I can’t believe that it’s been over a year since I posted something. Time flies when you’re getting old.
In going through some family history documents I came across an announcement booklet for Ector, Texas High School for the school year 1917-1918. My father, A.V. Kinslow, was superintendent there at that time and prepared the document. I have scanned the booklet and will give a link at the end of this post so you can access it if you are interested. The booklet is 100 years old this year.
During this time period the public school system in Texas apparentlt was in a state of flux. The Texas GenWeb site has an article dated 1888 concerning an earlier version of Ector High School. In 1911 the state legislature passed a law regulating the establishment of high schools in Texas and I am assuming the 1917-1918 document meets this new law. A person who is more familiar than me with the development of the Texas public school system will know more about this.
Both my parents were school teachers. School teaching was the “go to” profession in the early 20th Century. Mr father grew up in Randolph, Texas, the son of a country doctor. He got his teaching credentials at a so called “normal college” in Denton, Texas that later developed into what we know today as the University of North Texas. My mother, who was a farm girl, got her teaching certificate at a ‘school for ladies’ that popped up in Paris, Texas. I have a copy of her first teaching contract. It was with the Kerr Schools and her pay was about $40 per month. Not bad pay at that time for a farm girl. She stopped teaching when my oldest brother was born in 1916. She had four more boys, no girls. I was child number four. Child number 3, Billy Paul, died as a toddler before I was born.
The booklet gives a general statement for operation of the school, the calendar for the school year, a list of class subjects for grades one through ten. Students actually went through 11 grades. I don’t know why only ten grades are listed. There is a list of 27 rules and regulations governing the operation of the school. School districts today could do well to observe these same rules. The booklet also lists the names of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Teachers and a merchant or two who advertised in the document. I have indexed those names and included the list at the end of this post. Click this link to see the booklet. Be patient. It takes about 20 seconds for the large PDF file to download. You might have to click on the ectorbook2 title that shows on the transition page.
List of Names: J.C. Alderson, H.G. Dulaney, Mary Greenhouse, Cleo Jones, A.V. Kinslow, D.F. Linton, R.R. Morgan, Ruth Pierce, W.B. Pierce, J.J. Pritchett, Evelyn Smith, G.W. Winter, M.L. Witherspoon, Daphne Young.