Samuel W. Moore, superintendent of the Hiawatha city schools, is a young educator, possessing not only excellent qualifications but also executive ability of a high order. He is a native of Wayne county, Iowa, where he was born on a farm near the town of Corydon. His parents were William Breaden and Lucretia Travilla (Willcoxon) Moore, both of whom were descended from sturdy Revolutionary ancestors who did valiant service in the war for American Independence. Originally the Moores were Scotch covenanters who sought homes in America long prior to the Revolution. Prof. Moore spent his boyhood and youth on the farm and attended the common schools. When still in his teens he accompanied his parents on their removal from Iowa to Tarkio, Mo., and after completing the high school and common school course there he entered Tarkio College, completing the Latin preparatory course and later graduating in the commercial department, a diploma being awarded him in 1899. He afterward completed two years college work before leaving that institution. At a later date he entered the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, and after one and a half years' work he accepted the principalship of the public schools at Siloam Springs, Ark., where he had charge during the year of 1905-06. He did such creditable work as principal that he was promoted to be superintendent of the schools at Siloam Springs the following year. He then became an instructor in English in the University of Arkansas, where he remained for two years, the last year teaching both English and history. Still anxious to become better qualified for his work as an educator, he resolved to enter Cornell University for post-graduate work, and while there he also taught classes in economics and finance in that famous old institution. He came directly from Cornell University to Hiawatha, Kan., and took charge of the city schools in 1910. It is needless to say that he has met with success in his management of Hiawatha's excellent schools, and if continued as their directing head for a few years so that he can carry out his plans, they will not only rank among the best in the state, but will also afford the students of Hiawatha and Brown county opportunities for a college preparation second to none. When Prof. Moore took charge he found but two courses of studyLatin and German. He at once established three courses, viz.: the college entrance course, the commercial course and the normal training course, and has thus made it possible for a student of the Hiawatha High School to pass from it into any of the leading colleges. He has seven assistant teachers, each especially qualified for the work to be handled, and as he is a fine disciplinarian, each department of the school fully harmonizes with the whole and insures satisfactory results. While located at Siloam Springs, Ark., Prof. Moore secured the erection of a fine $50,000 high school building, and he holds letters of commendation from the colleges and school boards with which he has been associated praising him for his excellent work as an educator. Politically Prof. Moore is a progressive Republican. He keeps in touch with educational matters by holding membership in the Brown County Teachers' Association, the Kansas State Teachers' Association and the Northeast Kansas Teachers' Association. He holds a Kansas State certificate. While teaching in the University of Arkansas Prof. Moore made a thorough study of economics of railway transportation and wrote a history of State Supervision of Railway Transportation in Arkansas, which was published in the third volume of the publications of the Arkansas Historical Association.
In 1906 he was united in marriage with Miss Vera B. Idol of Highland, Kan., a graduate of Highland University. They have one child, William Bion Moore. Both Prof. and Mrs. Moore are members of the Presbyterian church.Pages 1229-1230 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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