BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Annual Report to the Trustees and Citizens of Cortland.
We beg leave to transmit to the president and trustees and citizens of Cortland the following report:
The public schools of Cortland are five in number, viz.: the Central school, Schermerhorn-st. school, Pomeroy-st. school, Owego-st. school and Fitz.-ave. school.
The Central school building is a handsome brick structure, situated on Railroad-st. adjoining the Baptist church property. It is three stories high, but only two stories are used for schoolroom purposes, it being the desire and intention of the board to finish and equip the third floor for an audience room, to be used for school exercises, etc., as soon as they feel warranted in asking for the necessary appropriation. This certainly would be a valuable and useful addition to our school property as none of the ward school buildings have an assembly room, and this room when finished can be used by all the public schools for public entertainments, thus giving all who might desire to attend and witness such exercises the assurance that there would be ample room for them. Our exercises would no doubt be much more largely attended, thus affording an inspiration to both teachers and pupils to excel in all of their work, knowing that they would be subjected to the gaze of the public eye.
There are eight well lighted and well ventilated study rooms in the building, each having a capacity of 54 sittings, making a total accommodation for 432 pupils; this building also contains the superintendent's office. It is heated and ventilated with the Smead system which works to perfection. All of the rooms and wardrobes are supplied with gas for use at evening exercises, hot and cold water on both floors together with a good supply of stationary marble washbowls, which ensures cleanliness. In short, the building is modern in every sense, nicely furnished and is the pride of our city and the admiration of all who see it.
It seems almost incredible that such a fine large site and such a stately building, so nicely finished and furnished, could be obtained for the outlay which the following report of the building committee shows, viz.:
Building, including extras, heating and blackboards, $27,530.98
Grounds including walks, grading and fences, $10,347.50
Furniture, etc., $1,997.12
The Owego and Schermerhorn-st, buildings are similar structures, each containing four study rooms, while the Pomeroy-st. building is somewhat larger. The Fitz-ave. school building is a private house leased by the board for school purposes. It seems almost a necessity that a new school building be erected soon for this portion of our city, as the present quarters are certainly not suitable for school purposes, and the money paid in rent would I think nearly equal the interest on the money required to provide a building suited to the present demands.
Our schools are in charge of an able and efficient corps of teachers, energetic and enthusiastic, many of whom we believe have but few equals.
The following is the list of teachers, their location and grade of work:
Central—Miss M. E. Hunt, principal of the 8th and 9th grades; Miss Wallace, 7th grade; Miss Williams and Miss Knapp, 6th grade; Miss Seacord and Miss Miller, 5th grade; Miss McGowan, 2nd and 3rd grades; Miss Van Hoesen 1st grade.
Schermerhorn-st. school—Miss Blackmer, principal, 2nd grade; Miss Allen, 3rd and 4th grades; Mrs. Perry, 1st and 2nd grades; Miss Cleary, 5th grade.
Pomeroy-st. school—Mrs. Rice, principal, 4th; Miss Galusha, 3d; Miss Snyder, 2nd; Miss Fairchild, 1st.
Owego-st. school—Miss Turner, principal, 3d and 4th; Miss Cole, 2nd; Miss McNamara, 1st.
Fitz-ave school—Miss Ellis, 1st.
Average per cent of daily attendance: Central, 96; Schemerhorn-st., 92; 0wego-st., 95; Pomeroy-st,, 91; Fitz-ave., 94.
This is a very high average and had it not been for numerous cases of absence caused by vaccination early in the school year this per cent would have been even higher. We suggest that another year the parents see to it that the law is complied with before time for schools to open and this cause of absence may be avoided.
It will no doubt be of interest to many to have the condition of our schools reviewed and in order to show more fully the fact that the public schools of Cortland are not retrograding, but rather advancing, let us take a retrospective view and note the changes in less than a single decade.
In 1884 the Pomeroy-st. school building was erected. At that time there were only two departments in either the Owego-st. or Schermerhorn-st. school, both of which have since been enlarged so as to have four departments. The Port Watson-st. school has been abandoned and the Cobblestone schoolhouse gave way to the new Central. But perhaps a clearer idea can be obtained by referring to the following figures:
Number of pupils in 1885: 73
Number of pupils in 1894: 150
Number of pupils in 1885: 98
Number of pupils in 1894: 173
Number of pupils in 1885: 170
Number of pupils in 1894: 164
HIGH SCHOOL, COBBLESTONE.
Number of pupils in 1885: 73
Number of pupils (Central) 1894: 365
This represents a total of 414 pupils attending these four schools in 1885 and 887 attending in 1894 including the Fitz-ave. school, which has 35 attending, a gain of 473 or over 114 per cent.
This certainly represents a marvelous growth as far as numbers are concerned, and we are certain the citizens of Cortland feel proud of their schools and will cheerfully maintain them.
