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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin

Chapter XIII: The county school system,   pp. 78-90

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easy and pleasant to all but the most stupid or lazy pupils, of whom today there are
comparatively few.
The educational exhibits at the county fair are not confined to the rural schools
but include also the pupils in high schools outside the city of Menomonie, pupils
of the ninth and tenth grades in graded schools and students of the Dunn County
Agricultural School and Dunn County Rural Normal School. It is also open to
teachers of Dunn County. Premiums are given for the best exhibits in the different
classes. In Class A, for grades 1, 2, 3 and 4, the exhibits for the best specimens of
which premiums were offered were (in 1924): Mounted display of freehand paper
cutting, page of writing, poster, illustrated booklet, illustrated story or poem,
illustrated alphabet, exhibit by any individual of not more than three articles not
included under any other entry in this class.
In Class B, for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8: product map of any continent, product map
of Wisconsin, three drawings, either in ink, pencil or crayon, mounted display of
four letters received from pupils in other parts of the United States or other coun-
tries, four physiology drawings, page of writing, collection of six wild flowers pressed,
mounted or named; nap of t', United States showing territorial growth since 1783;
booklet showing mounted pictures of principal breeds of cattle, hogs, horses and
sheep; school district map showing schoolhouse, roads, silos, breeders of pure bred
stock, and pure seed farms; and best exhibit bv an individual of not more than three
articles not included under any other entry in this class.
Class C is open to all pupils of the first eight grades, and the exhibits, briefly
stated, were: Map of the pupil's congressional district, bird chart, map of Wisconsin
showing institutions, map of Dunn County, original poem, kodak views, model of
log cabin, bird house, poster showing the development in methods of travel fr6m
early times to the present, poster showing changes in the means of communication
from early times up to the present, poster illustrating the effects of invention upon
the life of the housewife, and a booklet illustrating a selection studied in reading or
Class D, for pupils Hi high schools (outside Menomonie), ninth and tenth
grade pupils, students in the Agricultural and Rural Normal Schools embraces
exhibits arranged on the same general plan adapted to different or more advanced
studies; while Class E, for teachers and students in the Rural School has similar
application to the work of those special schools.
Class F included the athletic races, which were held by townships, the district
contests being under the direction of the teacher or principal in charge.
Class G embraced the literary and musical program contest. It may be said in
connection with this branch of competition that at Downsville there is a very good
band, which is conducted by Mr. Edes; at Louisville there is a fine community
orchestra, and at Cedar Falls also there is an orchestra. These organizations,
besides others in the county, not connected with the schools, are exerting an in-
fluence in matters of musical taste not to be disregarded.
The Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy.-The exten-
sive application of science to agriculture has within a recent period created a new
branch of education. The pioneer farmer of the Northwest differed less in his tools
and methods from his prototype of Biblical times than he did from the farmer of
today. This great and comparatively recent change is due in some measure to the
invention and introduction of agricultural machinery, but to an even greater extent
it is the result of a scientific study of nature's methods.
The aid rendered the farmer by modern machinery, great as it is, is purely
mechanical and mathematical. It simply multiplies the amount of power which
he formerly derived from his own muscle and that of his draught animals. It has
never called for a greater exercise of brain power on his part. The modem science
of agriculture, on the contrary, has made him use his intelligence and demands from
him a theoretical and practical knowledge of a wide ran~ge of subjects of which his

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