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ST. JOHNS, OREGON, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18. 1907.
A VISIT TOTHE SCHOOLS
A GOOD SOCIAL TIME
Editor Takes a Day Off and Gets Acquainted with
the Methods Used In Modern Instruction.
(Continued from last week.)
Mr. Williams then accompanied us to the old school building, so
called, because it was finished lust year. If we remember correctly it
was started three years ugo, when there were but three rooms built, and
it was then too large, it was thought. The next year it was found
necessary to add a couple more rooms, and an annex, last year another
large addition was built and this spring the annex was moved to the
cast of the building and is used as a dining room for the little ones who
live too far from school to make it convenient to go home for lunch.
Now, the rooms arc all well filled with bright, healthy, rugged, happy
boys and girls, and could our honored president have been present at
"assembly" last Thursday, he would have been "Delighted." There
were about 490 in the bunch an! thiy filled to overflowing the assembly
This assembly hall is one of the brightest features of the edifice.
It is a large hall on the first floor occupying ths center of the building
and all the school rooms on this floor open into it. To the south side
of the center of the hall is a stage raised nbout three feet above the
level of the hall floor, from which literary, musical and oratorical pro
grams are rendered at the pleasure of the school. In front of the stage
and at the sides arc racks or hooks upon which are arranged Indian
clubs for use in calisthenic exercises. The room is also supplied with
dumb bclis for the same purpose, which arc kept in clo;cts oj ening
into the hull.
Professor Alderson, principal of this school an old instructor is
in close touch with the instructors in Portland where he was employed
for some 14 consecutive years before coming here, and has kept the
school along the same lines us to methods mid course of study us ure in
vogue there; so that pupils may go from, here there or come from there
here and go into the classes of the grades to which they belong without
a particle of confusion or embarrassment to either pupil or instructor.
A very wise provision.
Mr. Anderson very kindly showed us over the entire building, Mr.
Williams being culled uwuy by other business, We visited every room,
taking note ol the work being done, the methods used by the different
Isntrttctors, and although the school year is just beginning, und the
pupils have not yet really gotten down to solid work, there was nothing
in the entire visit which would cause u feeling of cmbarrusHiiwiit to any
one ot the instructors. The pupils are bright, the instructors ure far
above the average in capabilities, in fact, we do not think u school in
Portland can boast of a better corps of teuchcrs than we have here in
St. Johns. They have been selected carefully, not on recoinmeutlution
of friends, but upon the records they have made elsewhere, with the
exception of two or three who have demonstrated by their first work
here their capabilities, and severul who have been working here for
years. St. Johns has occasion to congratulate herself ujkhi the fortu
nate selection of her instructors, and should be very proud of the build
ings in which they arc housed during the school hours.
In the basement of this building, as in the hljli school, there is
pluced a fine triple McPlicrsou bl tst furnace for heating the building.
There is another thing we forgot to mention in connection with these
furnaces, and that is, they are arranged so that when making the fire
drill, the janitor can throw through the air passages into every room n
cloud of suuke, nuking the alarm identical with a real fire. And, lest
we forget to mention it, the first fire drill of this year occurred while we
were visiting the school. We held the watch on the little ones aud they
were just 2 minutes aud 10 seconds in clearing the building. This,
without any previous drill or instruction except those who were here
lost yeur remembering their drills made then. A few fire drills ami
these little soldiers will march out through the smoke with the regular-
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THE CITY DADS IN SESSION
Council Meets on Tuesday Evening and Transacts Its Usual
Budget of Important Municipal Business
GAS FRANCHISE HELD OVER FOR ONE WEEK
A much lamer audience than usual withered in the council chamber Tuesday eveninir to hear that
body's decision on several propositions that were expected to come up for action. The meeting was rather
shorter than usual, and most of the time was taken up with street work.
Roll call showed all members present but Councilman Autzcn, whoss absence was caused by a pressing
business. engagement at Forest Grove. Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.
J. V. Wyvcl petitioned council tor permission to erect a woottsiicil at the rear ot the bt. Johns hotel
for the use of the rooming house. Petition was granted provided said structure be covered, roof aud sides,
with corrugated iron.
Hickncr Brat, petitioned for permission to connect with sewer from his new building on Jersey street.
