arnot.
M. Alince Zinck, Arnot.
Kathryn Feeney, Arnot.
Josie Breen, Arnot.
Nellie Cleary, Arnot.
Mrs. Isabelle Scofield, Blossburg.
Lillian K. Fleming, Arnot.

John J. Blair, Pres., Arnot.
William Bailey, Sec’y, Arnot.
Alexander Logan, Treas., Arnot.
J. W. Jackson, Arnot.
John Gray, Arnot.
J. Martin Feeney, Arnot.
M. F. Jones, Prin., Blossburg.
E. Mae Hughes, Blossburg.
Jean Arrowsmith, Blossburg.
Rosa Lechtner, Blossburg.
Eva Preston, Blossburg.
Elizabeth Skelley, Blossburg.
Edna Marvin, Blossburg.
Mary Arrowsmith, Blossburg.
Nina Gaylord, Blossburg.
Eva Keefe, Blossburg.
Edith Dieher, Blossburg.
Bridgie Brennan, Blossburg.

George E. Darby, Blossburg.
F. H. Stratton, Blossburg.
F. B. Smith, Blossburg. (Not a director.)
W. H. McCarty, Blossburg.
D. R. Evans, Blossburg.
B. P. Mecum, Blossburg.
Albert Hewitt, Blossburg.

Jennie MacDonough, Knoxville.
Hazel George, Westfield.
Vera Shellman, Knoxville.
Anna B. Guiles, Westfield.
Adah L. Blakely, Westfield.
Ian Hunt, Westfield.
Mattie Bush, Westfield.
Elvira McPeek, Westfield.
Mary Burlingame, Knoxville.
Esther Phillips, Westfield.

L. R. Hunt, Westfield, R.
W. L. McLean, Westfield, R.
Edgar Clark, Austinburg.
Nathan B. Bush, Westfield, R.
G. W. Simmons, Westfield, R.
G. W. Haxton, Westfield, R.

Lynn C. Soper, Prin., Wellsboro.
Allen W. Jones, Wellsboro.
Florence V. Doumaux, Wellsboro.
Edna Lewis, Wellsboro.
Blanche M. Fuller, Wellsboro.
Ada D. English, Wellsboro.
Eleanor Sampson, Wellsboro.
Frances Rundell, Wellsboro.
Charlotte Mann, Wellsboro.
Lewis F. Corwin, Wellsboro.
F. Faye Neal, Wellsboro.
Laura Patterson, Wellsboro.

F. P. Moore, Wellsboro, R.
T. M. Lewis, Wellsboro, R.
H. A. Corwin, Wellsboro, R.
P. C. VanHorn, Wellsboro, R.
L. W. Wilkins, Wellsboro, R.
W. M. Benedict, Wellsboro, R.

Daniel Bucklee, Prin., Elkland.
Katherine Monks, Middlebury.
Jessie Monks, Middlebury.
Clara Treat, Knoxville.
Jessie Ransom, Knoxville.
Myrtle F. Smith, Knoxville.
Myra Cloos, Little Marsh.
Minnie Crampton, Little Marsh.
Mayme Cloos, Little Marsh.

Armon Cloos, Little Marsh.
George Ransom, Knoxville, R.
Bennet Reynolds, Little Marsh.
F. M. Jackson, Little Marsh.
Joseph Cooper, Little Marsh.
Albert E. Davis, Middlebury Ctr.

Walter G. Clark, Prin., Westfield.
Viola Doty, Sabinsville.
Matie Mascho, Westfield.
Amy Scott, Westfield.
Edna R. Ratch, Westfield, R.
Mrs. Vira H. Babcock, Westfield.
Clara B. Martin, Westfield.
Mildred Churchill, Little Marsh, R.
Dulsie Faulkner, Westfield, R.
Mrs. M. N. Edwards, Potter Brook.
Veryl La Bar, Lansing, R.
Lemuel P. Sutton, Westfield.

B. E. Clark, Westfield, R.
G. A. Stebbins, Sabinsville.
J. R. Doty, Sabinsville.
R. A. Griffin, Sabinsville.
Benjamin Foote, Westfield, R.
Mark Chamberlain, Westfield, R.

Edw. E. Marvin, Prin., Covington.
W. N. McEntee, Mansfield.
Bertha Ridge, Covington.
Martha L. Browne, Covington.

