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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

Page 86

Throughout the county agriculture was now experiencing a wonderful intellec-
tual uplift, due to the work of the school. Young people were urged to enter the
school at any time, if they could not enter at or near the beginning of the term. No
entrance examination was given, and tuition was free to all living in Dunn County.
The school was in the receipt from time to time of many from individuals
or business firms. Cordial relations existed between this school and the Teachers'
Training School, and work was exchanged between the two schools to the mutual
advantage of each.
In the same year, 1905, Mrs. Bertha Tainter gave a greenhouse to the school,
which was fitted up for the work of the students. Soon after this, the testing of
cattle for tuberculosis was taken up by the school, and classes of students were
taken out to herds where the owners wished the testing done, the farmer and
students getting the benefit. The farmers were also being taught to get rid of poor
and unprofitable cows and replace them by better stock; also how to practice
economy in feeding. They were shown the best methods of fighting insect enemies,
preventing plant diseases, managing crops, grafting fruit trees, planning and
building farm structures, combating weeds, estallishing water and sewage systems,
draining marshy or boggy lands, testing seeds, deciding on what power systems to
use, whether water, wind, steam or gasoline engine, etc.
In 1907 Prof. James A. Wilson succeeded Prof. Davis as principal of the Agri-
cultural School. He was a practical farmer, dairyman and stockman, and had
much experience in farm institute work. He was a graduate of the Minnesota
School of Agriculture, and had taken the full university course in the college of
agriculture. He had also taught common school at Cottonwood and Thief River
Falls, Minn.; at the latter place he organized and built up a good high school,
and had been principal for one year of the School of Agriculture at Crookston,
It is not the purpose of this article to relate all the minor changes that have
taken place in the growth of the school. Its origin and general plan of work have
been described, and that plan has been pursued with but slight modification up to
the present time. The number of students has increased to 85, and the faculty
now consists of seven members, who are as follows: D. P. Huges, B. S. A., prin-
cipal; Clara Moeschler, B. A., M. A., assistant principal; Mrs. E. Gibson, Stout
Institute domestic economy; Elwood Cleasbv, B. S. A., science; Ben McDonald,
Stout Institute manual training; Arthur Gordon, River Falls normal husbandry;
and Mrs. Florence Pierson, clerk and librarian.
Mr. Hughes became principal in 1917, succeeding Theo. Sexauer.
The courses of study now include the four-year agricultural course, the four-year
home economics course, two-year agricultural course and the two-year home
economics course, and the two-year winter short course in agricluture and domestic
In the four-year agricultural course the first years work (suitably and progres-
sively arranged for the two semesters) includes the following subjects: English,
commercial arithmetic or algebra (algebra in alternate years to first and second year
students), general science, animal husbandry, physical education, shop work,
and civic biology.
The second year's work includes English, poultry, horticulture and bees,
citizenship, farm crops, feeds and feeding, physical education and dairy husbandry.
The third year's work includes English, modern history, farm mechanics,
soils, physical education and general geography.
The fourth year's work includes English or advanced shop work, U. S. history,
chemistry or physics, economics, physical education, algebra, geometry, commercial
arithmetic, advanced shop work are classed as elective studies.
In the same manner, the four-year hcme economics course for the first year
includes English, arithmetic or algebra, general science, home economics. physical
education; for the second year, English. poultry, citizenship. home economics,
physical education, gardening and horticulture; for" the third year. English, modern
history. economics and physical education; and for the fourth year, English. Ameni-

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