Menard County Teachers Institute
Petersburg Observer
July 26, 1890

The Menard County Teacher's Institute commenced a three week session at the Third Ward School .., to this city, last Monday, under the immediate supervision of County Superintendent R. D. Miller, assisted by Profs. J.E. Mannix and G.W.L. Meeker.

The importance of attending these institutes has been set forth from time to time in those columns so clearly, earnestly and comprehensibly that little more is left to be said. We, however, requote an extract from an exchange, which contains a good deal of sound truth:

"True it is, now and then, some who aspire to notoriety at institutes and inform the public that they are hum.., but go and examine the work of such an objector, and you will find he does not know how to grade his school properly; he will contend that .. Are not appreciated, that his salary is unsatisfactory and if you will further examine into his history you will find that he reads no educational works, subscribes for no educational papers, and still boasts of his ability. Such teachers are a dead weight to our school system; they are clogs on the wheels of progress, they are unworthy of the name of "teacher," and should be banished from the public schools of Illinois, as soon as possible, that money may not be squandered and childish innocence slaughtered by such consummate egotists.

The day will soon come when those who oppose institutes, when properly conducted, will have to step aside and give place to those who attend and incongruent this line of work, who are willing to improve, who do not consider themselves perfect, who believe that earnest effort in this direction will be productive of much good to those taught to those they are to teach and who depend on their own merit as their chief recommendation.

School boards should visit the institute to find the teachers they want, those who mean business and who are ready and willing to prepare themselves for the work."

There is now a good attendance, and the work is progressing nicely. The following are the names of those in attendance.
GOLDSMITH, E.G. MOHEGAN, Lucy
CURNUTT, C.C. SPEARS, Pauline
BEARD, Irwin NANCE, Carrie
WALTERS, J.W. GUM, W.
COVERT, Alva SWEET, May
ATTERBERY, M. O. STEPHENSON, Mary
DOBBS, W. COLSON, Misa
ENNIS, Geo MYERS, Ollie
BERCHERT, John STRUBLE, Lena
CANTRALL, Ed WOODS, Emma
HARTLEY, I.N. BUCKLEY, Hester
NANCE, Tom STEIN, Pleas
HAMILTON, Ed McGLASSON, Jennie
FOSTER, Belle FISHER, Mary
MAYFIELD, Etta HUTCHERSON, Bertha
STONE, Callie SMITH, J.
HELLSTERN, Kate EAST, Miss
WORTH, May FURGERSON, Miss
HAMILTON, Jonnie MOMYER, Lizzie
McNEAL, Alice SPEARS, Carrie
SIMPSON, Edith WORTH, D.
SMICK, Jessie BENNETT, Katie
WAGONER, Julia WALKER, R.
SNIDER. E.J. McKINSEY, Miss
HALE, Anna May JENNISON, Hettie
McDOUGALL, Lizzie HUDSPETH, Mollie
McDOUGALL, Chas MARTIN, Mollie
PIPER, Mrs. CRAWFORD, Sallie
SPROUSE, Jennie BROWN, Grace
SPROUSE, Fannie KNOLES, Alice
SPROUSE, Sallie BENNETT, Claude
POWER, Fannie CARVER, Kate
RULE, Emma CARVER, Nellie
ROURKE, Madge HELLSTERN, Allie
MILLER, Jube TRIPP, Bertie
MILLER, Beta PITTS, Julia
FULGERSON, Alice ROURKE, Rose
HARRIS, Mollie KNOLES, Eva
ATTERBERY, Hattie BRIGHT, Hellen
HANNA, ? KING, W.W.
HANNA, ? BIGELOW, Emma
BONE, Wm. McCORMICK, Mary
WARING, Lizzie KIRKPATRICK, Maggie
IRWIN, ? SMITH, Hattie

There will probably be a larger attendance the two remaining weeks, and the Observer will endeavor to keep its readers posted. We would be pleased to publish any suggestions from the teachers or others in regard to the Institute, or school matters of the county.

Transcribed by:Jeanie Lowe

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