John Kendrick, Covington.
Dr. S. A. Gaskill, Covington.
W. N. Branchard, Covington.
S. O. Putnam, Covington.
S. H. Mitchell, Covington.
T. J. Scalfe, Covington.

M. S. Knowlton, Covington.
Katherine Lewis, Covington.
Iva LeValley, Covington.
Julia McMurty, Mansfield.
Joseph Clemons, Blossburg.
Eva M. Clemons, Covington. Copp Hollow School

G. W. Smith, Covington.
B. R. Baity, Mansfield.
J. F. Cleveland, Covington.
Fred Mancaster, Wellsboro.
Henry Packard, Covington.
Hugh Davie, Mansfield.
Madge Kilbourn, Austinburg.
Ethel Woodbury, Knoxville.
Ethel Brimmer, Osceola.
Frederika Willour, Wellsboro.
C. W. Heminway, Knoxville.

W. H. Ludlam, Knoxville.
Merritt F. Inscho, Knoxville.
Leon C. Gerow, Knoxville.
G. D. Lattimer, Austinburg.
R. B. Durnick, Knoxville.
Henry Westmiller, Osceola.

Eunice Mitchell, Wellsboro.
Mary Sheidweller, Wellsboro, R.
Charlotte VanSlee, Wellsboro, R.
Jennie Powers, Wellsboro, R.
Clyde Walbridge, Wellsboro, R.
Leonard Green, Wellsboro, R.
Beatrice Wheeler, Wellsboro.
Belle Knowlton, Wellsboro, R.
Lynn Copestick, Wellsboro, R.
Ethel Olmstead, Tiadaghton.
Georgia Whitney, Wellsboro, R.
Ella Orr, Wellsboro, R.
Sarah Walbridge, Wellsboro, R.
Lloyd Walbridge, Wellsboro, R.
Sarah Wilcox, Tiadaghton, R.
Pearl Campbell, Wellsboro, R.
Sarah Tuttle, Wellsboro, R.
Delia Ludington, Tiadaghton, R.
Nellie Wetherbee, Wellsboro, R.
Charlotte Orr, Wellsboro, R.
Bertha Butler, Wellsboro, R.
Blanche Houghton, Wellsboro, R.
Mary Campbell, Wellsboro, R.
Nellie Valsing, Wellsboro, R.

Charles Orr, Wellsboro, R.
Charles Reparill, Wellsboro, R.
Frank Ludington, Tiadaghton, R.
G. T. Hatherill, Wellsboro, R.
S. E. Shepard, Wellsboro, R.
E. J. Tuttle, Wellsboro, R.

Anna Swanson, Prin., Antrim.
Cecelia MacDonnell, Antrim.
Lenora O’Connell, Antrim.
Bessie Dwyer, Antrim.
Hazel Estep, Antrim.
Ida Eidsburg, Brownlee.

A. B. James, Antrim.
William Estep, Antrim.
James B. Howell, Antrim. (Not a director.)
James Scase, Antrim.
John Brogue, Antrim.
Martin Nowisky, Antrim.
John Nelson, Antrim.

Claude A. Ely, Prin., Leetonia.
Nathaniel Soper, Gaines, R.
Elida Lowe, Leetonia.
Mary Gorton, Leetonia.
Clara Zimmerman, Gaines, R.

F. T. Campbell, Leetonia.
Gustave Gross, Gaines.
R. A. Dewey, Gaines, R.
Allan H. Plank, Leetonia.
David Coole, Leetonia.
R. E. McCracken, Gaines.
R. R. Stuart, Prin., Elkland.
Eva Cass, Elkland.
Eleanor Donovan, Elkland.
Minette Smith, Elkland.
Rena Campbell, Elkland.
Jessie Utter, Elkland.
Gertrude Warren, Elkland.

C. L. Kenyon, Elkland.
B. H. Parkhurst, Elkland.
Walter W. Jones, Elkland.
Egbert Utter, Elkland.
F. M. Cornelius, Elkland.
S. A. Weeks, Elkland.

B. S. Rathbun, Elkland.
Fred Dailey, Elkland.
C. F. White, Elkland.
Fred Lent, Elkland.
A. D. Allen, Elkland.
Erl Gee, Elkland..

