Sepia Saturday #345: Getting Schooled

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This golden-haired girl is diligently applying her addition skills to the Valentine’s day holiday. Who remembers using slates in school? Who really wants to admit that?

This card to my Aunt Sadie was sent to her in 1941 from her soon-to-be Aunt Kitty. The card has a moving portion that brings the girl out from behind the slate to peek around the side. The movement also changes what appears on the slate. The saying on the card has: Since as my Valentine you’re ‘slated’ come on honey let’s get ‘dated’.

The photo prompt for this Sepia Saturday is a photo of a group of students. I thought I would share some of my family’s school photos that show them along with their fellow classmates and occasionally their teachers.

Beatrice Irene Repsher (my grandmother)

My grandmother Beatrice (Sadie’s mother) attended St. Michael’s Roman Catholic School in Netcong, Morris County, New Jersey, until she graduated from 8th grade. Gram had told me that she was so enamored with the nuns that she begged her father, George Repsher, to let her attend the school. He relented and Beatrice proceeded to convert the whole family to Catholicism.

This is Beatrice’s school photo from 1921. Bea was in 4th grade and, since her sister Helen is also found in it, the photo probably shows everyone in the St. Michael’s school for that year. There are a couple of small x’s that indicate which persons are Bea (more towards center, second row from the bottom) and her sister Helen (the left x, second row from the top).

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Beatrice Irene Guirreri, 1921, St. Michael’s School, Netcong, NJ

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Helen “Toots” Hildegard Repsher, 1921, St. Michael’s School, Netcong, NJ

The two small vignettes shown here are Beatrice and her sister Toots.

There are names listed on the back of the group photo, not necessarily in any order:

Charles Applegate, Ernest Batson, Paul Schmiel, Grant Baldwin, George Salmon, Gustina Rampona, Walter Shay, Peter Gladys, Harry Lewis, Joseph Gladys, Charles Timbrell, Helen Repsher, Mary Venenski, Vivian Fulton, Florence Hunt, Reba Fulton, Anna Rampona, Helen McConnell, Alfreda Masker, Ruth Cleveland, Ethel Best, Dorothy Titbombe, Jennie Fogelson, Emma Batson, Beulah Robbins, Mildred Arndt, Beatrice Repsher, Phoebe Purce, Margery Nifer, Anita Best, Rose Grasso, Ruth Cornish, Mildred Wildrick, Etta Woodlawn, Anabell Woodburn, John Johanski, Charlene Shay, Paul Olivio, Dennis McConnell, Steven Buckta, Leonard Batson, Martin Hargus, Dave Silverman, Lewis Baldwin. Principal McMickle and Teacher Etta Best.

Some of the other faces in the photo are a hoot to look at:

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Etta Best, 1921, teacher at St. Michael’s School, Netcong, NJ

And the expression on the teacher Etta Best’s face is pretty priceless.

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Bea’s St. Michael’s diploma

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Bea’s NJ public education diploma

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Bea’s recognition of excellent penmanship

Beatrice was also very proud that she had graduated from 8th grade. She made sure to safe guard her diplomas along with the certificate that she received for having good penmanship as learned using the Palmer Method. It was developed in 1888 by Austin Palmer and emphasized rhythmic motions to produce very uniform cursive writing. She was very upset later in her life when her beautiful penmanship became shaky and spidery. She would make it a point to apologize for the quality of her handwriting in her letters to me.

 

Martha Ethel Westra (my mother)

This is my mom’s class photo from the Newton Grammar School on Halsted Street, which was later demolished in 1962.  Mom is in the second row from the bottom, 4th girl from the left, with her face partially hidden behind one of the girls in front. Martha Westra class photo group front

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Back of Martha’s class photo

The back of the photo has some clues to the identity of the girls in the front but nothing about the boys in the photo. Twelve of the fourteen girls are identified but only by their first names and last initial. This prompted a phone call to mom to find out who the girls were and if mom could remember their last names.