They also usked for information concerning cost of same. Referred to street committee.
Petition to imnrovc Portland boulevard. Charleston to Pesseiiden streets, was also referred to the
street committee for tuvestiuation.
A petition for an arc light at corner of Chicago and Modoc streets was referred to the water aud light
A communication from S. V. Davidor stated that the St. Johns Gas, Light aud Heat Co. would install
meters free of charge to patrons in the event of their franchise being granted.
The gas franchise was then taken up, but owing to the absence of Mr. Atit.en a vote was not taken,
and the matter was continued for another week.
The following bills were then read: Fire boys for work done in looking after the hose, etc., nt the
recent fire, $16; Mr. Spraguc, for cleaning hose, $3.50; miscellaneous. $ 8 50, making n total of 1(29. On
motion bills were allowed ns read.
The water ami light committee reported favorably upon an nrc light being placed at corner of Hayes
ami Tacoma streets.
The Hartmau street improvement was taken up aud n resolution adopted to improve same by grade
aud sidewalk. Gilbert street improvement by grade aud sidewalk was also adopted.
Health and police committee was instructed to look after a pool of stagnant water on Crawford street
caused by waste water from the Water Co.'s works nnd have same abated. Chief of police was also instruct
ed to look after the sanitary condition of the James Muckle procrty near the water front.
Building committee was instructed to have the vault in the recorder's office finished and a desk placed
in said office.
A resolution was adopted to improve Burlington street from Jersey to Kellogg by graveling ami sidewalk.
ity aud precision of veteran soldiers
on dress parade. Too much im
portance cannot be attached to this
drill, for it may mean the saving
of scores of precious lives should
the tlirc necessity ever come for
instantly vacating the building.
The pupils never know whether
the alarm is real or just a drill, aud
one instance Thursday showed
that the heart of one boy was in
the right place. In one of the
rooms was a cripple aud when the
alarm sounded and the children
were in their ranks a lad stepped
up to this little one aud offered to
carry her down the stairs. His
instructor told him it was not uec
essary, but just the same it showed
that our St. Johns boys are all right
aud may be relied upon in an
In this school Mr. Aldersou
has adopted what he calls depart
mcnt work. For instance, while
the 7th, 8th and gth grades have
regular teachers assigned to each
of them, Miss Bailey teuches lang
uage in the three rooms devoting
two hours every forenoon to this
work. When she leaves her room
to attend to one of the others, that
teacher relieves her. In this way
Miss Clark teaches the three rooms
geography. This year the schools
have been supplied with sets of
relief maps which materially aid
the pupils not only to gain an idea
of the geography of the country,
but aids materially in illustrating
the great movements recorded in
history, giving the. pupils an under
standing of the reasons for such
movements which they could gain
in no other way except by visiting
the locations personally. While
Misses Bailey and Clark are hear
ing the classes in language aud
geography, Mrs. Mabel Burghduff
performs that duty in these three
rooms in their mathematical stud
ies. Two hours are devoted to
this work in the forenoon aud one
hour iu the afternoon.
The roster of instructors for the
Central school, as this one is offi
cially termed, is as follows: Miss
Bertha Lick, i-A; Miss Viola Pcd
dicord, i-B; Miss May Haley, ad
A; Miss Verne Fouuer, 2d-B; Miss
Fannie Loller, 3d-A; Miss Mamie
Adams, 3d-B and 4th-A; Miss
Cainnette Haley, 4th-B; Miss Hat
tie Brown, 5th-A; Miss Adelaide
Beebe, 5th-B; Miss Merle Wooddy,
6U1-A; Mrs. Mabel Burghduff, 6th
B and 7th-A; Miss Anna Clark,
7th and 8th-B; Miss Kdna Bailey,
9O1-A and B. By all these instruc
tors except Miss Peddicord, who
was absent and relieved by Mrs.
Alderson, we were very graciously
received, and the work in their
various classes was explained. We
are very pleased to note the degree
of proficiency manifested by the
Eupils in their different studies in
oth the schools. We have not
the space at this time to go into
greater detail as to the different
rooms and the studies under each
instructor, but it shall be a part of
our work to visit the different rooms
in the future aud give the patrons
of the school a clearer insight into
the good work beidg done iu the
school and endeavor to create that
interest in the work which they
deserve at their hands. Just here,
however, vi: cannot pass a mention
of the instructions iu free hand
drawing being given by Miss Beebe.
