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The first half century of the Oshkosh Normal School
(1921)

II. Growth: President Albee, 1871-1892,   pp. 7-19


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Mr. Graham held his place at Oshkosh until he became state
superintendent in 1882. His successor for three years was Wes-
ley C. Sawyer. Then came Lorenzo D. Harvey, wh6' served un-
til he resigned in 1892 to become president of the Milwaukee
Normal School. His successor was Walter C. Hewitt, who is
still with us.
In 1880 President Albee and Mr. Graham invited the county
superintendents of the Oshkosh Institute District to meet in a
convention at the Oshkosh Normal School. When Graham be-
came state superintendent he promoted similar conventions. Fin-
ally the legislature made it a requirement that all county super-
intendents should attend such conventions, their expenses being
paid by their respective counties,
The same Robert Graham was the first to teach music as a
regular branch of study in a normal school in Wisconsin, al-
though he had been employed to teach theory and art of teach-
ing and to be director of the Model School. When President Al-
bee asked the Board for a teacher of music "a demur was at once
made, but he was permitted to exercise such 'moral suasion' as
possible in that direction," which probably means that he was at
liberty to induce some of the teachers he already had to teach
music. The first catalogue has music in the course of study
throughout the first year. Mr. Graham's teaching of music, Mr.
Albee's paper states, "was marked by successful results, war-
ranting admission to curriculum of all normal schools and ulti-
mate employment of special teachers." When Mr. Graham left
in 1882 the work in music was continued by Miss Carrie E. Mc-
Nutt, who had graduated from the school in i89o and had, been
teaching music in the Model Department. Her successor, Mrs.
E. L. Blakeslee, served for ten years until ill health forced her
withdrawal in 1896. She is remembered by the students and
teachers of that time for the expressiveness of the singing which
she secured from them at morning exercises.
Drawing was another branch in which President Albee
thought teachers ought to be trained, but for which a trained in-
structor could not be had for some years. In the first catalogue
Miss Martha E. Hazard is named in the faculty as "teacher of
drawing, penmanship, and calisthenics." For eight years, begin-
ning with 1876, Miss Amelia E. Banning taught drawing and
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