Between mom looking at the photo and the names on the back, we came up with the following classmates:

Front row, left to right: Bertha Langeraap, Shirley Goble, Fran Ulrich, Judy Pierce, Margaret Burns, and Gloria Turnball.
Second row, left to right: Ruth Ann [?], Rosemary Bouchart, Dorothy Roy, Martha Westra [mom], Mary Ann DeVita, Nancy Danley, unidentified boy, Barbara Wilson.

During the course of our conversation about the picture, I found out something about mom’s school experience. We were discussing the people in her class and how kids moved along from grade to grade as they were promoted. Mom said, “I was held back in 2nd grade.” Wait, what? “It was because I didn’t like to read. To be honest, I don’t know how I even graduated from High School. I especially hated the history books because I can’t retain what I’m reading. I read a paragraph and then forget what I’ve read.” Well, mom’s always said she couldn’t understand why my sister Jill and I liked read so much, but that explains it. If you can’t remember the story from paragraph to paragraph, then reading has absolutely no appeal!

William Charles Strait, Jr. (my father)

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This class photo of my dad was from his kindergarten class during the 1943-44 school year. It was a reprinted in The New Jersey Herald on 09 March 2011 on page A-7.  The photo was taken at the Newton Presbyterian Chapel were classes were held. His teacher for that year was Miss Edith Roy but she’s not in the photo.

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The caption on the photo reads:

“Miss Edith Roy’s afternoon kindergarten class posed for this photo during the 1943-44 school year at the Newton Presbyterian Chapel, where classes were held. In the back are, from left, Tommy Scalzo, Diane Simmons, Helen Worth, Amy Bodel, Fannie Rocco and Billy Strait. Second row: Louis Glass, Betty Jennings, Joan Lee, Nancy Lawson, Irene Walker and Tommy Plevyak. Front row: Alan Mooney, Tommy Rennert, Wayne Babcock, Frances Dufford and Bobby Burtis. (Submitted by Nancy Decker of Newton) “Sussex County: Images of Our Past,” volumes II and III, are now available for purchase from The New Jersey Herald.”

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Dad sent me this postcard with the message: The Methodist Church kindergarten building is on the right side

Mercedes Marie Strait

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Mercedes Marie Strait

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Mercedes’ cousin Patty Strait (Carl Strait’s daughter)

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Patricia Strait and cousin Sadie Strait

This is my Aunt Sadie’s class photo from 1942 and it was taken outside at the old Newton Grammar School. Unfortunately, there is no caption or writing on the back to tell me who the people in the photo are. I can, however, identify Sadie and her cousin Patty from family photos also taken around 1942.

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Ora Simpson Strait (my great-grandfather)

This is the oldest class photo that I have from the family. My great-grandfather, Ora Simpson Strait, taught school in Vernon for a few years before becoming a farmer and then a carpenter. Around 1897, the local newspaper took a picture of the Vernon School students. This photo was reprinted in July of 1956 in one of the Sussex County newspapers. Brothers Ora (18), Asa (12), and Orval (14) Strait were all in the picture.

Even though Ora’s occupation was listed as teacher in the 1900 census[1] and this photo was taken around 1897, I now think Ora wasn’t actually the teacher for this class based on the punctuation in the caption, “… Nettie Rhodes (Mrs. Bert Drew), Ora Strait; Teacher, Uhler H. Creveling, Charles Utter.” The semicolon provides a break between Ora Strait and Teacher. Also, since the photo was loaned to the newspaper by a Mrs. Uhler H. Creveling, I think it was in her husband’s family mementos and that he was the teacher at the time. He appears in the back row and, with his mustache, he also appears to be the oldest person in the photo.

Given the way the students are positioned, it’s tough to be really sure who is who in this picture even with the caption. One also has to trust that the person giving the information relayed the correct names to the reporter. Asa was in the second row, fifth from the left. Orval was also in the second row, eleventh from the left. Brother Ora was in the back row, fifth from the left. However, the rows are far from neat and, even knowing how many are in each row, it’s tough to put a name to a face.

