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SELIN: The annual of Marshall High School

May 6, 2013
By Ellayne Conyers , Marshall Independent

Published by the Senior Class of 1916 Vol. II


The following information taken from the above named yearbook, was given to me by a former teacher in the Marshall School District. I find it very interesting and am grateful to the person who is sharing it.

History of the Marshall Public Schools

"After the founding of the village of Marshall, a school was established. The first school, established in 1872, was supported by subscription. It was held in an office building built by W.M. Todd. The first teacher was G.H. Darling, who was succeeded by Walter Wakeman. In January, 1872, the County Board of Commissioners, created school district number eight, which was not organized until the next year. The first public school was held on the second floor of an office building, erected by the Congregational Church Society. The first teacher, Miss Diana Wheeler, had charge of about thirty-five pupils. The members of the first school board were John Coleman, J.W. Blake, and C.H. Whitney. (C.H. founded Marshall and his wife named the town.)

In March, 1894, the Legislature passed a bill, authorizing the school district of Marshall to issue bonds to the amount of twenty-five hundred dollars for the purpose of erecting a school building. In the summer of 1895, an octagonal building, forty feet in diameter, accommodating one hundred and fifty pupils, was completed at a cost of twenty-eight hundred dollars. But in a year this building was not large enough. So in September 1878, it was decided to appropriate six thousand dollars to build an addition accommodating two hundred and fifty pupils. In the same year reorganization took place, and four departments were maintain. J.B. Gibbons became the first Superintendent. The school attendance made such an increase in the next few years that the facilities were taxed to the utmost. So in 1886 bonds were issued, and in the fall of the same year, a new building was erected at a cost of fifteen thousand dollars. A high school was added, and the first class graduated in 1888. The High School course was changed to a four-year course in 1890, and raised to first class in 1896. But in the meantime, the school building had again been outgrown, and, after another bond issue, a four-room ward school was built south of the Northwestern tracks at a total cost of eight thousand, two hundred and thirty-five dollars, and thirty-five cents. The high erected in 1886, was destroyed by fire on the night of 1898 with a loss of twenty thousand dollars, covered by insurance to the amount of thirteen thousand dollars. In 1899, a contract was drawn up with Angus McLeod & Company of Minneapolis, to build a school building for forty-one thousand dollars. The building was completed and occupied in December of the same year. The total cost was sixty thousand dollars. The school building is one of the finest and largest in the state. At the present writing, five hundred and ninety-one students are enrolled. There are twenty-two instructors including the Superintendent. The training given ranks as one of the best in the state."


By William Jones, '16

Hugh Nixon's the head of our school,

And he's death on Camels and pool,

But whatever he be, Just take it from me,

He's the best fellow we know of to rule.

Our principal's name is Miss Niles,

She keeps the room covered with smiles,

For her speech is sarcastic,

And sometimes bombastic,

As she goes prancing about through the aisles.

Our Miss Angst is quite a musician,

Her lectures are - well perdition;

If you think this not so,

To a student just go,

Who's plunged by her wrath in contrition.

Down in the basement there is a big man,

With hammer and nails and LePage's glue can.

He's called Nelson by all,

And though he's not tall,

He's built on the bungalow plan.

There's another teacher called Sparks,

Who knows all about angles and arcs,

And she's never been heard to say a cross word,

However outrageous the marks.

Our chief cook and seamstress is Whitney,

And she can make a good cake for a jitney;

But what the girls of her class

Make, alack and alas,

Surely indigestion will get ye.

Miss Schutz lives right here in this city,

I'll tell you the truth but it's a pity,

But if you get done,

With Milton and Donne,

You surely must be very witty.

Our science department's a feature,

And of it T. Bishop is teacher,

But what does he know

Of C A O,

Or a chloride gas as a bleacher.

Of history Miss Robbins is head,

And by her classes 'tis said,

That if you've forgot

A date or a spot,

You surely will wish to be dead.

Miss Heilman, the typewriting wonder,

Can also jot shorthand like thunder,

But whatever you do,

If you wish to get through,

For goodness sakes don't make a blunder.

In German Miss Carlson is queen,

In English II she also is seen;

And when she does smile,

It certainly is worthwhile,

To see the boys sit up and preen.

(continued next week)



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