Outagamie County (Wis.) State Centennial Committee / Land of the fox, saga of Outagamie County
Mann, John P.
"Readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic", pp. 186-207 PDF (9.3 MB)
'RITIN' AND 'RITHMETIC '' or near the present Nicolet School site. Later these two districts were consoli- dated into one school district and the same two buildings continued to function as elementary schools for the new district. In the fall of 1889 a free public high school with F. Cleary as principal was organized and first met in the South Side school. One year later the high school was moved to a small building on Second Street. Then, in 1891, the high school de- partment was moved for the third time to the Island near the present location of the Kaukauna High School; here it remained for five years. In September, 1897, the high school was again transferred, this time into the present Park School building, where it remained until 1923, when it made its last move to the present high school building. The elementary schools, after the con- solidation of the two school districts, re- mained in the North and South Side build- ings until 1891 when the present Nicolet School was built. In 1894 the Park School building was erected, and both of these buildings still function as elementary schools today. The present Superintendent of Schools is Theodore Boeble. Paul Little is the principal of the high school. When the high school started its long and interesting career, about 20 different subjects were taught. Practically all of these subjects are still being taught today but it is the additional courses which indi- cate the forward step in our educational goals of today as compared with the early days. Then it was the aim of the schools to equip its graduates with basic factual knowledge mainly required for entrance to college. Today thQ aim of the school is to develop in its graduates a basic knowl- edge of the many aspects of successful living which an adult needs, whether he goes to college or not. For that purpose there have been added courses in home economics, wood and metal shop, art, journalism, music, both vocal and instru- mental, speech, dramatics, physical edu- cation, chemistry, Spanish and courses in social studies. County students of today are tested and studied with a view to educate them for a vocation for which their aptitudes and background seem to fit. Perhaps one of the most important contributions of the schools to our American way of life is the training of the students in democratic living. LUTHERAN PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS During the 1947-1948 school term over 5,000 of the county's youth attended either Lutheran or Catholic parochial schools. Lutheran institutions include St. Peter's, Freedom; St. Paul's, St. Matthew's and Zion, Appleton; Bethlehem, Horton- ville; Mt. Calvary, Kimberly and Trinity, Kaukauna. The history of St. Peter Lutheran School, located about seven and one-half miles northeast of Appleton on County Trunk E, dates back to the beginnings of the St. Peter congregation. This was approximately the year 1868. William Plamann, particularly devoted to the ideals of a Christian education for the young, gathered a group of children about himself in his home to instruct them in singing, reading, writing and catechism. In 1873 steps were taken by the congrega- tion to provide for a classroom in the base- ment of the church. This classroom served its purpose, often under crowded condi- tions, for 37 years. In 1910 the old struc- ture was torn down and replaced by a modern, brick veneer school building con- taining two classrooms. Until 1902 the pastor also taught the school. By this time, however, the enrollment had grown to such an extent that it was found neces- sary to procure a full time teacher. B. Mayerhoff of the Martin Luther College at New Ulm, Minnesota, was inducted into office August 10, 1902. Opening the 1948-1949 school session are Pastor Walter Hoepner and Sylvester Quam. The Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul School, Appleton, Wisconsin, was estab- lished March 30, 1879, 12 years after the St. Paul congregation was organized. A Rev. Hodwalker was pastor at the time. I 'READIN',
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