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The complete caption on the photo reads:

“This is a picture of the Vernon School group, taken about 1897, in front of the old building which formerly stood next to the Methodist Church.  It was loaned by Mrs. Uhler H. Creveling, of Rudeville, and identifications were made by Miss Jessie Burrows and Alvin E. Mott, of Vernon. Married name of each girl is given in parenthesis following her maiden name. Rear row, left to right: May Hooker (Mrs. Middleton), Dena Harrison (Mrs. Jim Ryerson), Edna Hooker (Mrs. Day), Nettie Rhodes (Mrs. Bert Drew), Ora Strait; Teacher, Uhler H. Creveling, Charles Utter. Third row, left to right: George Hooker, Maggie Cooper, Edith Drew (Mrs. John Rhinesmith), Maud Harrison (Mrs. John Carpenter), Alice Cooper (Mrs. Alvin Mott), Harry Webb, Edward Conklin, Alvin E. Mott. Second row, left to right: Vernon Mullery, Harry Carmen, Charles Henderson, Frank Anderson, Asa Strait, Marvin Cooper, David Hooker, Lewis Crawford, Wilber Drew, Cyrus Williston, Orville Strait, unknown. Front row, left to right: Edith Denton (Mrs. E. P. Uptegrove), Amelia Degraw (Mrs. D. Day), Rena Lawrence (Mrs. Theodore Drew), Mary Babcock, Maud Degraw (Mrs. Utter), Ann Lehaugh, Elsie Cooper (Mrs. George Lewis), Clarence Hooker, James Utter, Edward Carman, unknown, Orville Webb, Charlie Mullery, Willie Webb, Nettie Babcock, James Maguire. The old school building was erected in 1865 and discontinued in 1902. Part of the old structure was moved and is now a part of the present post office building. (Data assembled by Harold N. Coriell).”

Jodi Lynn Strait (me)

This is the most recent class photo that I have from the family. While I graduated from high school in 1984, my college education had some fits and starts. For undergraduate work, I attended Montclair State University in New Jersey, Mansfield State in Pennsylvania, and Elmira College in New York, sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time. By the time I was ready to get a graduate degree, I was living in Knoxville, Tennessee. I received my MBA from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2000.

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Back row, from left: Scott Detiveaux, Nathan Cumbie, Traci Williams, Dirk Boehmer, Heidi White, Sheila Wilfer, Todd Wilson, Chris Holloway, Mark Goodner, Don Samora, David Henderson, Kurt Aissen. Middle row, from left: Daryl Arendale, Neil Williamson, Tracy Edmundson, Jodi Strait, Allen McDaniel, Brian Nitchen, Michael Hoag, Ernest Clauss. Front row, from left: Charlene Whelan, Roger Rains, Ray Easley, Shyam Nair, Brad Croisdale, Angela Caldwell, Gary Grecsek, Chris Carter, James Reese.

So there you have it. From 1897 to 1921 to 1942 to 2000, these are some of the class photos from my family files.

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
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[1] 1900 U. S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Lafayette Township, ED 169, p. 1B (penned), dwelling 23, family 25, Ira W. Strait; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 01 October 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 995.

Sepia Saturday #343: A Barrel of Monkeys

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This puppy is bringing a barrel of birthday wishes to my Aunt Sadie. His (or maybe her) barrel is very decorative with pink flowers all around to match the puppy’s pink tongue and big pink bow.

Genealogy concentrates on accurately reconstructing families and placing them within a certain timeframe and at certain places. As genealogists, we strive to describe their lives and activities. To share what we’ve learned, we write research reports and biographies. Many times they are written about folks who’ve long since passed. But in constructing those lives, I have often wished I had an ancestor’s diary or travel journal or knew what it was like to grow up when and where they did. What did they do to learn, play, grow? I thought I’d share some of my childhood toys with you and possible family historians years from now wanting to know what my sisters and I played with when we were growing up in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey. I shared the story of Dad’s rubber rabbit earlier in the year.

From the barrel in the photo prompt, the very first thing that came to my mind was a Barrel of Monkeys first released by Lakeside Toys in 1965. The monkeys originally came in a blue, red, or yellow barrel. These little plastic monkeys had arms that would link and the game rules were pretty simple:Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 6.40.16 AM

  • Dump monkeys on a table.
  • Pick up one monkey by an arm.
  • Hook the other arm by a second monkey’s arm.
  • Continue making a chain.
  • Your turn is over when a monkey is dropped.