Anna E. Encell, Nelson.
Lena Smith Howe, Osceola.
Eva M. Chamberlain, Nelson.
Frank Leslie, Tioga.
Margaret Donovan, Elkland.
Lucile Adams, Osceola.d
Cecile Butler, Nelson.

E. J. Hall, Crooked Creek, R.
G. L. Ashdown, Nelson, R.
Lewis Treat, Tioga, R.
Fred Cass, Nelson, R.
Charles Starr, Osceola, R.
E. C. Johnson, Osceola, R.

Beatrix Lewis, Manhattan.
Mrs. Emma H. Colegrove, Gaines.
Mildred L. Marsh, Gaines, R.
Mildred Kelts, Gaines, R.
Flossie M. Davis, Gaines, R.
Anna Phoenix, Gaines, R.
Flossie Hare, Gaines, R.

J. W. Goodwin, Gaines.
G. E. Tate, Gaines.
E. E. Reinwald, Gaines.
F. H. Reinwald, Gaines.
W. M. Ladd, Gaines.
Edward Lewis, Manhattan.

R. G. Husted, Prin., Morris Run.
Margaret Fogarty, Morris Run.
Marie Wetsel, Morris Run.
Kathryn Moriarty, Morris Run.
Margaret Parfitt, Morris Run.
Lenn Dwyer, Morris Run.
Jesse Labuski, Morris Run.
Agnes Whalen, Morris Run.
Effie R. Munro, Morris Run.

John Highland, Morris Run.
R. B. Martin, Morris Run.
Malcolm McDougal, Morris Run.
H. A. Munro, Morris Run.
John Chrzan, Morris Run.
Louis B. Katlewski, Morris Run.

Olive Robbins, Jackson Summit.
Albert C. Deming, Lawrenceville.
Clara Lapham, Millerton.
Maude Lyon, Trowbridge.
Pearl Z. Adams, Millerton, R.
Myrtle Payne, Millerton.Everett School
Ella V. Baker, Seeley Creek, NY.
Helen Eighmey, Seeley Creek, NY.
Merton Scott, Seeley Creek, NY.
Jesse Collum, Jackson Summit.
Adelaide Starr, Lawrenceville.
Helen Satterlee, Lawrenceville.
Lura Adams, Millerton.
Iva Colegrove, Lawrenceville.

E. B. Spencer, Millerton.
Lyman Ayres, Jackson Summit.
F. C. Garrison, Rutland, R.
John Signor, Jackson Summit.
Jesse Wood, Lawrenceville.
E. J. Parsons, Millerton.

G. P. Snyder, Prin., Knoxville.
Matie J. Matteson, Prec., Knoxville.
Myrtle E. Jones, Knoxville.
E. Kate Everitt, Knoxville.
Kate Donovan, Knoxville.
Nora Knowlton, Knoxville.

George H. Danks, Knoxville.
Dr. T. H. Smith, Knoxville.
Dr. E. E. Clark, Knoxville.
E. E. Wainwright, Knoxville.
S. Fisk, Knoxville.
J. H. Burch, Knoxville.

Helen McCain, Tioga.
Helen Smith, Lawrenceville.
Inez Calkins, Lawrenceville.
Mayme Hazlett, Elkland.
Frances Smith, Lawrenceville.
Frank B. Hayes, Mansfield.

P. R. Doud, Lawrenceville, R.
W. F. Reep, Lawrenceville, R.
Leroy Baker, Lawrenceville, R.
Willard Middaugh, Lawrenceville.
G. G. Close, Lawrenceville.
George W. Clark, Lawrenceville.

J. G. March, Prin., Lawrenceville.
Helen Swan, Lawrenceville.
Bessie Rockwell, Lawrenceville.
Elizabeth Harrower, Lawrenceville.

L. B. Seeley, Lawrenceville.
John W. Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville.
W. W. Hutchinson, Lawrenceville.
Jos. W. Rockwell, Lawrenceville.
L. B. Stage, Lawrenceville.
Charles Cherry, Lawrenceville.

T. H. Maitland, Prin., Liberty.
Anna Snyder, Liberty.

G. A. Smith, Liberty.
C. C. Maneval, Liberty.
R. F. Bastian, Liberty.
B. E. Bastian, Liberty.
C. M. Brion, Liberty.
W. A. Ostrom, Liberty.

