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Green, Joy Martinson / Malone School : District No. 2, Springdale Township, Dane County, WI : a compilation of memorabilia
(2006)

[Annual reports] PDF (1.8 MB)


ANNUAL
There are many Annual Reports housed at the Wisconsin State Historical Society. They are difficult to read. They
are faded, crumbling and water stained. Parts of some have been borrowed by rodents. They are handwritten in
fancy script, and the ink is smudged in places.
Various reports contain the names of all the taxpayers in the district. Others contain a school census listing the
names and ages of all the children in the district. I have not attempted to transcribe the lists, as the names are most
difficult to decipher
The Annual Report forms changed throughout the years, making it a challenge to compare the information. I have
summarized the earliest reports. For the later, I have chosen a sampling of information that I've compiled into
spreadsheet form for ease of comparison.
For those of you who may wish to study the reports in depth, the originals are housed at the Wisconsin State
Historical Society.
Sept 1, 1852
(summarized)
Between the ages of four and twenty, there are 15 male children, and 18 female residing in the district for a total number of 33. The
number attending school is 22. School was taught a total number of 3 months, by Eunice K. Corbin. Her wages were $7.52 per
month. Total amount received from the Town Superintendent was $25.79. Library books were purchased for $2.50. District Clerk
was N. H. Dryden
Sept 1, 1853
(summarized)
There are 20 male children residing in the district, and 22 female. The number attending school is 19. School has been taught for
six months this year, three months by Eunice K. Corbin and three months by Miss Mosier. Twenty four dollars was paid to Miss
Corbin per term, and twenty dollars paid to Miss Mosier. The amount of monies received of the Town Superintendent within the year
was $36.77 ($24.00 paid to Miss Corbin, and $12.77 paid to Miss Mosier). Each scholar attended school for an average of 79 days.
District Clerk was Hawly Childs.
Sept 1, 1856
(summarized)
Between the ages of 4 and 20 years, there were 19 male children, and 29 female residing in the district for a total of 48. There were
32 attending school. School was taught by Mr. B Adams & Mr. W. J. Donald for a total of four months. Miss Sweet taught for three
months. Wages of $20.00 per month were paid to the male teachers. Wages of $11.00 per month were paid to the female teacher.
Scholars attended school an average of four months. The amount of school money received from the Town Superintendent within the
year was $72. The total amount in the treasury during the year was $112.09.
"Kind of School House - log
Value of same - $10
Size of School House Site - none
School House Site not enclosed
School has no Blackboard
School has no Set of Outline Maps"
"I Hereby Certify that the above is a correct statement of the facts required to be reported ; that a Common School has been taught in
this District, During the past year, for 7 Months, by a qualified Teacher, and that the Library Regulations have been complied with."
(signed) "A. Malone"
"Clerk of School District No. 2 at the Town of Springdale
Dated at Springdale September 1st, 1856"
REPORTS
Nov 25, 1856
"The Town Clerk of the Town of Springdale.
At the annual meeting of the School District No. 2 in the above town the amount of tax to be raised is to be applied to building a new
School House for school purposes three hundred and thirty five. $335. which amount you are requested to access upon the taxable
property therein. The following is a list of the names of the persons and corporations liable to a school district in said district."
(signed) "William Sweet. Clerk of the School District No. 2 in the town of Springdale."
(the document is notarized, but I cannot read the signature of the notary)
(the list contains approximately 47 names, each followed by a dollar amount, the total of which adds up to $335.00)
Sept 1, 1857
(summarized)
Between the ages of 4 and 20 years, there were 21 male children, and 32 female residing in the district for a total of 53. There were
34 attending school. School was taught by Mr. M. 0. Ash & Miss B. A. Sweet. Each for 3 1/2 months. School was taught for a total
of 7 months in the district during the year. Mr. Ash was paid $16.00 per month. Miss Sweet was paid $11.00 per month.
"The amount raised by tax for building School House - $300.00
The amount expended for building School House - $260.00
The amount expended for repairing old school house - $6.99"
"Kind of School House - Frame
Value of same - $345.00
Size of School House Site - 1/2 acre
School House Site not inclosed"-                                                                     I
(signed) "William Sweet"
"Clerk of School District No. 2d at the Town of Springdale                                ___
Dated at Springdale September 1st, 1857"
Sept 1, 1858
(summarized)
Between the ages of 4 and 20 years, there were 23 male children, and 37 female residing in the district for a total of 60. There were
48 attending school. School was taught by Mr. Robert Donald & Miss B. A. Sweet. Each for 3 1/2 months. School was taught for a
total of 7 months in the district during the year. Mr. Donald was paid $19.00 per month. Miss Sweet was paid $12.00 per month.
"Amount expended for building school house - $70.45"
The money to build the original wood frame
"Kind of School House - Frame                                  schoolhouse was appropriated in Nov, 1856
Value of same - $365.00
Size of School House Site - 1/2 acre                             The building was constructed in 1857
School House Site not inclosed                                  The schoolhouse site was fenced in 1867
School has one Blackboard"
(signed) "William Sweet"
Aug 31, 1863
In a combined annual report it is noted that:
District #1 has a log school house valued at $40.00
District#2 has a frame school house valued at $335.00
District #3 has a log school house valued at $5.00
District #4 has a log school house valued at $10.00
Sept. 30, 1867
"Report of District Tax levied...
For compensation of teacher
For wood for fuel
For fencing of School House lot
For repairing and painting School House
For insurance of School House
40.00
14.35
54.00
20.00
11.75"


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