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For two or more players, each monkey left on the chain was worth one point and the first player to get to 12 points won.

Another game that we spent hours playing was a very noisy one. It was called Don’t Break the Ice. Mom’s eyes would roll when this game came out because she knew tap, tap, tapping was Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 7.09.12 AMinevitable. The “game” board was plastic “ice” blocks squeezed into a raised frame. A plastic man was placed on top of one of the blocks. Each player was given a little hammer to start tapping away at the ice. The first player to cause the ice to completely fall out of the frame and make the man fall off the ice lost. Not only was the tapping annoying but the blocks falling apart at the end of the game was very noisy.

We also played the game of Sorry! This board game required each player to get the Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 7.48.33 AMfour pawns of their chosen color to “home base.” You would draw a card from the pile and follow its instructions. For some reason, there were no 6s or 9s in the card deck. The tricky part was to land on your color’s slide spaces which allowed you to get around the boardScreen Shot 2016-05-23 at 8.27.35 AM faster and knock anyone on those spots back to their start space. Thus, the name. When you knocked someone back to the start, you were supposed to say, “SORRY!”

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 9.14.59 AMAnother game that we spent a lot of time with was Connect Four. It is similar to tic-tac-toe but instead of x’s and o’s there are black and red checkers. To win Connect Four you had to be the first player to get four of your colored checkers in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The checkers were dropped into the top of the game “grid” until it was either filled up or someone won. There was a release lever that you pushed to dump the checkers out of the bottom when the game was done. It must still be a fun game since there is a bar in downtown Tucson that currently has a super-sized version of this on their outdoor patio for their patrons’ entertainment.

And who wouldn’t want a childhood without at least one dangerous play toy? Clackers fulfilled that for us. They came out in the late 1960s and early 1970s and seemed like they should be fun… The toy consisted of two very hard acrylic balls attached to each end of a heavy cord. You held the cord in the middle. I remember that our sets had a plastic tab you held onto but many just had a metal ring. If you moved your hand Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 12.18.24 PMvigorously up and down at just the right pace, the two balls would strike each other; once at the top and once at the bottom, repeatedly. They made a loud clacking noise each time they struck. The dangerous part was two-fold. If you didn’t have your hand movement right, the balls (did I already mention that they were very hard?) would miss each other and strike your hands, wrists or upper arms. Even wrapping your sweaters around your arm for padding didn’t help eliminate the bruises. We walked around for weeks with bruised arms trying to get the knack of those clackers. The other danger was that after repeated “clacking” the balls had the potential to shatter into pieces that would fly everywhere. It wasn’t long before Clackers were pulled from the market.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 5.11.49 PMSimon was a memory game that started to bring us into the world of hand-held games but it wasn’t any where near as sophisticated as our modern Nintendo DS or Xbox consoles. The object of Simon was to match the random sequence that the computer-generated game put out for you. The sequences started out as just one light (red, yellow, blue, or green). The people playing would press that color. The machine would then add a color to the sequence (even it it was a repeat) and the players would have to copy it. Not only did the sequence get longer and longer but the speed at which the sequence was given to you increased. You would feel your heart rate increase as green, blue, blue, red, yellow, green, red, red, red, yellow started coming at you faster and faster. We’d look up at each other when it got intense and we weren’t sure which button to press next. “NO! Red, push, RED next!” could be heard throughout the house.

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Dapper Dan & Dressy Bessy

For board games, we played Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Life, Checkers, Monopoly, and Parchessi. Our dolls included Dressy Bessy and Dapper Dan who taught us how to tie, snap, zipper, and button; Raggedy Ann and Andy who kept us company during the dark nights; Barbie, Skipper, and Ken who taught us to accessorize with fast cars, fancy clothes, handsome horses, and Dream Houses.

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The oak tree at 9 Merriam Avenue

Our outside games included catching fireflies at dusk, Simon Says, Tag, Hide-and-Seek, Red Rover, and some version of some completely made up game with ever changing rules that involved running as fast as we could to the big oak tree at least once.