Arthur Dennison, Liberty, R.
Ada Erdley, Liberty, R.
Adelia Hallett, Liberty.
Bessie Mase, Liberty.
Nora Ritter, Liberty, R.
Mildred Bartsock, Roaring Branch, R.
Martha Norman, Liberty, R.
Flora Graves, East Point.

W. H. Maneval, Morris, R.
George Heyler, Blossburg.
William Dennison, Blossburg.
Samuel Heyler, Morris, R.
Daniel Maneval, Liberty.
F. H. Sheffer, Liberty.

S. S. Leonard, Prin., Mansfield.
Grace Reynolds, Mansfield.
Nettie Shepard, Mansfield. [have photo]
May Taylor, Mansfield.
Note:  Six grades are taught in Model School of State Normal School.

C. W. Farley, Mansfield.
Dr. F. G. Wood, Mansfield.
John P. Bates, Mansfield.
C. S. Kingsley, Mansfield.
George Obourn, Mansfield.
E. B. Dorsett, Mansfield.

Chas. W. Briggs, Prin., Middlebury Center.
Gertrude Dickinson, Middlebury Center.
Benjamin Gee, Middlebury Center.
May Gee, Middlebury Center.
Georgia Adamy, Middlebury Center.
Faby H. Jackson, Middlebury Center.
Arand R. Kerwin, Wellsboro.
Bessie M. Smith, Middlebury Center.
Mabel M. Cloud, Wellsboro.

Arnold Dickinson, Middlebury Ctr., 4.
R. R. McInroy, Middlebury Ctr.
W. E. Peckham, Crookedcreek.
C. E. Shaff, Middlebury Ctr.
George R. Adamy, Middlebury Ctr.
C. G. Cummings, Crookedcreek.

W. H. Young, Prin., Morris.
Alma M. Eidsburg, Morris.
Della H. Darby, Hoytville.
Nellie A. Hurley, Morris.
Blanche Lewis, Morris.
Rena L. White, Wellsboro, R.
Verne Blakely, Hoytville.
Ola Graham, Lloyd.
Flora Hostrander, Morris, R.
Hazel Emmick, Morris, R.
Homer Root, Lloyd, R.
Leda Miller, Morris, R.
Sadie M. Haggerty, Morris, R.

G. S. Blackwell, Hoytville.
D. H. Darby, Hoytville.
J. B. Desmond, Morris.
L. W. Hart, Morris, R.
Clayton Brown, Morris R.
Wesley Emmick, Lloyd, R.
Walter Scbanbacher, Prin., Nelson.
Clara Baxter, Nelson.
Jessica Hoyt, Nelson.

C. B. Lugg, Nelson.
C. F. Merritt, Nelson.
J. E. Hazlett, Nelson.
Agnes Stevens, Nelson.
James Brennan, Nelson.
E. C. Blackwell, Nelson.

No teachers- Students sent to other townships

L. R. Brown, Elkland.
C. L. Babcock, Elkland.
C. F. White, Elkland.
Mrs. Mae Babcock, Elkland.
Mrs. D. M. Brown, Elkland.
W. H. Rice, Elkland.
D. M. Brown, Elkland.

John T. Wheeler, Prin., Osceola.
Louise M. Hall, Osceola.
M. Louise Burgess, Osceola.

W. H. Clark, Osceola.
Charles Tubbs, Osceola.
F. J. Seely, Osceola.
Grant Seely, Osceola.
D. H. VanDusen, Osceola.
Frank VanDusen, Osceola.

B. E. Beach, Prin., Mansfield.
Daisy L. Brace, Mansfield.
Bertha Brewster, Mansfield.
Beulah Shailer, Mansfield.
Clara L. Carlsen, Mansfield.
Lucy B. Marvin, Mansfield.
Marietta Rarick, Mansfield.
Mabel Barnes, Mansfield.
Walter Shaw, Mansfield.
Inon Webster, Mansfield.
Mrs. Harriet Gillett, Mansfield.
Mrs. Walter Shaw, Mansfield.

S. D. Shaw, Mansfield.
C. J. Beach, Mansfield.
John Carlson, Mansfield.
M. G. Cleveland, Mansfield.
L. M. Goodall, Mansfield.
G. O. Spencer, Mansfield.