Here little ones are being taught to
reproduce on paptr the outlines of
the trunks and branches of trees,
arc learning to distinguish the
different kinds of trees by their
habits of growth, their foliage and
other characteristics; gaining, iu
fact, n knowledge of the woods of
Oregon that they would not be able
to gain by years of ordinary obser
vation of the woods themselves.
From the trees they arc led 011 to
the finished landscape.
The health of the pupil is care
fully guarded. He is not permitted
to sit for hours without change of
jositioii to relieve the tired muscles.
I uui mere arc exercises 111 siaicti
intervals which bring into play
' every muscle of the body, stlmula-
.t . . it
ling me circulation ami conducing
to the health of the child, The
method of transferring the pupils
from one room to another or from
the outside to the inside of the
building, or vice versa, is system
atic and calculated to cause the
minimum of confusion. It is won
derful, too, to note the precision
with which the pupils march aud
countermarch. They come down
the stairs iu double file the girls
on one side the boys on the other,
meet iu the center of the assembly
hall autl countermarch, the boys
joining those of the opposite column
and the girls joining the girls all
turning and going to the respective
play rooms or out of the door as
they see fit. This is all done with
the precision of regular soldiers to
the time of the marches played
upon the piano by some one of the
We are proud of our schools,
proud of the body of men and
women who are engaged to manage
aud operate our schools, proud of
the boys and girls who compose
classes and grades iu our schools.
We are sure of one thing, if any
patron of the school will go as we
have done, visit the schools until
he has gained a fair knowledge of
the work leiug done there, he will
not only be glad that he is a citizen
of St. Johns, but that his child has
such institutions to which he may
be admitted. There would be less
of fault finding, there would be
praises iustead of censure showered
upon the heads of the school board,
there would be a wealth of friend
ship between the parent aud the
instructors aud life for both would
be happier and better, Try it par
ents. It is up to you. We know
the instructors will meet you fairly,
and we have no fear of the resul's.
N. A. Gee has had a force of six
men busily engaged all week in
removing the old dry kiln at the
St. Johus Lumber Co.'s mills. We
understand this building will be
converted into a modern machine
and blacksmith shop, aud that the
company will erect large drying
sheds where the building formerly
Death of Rev. Alderson.
Rev. Christopher Alderson, one
of the pioneer ministers of the Ore
gon conference of the M. H, church,
was struck aud almost instantly
killed by a freight train nt Albany
Saturday morning. He lint) been
visiting n daughter iu Albany anil
had stnrtetl for the depot to board
a train for Portland. On n high
trestle he was overtaken by the
freight ami his lifeless body tossed
to the bed of the creek below. Mr.
Aldersou was 82 years of age autl
came to Oregon iu the mining duys,
when fearlessness autl rugged
strength counted for much, even
with clergymen. Four years ago
he came to Portland, attending the
church at Siiuuyside. He is sur
vived by his witlow, two sons autl
three daughters. One son, W. C.
Aldersou, is principal of the schools
ut St. Johns, and the other, W. S.
Alderson, lives at 173 Fast Seventh
street, Portland. The schools here
were dismissed iu order that the
pupils aud teachers might attend
the funeral, which took place at
the Suuiiyside Methodist church
at 2 p. in. Monday, All the in
structors as well as most of the di
rectors were present.
Pay A Good Price.
Last week a traveling artist
made the rounds of St. Johns and
talked some of our business men
into taking space 011 a little folder
which he got out. The advertisers
were induced to take an inch and a
half of space and one hundred fold
ers for two dollars. There were
about a do.en ads on the sheet autl
the only thing of interest was u
time table of the street car line autl
the ferry. For the same price
these advertisers could get 200
cards with the time tables on the
back aud their advertisement on
the reverse side at this office. It
would 1m: much neater, give nearly
three times the space and have 110
other ad on the same cartl. Twice
the above price would secure 1000
cards. It pays to patronize home
K. of P. Held Open Meeting and Entertained
the Ladies Friday Evening.
Nothing in The Paper.