I just know that, whatever (or whoever) my sisters and I played with, it was fun. A barrel of laughs that started with a simple Barrel of Monkeys!

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
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Sepia Saturday #342: Bea’s School Portrait

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This young girl is sitting pretty with a frame around her face. It is one of Aunt Sadie’s Valentine’s Day card found in her Shirley Temple Scrapbook. A little, piebald dog is waiting patiently by her right leg. The tilt of her head reminded me of the Sepia prompt photo and both reminded me of a picture Sadie’s mother (my grandmother) Beatrice Irene (Repsher) Strait.

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This school photo of Beatrice is from Stanhope Public School in Stanhope, Sussex County, New Jersey, taken around 1920. (The squareness of the smock she’s wearing is also reminiscent of what the woman is wearing in the prompt photo.) Beatrice would be around eight years old at the time. Her soft, light hair was pulled back away from her forehead and the rest fell around her shoulders. She was wearing a bulky, knit sweater rolled up around her wrists.

I am fortunate to have three of Beatrice’s report cards from Stanhope Public Schools from grades 1 to 3.

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Her grade 1 report card shows that she was enrolled for the 1918-1919 school year. Mr. Joseph McMickle was the superintendent/principle of the school. The teacher was L.W. Davison although there’s no indication if the teacher was male or female. Beatrice was eligible to be promoted to 2nd grade at the end of the school year. The signature of the parent is George Repsher, her father. It gives a very nice sample of his handwriting and a signature to use if I ever need to compare it to another document.Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 4.02.40 PM

The back of the report card shows that Beatrice got Fs (for fair, grade 75 -85) and Es (for excellent, grade 85-95) on most of her lessons. She took the basic 3Rs (Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic) along with Grammar/Language and Physical Training. She got Es for her deportment scores. It was noted on the report card that any grade less than F (Fair) would not be honored for promotion.

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She was tardy 7 times during the school year and absent from class quite a few days, 50.5, possibly more given that February is smudged and illegible. In the section labeled “ATTITUDE TOWARD SCHOOL WORK,” she was marked in December, May and June as “Wastes Time” and marked in May and June as “Copies; Gets Too Much Help.” But to counter that, she was marked in January, March and April as “Shows Improvement” and marked in September and November as “Very Commendable.” In the section labeled “RECITATIONS,” she was marked in November, December, May and June as “Capable of Doing Much Better” and marked in December as “Work Shows a Falling Off.” However, she did get marked in September, January, March, April, and June as “Showing Improvement.” In the section labeled “CONDUCT,” she was marked in June as being “Restless; Inattentive” and marked in December, May and June as “Whispers Too Much.” Her conduct was marked as “Shows Improvement” in September, November, January, March and April.

Reviewing some of the other categories that Beatrice was not marked as deficient in shows categories such as Indolent, Work is Carelessly Done, Gives Up Too Easy, Inclined to Mischief, Rude; Discourteous at Times, Annoys Others, Seldom Done Well (relating to recitations), and Appearing Not to Try.

The Method of Grading (for all 3 grades in this school) was:

  • A – Admirable, Grade from 95 to 100.
  • E – Excellent, Grade from 85 to 95.
  • F – Fair, Grade from 75 to 85.
  • P – Poor, Grade from 60 to 75.
  • M – Very Poor, Grade below 60.

Quite a bit different from our modern grading of A (top scores) through F (failing). I can imagine some students going home and hang-doggedly standing in front of their parents, having to admit to getting mostly Ms and being Inclined to Mischief!

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Her grade 2 report card shows that she was enrolled for the 1919-1920 school year. Mr. Joseph McMickle was still the superintendent/principle of the school. The teacher was again L.W. Davison. Beatrice was eligible to be promoted to 3rd grade at the end of the school year. The signature of the parent is George Repsher, her father. His signature is done in a beautiful blue ink from September to March, black in April and May, and absent from the report card in June. It was noted that Beatrice was “Especially Good in Writing.”Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 4.03.02 PM

The back of the report card shows a marked improvement from the prior year. Beatrice again got Fs (for fair, grade 75 -85) and Es (for excellent, grade 85-95) on most of her lessons. In addition to Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic, Grammar/Language, and Physical Training, Beatrice was now working on her Spelling, getting all Es in that category. Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 5.44.35 PM

