Montgomery County Elk City, Kansas

 Mt. Tabor Rural School


 
    Note: Mt. Tabor is located in Chautauqua County, Kansas. Elk City is a border town close to Chautauqua County to the southwest and Elk County to the West. Back in the 1870's Chautauqua County and Elk County were one county known as Howard County. Many Elk City Rural Residents went to school or taught at Mt. Tabor.

    RECORD OF MT. TABOR
    Compiled by Mrs. H. A. Oliver in 1942
    First read at Mt. Tabor Homecoming in 1942

    First Record in the files is dated 1875.

    Notice to a voter on the foundation of a School District: I, A. Ellis, a voter of School District No. 38, County of Howard.

    Sir:

    The Superintendent of Public Instruction of Howard County has formed a school district to be known as School District No. 38, County of Howard, State of Kansas and bounded as follows:

    Commencing at the NE corner, Section 34, Township 31, Range 13, thence west to the NW corner, Section 32, Township 31, Range 13, thence south to the SW corner, Section 8, Township 32, Range 13, thence east 1¼ miles, north ¼, east ¾, south ¼, east ½, north ½, east ½, to the SE corner, NE ¼ Section 10, Township 32, Range 13, thence north to place of beginning.

    The first meeting of District will be held at the School House on the 15th day of January 1875, at 2 O’clock P. M. and you are hereby requested to post the enclosed notices in five public places in said district, at least ten days previous to time fixed for said meeting, and return this paper to the Chairman of the meeting, with an endorsement that you have complied with the request.

    Dated this 4th day of January 1875.

    H. H. Wells
    County Superintendent

    The first annual report was made by Charles Stark, Clerk, August 27, 1879, to J. T. Bradley, County Superintendent.

    Total number of persons between 5 and 21 years residing in the district were 16 males and 30 females—total 46. Number of different pupils enrolled in school—male 12, female 18—total 30. Average daily attendance 6 male, 8 female—total 14. Total attendance in days 89. Frame school house bonds issued since the organization of the district amounted to $1,200.

    $84 a year amount paid out for teachers wages. Employed one man and one woman followed to teach this term. Average salary—man $35., woman $30. Taught 12 weeks in the school year.

    1880 Census reports included children of these families: Brinkerhoff (2 children), Brown (2), Ballinger (1), Crook (3), Downard (3), Ellis (1), Green (1), Hall (3), Hutchinson (1), Lewis (1), Oglesbee (1), Slater (9), Stark (5), Turner (1), Taylor (1), Reed (3), Reed (1),. Male teacher, $25. salary. Taught 24 weeks. Primary grade 28 average age 8. Intermediate 6, age 12, Advanced 8, age 18 years.

    Books: Madison Watson, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, readers, Ray’s Arithmetic, all grades; Monteith Geography, intermediate grades: Clarks Grammar and Barnes History in Advanced. McGuffey’s speller.

    1881 Kate Wright, taught 24 weeks. Monthly salary, $30. Taught on 2nd grade certificate.

    1882 Miss Agnes Evans employed to teach a term of six months at a salary of $30., commencing on 18 of September, (must have resigned, on annual report shows the following:) Miriam Failyer employed 18 weeks at $30., and Anna Taylor 6 weeks for $30. 20 boys, 38 girls—total 58. 15 of which resided in Elk County. Board members, W. H. Downard, Clerk; Thomas Lewis, Director; and Alexander Taylor, Treasurer. D. E. Shartee, County Superintendent.

    1883 Agnes Evans taught 12 weeks for $30. per month, and Fannie McDowell, 12 weeks for $33. 20 boys and 34 girls—total 54. James T. Bradley, County Superintendent.

    1884 J. R. Charlton, 24 weeks at $40. per month. 26 boys, 40 girls, total 66. Books by Barnes Readers, Spencerian copy books, Independent Spellers, Monteith Geography, Rays Arithmetic and Barnes and Swinton History of U.S. M. Kilmer, County Superintendent.

    1885 I. D. Guest, taught 16 weeks at $40. per month. 19 boys, 32 girls, total 51. W. A. Tanksley, taught the last 12 weeks of term for $30. per month.

