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100 years ago: Haskell superintendent: Indian school education more useful than public school

September 3, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 3, 1912:

  • "Everyone is invited to attend a picnic dinner on Labor Day at the Garrett Farm northwest of town. The picnic has been arranged in order to give as many as care to come an opportunity to see the results achieved by the scientific spraying of fruit trees. The care of this orchard has been under the direction of Prof. S. J. Hunter of the University of Kansas and work has been done in a way that is sometimes regarded as 'theoretical.' The apples are fine, however, and a cash prize has been offered to anyone who can find a worm in any of them. For the benefit of those who do not know how to reach the Garrett farm the following directions are given: Go to the north end of Michigan street, then west to the first house on the south side of the road."
  • "That the Indian schools of today are twenty years ahead of the public schools was the startling statement made last night by Superintendent J. R. Wise of Haskell Institute in his address before the W.C.T.U. Convention. He said that the Indian boys and girls are taught something practical and something that they can use in after life.... The boys are taught to take care of a farm, to print, to carpenter, to shoe horses, to bake and to work at many other trades. The girls are taught to sew, to keep house and other things that will be very valuable to them in after life. Mr. Wise believes in this kind of training and thinks it more valuable in the long run than an education entirely made up of 'book learning.'... Mr. Wise did not severely criticise the common schools of today for the methods employed; he was simply stating that the Indian schools had far outstripped them in giving the kind of an education that is most useful in the modern business world."
  • "Friends of Martin and Clarence Trued, two Nebraska boys, laughed at the idea of their riding bicycles from Osceola, Neb., to Lawrence, Kan., so the boys showed them. They arrived in Lawrence Saturday night after being out four days, and are now visiting their brother, Levin Trued, a Kansas University student. The boys made a couple of side trips while they were out and in all of this riding had but one puncture. The boys are between the ages of 9 and 16 and declare that they are none the worse for their long trip. The boys' mother and sister are visiting here also, but they arrived via the railroad."

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