Georgia A. James, Rutland. [Have photo]
Edna G. Tickner, Rutland.
Myron Webster, Rutland. [Have photo]
Lavern Brace, Tioga, R.
R. W. Richmond, Mansfield, R.
Ross Soper, Columbia X Roads, R. [Have photo]
Harry Kelley, Mansfield, R.
Edith Borg, Mansfield, R. [Mudge - Have photo]

Peter R. Stout, Rutland.
T. J. White, Elkland.
John Hall, Rutland.
Dr. O. S. Nye, Rutland.
J. T. Stout, Rutland.
Henry French, Millerton.
Frances Witt, Ansonia.
Beulah Allen, Ansonia.
Leslie Wood, Asaph.
Ethel Sheehan, Asaph.
Alma Hamilton, Ansonia.
Mary Tuttle, Asaph.
Rex Dimmick, Ansonia.
Mrs. Edith Borg, Mansfield, R.

L. D. Whitman, Ansonia.
J. M. Campbell, Ansonia.
Eli G. Campbell, Wellsboro, R.
W. A. Wood, Asaph.
N. R. Cleveland, Wellsboro, R.
C. L. Schoonover, Wellsboro, R.
Daniel Mudge, Prin., Mansfield.
Robert Palmer, Mainesburg. [Have photo] Gafford School
Olive Bryant, Mansfield. [Have photo]
Nellie Smith, Mansfield. [Have photo]
Grant Roblyer, Mansfield. [Have photo]
Nellie Seymour, Mansfield. [Have photo]
Ruth Reynolds, Mansfield.
Edna Ashley, Mansfield. [Have photo] - Doud School
Josephine DeWitt, Mansfield.
Nellie Gray, Mainesburg.

J. B. McConnell, Mansfield.
B. G. Bradford, Mansfield.
T. H. Chamberlain, Mainesburg.
M. O. Mudge, Mansfield.
A. D. Ballard, Mansfield.
Arch Robbins, Mansfield.
Joseph Hughes, Prin., Tioga.
Joanna Hurley, Tioga.
Lou A. Bishop, Tioga.
Bess B. Alford, Tioga.

Dr. C. W. Sheldon, Tioga.
E. D. Brigham, Tioga.
H. L. Baldwin, Tioga.
W. J. Ramsdell, Tioga.
G. L. Abrams, Tioga.
Daniel Berry, Tioga.

Arvine Clark, Tioga.
Letta D. McKinney, Tioga.
Edna Camp, Tioga.
Mrs. Fred Loveless, Tioga.
Lee Hughes, Tioga.
Alvena Sterner, Tioga.
Phoebe Hughes, Tioga.

Frank Aiken, Tioga.
M. M. Baker, Tioga.
D. P. Metcalf, Tioga.
William Archer, Tioga.
Viola B. Hughes, Tioga.
Frank McKinney, Tioga.

F. H. Schick, Roaring Branch.
Fanny Gorton, Canton.
Margaret Kinsley, Roaring Branch.
Carrie Krise, Roaring Branch.
Jennie Preston, Canton.
Harry Schniezle, Roaring Branch.
Mary Barrow, Ogdensburg.
Edwin Smith, Gleason.
Alvena Kilbourn, Roaring Branch.
C. N. Stull, Roaring Branch.
Fred Watkins, Ogdensburg.
Clara Runn, Ogdensburg.
Core McNett, Leolyn.

Thos. Collins, Roaring Branch, R. 
H. S. Baldwin, Roaring Branch, R.
Dyar Leonard, Roaring Branch, R. 
S. A. Spencer, Roaring Branch, R.
C. B. Thomas, Roaring Branch, R.
Chas. W. Schmelzle, Roaring Branch, R.

Anna Duggan, Morris Run.
Clara Austin, Fall Brook.
Carolyn Lyon, Troy, R.
Anna C. Dwyer, Morris Run.
Jessie Kilbourn, Mainesburg, R.

Nichols Austin, Fall Brook.
W. L. Vaughn, Fall Brook.
Charles Hill, Fall Brook.
T. C. Thomas, Fall Brook.
Thomas Rolt, Mainesburg, R.
N. Smith, Canton, R.

Henry E. Raesly, Prin., Wellsboro.
Rock L. Butler, Wellsboro.
Laura M. Shaw, Wellsboro.
Nellie Champaign, Wellsboro.
A. T. Rowen, Wellsboro.
Eleanor M. Butler, Wellsboro.
Alia Crumme, Wellsboro.
Nannie E. Johnson, Wellsboro.
Mildred M. Clark, Wellsboro.
Esther A. Butler, Wellsboro.
Margaret Roberts, Wellsboro.
Julia J. Strait, Wellsboro.
Charlotte L. Lappia, Wellsboro.
Addie Mills, Wellsboro.
Eloise Borden, Wellsboro.
Louise VanValkenburg, Wellsboro.