    1886 A. M. Parsons, taught 16 weeks for $40. per month on 3rd Grade Certificate; and W. A. Tanksley, taught 12 weeks for $30. per month on 2nd Grade Certificate. 36 boys, and 42 girls, total 78. 58 belonged in Chautauqua County. Board: H. R. Brinkerhoff, Director; W. S. Ruble, Clerk, and S. B. Ruble, Treasurer. Children: Hall (5 girls), Wininger (3), Stark (1), Zinn (4), Ruble (11), Ellis (1), Cook (3), Lucas (3), Biesel (4), Slater (9), Ballinger (1), Farris (3), Slater (1), Law (1), Wininger (1), Ford (1), Cornue (2).

    1887 Frank Allen, taught 32 weeks at $40. per month on 1st grade certificate. 28 boys, and 38 girls, total 66.

    1888 Rose E. Bell, taught 16 weeks for $40. per month and Ellen Vandever Searl, taught 12 weeks for $40. per month. 27 boys, 29 girls, total 56. Books: Eclectic writing; McGuffey’s Readers; Monteith Geography; Ray’s arithmetic; Harvey’s Grammar; Barnes U. S. History; Townsends Constitution of U.S.; Steels Physiology and Hygiene, and Duff, Bookkeeping. A. Y. Buckles, county Supertintendent.

    1889 B. S. McGuire, taught 24 weeks for $45. per month. 29 boys, 28 girls, total 57. Report made by W. S. Ruble.

    1890 Kate Glover, taught 24 weeks at $35. per month, on 2nd grade certificate. 30 boys, 29 girls, total 59. Richard Slater was elected Treasurer.

    1891 E. L. Emenheiser, taught 28 weeks at $40. per month on 1st grade certificate. 32 boys, 29 girls, total 61. T. J. Stark, elected Clerk to succeed W. S. Ruble. H. R. Attwater, County Superintendent.

    1892 Minnie Burns taught 28 weeks at $30. per month. 29 boys, 35 girls, total 64. T. George Hutchinson elected Director. Families: Brinkerhoff (2), Cornue (2), Downard (1), Slater (1), Hall (3), Hancock (1), Lewis (1), Wininger (1), Norris (1), Oglesbee (2), Pickard (1), Stark (1), Zinn (3), Cornue (1), Stark (3), Hutchinson (2), Stark 92), Hall (1), Zinn (3), Comer (2), Slater (2), Beemer (1), Lewis (1), Pickard (1), Rush (2), Downard (1), Johnson (10), Oglesbee (1), Farris (2), Hutchinson (1), Bougher (6), Hanes (1), McMurdo (3), Bryant (2), Denton (3).

    1893 Minnie Burns (first time teacher hired to teach full consecutive term) taught 32 weeks at $37.50 per month. 28 boys, 28 girls, total 56. Thomas Lewis was elected Treasurer.

    1894 Minnie Burns (her 3rd term), taught 24 weeks at $37.50 per month. 23 boys and 24 girls, total 47. Henry E. Attwater still County Superintendent.

    1895 W. D. Furbrache, taught 32 weeks at $37.50 per month. 27 boys, 22 girls, total 49. Henry Grizzle elected Director. E. E. Stafford was County Superintendent.

    1896 Mary Metcalf, taught 28 weeks at $30.00 per month. 20 boys, 16 girls, total 36. D. L. Bryant elected Treasurer. Families: Brinkerhoff (2), Beaugher (4), Cornue (2), Downard (1), Hall (2), Lewis (1), Oglesbee (2), Stark (3), Zinn (1), Hope (4), Law (10), Cornue (1), Downard (1), Johnson (1), Lewis (1), Law (1), Oglesbee (1), Zinn (3), Grizzle (2), Beemer (1), Hope (1), Tharp (1), Coffee (1), Wininger (2), Mashier (1), White (2), Farris (1), Comer (1).

    1897 W. D. Furbrache, taught 28 weeks at $40. per month. 21 boys, 18 girls, total 39. Thomas Lewis, Clerk.

    1898 C. M. Harmon, taught 21 weeks at $30. per month. 26 boys, 25 girls, total 51. Henry Grizzle, reelected Director.

    1899 W. E. Harris, taught 24 weeks at $35.00 per month. 22 boys, 18 girls, total 40. L. Bryant, elected Treasurer. Minnie V. White was County Superintendent.