During the present year a special teacher in drawing has been added to the teaching force, which has proven a very valuable acquisition.
Parents and friends of the schools are cordially invited to visit them as often as possible so as to encourage both teachers and pupils in their work. The superintendent will gladly welcome all to his office in the Central building to converse with him relative to school matters, and would urge parents to make the acquaintance of the teachers in order that the children may receive the benefits which attach to this mutual understanding and co-operation. The superintendent may be found at his office from 3 to 4 P. M. each school day.
In conclusion, we have the honor to submit our annual financial statement. The vouchers and all bills properly verified are on file in the superintendent's office, and the board would be pleased to exhibit them at any time to any one for inspection.
March 1, 1893.
Balance on hand, $2,282.57
Received from state, $3,495.04
Received from tax, $15,000.00
Received from tuition, etc., $68.00
Received from other sources, $1,845.73
Total receipts, $22,691.34
For building, furniture and repairs, $9,899.38
For teachers and supervision, $8,723.20
For janitors, $993.72
For fuel, $1,713.60
For supplies and incidentals, $1,482.38
For library, $30.10
Total disbursements, $22,842.38
This leaves at present date, March 1, 1894, a deficit of $151.04, but the state money for this year will be received before other payments will be made.
All of the above is respectfully submitted to the president and trustees of Cortland village and to the patrons of our schools.
Board of Education,
C. V. COON, Sec. and Supt.
Cortland, N. Y. March 1, 1894.
The Village Ticket.
The Republicans have put up a ticket for village officers which is unusually strong and which should poll every Republican vote in the corporation.
It is headed by Wayland D. Tisdale for president. Mr. Tisdale has served both as trustee and president in former years and made an excellent officer. He is familiar with the duties. He is a business man of ability, and these facts coupled with his integrity, faithfulness and public spirit make him a particularly strong candidate.
Mr. Elbert J. Warfield, the candidate for trustee in the Second ward, is a well known contractor and builder. He has long been a resident of this village, and he has its interests at heart. His experience along the line of his own business will be very valuable as the sewer matter comes up this year,
Mr. Frank J. Doubleday, the candidate for trustee in the Fourth ward, has lived in Cortland for a number of years and has many friends. He was the unanimous choice of his ward and will undoubtedly poll a large vote.
Perhaps no man in town is more familiar with Cortland real estate and its value than Beman S. Conger. He has served as assessor for a number of terms and apparently to the satisfaction of all. No better tribute to his work could be given than the result of the informal ballot last Saturday for his renomination which lacked but three votes of being unanimous, A new man would be embarrassed with the duties and could hardly do as well the first term as the veteran. Mr. Conger should be elected.
Mr. Frank J. Peck, the candidate for treasurer, has performed his duties in previous terms in a businesslike way. His renomination is an endorsement. It is doubtful if he can be improved upon.
The action of the convention in nominating Mr. William E. Phelps for collector was but a justification of its action one year ago. Mr. Phelps was the Republican candidate for collector in 1893 and was defeated by a very few votes by Mr. Jesse Judd, now deceased. His defeat was not due to anything against himself, but to a feeling akin to pity for Mr. Judd who was very popular and was in failing health and embarrassed circumstances. Mr. Phelps has been a highly respected resident of Cortland for fifty-two years. He was a soldier in the rebellion for three years and was engaged in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac from Chancellorsville to Appomattox, including Gettysburg. He should be elected.
A man of experience is always better than a new hand in educational matters. The three candidates for school trustees have exercised good judgment in everything that has come before them. They are interested in the public schools. They will be more valuable with each succeeding term of office. By all means they should be elected.
The candidates for inspectors of election are all men capable of making an accurate canvass of the votes cast and keeping a correct record of them. This office is a very important one and every inspector should be elected.
DANBURY NEWSMAN DEAD.
James M. Bailey, the Famous Humorist, Dies Suddenly.
DANBURY, Conn., March 5. — James Montgomery Bailey, the famous Danbury newsman and originator of American humor, died suddenly at his home. He had been ailing for two weeks with pneumonia and bronchitis, but his illness was not considered dangerous.
The announcement of his death has cast a gloom over the city, as he was its most popular and beloved citizen. He leaves a wife.
Mr. Bailey was born at Albany, Sept. 25, 1841, and moved to Danbury in 1800 and worked at the carpenter trade. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Seventeenth Connecticut volunteers and served through the war. At the battle of Gettysburg he was captured and sent to Belle Isle prison for two months.
After the war he brought out the Danbury Times and in 1870 bought out the Jeffersonian. This consolidation made the Danbury News. It was then that he began his humorous writings that made his paper and himself famous.
He published several books, "Life In Danbury" in '73, and after that, he published the "Danbury News Man's Almanac;" "They All Do It;" "Mr. Phillip's Goneness;" "The Danbury Boom" and "England Through a Back Window."