H. F. Marsh, Wellsboro.
Norman R. Leslie, Wellsboro. (Not a director.)
W. D. VanHorn, Wellsboro. (Not a director.)
J. L. Snyder, Wellsboro.
D. C. Smith, Wellsboro.
M. L. Klock, Wellsboro.
Leonard Harrison, Wellsboro.
F. M. Sheffer, Wellsboro.

Herbert Grant, Prin., Westfield.
Mabel E. Zimmer, Westfield.
Rena L. Rexford, Westfield.
Ina Mathews, Westfield.
Frank Ashley, Westfield.
Mrs. Mildred Streeter, Westfield.
Carrie Edgcomb, Westfield.
Bessie Kimball, Westfield.

J. E. Harvey, Westfield.
L. E. Knapp, Westfield.
E. M. Tucker, Westfield.
W. J. Greigson, Westfield.
F. P. Taylor, Westfield.
J. C. Edgcomb, Westfield.
Dr. M. R. Pritchard, Westfield.

Belle Rushmore, Westfield.
Perley Davis, Westfield.
Isabelle Florer, Westfield.
_____ Nathan, Westfield.
Belle Greignon, Westfield.
Mildred Crout, Westfield.
Anna Michelgodfrey, Potter Brook.
Mary Kirtland, Knoxville.

A. B. Weeks, Potter Brook.
G. A. Davis, Phillips Station.
O. L. Locke, Cowanesque.
Abel Stevens, Potterbrook.
Arch Taft, Westfield.
W. O. Seelt, Westfield.
Local Institute Districts.

1. Westfield (borough and township), Clymer and Brookfield.
2. Gaines and Elk.
3. Delmar, Shippen and Wellsboro.
4. Duncan and Morris.
5. Liberty (borough and township).
6. Bloss, Blossburg and Hamilton.
7. Covington (borough and township).
8. Roseville, Rutland, Jackson.
9. Sullivan.
10. Mansfield and Richmond.
11. Tioga (borough and township), Lawrence and Lawrenceville.
12. Elkland, Farmington, Nelson and Osceola.
13. Deerfield and Knoxville.
14. Chatham and Middlebury.
15. Charleston.
16. Ward and Union.
The teachers of the first half of the Local Institute districts will elect their executive officers, consisting of a Chairman and a Secretary, on Tuesday, November 15, and those of the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the close of the afternoon session of the County Institute.

Annual Report

Of the Superintendent of Schools of Tioga County for the Year 1910-11.

Dr. N. C. Shaffer, Supt. Public Instruction, Harrisburg, Pa.

My Dear Sir:--

In submitting my annual report, it seems, and it really is in large measure, a repetition of those of previous years. The work of these years has been continued with a steadiness of purpose and a regularity that gives results of a permanent character. Few radical changes have been made in any part or phase of the educational machinery or system in this county, but real improvement has been noted in several instances.

The attendance of our children has never been better. When the awarding of certificates for perfect attendance was introduced in this county, at the close of the first year there were less than 300 certificates given, while at the close of the past year nearly 800 certificates had been awarded. There are a large number of children who have received certificates successively for several years, in two instances for nine years. It is evident that this plan has been a strong stimulus to perfect attendance.

The new graded school in Charleston township, comprising both elementary and high schools, has been a decided success, both in the matter of attendance and work accomplished. In fact, the attendance exceeded all expectations. The fact that facilities for securing a more advanced education to that furnished in the ordinary rural school was to be furnished, the young people of that district practically at their homes, was an inducement to many of the older pupils to remain in school, and some to re-enter school, with the result that the coming year Charleston High School will have a three years’ course of study, and will graduate a class in that course. The directors of this district have done everything with the purpose not only to improve the educational advantages of their children, but to give them a beautiful school-home. Twelve modern wagons are used to convey the children to and from school, and just as much pains has been taken in the selection of drivers as in the selection of their teachers, for which they deserve the highest commendation from every patron of the school. At the closing exercises held in May, the attendance was so large that many residents failed to gain admittance, which was the best evidence of the school’s growing popularity. The cost of the plant, including both building, grounds, and equipment, will approximate $16,000.