She was only absent 22 days in this school year and tardy only three times. In the section labeled “ATTITUDE TOWARD SCHOOL WORK,” she was marked only once in November as “Wastes Time.” She was marked as “Very Commendable” in September and knocked it out of the park with “Shows Improvement” in all months except September and May. The teacher still felt that Beatrice was “Capable of Doing Much Better” and marked her as such in November, January and April in the section labeled “RECITATIONS.” Beatrice must have like to talk because she got dinged in the “CONDUCT” section as “Whispers Too Much” for September, November, February, March and June. However, her conduct “Shows Improvement” from October-December, March, April and June.

The parents were warned that:

“Special attention is called to the serious consequences of Irregular Attendance. It is important to remember that the loss of even a portion of a school session often proves to be a serious interruption to progress, and tends to produce a lack of interest in the school work. Excuses showing good cause for the absence or tardiness should always be sent promptly to the teacher on the return of a child to school. Neglect of this may cause the child to be sent home after the excuse.”

Parents were also encouraged to “show their interest in the child and school by occasional visits” and these visits would “prove a great source of inspiration and help to both to the pupil and teacher.”

Grade 3
Beatrice’s grade 3 report card shows that she was enrolled for the 1920-1921 school year. Mr. Joseph McMickle was still the superintendent/principle of the school. The teacher for this year was one G.D. Best, who had impeccably neat cursive handwriting. Beatrice was eligible to be promoted to 4th grade at the end of the school year. The signature of the parent is George Repsher, her father, and all the signatures are present except for June.

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The back of the report card shows that Beatrice’s curriculum was starting to fill out. She was studying Reading, Spelling, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, Grammar/Language, Physiology, and Physical Training. She was also now required to take exams at the end of each half and those grades were recorded at December and June. Again, she was receiving nothing less than Fair (Fs) and Excellent (Es) scores but this school year she received solid As in Writing except for February and March when she got Es. Her best score was a 97 on her December Physiology exam.

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She was absent 42 days in this school year but tardy only three times. Beatrice was the oldest of eight children. All seven of her siblings had been born by 1920 and it is probable that her absences from school had everything to do with her being expected to help out with the raising of her siblings. If any one of her younger siblings was sick, she would have stayed home to care for them.

The teacher was very sparing in her marks in all of the various categories. Beatrice got a “Shows Improvement” in May and June and a “Very Commendable” in September and March within the “ATTITUDE TOWARD SCHOOL WORK” section.  She was marked as “Capable of Doing Much Better” only once in March, marked as “Showing Improvement” in November, May and June and marked as “Very Satisfactory” in September and October in the “RECITATIONS” section. In the “CONDUCT” section, she received only one “Restless; Inattentive” mark in January. She must have been able to contain her urge to whisper and this teacher made no comment about that particular trait in this school year. She received a “Very Good” in October, November, and April-June.

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I believe Beatrice then transferred over to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic School in Netcong, Morris County, New Jersey, after 3rd grade. It would seem the family made a move during that time but Netcong (in Morris County) and Stanhope (in Sussex County) are practically the same city, just with a county line running right through the town.

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The absence of a report card for her 4th grade year points to this and her 8th grade diploma is from St. Michael’s.

I have noted an incongruity in the timing of her schooling. The chronology of her promotions would have run as such using the Grade 1 through 3 report cards as a basis:

1918-1919 – Grade 1
1919-1920 – Grade 2
1920-1921 – Grade 3
1921-1922 – Grade 4
1922-1923 – Grade 5
1923-1924 – Grade 6
1924-1925 – Grade 7

But her diploma shows that she graduated from 8th grade on 21 June 1925. Perhaps she skipped over a grade when she made the shift from Stanhope Public Schools to St. Michael’s School in Netcong.

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Beatrice completed the 8th grade and was the first person in her family to graduate from grammar school. She also picked up a love of vocabulary from her schooling and was quite good at the Reader’s Digest WORD POWER® vocabulary quiz that ran regularly in that magazine.

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
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