One Room Schoolhouse Library Journal Diary Manuscript Stockbridge New York 1849 For Sale
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One Room Schoolhouse Library Journal Diary Manuscript Stockbridge New York 1849:
Fascinating handwritten book chronicles the school district's operation of the town's one room schoolhouse for over a quarter of a century. Among the many subjects covered in competing detail include schoolhouse finances: "To LL Cummings wages for teaching school 4 mo. At 18 dols. $ 72", "To Helen Turner for teaching nine weeks and one day at $ 1.75 cents per week "," Miss Merella Vaughn for teaching summer school $ 35 "," To William Dexter for building back house $ 20 ", etc. Many unique aspects of mid-19th century public education are revealed throughout book. For example, the school district paid local residents to put up teachers so that teachers could live in the community while teaching at the schoolhouse:" To CL Anderson for boarding teacher 18 weeks $ 27 ". The district also employed a local resident a fire starter, whose responsibility it was to start a fire at the schoolhouse each day during the colder weather in order to keep the classroom comfortable:" Paid for making fire 16 weeks $ 4". Keeping the schoolhouse properly heated during the colder weather was an ongoing proposition for the district, and many entries throughout book chronicle activities and expenses associated with the mid-19th century climate control of a one room schoolhouse: "14 1/4 cords of wood furnished by O. Rammy at 88 cents $ 12.54 In addition to wood, coal was also used as a source of heat for the schoolhouse: "drawing coal", "hauling coal", etc. Funds were also regularly used used for schoolhouse supplies, cleaning, maintenance and repairs: "repair schoolhouse seats", "chalks for blackboard", "chalk for use of school" "brooms", "shovel", "pail and dipper", " setting trees "," boy's labor for cleaning "," cleaning schoolhouse "," paid for repairs on schoolhouse ", etc. Other assorted entries here describe miscellaneous and administrative and activities and expenses: "Due Oris Ranney for surveying old schoolhouse lot and drawing deed", etc. Numerous names can be found throughout book, making for a treasure trove of early local history and genealogy. The school district trustees were also in charge of administering the town's library, as entries related to library finances entries appear throughout book. One fascinating aspect of this volume that we have not previously seen is an early schoolhouse book, is an extensive inventory of books on hand at the town's library. Entries for town library holdings here date from about 1858 and consume several pages, providing a genuinely rare snapshot of a mid-19th century rural town library. History and travel related books abound along with a smattering of other subjects including science, religion, politics, philosophy, military history, biographies, etc. Potentially controversial titles for the period can also be found here such as "Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft", and various titles earmarked for the "Young Peoples Library" are also included. An absolutely fascinating and unusual library section included within this early schoolhouse volume. Stockbridge is located in Madison County, New York. The town was first settled in 1791 by pioneers from New England, and was officially formed in 1836 by composing parts of four other towns. According to recent census figures, the town is currently home to a population of about 2,103 . The town of Stockbridge is located on the eastern border of the county and its name is derived from a group of Native Americans. The land surrounding where Stockbridge would be established was being lived upon by "Stockbridge Indians" (as local settlers would refer to them), who had been relocated already to the New Stockbridge Indian Territory during the latter half the 18th century. They were told that this land was to be reserved for future tribal generations. These tribes of New England accepted an invitation of the Oneidas to live and share on their reservation in New York. Subsequent disagreements with White settlers caused many Stockbridge Indians to relocate to Indiana and later to Wisconsin, where they became the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. Stockbridge is the birthplace of meatpacking industrialist Philip Danforth Armor and brother Herman Ossian Armor.
Along with the town of Stockbridge, Madison County today also comprises the city of Oneida; the towns of Brookfield, Cazenovia, DeRuyter, Eaton, Fenner, Georgetown, Hamilton, Lebanon, Lenox, Lincoln, Madison, Nelson, Smithfield, and Sullivan; the villages of Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, DeRuyter, Earlville, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville, Munnsville, and Wampsville (county seat); the census desigated place of Bridgeport; and the hamlets of Leonardsville, New Woodstock, Peterboro, West Edmeston, and Hubbardsville The towns in southern Madison County originated from the twenty townships ceded by the Oneida tribe to the State of New York. Condition: Rare book remains in good to fair condition (see pictures). Early volume bound in original leather-backed marbled boards; cover worn with lower spine tip frayed and and front hing cracked, mild toning, scattered minor staining and ink smudging, ink faded on a few pages, a few leaves loosening, etc. Book contains about 90 pp. of manuscript entries with a few additional blank pages; and measures approx 7.5 "tall x 6" wide x .25 "thick. Remove a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.Ref B1 OTL Library.