    1900 O. D. Coover, taught 24 weeks at $32.50 per month. 24 boys 17 girls, total 41. Allen H. Oglesbee, elected Clerk.

    1901 Ella B. Cornue, taught 28 weeks at $33. per month. 22 boys, 19 girls, total 41. H. T. Stark, Director.

    1902 O. D. Coover, teacher. R. Farris, elected Treasurer. 24 boys, 18 girls, total 42.

    1903 Frank Alford, taught 12 weeks at $35. Sadie Wallace, 12 weeks at $35. 20 boys, 16 girls, total 36. Robert Milbourne, Clerk. J. A. Ferrell, County Superintendent.

    1904 Margaret L. Jones, taught 26 weeks at $40. 24 boys, 18 girls, total 42. W. O. Stephenson elected Director. Families: Blecha (3), Bailey (2), Zinn (2), Stephenson (3), Hutchinson (1), Farris (1), Fittsmaurice (1), Courtwright (1), Cornue (1), Horton (1), Pinnell (1).

    1905 Margaret L. Jones. Taught 24 weeks at $47.50. (this is the highest salary paid yet.)

    1906 Melvin Mason, taught 24 weeks at $47.50. 18 boys, 19 girls, total 28. G. W. Bailey elected clerk. J. B. Davidson, treasurer.

    1907 Sarife (?) Mosely taught 24 weeks at $47.50. 22 boys, 12 girls, total 34. A. M. Smith elected Director. C. W. Sneed, County Superintendent.

    1908 Myrtle Buck taught 28 weeks. Salary was $45. 22 boys, 12 girls, total 34. J. B. Davidson, Treasurer.

    1909 Harvey Woodruff taught 28 weeks at $40. 41 children. Allen Oglesbee, Clerk. Bessie L. Butcher, County Superintendent.

    1910 Irma McBrian taught 24 weeks at $50 per month. (Highest salary to this date.) 21 boys, 11 girls, total 32. W. A. Stucker County Superintendent. Families: Ballenger (1), Bracken (3), Courtwright (1), Fowler (1), Kimrey (2), Pinnell (1), Phillips (2), Stark (8), Stephenson (1), Smith (5), Zinn (1), Bracken (4), Tharp (1).

    1911 Elsie Elmore taught 24 weeks at $45. 18 boys, 6 girls, total 24. W. B. Jay elected Director.

    1912 F. B. Mantooth taught 28 weeks at $55. (Highest salary paid yet.) 16 boys and 4 girls, total 20. W. S. Stucker reelected Clerk.

    1913 Lorena (Drumn) taught 28 weeks at $47.50. 14 boys and 10 girls, total 24. C. C. Denton elected Clerk. J. E. Kibler, County Superintendent.

    1914 Lorena Drumn taught 28 weeks at $47.50. 15 boys, 6 girls, total 21. B. Davidson reelected Treasurer.

    1915 James L. Jacobs taught 28 weeks at $60. (Highest salary yet.) 15 boys, 6 girls, total 21. C. C. Denton reelected Clerk.

    1916 James L. Jacobs taught 28 weeks at $65. (Highest salary to this time.) 18 boys, 4 girls, total 22. V. P. Carter elected Director. Mrs. J. A. Koger ______________. Families: Ballinger (1), Davis (2), Denton (3), Koger (4), Oglesbee (2), Pinnell (10, Stark (2), Stucker (3), Weaver (3), Wilson (4), 4 pupils from Elk county.

    1917 Mrs. M. E. Oliver, taught four months at $55. A. R. Stark taught three months at $55. 11 boys and 5 girls, total 16. W. H. Tharp, Treasurer, Carrie Bellman County Superintendent.

    1918 Minnie Davis taught 28 weeks at $52.50. 5 boys and 8 girls, total 13.

    1919 Ethel Chenoworth taught 28 weeks at $58. 7 boys and 8 girls, total 15. Clark Darbro, Director. W. H. Tharp reelected Treasurer. Reelected Mrs. J. A. Koger.

    1920 Goldie Stark taught 28 weeks at $65. 11 boys and 10 girls, total 21.

    1921 Gladys Stangle. Received monthly salary of $90 (Highest salary paid in district yet.) 14 boys, 12 girls, total 26. G. W. Ruble elected clerk.