Frequently you pick up one of
the local papers and after glancing
at the headlines, wearily thrust it
aside remarking "nothing iu the
paper to day." Did you ever stop
to think what the phrase means? It
means that since the last issue no
misfortune has befallen anyone iu
the city, that no fire has wiped out
a neighbor's worldly possessions;
that the grim angel of death has
not crossed the threshold of a
friend; that no man driven by
liquor, hatred or fear has taken the
life of a fellow human; that no
poor devil, haunted by the jast or
the misdeeds of some other, has
crossed the divide by his own hand.
So the next time you pick up a
paper that doesn't announce a
tragedy, give a little think instead
of grumbling because there is 110
Friday evening the Knights of Pythias held an open meeting, and nil
the members were instructed to bring their wives autl their friends.
A goodly portion responded to the call autl the hall was comfortably
filled with Pythians, their wives autl sweethearts. The more timid of
the gentler sex cast many glances of apprehension around for fear the
goat might make its appearance at any time, but this much ridden beast
had bcn muzzled nnd locked up safely for the night.
The prime object of the meeting was to organize a Ladies Temple of
the Knights of Pythias. Mrs. Valentine had this part of the program
iu charge, and before the evening was over had induced 23 of the Incites
to enroll as charter members of the proposed new organization.
To make the affair more enjoyable a short program was rendeted.
J. II. Black acted us master of ceremonies iu his own inimical style.
The first selection was a recitation by little Miss Weimer, in which she
told of a city girl making n desperate effort to set n gentleman lieu.
Mrs. Valentine (aside) told of n somewhat similar experience. Miss
Hilda Uuger then sang a song that was nicely rendered. She has a
sweet voice and bills fair to become quite n vocalist. Toastinnster
Black then announced that he was going to call on a number of those
present to make speeches, He likened the milliner iu which he intend
ed calling the names out to lightning that there wns 110 telling on
whom he would call to address the assemblage. When this announce
ment was made several uf those present began to get awful thirsty and
quietly sneaked out to the hydrant until the storm was over. Others
tried to duck their heads under cover iu the hope that they would
cscnjc the stroke of lightning. The remainder decided to face the
music and either do or die.
Dr. Vincent was the first victim, autl although rather startled by the
shock, was game. He made 11 few pleasing remarks and sat down amid
the applause of the audience.
Rev. Young was next on the list. Somehow you can never catch
a minister unawares. He is always ready for anything. Suit was in
this cae. The reverend gentleman stated how pleased he was that the
ladies had decided to organize an auxiliary society, autl toltl of the
great contrast between the homely men autl the pretty women present.
carl iNelson was next. Lnrl was nappy. rue presence ot the
women tickled him immensely. Words would not come fast eiiouuh to
express his pleasure iu seeing so many of the fair sex present. He toltl
all the nice things lie could tiiiuk or ami even told a story of his brother
Bill when he first rode the goat back in Colorado.
W. C. Potter expressed his pleasure nt assisting iu organizing the
K. of P. lodge aud was glatl that the ladies had become interested.
At this juncture of the game, when the eyes of the lightning god
were roving iu our direction, we deemed it advisable to visit the uute
room, nut! to tlo it without delay. There was no room under our
chair and we had pulled iu our neck until our chin was rubbing the
llesh off our breast bone, but we didn't feel safe. A boll fur the other
room was all that was left nnd we took it. There we met quite a few
of the attendants who congratulated us upon our timely retteat.
Through the open tloor we could hear the names of Rev. Nelson, Geo.
M. Hall and others culled out, but were unable to hear what they hail
to say for themselves. We did, however, hear the toastmaster announce
that with the advent of the women free sccch would hereafter be 11
thing of the past, mid heard several murmur that they were usetl to
that nt home.
When the shaking was over and it had been announced that Miss
Uuger would again favor the audience with another song we heard
Postmaster Valentine mutter what sounded suspiciously like the Lord's
prayer as he left the bunch around the hydrant.
Refreshments were next iu order, autl the piles of good things
put iu npearaiice was a sight for sore eyes, Nobody took a back
011 this occasion. An abundance of coffee, sandwiches, cake, etc.,
iu evidence, ami a good social time was enjoyed white the viands
disappearing iu an amazing manner.
The affair was a decided success, autl the Lady Pythians
their new order under the most favorable circumstances.
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