In 1866 he married Miss Catherine Stewart, who survives him.
Although owner of one of the best paying newspaper plants in Connecticut, Mr. Bailey died a comparatively poor man. Outside of his expenses he gave all his income to charity. His love for dumb beasts was as marked as his charity.
In politics he was a Democrat. When Danbury was made a city in 1889 both parties asked him to become its first mayor, but he refused the honor.
He was a member of the Masonic lodge, Mystic Shrine, Grand Army of the Republic, American Authors and Authors' Guide and numerous orders in other cities. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon.
|Cortland Opera House was located on the north side of Groton Ave. next to the Cortland House. (West view from Main Street.)|
The presentation of Robin Hood at the Opera House last Saturday night was said by many to be the best thing of its kind ever seen in Cortland. It would most assuredly be conceded by everybody to be one of the best. There was not a dull moment through the whole evening. The opera itself is bright and engaging. The music is attractive and many of the airs very catchy. There was not a poor actor or singer upon the stage, and some of them may truly be characterized as stars. Nearly everything was applauded and encores were frequent. It is gratifying to note that a good thing is appreciated, for the company was greeted by one of the largest houses of the season.
Manager Rood is to be congratulated upon his energy in getting them here, especially as the company tried hard to cancel the date after many seats had been sold, as they had been offered more money to go elsewhere, but Mr. Rood held them to their contract and furnished a Cortland audience such a treat as they do not often get at home.
Refused a Pension.
Another instance of how the pension business is being conducted under the present administration is manifested in the case of Dr. J. W. Hughes who served two years and three months in the last part of the war. He was assistant surgeon in the hospital of the 59th regiment, N. Y. Vols., and later was surgeon, and he also had charge of the 152nd regiment, where he contracted rheumatism and heart trouble which he believes has been the cause of his recent illness. Dr. W. B. Burr of Newark Valley, who was with him in the hospital wrote a long affidavit of the facts of the case and it was the opinion of Pension Attorney L. P. Hollenbeck and Dr. Jerome Angel that he was deserving of at least thirty dollars per month.
Dr. Hughes received word Friday evening that the pension had been refused on the ground that he was well enough to do manual labor.
—Blue birds were seen in town this morning.
—The regular monthly meeting of the board of trustees occurs this evening.
—The regular meeting of the C. M. B. A. occurs to-morrow evening. It will be an important one.
—The annual jug breaking of the mission bands of the Presbyterian church will occur on Tuesday evening, March 6.
—Miss Covil's music pupils will give a recital at her studio in the Wickwire building on Wednesday evening at 7:45 o'clock.
—Mr. Charles F. Brown has added a new ash Porter Farley cigar case, which greatly increases the appearance of his neat drug store.
—The Pitcher stage broke a hind wheel a few miles beyond McGrawville this morning and was nearly two hours late in reaching Cortland.
— All members of the C. A. A. are requested to meet at the club house this evening, as important business will be brought before the meeting.
—The Clover club give another of their popular dancing parties next Friday evening. About twenty invitations outside the club have been issued.
—Rev. S. J. Parmiter spoke at the county alms house yesterday afternoon. There was a large attendance, and it is reported that there was one conversion.
—Detective Rickard Sevenoakes was in town to-day, looking over the ground of the accident which occurred Saturday morning at the D. L. & W. crossing on Port Watson-st.
—"A Chapter of Providence" is the subject of the lecture to-night at 7:30 o'clock at the Congregational church by President Frost of Berea college, Kentucky. No admission fee will be charged.
—The next assembly of the Union Veteran legion occurs Thursday evening of this week. There are some recruits to muster and other important business to transact for which a full attendance is desired.
—The Normal base ball, foot ball and tennis associations have joined forces and reorganized under the new title of the Normal Athletic association. Its directors will govern the sports in the separate lines,
—The sixth annual meeting of the New York State Music Teachers' association will be held at Buffalo next June. The programs, so far as now sketched, provide for three large orchestral and choral concerts, recitals of vocal, piano and organ music, and miscellaneous concerts.
—The stereoptican lecture by Prof. D. L. Bardwell upon the World's Fair which was some months ago given in the Presbyterian church will be repeated on Wednesday evening, March 7, a t Normal Hall for the benefit of the Normal Athletic association. Lecture will begin at 8 o'clock. Tickets will be 15 cents and may be obtained of any of the gentlemen students.
— "Dick" Decker was up in police court this morning for the same old offense, public intoxication. Justice Bull asked him if he had his trunk packed and was ready to start for the penitentiary. He replied that he had not, but promised that if he could be let off this once he would not get full again for six months. He stated that he thought he could tide over Decoration Day and Fourth of July all right and Justice Bull discharged him.