    1922 Gladys Stangle, salary $90. 11 boys, 12 girls, total 23. Flora S. Holroyd, County Superintendent.

    1923 Maye Miller taught 28 weeks at $75. salary. 14 boys and 13 girls, total 27. J. Bruce, Director, Charley Blecha, Treas.

    1924 Ruth Bryant taught 39 weeks at $75.00.

    1925 Clara Bruce taught 32 weeks at a salary of $80. 10 boys and 12 girls, total 22.

    1926 Blendena M. Wilson taught 32 weeks at $80 10 boys and 14 girls, total 24.

    1927 Horace Evans taught 32 weeks at $80. 15 boys and 16 girls, total 31.

    1928 Betty Milton taught 32 weeks at $90. 10 boys and 21 girls, total 31. . W. W. Fowler, director; E. M. Deen, Treasurer. Families: Blecha (7), Watts (3), Ruble (1), Fowler (1), Farris (2), Darbro (2), Davidson, Kimrey (1) , Denton (2), Bryant (1), Weaver (2).

    1929 Betty Milton taught 32 weeks at $100. (This is the highest salary paid to this time.) 18 boys and 11 girls, total 29.

    1930 Dollie Koger taught 32 weeks at $85. 5 boys and 10 girls, total 15.

    1931 Dollie Koger-Crossfield taught 32 weeks at $95.00. 18 boys and 16 girls, total 34.

    1932 Nannie Mae Whistler taught 32 weeks at $70. 7 boys and 10 girls, total 17.

    1933 Nannie Mae Whistler taught 32 weeks at $70. 11 boys and 14 girls, total 25. W. W. Fowler, director, Alta Blecha, Clerk, Theron Watts, treasurer. Ross Whitworth, County Superintendent.

    1934 Myrtle Crossfield taught 32 weeks at $55. 13 boys and 17 girls, total 30. Families: Blecha (6) Atterbury (7), Ballinger (2), Smith (6), Bryant (1), Hough (3), Davidson (4), Fowler (5), Davidson (4), Kimrey (2), Nickelson (3), Kimzey (1), Ruble (1), Weaver (1), Watts (1), Cauthern (1), Darbro (1), and Burroughs (1).

    1935 Rosa E. Atkinson taught 32 weeks at $55. 12 boys and 16 girls, total 28. H. R. Weaver, Treasurer.

    1936 Mrs. Bessie Bolenger teacher for 32 weeks. 10 boys and 14 girls, total 24. Virgil Koger, clerk, W. W. Fowler, Director and Ellsworth Law, Treasurer.

    1937 Mrs. Bessie Bolenger, teacher for 32 weeks at $55. 9 boys and 14 girls, total 23.

    1938 Jewell Whistler taught 32 weeks at $50. 7 boys and 13 girls, total 20.

    1939 Ruth McKenzie teacher for 32 weeks at $65. 6 boys and 13 girls, total 19. Davidson (5), Blecha (3), Weaver (2), Miller (2), Shurley (6), Davidson (3), Oliver (1), Blecha (2), Hough (3), Ballinger (1), weaver (2), Stark (1), Hough (1).

    1940 Ruth McKenzie taught 33 weeks at $70. 10 Pupils.

    1941 Catherine Lynd taught 33 weeks at $70. 9 pupils. School Board: Chas. Stark; Fay Council, E. Law.

    1942 Catherine Lynd taught 33 weeks. 8 pupils.

    1943 Ruth Foster, teacher for 32 weeks at $100.

    1944 Juanita Henderson taught for 32 weeks at $100.

    1945 Ellen Smoot taught for 32 weeks at $120.

    1946 Mary Elliot taught for 32 weeks at $115.

    1947 Bonnie Wheeler taught 32 weeks at $125.

    1948 No school was held at Mt. Tabor this year due to the reorganization of school districts. Mt. Tabor was consolidated with three other school districts within counties. Students from this district were transported to the west Liberty school house this year.

    1949 Roy Roach, teacher for 32 weeks at $175.

    1950 Roy Roach, teacher for 32 weeks at $175.

    1951 June Holeman, teacher 32 weeks at $210.

    1952 June Holeman taught 32 weeks at $225.

    1953 Margie Wilson, Teacher at a salary of $240.

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