Ten years ago but four schools in the county were listed as high schools. To-day we have 10 high schools recognized by the Department of Public Instruction, three of which are township high schools. Three of our high schools are now doing four years’ work, four are doing three years’ work, and three are doing two years’ work.

Several of our graded schools are doing practically two years’ high school work, but yet lack some of the legal requirements for high schools. These districts are being urged by the County Superintendent to comply with all the requirements of the law for high schools, which we believe they will soon do. Covington borough and Clymer township will establish high schools the coming year. There is room in this country for 20 or more of such schools, and in every instance it means better school privileges for our youth with very little, if any, extra expense to our districts, after the plant had been established.

Our educational meetings have been well attended by both teachers and patrons. Our Annual Institute was held at Wellsboro, week of Nov. 15-19, inclusive. The instructors were Hon. Henry R. Pettengill, Drs. C. H. Gordinier, J. Adam Puffer, H. E. Cogswell, Prof. O. C. Gortner and Deputy State Supt. R. B. Teitrick. The evening lectures and entertainments were the Concert Trio, Dr. Gabriel Maguire, Brockway Sterling Jubilee Singers, and Mrs. LaSalle Corbell Pickett. It was an excellent Institute. The Directors’ Association was held Wednesday and Thursday of the week of Institute. Over 100 directors were present and the work done was fully up the standard. This annual meeting of the directors is justly growing in popularity. Only a few years ago an attendance of 35 or 40 members was quite satisfactory, but not so now. The increased attendance is still too small. The effect of these meetings is seen all over the county in the improved administration of our schools. No director can attend them without growing in usefulness to his district.

"Be not the first by whom the new is tried

Nor yet the last to lay the old aside."

is a saying that has guided us to a considerable extent in the adoption of schemes and methods belonging to the new education. We believe that permanent improvements are not made by sudden changes, but rather as the result of experience. We are glad to note that our worthy State Department emphasizes the teaching of the three R’s. We agree with him heartily. We believe that the public schools should de better teaching in the fundamentals, viz: Reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling and the use of the mother tongue, and that our schools go further than what is commonly known as "Language Lessons." Let us add grammar, yes, good old-fashioned grammar, with plenty of parsing and analysis, and considerable attention to syntax; and some time devoted to exercises in correcting false syntax, if you please, will do no harm, ‘though it may at present be a considerable of a novelty.

We are striving, also, to impress upon our teachers the importance of making the instruction in our schools more practical. It is conceded that less than 50% of the children who enter school ever complete the Grammar School. If this be true, should not the knowledge gained in these elementary schools be coupled with the power to properly apply that knowledge to practical purposes. We are training for bread-winners, as well as for cultured citizens. Knowledge without the power to use it in a useful and practical way is of little worth. How few learn in school to apply their knowledge or arithmetic to practical business problems. We teach the forms and rules of letter-writing, and still what a small per centum of our pupils, even our graduates, can and do write a letter of application that can be commended by an employer? These are some of the problems to which we are giving careful attention. The solution of them lies in better teaching, and this means better teachers, teachers conscious of the importance of their work and willing to make some sacrifice that they may become more skillful workmen, and that hold in worth above all else the child, the individual.

In conclusion, I thank all who, during the past year, have in any way contributed to the betterment of the educational interests of this county.

Very respectfully,

W. R. Longstreet.

Schools of Tioga County.

Annual Statistical Report of W. R. Longstreet, Superintendent of Tioga County for the School Year Ending June, 1909.

Number of school houses 302
Number of school rooms 412
Number of houses built during the year 1
Number of good school houses 230
Number of rooms without suitable furniture 42
Number of High Schools 12
Number of graded schools, other than high schools 10
Number in which the Bible is read 320
Number of provisional certificates issued 165
Number of professional certificates issued 14
Number of applicants rejected 186
Number who have had no previous experience 50
Number who hold provisional certificates 131
Number who hold professional certificates 48
Number who hold permanent certificates 27
Number who have graduated at a State Normal School 128
Number who are graduates from colleges 9
Number of schools visited by the superintendent 320
Number of school directors under the jurisdiction of the superintendent 240
Number of women school directors 2
Number of schools in which agriculture is taught 34
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