Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

THE CITY SCHOOLS of Effingham are an important factor in this community, and should be mentioned in the history of the county. They are well managed under the direction of Prof. I. A. Smothers, who is Principal, and is now serving his fourth year in that position. The School Board consists of the following-named: Charles Butler, President; William B. Wright, Secretary; Mrs. Alice Wright Gwin, Edward Austin, F. O. Green, Thomas Powell and T. J. Bowling.

There are two school buildings, brick in structure, which are well adapted for the purpose. They are heated by steam, well ventilated, and have all the accessories of a first-class school. The school is graded and has an enrollment of about five hundred scholars under the care of Prof. Smothers and eight assistant teachers. The High School is situated on the west side of Effingham, and the other on the east side. The former is well equipped with philosophical apparatus, valued at $300. No better equipped school can be found in this part of the State. The course covers a period of eight years in the graded departments and three years in the High School. Each teacher has an average of more than sixty pupils, and as the attendance is constantly increasing, the facilities will soon be enlarged. An efficient School Board is at the head, capable teachers have been employed, and the superintendent is an able instructor. Owing to these facts the Effingham schools occupy an enviable rank.


 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 398. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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